It looks to be the beginning of a new era for the New York Giants, as the shocking departure of Odell Beckam Jr. to Cleveland in early March appears to have at least partially revealed GM Dave Gettleman’s hand. After repeatedly promising that he didn’t sign his star receiver to a five-year contract worth between 65-95 million dollars just to trade him, Gettleman abruptly changed course and shipped the oft-disgruntled Beckham Jr. to the Browns for S Jabrill Peppers and a couple of draft picks.
There is little doubt that the offense will now run primarily through RB Saquon Barkley, as veteren QB Eli Manning appears to be nothing more than a shadow of his former self. While rookie QB Daniel Jones managed to silence some of his critics after a very solid performance in his first preseason appearance – going 5/5 for 67 yards against the Jets – Giants CEO and team president John Mara has already announced that he hopes Jones doesn’t have to enter into the starting role for at least a full year.
With so many question marks surrounding the Giants heading into their Week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the betting market certainly doesn’t seem to have much preseason faith in an unexpected turnaround. The over/under Giants win total is currently set at just six games, which would only be a minor improvement on their 5-11 record during the 2018-19 regular season. The New York Giants odds overall certainly look quite bleak, as many sportsbooks have them listed as massive -800 favorites to miss the playoffs and +1200 underdogs to win the NFC East. That leaves only the Washington Redskins as bigger underdogs to take down the NFC East title, as the betting market has them available at +1400.
Since the chances of the Giants having any regular season success appears to be a definite longshot, their odds of making a postseason run are even worse. Oddsmakers have them listed at +8000 to take down Super Bowl LIV, which leaves the G-Men ahead of only Oakland (+10000), Washington (+10000), Arizona (+11000), Cincinnati (+12000), and Miami (+15000) in terms of expectations for championship success in 2019-20.
Even so, if Daniel Jones can develop into a surefire #1 NFL quarterback over the next couple of years, the pieces appear to be slowly coming together for a gradual resurgence for Big Blue. While Barkley is undoubtedly the biggest star offensively, Sterling Shepard could finally have a breakout year now that Beckham Jr. is no longer soaking up the entire spotlight in the receiving game. TE Evan Engram will also be responsible for a bigger workload as well, especially after the aforementioned Shepard fractured his thumb during the preseason and WR Corey Coleman tore his ACL in July.
Overall, the trend for New York Giant betting certainly is pointing towards another down season, which will likely be the case until the receiving corps get some depth and if/when Daniel Jones is ready to take over under center. Until then, it looks like Saquon Barkley will be forced to carry basically the entire offense, especially if Eli Manning is the starting quarterback for the duration of the regular season. Look for Barkley to be the lone bright spot in what is shaping up to be another underwhelming regular season for the Giants.