NFL Picks: New York Giants Win Totals & Game-by-Game Predictions

Nikki Adams

Thursday, June 18, 2015 1:23 AM GMT

Since winning the 2011 Super Bowl the NY Giants have been on a  decline. Is 2015 going to be a turnaround season for Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning or will it be another dud? Join us as we preview their NFL schedule and serve up our game-by-game predictions.

Declining Giants
The New York Giants are coming of another disappointing season, their second straight disappointing run in the league. The Giants deposited a 6-10 season that fell well short of their projected season win total of 7.5 and marked another step backwards after finishing 2013 with a 7-9 mark.

Consider their sensational run in 2011 to win the coveted Super Bowl, this team has been on a decline ever since and its season win totals have been shrinking in proportion. In the last five years their season win totals read as follows: 10, 9, 9, 7, & 6, which yields and average of 8.2 wins over this stretch.

Admittedly, we belonged to those that had high hopes for the Giants in 2014, only to be disappointed with our predictions

So we're treading carefully as far as the Giants are concerned in 2015. The emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. has us feeling optimistic, but the decision to stay the course with Tom Coughlin has us edgy. That and a slightly tougher schedule in 2015, which ranks 20th and features a 0.478 winning percentage compared to sixth easiest NFL schedule in 2014 with a 0.465 winning percentage. 

It remains to be seen whether the decision to stick with the program as it is was the right call when the 2015 season gets underway.  We're not mollified by the season win totals either, which are set to a high of 8.5 for 2015 with the OVER and UNDER trading equally at -115 NFL odds.

In any event, we're going to speculate here and serve up are game-by-game predictions and NFL picks.

 

Week 1: vs. Dallas (road), Sunday, Sept 13 at 8:30 PM
The Giants receive no favors from the NFL schedulers with a road game at the AT&T Stadium, a date with the Dallas Cowboys coming off a stellar season that surprised everybody. The Cowboys may miss DeMarco Murray (off to the Eagles), but they still have loads of weapons with which to give Eli Manning and Company headaches. Based on what the Giants did last season, it's impossible to suggest a road win with a straight face.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-1

 

Week 2: vs. Atlanta (home), Sunday, Sept 20 at 1 PM
After a tough opener on the road, on Primetime TV no less, the Giants return to their sanctuary in the Big Apple where they'll take on a revamped Atlanta Falcons coming off a dreadful 4-12 season. The Falcons have offensive weapons that can hurt just about any team; they showed that against the Packers at Lambeau last season. The Giants beat the Falcons 30-20 last season at home, a game that featured Odell Beckham's NFL debut. For a second straight year they get the Falcons at home and given that it's early in the season and they have a new coach in Dan Quinn, this is a winnable game for the Giants.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 1-1

 

Week 3: vs. Washington (home) Thursday, Sept 24 at 8:25 PM
A second straight home game. A second straight straggler in 2014. A second divisional rival in three weeks. A winnable game for the Giants on paper. Sure it's a short week and second Primetime engagement in three weeks, but the Giants have the Redskins' number. You could say it's on speed dial. Last season, Eli Manning and Co. swept the series winning 45-14 in Washington and 24-13 at home.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 2-1

 

Week 4: vs. Buffalo (road), Sunday, Oct 4 at 1 PM
The Buffalo Bills feature on the NFL betting schedule in week 4, a game that could go either way in our opinion. New head coach Rex Ryan and the Bills defense will give the Giants a stiff challenge and could ride roughshod over Eli Manning, especially if he suffers from slippery fingers syndrome. If the Giants offense though can get the pieces going, they could serve up a road win in Buffalo. This one is a tossup on our NFL picks, but given the quarterback question marks the Bills have we'd rather go with the Giants.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 3-1

 

Week 5: vs. San Francisco (home), Sunday, Oct 11 at 8:30 PM
The Niners descend on NY in week 5 NFL betting, marking the third Primetime instalment for the Giants in five weeks. This should be a thrilling showdown between two sides that played it close last season. The Giants lost 16-10 to the Niners in week 11 NFL betting. Eli Manning had a horrible day against a very good defense. The Niners have undergone some big changes in the offseason, mainly parting ways with coach Harbaugh. Still they figure to have a good defense that could give Eli Manning headaches.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 3-2

 

Week 6: vs. Philadelphia (road), Monday, Oct 19 at 8:30 PM
A second straight Primetime game, a fourth one in six weeks. How did the Giants become so popular? The Philadelphia Eagles swept the series with the Giants last season, winning both home and away. In Philadelphia they blanked the Giants 27-0. This may not happen this year and the Giants will be pumped up for this game, which is also an important divisional rivalry. But winning in Philadelphia is going to be a challenge against Chip Kelly and Company.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 3-3

 

Week 7: vs. Dallas (home), Sunday, Oct 25 at 4:25 PM
Facing Dallas twice in the span of seven weeks is a tough ask, especially on a short week after coming off a road trip to Philly where they faced a high-octane offense. What's more, the Cowboys were the best road team last season and even if they are half as good on the road this season, this is a game they'll be looking to win. That said the Giants need to stop the bleed against the Cowboys. It's a home go, a divisional rivalry and without the pressure of Primetime the Giants might fancy their chances.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 4-3

 

Week 8: vs. New Orleans (road), Sunday, Nov 1 at 1 PM
The Giants take on Drew Brees and a revamped New Orleans side on the road in week 8 NFL betting, which also marks a homecoming for Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. The New Orleans Saints have undergone some big changes in the offseason, but the coach and quarterback remain the same. It's anybody's guess which Saints will make an appearance in 2015, the side that can be formidable in the Superdome or the side that was manhandled in the dome last year.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 4-4

 

Week 9: vs. Tampa Bay (road), Sunday, Nov 8 at 4:05 PM
Giants take on Tampa Bay in week 9 NFL betting, marking their second straight road game in as many weeks. The Bucs are in rebuild mode and coming off an abysmal season. This is really a game that Eli Manning and Company should win, barring any inexplicable collapses as they had against the Jaguars last season.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 5-4

 

Week 10: vs. New England (home), Sunday, Nov 15 at 4:25 PM
A date with the Super Bowl champions in week 10 NFL betting at Gillette Stadium is a tough ask. The New England Patriots are one of the best home teams in the league. Need one say more?

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 5-5

 

Week 11: BYE

 

Week 12: vs. Washington (road), Sunday, Nov 29 at 1 PM
As mentioned in Week 3's NFL betting preview, the Giants are dialled into this matchup. They swept the series last season and, more likely than not, will do so this year. The Redskins are a side in flux, not to mention the diva antics of several key players. As the saying goes, "too many Chiefs, not enough..."

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 6-5

 

Week 13: vs. NY Jets (home), Sunday, Dec 6 at 1 PM
The NY city rivalry is a big deal for these teams and both sides will be looking to win this game. The Giants will have home advantage so they're likely to be the favorites on the NFL odds board, but the Jets will play above their heads in this game. We're giving the edge to the Giants, only because the quarterback situation on the Gangrene bench is uncertain.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 7-5

 

Week 14: vs. Miami (road), Monday, Dec 14 at 8:30 PM
The Miami Dolphins will loom large with Ndamukong Suh in their line up on week 14's NFL betting slate. Ryan Tannehill showed a lot of promise last season and Dolphin nation is quietly optimistic about its side's chances this season to mature from an also ran to a legitimate contender. The Giants won't have an easy day of it and Eli Manning could have one of his off days as the pressure piles on top.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 7-6

 

Week 15: vs. Carolina (home), Sunday, Dec 20 at 1 PM
Despite going below .500 last season, the Carolina Panthers clinched the ailing NFC South title and ran with it into the NFL playoffs, upsetting the Arizona Cardinals in the wild card round before succumbing to the Seattle Seahawks in the following round. As a result, the Panthers figure to be a tough test in week 15 NFL betting, but as it is a home game we're giving it to the Giants on our NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 8-6

 

Week 16: vs. Minnesota (road), Sunday, Dec 27 at 1 PM
Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater descend on the Giants in week 16 NFL betting. They've lost two straight to the Giants 21-3 and 23-7 and will be looking to snap that negative trend. Still, this is a road game and Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings will be hard pressed to defy the NFL odds. The Vikings have one of the toughest NFL schedules this season and by week 16 NFL betting they could be banged up and a bit defeated.

NFL Picks: Win
Record: 9-6

 

Week 17: vs. Philadelphia (home), Sunday, Jan 3 at 1 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles and Giants collide in week 17 for the second straight season. The Eagles won that encounter 34-26 in NY York to complete the series sweep. This could be a pivotal game for the NFC East picture and, as such, it could go either way. Giants have home edge but the Eagles could pull off the upset. It's a tossup in our opinion and could go either way. Based on last season's accouts by each team, we should give it to the Eagles.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record: 9-7

 

NFL Betting Verdict: By our conservative estimations we have the Giants hovering around the .500 mark in 2015, echoing the odds maker's estimations on the NFL odds board. We're projecting a 9-7 SU season, but it easily could be flipped to 7-9 with a couple of the tossups identified in the game-by-game analysis. Push comes to shove, we're recommending the OVER 8.5 at -115 but feeling no joy.