The New York Giants were able to make a big turnaround this season after going 4-13 last season. New York finished with a 9-7-1 record this season, which was enough to lock up the sixth seed in the NFC. Now the Giants will look to make some noise as an underdog in the playoffs.
New York Giants Super Bowl odds
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New York is pretty much listed at the bottom of the odds to win the Super Bowl and the NFC. The Giants’ struggles in the second half of this season have scared a lot of bets off and made them bigger underdogs. New York is going to need to find some of the magic they had in the early stages of the season if they want to make a deep push.
New York Giants season review
The New York Giants started this season strong, going 6-2 through the first six games of the season. New York struggled a bit more after their bye week, but the strong start was enough for them to keep their playoff positioning with a record of 9-7-1. The Giants went 2-6 against playoff teams throughout the regular season.
Run first offense
The Giants have had Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback for 16 of their games this season. Jones has passed for 3205 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He has also rushed for 708 yards and 7 touchdowns. Jones will need to step up if New York wants to make a deep run in the postseason.
Saquon Barkley has been one of New York’s most dangerous weapons this season. Barkley rushed for 1312 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also earned 338 receiving yards. Barkley will be the Giants biggest key to the playoffs. If he can control the pace of the game on the ground, it could make them difficult to beat.
The Giants defense was solid early in the season, but struggled in the back half, which led to the rough finish to the year. New York’s defense has given up around 21.8 points per game, which is 17th in the NFL. The Giants give up around 358 yards per game, which ranked 25th in the league. New York’s defense will need to do a better job of slowing down teams if they want a deep run.
First game at Minnesota
The Giants will open up their postseason run on January 15 in Minnesota against the Vikings. New York played the Vikings in Week 16 of this season. The game went back and forth with Minnesota leading for most of the game. The Giants were able to tie up the game with about two minutes left, but a 61 yard field goal by the Vikings gave Minnesota a 27-24 win.
New York is a three-point underdog entering this matchup against Minnesota. The Vikings offense has been strong all season, but they have shown some scares with their inability to blow out many opponents this season. The over/ under is set at 48 ½ points for this game with both teams having some issues on defense. The Giants are three-point underdogs.
The Giants were able to keep their regular season game close in Minnesota, but will have to step up in the postseason. The Vikings offense has been dangerous all year and will look to hold off the Giants in this matchup. If New York can control the pace on the ground though, they could have a chance to pull off the upset.
If the Giants advance
If New York advances, they will most likely meet up with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants played the Eagles twice in the regular season and did not have much success. In Week 14 the Eagles dominated New York on the road with a 48-22 win. In Week 18, Philadelphia beat the Giants 22-16 to clinch the top seed in the NFC.
The Giants could play the winner of the Cowboys vs Buccaneers game if Seattle pulls off the upset against the San Francisco 49ers. New York also went 0-2 against Dallas throughout the regular season, but did not face the Buccaneers this season. Either team would prove to be a tough challenge for the Giants.
No matter who New York plays in the Divisional round, if they advance, they would be on the road and underdogs in that game. The Giants were solid on the road this season going 4-4, but went 1-4 on the road against eventual playoff teams. While New York’s path to the Super Bowl is not impossible, it would be an uphill battle.
New York Giants Best bet
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New York has been much better than anyone expected this season, but with little playoff experience on the team and a first year head coach, I do not see them making a deep push. The Giants have a chance against the Vikings in the first round as Minnesota has some issues of their own, but any win past that seems like a longshot.
New York has played in 13 one score games throughout this season, so I expect them to keep this game close. The Vikings were unable to create much of a lead against the Giants in the regular season and I think New York will keep it close in this one as well. I believe the best bet for New York’s postseason run is to cover the field goal against Minnesota. We are taking the New York Giants -3.