The New York Giants could surpass expectations if Saquon Barkley has an MVP-type season. Anything short of that from the second-year running back, however, will likely doom the Giants Super Bowl odds.
Uncomplemented by a mediocre passing attack and a defense with question marks, New York’s stout running game is the strength of this team. The problem with that, as New York sports betting odds have accounted for, is that opponents are aware.
Giants 2020 Super Bowl odds: offseason recap
The narrative of the past offseason for the Giants is more about losses than gains. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., safety Landon Collins and guard Olivier Vernon are now on other rosters.
While it could be argued New York’s offensive line actually improved with the addition of Kevin Zeitler and the healthy return of Jon Halapio, those gains might be negated by the downgrade from Beckham at wide receiver that Golden Tate represents.
Losing Collins to division-rival Washington will hurt, and Jabrill Peppers is a solid but unspectacular replacement. That could be said of many of the Giants’ defensive starters.
With an aging Eli Manning simply filling the gap until Daniel Jones gains the confidence of the coaching staff, 2019 could be a lost season. Books involved in sports betting in New York along with other states see it that way.
Books see Super Bowl LIV as a giant endeavor
Although mobile sports betting in New York remains illegal, New York casinos are ready to accommodate bettors. New Yorkers who live close to either New Jersey or Pennsylvania can cross into those states to place mobile bets, as well.
Las Vegas has the Giants among the least likely teams to win Super Bowl LIV. Only the Miami Dolphins currently have longer odds. Several other legal books also have odds posted on that:
- DraftKings +8000
- FanDuel +8000
- PointsBet +10000
- SugarHouse +8000
- William Hill +8000
Similarly, sportsbooks have New York as an unlikely participant in the next Super Bowl. PointsBet and William Hill have the Giants +5000 to represent the NFC on Sunday, Feb. 2.
As much of a surprise as it would be for New York to play on the first Sunday in February, it would be an equal shocker if the Giants are even a playoff contender.
Other Giants futures: NFC East title and more
Vegas continues its dismay about New York this season by slotting the Giants at 16/1 to win their division. PointsBet lists New York at +1500 to do the same.
For bettors who are more apt to take a risk on the Giants nabbing a wild card spot, FanDuel has the best line on that. New York is +1200 there.
PointsBet and SugarHouse have the best line on the Giants qualifying for the postseason in any fashion. New York is +500 to make the playoffs at those books.
The best line on the Giants’ win expectancy is +185 on DraftKings and Sugarhouse. That’s for the under on 4.5 wins.
For those who would rather bet on Giants player futures, plenty of options are available on several books.
Giants player futures: Barkley looks sparkly
That upgraded offensive line has helped Barkley’s betting lines. Barkley is among the favorites at all the books on a couple of bets and a strong contender in a few more.
The best line on whether Barkley will lead the league in rushing yards is at DraftKings and Sugarhouse. They have him +500 to do so.
DraftKings and SugarHouse also have Barkley +1100 to lead the league in rushing touchdowns. That’s currently the best line available of the aforementioned books.
As far as garnering awards goes, FanDuel lists Barkley at +3400 to be named the league’s MVP. He’s more favored to win the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year award by DraftKings and SugarHouse at +2500.
For the daring bettor or hardcore Giants fan, DraftKings and SugarHouse also have Barkley at +15000 to lead the league in receiving yards for the best action there. FanDuel lists him at the same odds to catch the most touchdown passes in the league.
Barkley certainly isn’t the sum total of New York players available for in-season props, however.
Other Giants player futures: Manning, Tate and more
Sportsbooks aren’t high on Manning for the coming season, with William Hill listing his chance of leading the NFL in passing yards at +20000. DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet and SugarHouse all give Manning +15000 odds of throwing the most touchdown passes in the league.
Manning is +10000 on FanDuel to win the league MVP. That’s the best action on that bet currently available.
FanDuel also considers him a longshot for the AP Offensive Player of the Year at +16000. One of Manning’s potential primary targets, Tate, is +15000 on DraftKings and SugarHouse to lead the NFL in receiving yards. FanDuel has Tate at +10000 to catch the most touchdown passes.
Jones is actually a strong contender for the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. PointsBet has the best line on him doing so at +3000.
No. 17 overall selection defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is a decent play for the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award. The best line on that is at DraftKings, PointsBet or SugarHouse, +5000.
Pat Shurmur has the longest odds of all NFL head coaches to win the AP Coach of the Year award. DraftKings and SugarHouse slot him at +6600 on that bet currently.
Barkley is the best talent on the Giants roster, and that’s no secret. Unless he has an unspeakably amazing season, it’s also no secret that New York won’t be trotting him out in the playoffs this year either.