The Giants had a very disappointing season last year, but they have reloaded and look to be ready to compete in the NFC East, once again. It all boils down to their defense, and according to the NFL Odds, New York has a shot at being a playoff team this year.
Super Bowl (+4000)
While the Giants’ Super Bowl price may be a bit far-fetched, this team returning to the big game is not entirely out of the question. Even at +4000, the Giants might be slightly undervalued, if indeed they have reloaded well. If Eli Manning can have a bounce-back season, I truly feel as if the Giants have some value, because they spent the entire season re-upping on defense. Additions like Quintin Demps, Jameel McClain and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will only help this defense, and along with the resigning of Jon Beason and Stevie Brown, I fully expect the Giants’ defense to play more like the G-Men of old. However, to bet on the Giants to win the Super Bowl would take some major grapefruits. They would have to upset to win the division, and would have to make it through a very tough NFC.
While the NFC price is still pretty out there when it comes to the Giants, their price at 20:1 is still pretty fair considering their improvements from the offseason. Like I mentioned above, the Giants would probably have to win this division, and somehow get one of the top three or four seeds in the playoffs in order to have a chance. However, as we know from their last Super Bowl run, the Giants don’t necessarily need home field advantage to win in the playoffs. The NFC is much different now than it was all the way back in 2011. The power has shifted to the other coast, and to win the NFC, you would have to get through at least one, if not both of the powerhouses in the NFC West. Along with the Packers and even the Saints, the Giants would need several upsets to win the NFC, and I’m not buying it.
NFC East (+275)
The Giants’ price to win the division looks like one of their better NFL odds values this offseason, and in a division that’s wide open, the Giants could make waves this season with their upgraded defense. In order to best the Eagles (currently the odds-on favorite to win the division from LVH Sportsbook) Manning will have to go toe-to-toe with Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense, and even though they lost Hakeem Nicks to the Colts, New York drafted Odell Beckham Jr. with the 12th overall selection, and he is presumably going to join Victor Cruz as the Giants’ two best receiving weapons.
If those two are a successful duo, I assume Manning is having a good season too, so the last thing to worry about if you’re a Giants fan is the running game. Last year, David Wilson was underwhelming, and then injured for the rest of the season. Andre Brown is gone, and Wilson is just returning from a bad neck injury. The Giants have Peyton Hillis, Rashad Jennings, as well as rookie 4th round pick, Andre Williams to compete with Wilson for the lead role in New York. I don’t know much about Williams, but Wilson has some talent if he can stay healthy and hold onto the football. While Hillis will probably be covered by glass that says “break in case of emergency,” if the other three backs can come together as a successful backfield committee, New York will prove to be very undervalued in the NFC East NFL odds, transforming into a recommendable NFL pick.