With the NFL preseason kicking off this week and the regular season around the corner, The New York Giants seem to have more questions surrounding them than they did at the end of last season. Many preseason rankings have projected the Giants to finish at the bottom of the barrel in the NFC East and in the world of sports betting, sportsbooks don’t have them even winning six games.
The Giants 2019 campaign will most likely leave the team at the bottom of the always exciting NFC East. With the loss of Pro-Bowlers Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham Jr. to a trade paired with losing All-Pro Landon Collins to free agency, the Giants have lost significant talent on both sides of the ball. Some say it could be addition by subtraction with the distractions Beckham Jr. brought to the team, but with Eli Manning failing to deliver any real form similar to his 2-time Super Bowl MVP crowns, there is a lot of catching up to do.
With the drafting of Quarterback Daniel Jones, the Giants could be looking towards their future already but many, grade the pick of the Duke star as a mistake. The rookie’s odds to start the season behind center are +500, so barring any injuries to Manning, Jones most likely won’t see the field until either the end of the season or once they are eliminated from playoff contention. With injuries and suspensions leaving a depleted wide receiving corps early in the season, the Giants could find themselves in a massive hole to start the season unless guys like Bennie Fowler III and Russell Shepard prove to be reliable playmakers.
The one bright spot for the Giants is the promising talent of Saquon Barkley, if they can keep him healthy and in New York for the duration of his career. However, with the Eagles and Cowboys currently both miles ahead, it isn’t clear when success will come back knocking on MetLife stadium’s door. The powerful, quick back is the second favorite at +450 to win the rushing title behind NFC east foe, Ezekiel Elliott. However, with Elliott holding out, there may be a window of opportunity for Barkley to take the title. Look for the reigning rookie of the year to get an immense amount of touches in an offense with limited playmaking ability in the passing game.
Due to the low season projections surrounding the Giants, there don’t seem to be too many prop bets early on. However, evaluating the team’s strengths, betting on Barkley to score the most rushing touchdowns of any running back may be the best bet to make. Barkley’s role in the Giants’ goal line offense paired with his ability to be explosive at the line of scrimmage, and break a few long runs, he could very well lead the league in rushing and rushing touchdowns.
The New York Giants season most likely will be over before the end of the season, but they will have the opportunity to grow and let their young stars shine.
If the Giants do in fact surprise the league, below are odds to keep an eye on as the season progresses:
Super Bowl Odds– +8641
To make the Playoffs: Yes +400/ No -600
NFC East Odds: +1500
Conference Champion: +5500