The New York Giants open their 2022 preseason schedule in New England against the Patriots. Here’s a look at the Giants’ betting odds for this ballgame.
The New York Giants open the Brian Daboll era on Thursday night with a preseason clash against the New England Patriots. This game stands as the 31st meeting between the clubs in the preseason and carries plenty of intriguing storylines and betting odds.
Fans remain eager for their first look at the G-Men with the offensive-minded Daboll at the helm. The Giants scored 258 points last season, last among NFC teams and second-fewest in the NFL. That said, new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka has been pleased with his unit’s progress in training camp.
While wagering on preseason games can be a tricky proposition, the betting odds for this Giants contest provide potential value.
Giants, Patriots Preseason Betting Odds
A look at the betting odds ahead of the Giants’ preseason opener with the New England Patriots indicates New York enters as the favorite. Preseason trends feature a wide variance for bettors, as favorites covered 53.3 percent of the time in 2021, but underdogs covered 60.8 percent of the time in 2019. (There was no preseason in 2020.)
Several New York sportsbooks carry lines and betting odds for this preseason. Most favor the Giants at this point despite New York having lost six games in a row to finish the 2021 season.
Giants Preseason Week 1 Preview
The sportsbooks favor the Giants in their betting odds ahead of this preseason Week 1 clash likely because New York looks to play its starters for at least a stretch early in this contest. Daboll expects “all of our guys” to play in the on Thursday.
Deploying the starters in preseason stands as a marked departure from what New York fans have seen in recent years. Under former head coach Joe Judge, who will be on the opposite sideline coaching for the Patriots on Thursday, starters rarely played in the preseason. Quarterback Daniel Jones played in one preseason game last season, and star running back Saquon Barkley’s played in only one during his four-year career.
Judge’s approach mirrored that of his mentor, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who often holds starters out of these contests. Neither Kenny Golladay nor Kadarius Toney played last preseason for the Giants, either.
But Daboll recognizes getting his starters additional live reps remains valuable for the first-time head coach.
“Everybody’s in new offensive and defensive systems here,” Daboll said in a recent interview. “I think that’s important to play football: to have live reps. How many reps that’s going to be, I can’t tell you right now. I think it’s going to be less for some and more for others, and each game will have a plan going into it.”
The Giants need a fast start this season, too, considering they’ve opened each of the last five campaigns 0-2. New York sports a 7-30 record through October over that span. This is a significant difference to Daboll’s early season experiences in Buffalo over the last three years, where the team went 15-6 through October.
Trends Don’t Affect Giants Betting Odds
The primary reason the Giants enter this preseason game as the favorites in betting odds is simply the anticipation of starters getting more reps against Patriots backups. The Giants also have some favorable betting specials this season.
New York went 0-6 both straight up and against the spread to finish last season, and 0-5 against the spread in their last five road contests. The Patriots, meanwhile, see favorable betting trends like being 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and last five Thursday contests.
That said, the Giants are 5-1 against the spread in the last six meeting between these two clubs.
The Under hit in five of the last six games between the Giants and Patriots, and in four of the last five meetings in New England. The Under is 21-6-1 in the Giants last 28 games overall.
Recent reports indicate offensive struggles in New England, so lean toward the Under for this contest. The Giants at -1.5 could be a favorable bet if Daniel Jones and the starters get an extended run in the first half. New York also features a veteran quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, who should also get reps in this game.