The prize jewel of the NFL draft fell right into the laps of the New York Giants. Touted as the next best thing since slice bread, the world will be witness to what he can do in the Meadowlands.
NFC EAST DIVISION WINNERS: +600 (Bovada)
NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +2800 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +5000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 7 (Westgate)
Week 1 vs. Jacksonville (+4) Week 9 BYE WEEK
Week 2 @ Dallas (+6) Week 10 @ San Francisco (+6.5)
Week 3 @ Houston (+6) Week 11 vs. Tampa Bay (-3)
Week 4 vs. New Orleans (+2.5) Week 12 @ Philadelphia (+8.5)
Week 5 @ Carolina (+6) Week 13 vs. Chicago (-3.5)
Week 6 vs. Philadelphia (+3) Week 14 @ Washington (+1.5)
Week 7 @ Atlanta (+6) Week 15 vs. Tennessee (+1.5)
Week 8 vs. Washington (-3.5) Week 16 @ Indianapolis (PK)
Week 17 vs. Dallas (N/A)
These lines are skewed because they had a disastrous 2017. Drama, injuries and lack of trust in Eli Manning took a huge toll on this team. Through week 7 the Giants will face a tough slate of games. However, outside of the Week 12 match-up the G-men should have a much easier ride.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – RB Jonathon Stewart, WR Cody Latimer, T Nate Solder, LB Alec Olgetree, LB Connor Barwin, FS Curtis Riley, and CB William Gay
Subtractions – QB Geno Smith, RB Shane Vereen, WR Brandon Marshall, T Justin Pugh, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and LB Devon Kennard
Draft – RB Saquan Barkley, G Will Hernandez, LB Lorenzo Carter, DT B.J. Hill, QB Kyle Lauletta, DT R.J. McIntosh
Eli Manning is getting old, and he didn’t look great last year. It wasn’t his fault. His running backs were horrible. Orleans Darkwa and rookie Wayne Gallman are career back ups and nothing more. Not to mention Brandon Marshall was one of the worst free agent signings of 2017 and Odell Beckham Jr. played in four total games. With a band of misfits Eli still finished with 3468 yards and 19 touchdowns while missing a game. Eli isn’t elite but Eli can still sling it.
The running back spot is in full re-haul. Barkley is going to be relied heavily in the middle of the field. He will be a nightmare match-up for opposing teams. While Stewart should get the short yardage situations. This duo should bring this group into the top ten rushing duos.
Sterling Shepard lead the team in receiving yards with 731, missing 5 games. Pair him with a healthy Odell Beckham will improve the passing game immensely. Odell’s career average for yards is 1106 and 9.5 touchdowns. Those number are unbelievable seeings how hes played in 47 of the 64 possible regular season games since being drafted. Evan Engram the Giants rookie tightend was a pleasant surprise on what was a woeful year, look for him to add to his stellar rookie season.
Outside of Ereck Flowers this line is legit. Solder was the most sought after tackle this off season, Hernandez should be a solid rookie, Patrick Omameh played well in the playoffs last year, and Brett Jones is a smart center. Eli and Saquan should have a ton of time and room to operate behind this line.
The front office clearly didn’t think they need JPP to be a good team this year. Olivier Vernon will get a chance to showcase his skills as the big dog on the line. They will move on with Kerry Wynn and Josh Mauro(following his suspension). Damon Harrison will be the starting nose tackle and Dalvin Thompson should also play a key role.
One of the worst linebacking core, got a new makeover this offseason. Trading for Ogletree will be a huge veteran presence. Lorenzo Carter should step in as a rookie and produced. B.J. Goodson will hopefully be healthy and contribute. This core got a lot better from last season.
Eli Apple hasn’t been the guy the Giants thought they were getting from Ohio State. However, he is still a solid corner across from Janoris Jenkins who is a very savvy cornerback. Michael Thomas will take over the safety positions and should be a stud. While Landon Collins will handle the other safety duties, expect nothing less than top flight talent from him.
A new punter and kick returner will join the G-men this year. Latimer will assume the role of return man. He has never filled the hype in Denver but still has potential. Current kicker Aldrick Rosas was horrible but the Giants will bring some players so camp to compete with him.
The Giants will be better period. This team isn’t a cellar dweller. This team will surprise many. Eli will have another solid year alongside Odell and Barkley. The defense will also be a lot better as a whole. Don’t be surprised if this team competes for a division title.
Over 7 wins
Last year’s team was undeniably bad. But they were really struggling with injuries and identity issues. New York will be closer to a playoff team than most imagine. 7 wins will be passed later in the season but don’t sweat it.
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