New York Giants Improve 2015 Odds Following Signings


The NFL offseason is usually filled with wild predictions whether it be from media-influenced fans or analysts bored out of their minds due to the drought of gridiron action. With this much time on everyone’s hands until the fall, those who are obsessed with the NFL often will confuse and convince themselves from reversing their initial thoughts as we all get deeper in the midst of the offseason. How will the New York Giants do this upcoming season based on their overall odds?

Regardless of whether one likes to place a wager, friendly or not, on the NFL action — the men out in the desert are on point more often than not in terms of setting expectations in regards to how they think a season may play out. Odds are usually set based on an even playing field where bias is only influenced by the Benjamins.

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The Giants entered free agency with 40/1 odds to win Super Bowl 50 (Jordan Raanan, Per, their odds are now 25/1 which puts them on par with the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens.

The club has not made too much of an exciting splurge in free agency, highlighted by the signing of running back Shane Vereen from the Super Bowl XLIX Champion New England Patriots. However, the remaining teams in the NFC East have not exactly further positioned themselves above the rest for a seat at the top of the division.

As of Tuesday, March 17, below features the odds of the clubs with the same or better odds (per Bovada) than the Giants in regards to winning Super Bowl 50.

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has seemed to figured the league out after being in it for five minutes since he is giving his club a makeover following a 10-win season. Running back LeSean McCoy was shipped to the Buffalo Bills, and quarterback Nick Foles was sent to the St. Louis Rams. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has reunited with his home state and previous head coach Andy Reid who is now with the Kansas City Chiefs. Additions are highlighted by linebacker Kiko Alonso (in exchange for McCoy), and both running back DeMarco Murray and cornerback Byron Maxwell via free agency.

The Dallas Cowboys have retained wide receiver Dez Bryant for at least another season under the franchise tag. The club has also signed running back Darren McFadden in hopes to resurrecting his stagnating career behind a beefy offensive line, since Murray is now in Philadelphia. The Washington Redskins are still staggering around for a quarterback and that right there is all one needs to know in regards to their overall well-being.

While taking a look around the NFC, traditional contenders like the San Francisco 49ers (33/1) and the Chicago Bears (50/1) have many more questions than answers at this moment. Out in the bay, head coach Jim Harbaugh’s exodus has now come to fruition after much speculation of his personality clashing with the 49ers’ front office. The Monsters of the Midway have brought in John Fox in what hopes to bring tenacity back to a recent strangely weak Chicago defense. Both clubs also have question marks at quarterback with the 2014 struggles of Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler.

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The Giants’ best under-the-radar moves may be the return of linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Prince Amukamara from injuries. Both players are vital to the production of the Giants’ defense, a unit which will once again be run by returning defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The unit was near the bottom of the league throughout major statistical categories and has nowhere to go but north (while looking at this with a glass half-full approach).

Two facets that will be the backbone of the 2015 Giants reside in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and the culmination of the passing offense with the return of wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Assuming that Pierre-Paul plays through his one-year deal under the club’s none-exclusive franchise tag, one could hope that the extra motivation for him to prove his worthiness for a multi-year deal could propel himself to a very productive 2015 season. On the offensive side of the ball, having Cruz return from injury and pairing him with NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. will solidify a solid one-two punch for quarterback Eli Manning.

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