A coaching change, the return of Eli Manning to his starting job, but the same result for the New York Giants, who are guaranteed their worst record since Manning joined the club. There were all the makings for a storybook day in the Big Apple last Sunday. Interim coach Steve Spagunolo, who is on the team’s list for the permanent job, was making his debut and the first thing he did was reinstate Manning as the starter.
The Giants were pegged as a playoff contender at the start of the year but things unraveled quickly when the team’s only playmaker, Odell Beckham Jr., was injured in a preseason game. He returned once the regular season began, but was shelved for the year after playing just four games. There were issues on offense last season that were masked by a strong defense. When the D didn’t perform the way it did in 2016, the weaknesses were exposed.
The Giants clearly need to rebuild and the biggest question concerns Manning. Is he still the guy to lead the team? He will be 37 when next season rolls around and only a few players have performed well at that position at that age. Spagnuolo appears to be loyal to Manning and he made the decision to get Eli back behind center. But there are many questions the organization needs to answer. One is whether Davis Webb is a future NFL quarterback. We have yet to see Webb take a snap and it appears we won’t this season. Leaving Eli to finish off the mess the Giants created.
2017 Record: 2-11
2017 ATS Record: 5-8
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 5-8
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC East: N/A
Current NFL Odds: Giants +7.5
Over/Under Total: 40
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Week 14: Cowboys 30, Giants 10
ATS Result: Cowboys -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
Eli put the Giants on top 10-3 with a short scoring pass to Rhett Ellison late in the first half, but the Cowboys responded less than a minute later to tie the game and they outscored New York 20-0 in the second half to hand the Giants the ATS loss. The Giants punted on seven consecutive possessions before Manning tossed a pair of fourth quarter interceptions to keep the score under the closing total.
Week 13: Raiders 24, Giants 17
ATS Result: Giants +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
New quarterback same result. Geno Smith got the nod in place of Eli Manning and the offensive struggles continued. It’s hard to expect a career backup to have much success when one of the best in the business failed with this group. But thanks to a stingy defensive effort, the Giants were in the game and covered the 10-point spread. Smith lost two fumbles in Oakland territory in the first half that could’ve changed the outcome, but it’s hard to say if they made a big difference.
Week 12: Redskins 20, Giants 10
ATS Result: Redskins -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
New York’s only touchdown came on a 53-yard pick-six by Janoris Jenkins in the third quarter, which actually tied the game at 10. That play covered more yards than the offense gained in the second half. A late Skins field goal supplied the final points and slapped the G-Men with their fourth ATS loss in the last five games.
Week 11: Giants 12, Chiefs 9 (OT)
ATS Result: Giants +10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44.5
After giving up 82 points in their previous two games, the Giants’ defense made a stand, keeping the Chiefs out of the end zone for the outright win to end a string of three SU and ATS losses in a row. A missed extra point on the only touchdown of the game set the stage for overtime when Aldrick Rosas redeemed himself with a 23-yard game-winning field goal.
Week 10: 49ers 31, Giants 21
ATS Result: 49ers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
The Giants took a lead on Engram’s TD catch late in the first half, but they gave it right back, allowing the Niners to score less than two minutes later to take a 17-13 halftime lead. New York laid down in the second half, giving up two fourth quarter touchdowns while producing nothing offensively. By the time the Giants tacked on a meaningless score with a minute to play, they were already handed their third straight ATS loss.
Week 9: Rams 51, Giants 17
ATS Result: Rams -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42.5
It took the Rams less than two minutes to score their first touchdown after recovering a Giants fumble and it went downhill from there. They did tie the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter but the defense allowed scores on LA’s first four possessions. Manning and the offense aren’t equipped for shootouts and this was over by halftime with the G-Men losing their second straight ATS.
Week 8: BYE
Week 7: Seahawks 24, Giants 7
ATS Result: Seahawks -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39
The Giants took an early lead, converting a turnover into a touchdown, but that was it. They managed just 177 total yards, Manning completed 19 of 34 for 134 yards and the run game produced just 46 yards. Still, the Giants led at the break. The worn out defense caved in the second half, allowing 21 points and the offense never came close to scoring after Aldrick Rosas missed a 47-yard field goal that could have tied the score.
Week 6: Giants 23, Broncos 10
ATS Result: Giants +13.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 37.5
The Giants were able to run the football, didn’t turn it over and got a nice outing from their defense to pull off the stunner, winning outright as 13.5-point dogs. They got some help from the Broncos, who committed three turnovers, one of which resulted in a pick-six by Janoris Jenkins, and missed two field goals. We didn’t expect a lot of points and the teams obliged, staying below the closing total.
Week 5: Chargers 27, Giants 22
ATS Result: Chargers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45.5
In a battle of winless teams it was the Giants who remained that way, surrendering the game’s final 10-points and failing to cover. OBJ’s last touchdown catch of the season gave the Giants a 22-17 lead early in the fourth, but a few plays after the star receiver was carted off the field, Manning was strip sacked, the Chargers recovered and scored the game-winner with three minutes left. New York had only one healthy receiver for their final drive and Manning’s pick with under a minute left sealed the outcome.
Week 4: Buccaneers 25, Giants 23
ATS Result: Giants +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45.5
For the second straight week the Giants lost on a last-second field goal as their once stingy defense again failed to protect a late lead. At least the offense has come around and Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have been able to score a few points. They even managed enough to cash the over while covering the spread as an underdog for the second week in a row.
Week 3: Eagles 27, Giants 24
ATS Result: Giants +5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43
The Giants finally scored some points, erupting for 24 in the fourth quarter and cashing the over for the first time. Twice the Giants took a lead after battling back from a 14-0 deficit, but they couldn’t hold on, eventually succumbing on a 61-yard field goal by a rookie kicker. At least they covered the 5-point spread for their first ATS win of the year.
Week 2: Lions 24, Giants 10
ATS Result: Lions +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
Another dismal offensive showing allowed the Giants to cash the under for the second straight game. New York failed to reach the 20-point mark in their eighth consecutive game and serious blunders on that side of the ball were to blame. Down 17-7 in the third, the Giants had a first-and-goal at the Lions 1-yard line and settled for a field goal. Special teams gave up an 88-yard punt return early in the fourth, putting the G-Men two scores behind, which right now is an insurmountable deficit.
Week 1: Cowboys 19, Giants 3
ATS Result: Cowboys -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
It was a pitiful display of offense by the Giants, who managed just 49 total yards, punted on all five of their full possessions and never entered Dallas territory in the first half. Things picked up slightly in the second half with New York taking the opening kickoff and driving 68 yards to the Dallas 7-yard line. Down 16-0 at the time, a touchdown would have changed the flow of the game. However, the Giants had to settle for a field. They would not score again and failed to cover the 6-point spread.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
The Giants were the only team to figure out the Cowboys in a meaningful regular season game last year. Big Blue won both contests and used a stellar defensive effort both times to secure the victory. It won’t matter to New York if Ezekiel Elliott suits up. They held the NFL’s leading rusher to 158 total yards and a 3.6 yards per carry average in two games while keeping both below the total.
Week 1: Giants at Cowboys, Sunday, September 10, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 2: Giants vs. Lions, Monday, September 18, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 3: Giants at Eagles, Sunday, October 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Giants at Buccaneers, Sunday, October 1, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Giants vs. Chargers, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Giants at Broncos, Sunday, October 15, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 7: Giants vs. Seahawks, Sunday, October 22, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Giants vs. Rams, Sunday, October 5, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Giants at 49ers, Sunday, October 12, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Giants vs. Chiefs, Sunday, October 19, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Giants at Redskins, Thursday, November 23 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 13: Giants at Raiders, Sunday, December 3 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Giants vs. Cowboys, Sunday, December 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Giants vs. Eagles, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Giants at Cardinals, Sunday, December 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Giants vs. Redskins, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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