Last season the Giants won four games and finished at the bottom of the NFC East. The team has a lot of issues heading into the 2022 season, which is why it is no shock they are not getting much love from the oddsmakers.
At FanDuel New York, the Giants are major longshots to win the Super Bowl with futures posted odds at +800. They also have the sixth-worst odds to win the NFC title at +4400 and even have the worst odds to win the NFC East at +600.
New Guy at the Top
Brian Daboll is the new head coach of the Giants after being the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills for the last three seasons. He was hired to bring life to an offense that ranked second-to-last in the NFL last season in points per game and passing yards per game. He has a solid pedigree for turning the Bills’ offense into one of the best in the league, but can he do the same in the Big Apple?
The team is giving Daniel Jones another chance to be the starting QB, but they don’t seem to have a lot of faith in him. The Giants did not pick up his fifth-year option on his rookie contract, so he will be a free agent after the season. The sixth overall pick from the 2019 draft has shown flashes of being a solid signal-caller, but he missed six games with an injury last season and has not shown he can be the guy under center. Last season in 11 games, he did cut down on his turnovers but only passed for 10 TD with seven interceptions and ranked 22nd in the league in QBR.
Besides Jones, the team needs 2018’s second-overall pick Saquon Barkley to stay healthy and play as he did in his first two seasons in the league when he rushed for over 1,000 yards. He tore his ACL and missed most of the 2020 season, and last season in 13 games, he only rushed for 593 yards averaging a less than stellar 3.7 yards per carry.
The offensive line, which has ranked 30th and 31st in the last two seasons according to Pro Football Focus, was bolstered in the off-season, and there is talent at the wide receiver position. However, Jones and Barkley have a lot to prove this season in what may be their last in New York if they do not step up their game.
The defense was decent, at best, last season, and the team has high hopes for 2022’s fifth overall pick, edge-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. However, the secondary lost some talent, so Thibodeaux will have to bolster a pass rush that only had 34 sacks last season.
The Giants are in the pretty wide-open NFC East, but they have a tough early schedule, so getting off to a good start will be a tall task. In their first, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers and in their sixth game, face the Baltimore Ravens, who are a solid team with Lamar Jackson back and healthy.
There is some hope in the Big Apple with some solid young players the Giants have, but Daboll has his work cut out for a team that has not had a winning record since the 2016 season.