New York Giants Super Bowl 50 Odds Analysis
2014 Season in Review: The GoodThe Giants (6-10 SU, 7-9 ATS, 10-6 O/U) finished seventh in passing (267.0 ypg), while Eli Manning finished sixth in passing yards (4,410). New York also ranked a respectable 13th in scoring by putting up 23.8 points per game. The best thing that happened to the Giants last season was that they found out they have the game’s best young wide receiver in sure-handed wideout Odell Beckham Jr. The aptly-nicknamed ‘ODB’ had a rookie season for the ages in catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and a dozen touchdowns (including one of the greatest ever). Unfortunately, that’s about where all the good news ended for the G-Men in 2014.
The BadWhen you take the ‘good’ of Eli Manning, you also have to take the ‘bad’. Manning threw 14 interceptions last season, marking the 10th straight year he has accomplished that unwanted feat. Over his last two seasons, Manning has thrown 48 touchdown passes and a whopping 41 interceptions. The Giants also finished just 23rd in rushing with second-year back Andre Williams leading the team with a modest 721 yards and dismal 3.3 yards-per-carry average.
The Giants’ defense was mostly downright ugly last season, finishing 29th overall, (375.8 ypg) while allowing a whopping 135.1 rushing yards per game to rank 30th. Let’s take a look at New York’s statistics from this past season.
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2015 Prognosis: High Needs: Offensive LineThe Giants need offensive line help pretty bad if you ask me. While right tackle Justin Pugh and left guard Weston Richburgh are entrenched as productive starters, New York could really stand upgrades at every other position, which is why I suspect they’ll take an offensive lineman with their first round draft pick.
Running BackUnless you’re absolutely fine with Andre Williams’ underwhelming season, then you’ve got to know that the Giants need to upgrade their running back position immediately. Veteran Peyton Hillis is not, repeat, not, an elite running back despite making it to the cover of John Madden a couple of years ago.
Moderate Needs: LinebackerI like middle linebacker Jameel McClain and second-year outside linebacker Devon Kennard, but I’m not real big on veteran Spencer Paysinger. The Giants need some depth and at least one new starter here in my estimation.
Low needs: Defensive LineThe G-Men slapped the franchise tag on superstar Jason Pierre-Paul, but thy need to get JPP some help up front, particularly on the left side where Jonathan Hankins and Kerry Wynn just don’t cut it for me.
Super Bowl OddsNew York Giants +4500 The Giants are right in the middle of the pack with their 2015 Super Bowl Futures Odds, tied with the Texans, Chargers and Dolphins. Like their brethren in this group, it would appear the Giants have an outside shot of reaching the postseason. Unlike the three teams they’re favored alongside of, at least the Giants have a history of overachieving and coming up big no matter what their seed is in the playoffs.
Manning, NY no closer to extension – ESPN (blog) http://t.co/rlOpeqnVBY — New York Giants ne (@NewYorkGiantsne) March 23, 2015