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The Giants got off to a horrible start last season and were unable to pull off one of their patented late-season resurgences. The result was a disappointing 7-9 record and a second consecutive year out of the playoff picture.

The disappointing season called for some change and it came swiftly and sharply on both sides of the ball. However, is it enough to get the Giants back to the top of what looks to be a mediocre NFC East this season?

New York Giants Odds to Win NFC East: +300 at Bovada
New York Giants Odds to Win Super Bowl: 40/1 at Bovada
New York Giants Regular Season Win Total: 8 at Bovada
New York Giants Betting Props: Eli Manning to Win NFL MVP 66/1 at Bovada

Eli Manning had the worst season of his NFL career trying to play behind an offensive line that routinely offered him little protection. Manning took a pounding, getting sacked 38 times (a career high) and his lack of time in the pocket led to a number of bad decisions, in turn leading to a career-high 27 interceptions vs. only 18 touchdowns.

Not surprisingly the Giants gutted the O-line and brought in Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Charles Brown and John Jerry. Manning also saw a change in his receivers and in the backfield. Victor Cruz remains as Manning’s top target, but veteran Hakeem Nicks, who had been on the decline, is gone. Looking to fill Nicks' spot will be first round pick Odell Beckham, but he’ll have to fight off Mario Manningham and Rueben Randle.

The Giants' running game was awful last year, ranking 29th in the league. Despite new pieces on the offensive line New York could struggle on the ground again. Rashad Jennings should be the starter, which doesn’t elicit a ton of confidence. David Wilson was expected to carry some of the load, but a devastating neck injury proved to be too much and he was forced to retire after only two seasons in the league. With Wilson gone either Andre Williams or Peyton Hillis will be the backup.

The Giants' defense may have been the eighth ranked unit last year, but that may have been deceptive as they were 20th in points allowed and in no way lived up the standard of Giants defenses of old. The defensive line will rely heavily on Jason Pierre-Paul this season following the departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks in 2011, but has only 8.5 in two seasons since and needs to rebound to give the Giants' pass rush some life.

The secondary will have a much-needed new look this season. The Giants signed corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to a big contract after he had a solid season in Denver last year. Corner Walter Thurmond was also pried away from Seattle, and along with incumbent safety Antrel Rolle gives the Giants the makings of an experienced and strong secondary.

New York wasn’t a reliable option for bettors last year at 7-9 ATS and 7-9 over-under. They especially disappointed at home at 3-5 ATS, which has been the trend since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010 where they are 12-17-1 ATS in the regular season.

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Philadelphia Eagles +125
New York Giants +300
Washington Redskins +375
Dallas Cowboys +400

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The New York Giants faded over the second half of the season last year, finishing with a 9-7 SU and 7-9 ATS record to miss the playoffs one year after winning the Super Bowl. The Giants will look to get back on track and win their third NFC East title in six years this season.

Odds to Win NFC East: +200 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 9 at Bovada
Betting Props: Eli Manning to win NFL MVP (25/1) at Bovada

While a 9-7 SU record was good enough to win the NFC East in 2011, it wasn’t good enough to make the postseason in 2012 as the Giants finished second in the division behind the Washington Redskins. New York looked well on its way to a promising Super Bowl title defense with a 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS first half, but faded down the stretch with a 3-5 SU and ATS record over the second half.

Eli Manning was a part of the drop-off down the stretch. After passing for 2,109 yards and 12 touchdowns over the first seven games of the season, Manning passed for just 1,631 yards and nine touchdowns over the next eight. Arm fatigue and an injury to Hakeem Nicks have both been said to have contributed to the decline. The total went UNDER in 11 of the Giants’ 16 games last season.

The offseason acquisition of tight end Brandon Myers should help keep Manning’s options open this season should Nicks struggle to stay healthy. The Giants lost leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw to free agency, but David Wilson looks ready to fill that void after a solid rookie campaign last year.

The biggest surprise for the Giants last year was the team’s struggles on defense. New York finished 28th in passing yards against allowing 254.3 per game and 25th in rushing yards allowing 129.1 per game. There was some turnover on defense this offseason with familiar faces like Osi Umenyiora departing, but on paper this still looks to be the best defense in the NFC East. Look for the defense to bounce back after an out-of-character year in 2012.

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 2
New York Giants +200
Dallas Cowboys +240
Washington Redskins +240
Philadelphia Eagles +325