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How To Bet On New York Giants – Defensive Front Gives The Defending Champs A Chance

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/9/2012 3:36:02 PM

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride
Defensive Coordinator: Perry Fewell
Owner: John Mara and Steve Tisch
Stadium: Met Life Stadium
Capacity: 82,566
Super Bowl Wins: 4


The foremost bet on sports will tell you that the New York Giants can't expect to defend their world championship unless they get better at running the ball. In 2011, the Giants finished 8th in the NFL with 6,161 yards of offense, but they were dead last in the league in rushing the ball, averaging only 89.2 yards per game on the ground. The Giants depended entirely too much on third-down passing, especially in obvious passing situations such as third and eight or third and seven. It's one thing to be forced into lots of third and three situations, but the Giants really had to throw the ball even when opposing defenses were able to expect the pass. This year, the defending champions can't get away with that sort of thing. Opponents are going to defend Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks a lot better than they did last season. It's just the law of the jungle that in the NFL, teams adjust and catch up with you. New York needs a running game to stay ahead of the pack.

Grade: B


Sports betting lines will take note of how New York finished its victorious and triumphant 2011 campaign. Yes, the Giants finished 27th in the league, giving up 6,022 yards, including an average of 121.3 rushing yards per game. However, New York's front four was banged up for much of the season. When prime players returned to the lineup in January, the team rolled through the postseason. This is the strength of the Giants. The front four will harass opposing passers and give this team a chance to repeat.

Grade: A-

Special Teams

Prevailing online sportsbook odds are not going to view New York less favorably because of its punting. The Giants have a gem in punter Steve Weatherford. New York averaged 42 net yards per punt, one of the better totals in the league. Weatherford was consistently able to hang punts in the air, pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line on a consistent basis. Only seven NFL punters exceeded Weatherford's 28 punts inside the opponent's 20. Only seven punters eclipsed Weatherford's paltry total of just five touchbacks. The punting game was a major strength for Big Blue, especially in the playoffs.
New York's field goal kicking was somewhat shaky. Lawrence Tynes made 80.6 percent of his kicks in 2011, but he missed one field goal of under 30 yards, one under 40 yards, and three under 50 yards. Those are not acceptable totals.

Grade: B-


The Giants experienced a magic carpet ride last season, winning the whole ball of wax but not playing consistent football until the month of January. This team has to be good from September through December if it wants to repeat. The Giants need home-field advantage in the playoffs; stringing together back-to-back Super Bowls is usually not done on the road. Last year was an exceptional playoff season. This year, New York must thrive in the regular season. The Giants will win 10 games but lose in the first round of the playoffs.

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – vs. Dallas (Wednesday, September 5 -- 8:30 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Carolina (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 4 – at Philadelphia (8:20 PM ET)
Week 5 – vs. Cleveland (1:00 PM ET)
Week 6 – at San Francisco (4:25 PM ET)
Week 7 – vs. Washington (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – at Dallas (4:25 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Pittsburgh (4:25 PM ET)
Week 10 – at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – vs. Green Bay (8:20 PM ET)
Week 13 – at Washington (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. New Orleans (4:25 PM ET)
Week 15 – at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET)



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