The Giants were one of the harder teams to figure out last year, and they are once again that way heading into the 2014 season. Their NFL Odds have them right in the middle of the future odds pack, and it seems like the range of season they could have is wide.
Super Bowl (+4000)
Right now the Giants have the best NFL Odds to win the Super Bowl in their division outside of the Eagles, but if you read my piece on the Eagles, you’ll know I think their future odds from Bovada are pretty overvalued. That being said, I’m not sure if the Giants are going to be good enough to sneak into the Super Bowl like they have now done twice before. While they should be better than they were a season ago, the biggest question marls surround their now seemingly ‘aging’ quarterback, Eli Manning. Even though his older brother is still breaking records and getting to Super Bowls, Eli is five years younger, and the New York media seems to think he is aging faster than his brother! It’s amazing what one bad year in New York can do for one’s genes!
Assuming Eli’s most recent season is just a small hiccup, the Giants may be in store for a big bounce back season. In 2013 their defense was very good, and it should continue to be so in 2014. Even with an offense that could not move the ball well, the Giants defense was still in the top ten in yards allowed, 1st in the league in interceptions, and tied for 2nd in defensive touchdowns. Even though they lost a few key starters like Ryan Mundy, the Giants added and retained more than they lost on defense. The G-Men were able to add Robert Ayers, Quintin Demps, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and Jemeel McLain. All four of these guys will likely be starters for the G-Men, and all four are going to make a strong impact. If the Giants can add to their sack totals from last year as well as keep their secondary turnovers up, this will be a very undervalued team. However their NFL Odds value lies solely in the hands of Manning.
NFC East (+300)
While the Eagles are the big favorite to win the NFC East this season, I have said multiple times this offseason that I think Philly’s NFL Odds are overvalued from Bovada. If healthy the Redskins are going to make a run at this division this season, however I am as high on the Giants for this division as I am with Washington. If Manning can bounce back and have a solid season, the Giants have a pretty high ceiling. Last year’s woes on offense were almost entirely on the running game. Manning couldn’t get any help on the ground, which led to defenses dropping back almost everyone against the Giants’ passing game. Even though Hakeem Nicks is gone, Rueben Randle is going to have a nice season alongside Victor Cruz. Even though he split snaps with Nicks last season, Randle still managed 41 catches and six touchdowns. Take away Nicks’ nearly 900 yards on 56 grabs last season, and you have the making for a nice situation for Randle and the Giants. The addition Rashad Jennings should help the run game, and as long as their line can create holes, the Giants may be in for a very good year, so keep an eye on them when making your betting picks.