The New York Giants head into Week 2 of the preseason with a number of roster battles on going. Here’s a look at the betting odds for this preseason game versus the Bengals.
The New York Giants head into this Week 2 preseason contest with the Cincinnati Bengals following a 23-21 victory over the Patriots last week. The G-Men scored their first win of the Brian Daboll era on a field goal as time expired. New York landed an against-the-spread victory as well, and bettors see the Giants’ betting odds favor them for this battle.
New York used their starters for a few series in their first preseason matchup and saw decent early results. The expectation heading into Week 2 of the preseason is that Giants’ starters will see even more action on Sunday. That information, coupled with Cincinnati sitting their best players, leads sportsbooks to favor the Giants in this one.
While wagering on preseason games can be a tricky proposition, Giants fans and bettors see potentially valuable betting odds for this contest.
Giants, Bengals Preseason Betting Odds
The Giants come to this contest following a straight up and against the spread victory in Week 1 of the preseason. That game hit the over by 10.5 points, which probably led to this week’s Giants betting odds seeing a higher total. The Bengals also went way over in their first preseason game.
This week could see a similar uptick in scoring, as the Giants look to extend their starters for the first time this preseason. New York registered with 418 total yards against the Patriots last week, including 177 yards on 38 carries. The Bengals surrendered 112 rushing yards last week in their 36-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
PointsBet might list the best betting odds for Giants fans to consider. The sportsbook currently favors New York -6 (-105) on the spread.
Giants Preseason Week 2 Preview
Last week, the Giants moved the ball well against the Patriots, with starting quarterback Daniel Jones going 6-for-10 passing for 69 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley gained 13 yards on his four carries and made one catch for eight yards. Bettors see intriguing player props for Barkley heading into 2022.
That said, New York’s offensive line remains shaky, especially now that starting left guard Shane Lemieux might not be ready for the regular season opener. Starting center Jon Feliciano also missed practice time this week due to injury.
Jones is expected to play more than he did in the preseason opener, though Coach Daboll mentioned this week he hoped to get backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor reps with the first team as well. Whether Taylor makes a push for the starting spot remains to be seen, but at this point, it can’t be dismissed.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced earlier this week that Cincinnati’s starters will sit out this preseason contest. That announcement helped tilt the betting odds in the Giants favor this week.
Some Trends Favor Giants Betting Odds vs Bengals
The New York Giants won and covered in Week 1 of the preseason, which pushed their against the spread record to 8-3 over their last 11 exhibition games. The Bengals, meanwhile, come to this contest just 3-6 against the spread in their last nine preseason contests.
The Bengals are just 1-5 straight up in their last six preseason contests, and remain unlikely to field their top players in this one. That said, Cincinnati enters with a 6-1 against the spread mark in their last seven exhibition games as an underdog. The Giants have covered only once in their last eight preseason games as a favorite.
The Giants have seen the over hit in five of their last nine exhibition contests, while Cincinnati’s seen it hit in six of their last eight preseason games.