Well, we didn’t see this coming. But that’s the beauty of the NFL and sports in general. You just never know. After a tumultuous week leading up to their Sunday night game in Denver, the New York Giants were probably happy to be on the field. And they took out five weeks worth of frustration on the Broncos to pick up their first win of the year. Was that game a sign of things to come for Big Blue or just a blip on the radar? We’ll see when the Giants host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7.
Following season-ending injuries to receivers Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris, and with Sterling Shepard sidelined with an ankle issue, the Giants weren’t going to air it out. Tavarres King was signed last week and Roger Lewis was deep on the depth chart. They started against Denver and each had one catch. The Giants need to run the ball effectively without any threats in the passing game, and that hasn’t been their strong point. However, they came up with a masterpiece against the league’s No. 1 ranked run defense.
And the run game has started to evolve for the Giants. They managed 152 yards on the ground against the Chargers the game prior, but that was against the league’s worst run defense. They certainly couldn’t duplicate that effort against the Broncos, especially when they knew it was coming. Orleans Darkwa ran for 117 yards and the G-Men amassed 148 to control the tempo. They’ll need more of the same against the Seahawks, who won’t be taking the Giants lightly after Sunday’s result.
2017 Record: 1-5
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 3-3
Current Super Bowl Odds: +7500
Current Odds to Win NFC: +4000
Current Odds to Win NFC East: +6600
Current NFL Odds: Giants +5
Over/Under Total: 40
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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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