By Mike Rose
I bet the over of the New York Giants season wins total in each of Joe Judge’s two years at the helm in the Big Apple; it proved to be unwise. I was forced to settle for a push back in 2020 and then watched in disgust as the team only managed four measly wins last year. So does that mean I’m ready to reverse course and hit the under in 2022-23? Considering the GMEN have only cashed one over ticket dating back to 2011, it would make perfect sense - No shot! I still firmly believe there’s some uber talent on this roster that’s recently gone to waste with a trio of lame duck coaching staffs in hand over the last six seasons. That’s no longer the case with former Buffalo Bills OC Brian Daboll now taking over the reins with a competent staff surrounding him. Call me crazy, but I truly believe New York has it in it to pull off one of those worst-to-first feats regardless of owning the lowest win total in the division. Along with hitting the over at a nice +127 return at Sugarhouse Sportsbook,
I’ll also be taking fliers on the Giants winning the division (+700) and qualifying for the playoffs (+260). With the offensive line dramatically improved in both free agency and the NFL Draft, the arrow is most definitely pointing up for the offense with the amount of firepower currently on the roster. While the defense lost a number of key cogs due to salary cap issues, Wink Martindale is a rock-solid DC that will march a competent unit onto the field. The success or lack thereof will ultimately come down to quarterback play. Is “Danny Dimes” ready to show he was worthy of being selected No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft? I’m banking on it with the QB whisperer now roaming the sidelines.
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New York Giants Season Wins Total: 7.5 Under -155
The betting markets don’t look to be buying into the Giants bouncing back as evidenced by the amount of juice linemakers are forcing you to lay on the under of their season wins total. But before you jump into the fray, just know this. The 2022-23 New York Football Giants are expected to run up against the easiest schedule in the league; so says the folks over at Sharp Football Analysis. While schedule strength should never be the only thing utilized when betting season win totals, more times than not said teams with easier schedules normally thrive that year. That paired with the firepower on the offensive side of the ball leads me to believe the franchise’s five-year run of going under comes to a close come early January.
New York Giants Football Schedule
Week 1: Giants at Titans, Sunday, September 11, 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 2: Panthers at Giants, Sunday, September 18, 1 p.m. ET
Week 3: Cowboys at Giants, Monday, September 26, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 4: Bears at Giants, Sunday, October 2, 1 p.m. ET
Week 5: Packers at Giants, Sunday, October 9, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network
Week 6: Ravens at Giants, Sunday, October 16, 1 p.m. ET
Week 7: Giants at Jaguars, Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m. ET
Week 8: Giants at Seahawks, Sunday, October 30, 4:25 p.m. ET
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Texans at Giants, Sunday, November 13, 1 p.m. ET
Week 11: Lions at Giants, Sunday, November 20, 1 p.m. ET
Week 12: Giants at Cowboys, Thursday, November 24, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 13: Commanders at Giants, Sunday, December 4, 1 p.m. ET
Week 14: Eagles at Giants, Sunday, December 11, 1 p.m. ET
Week 15: Giants at Commanders, Sunday, December 18, 1 p.m. ET
Week 16: Giants at Vikings, Saturday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET
Week 17: Colts at Giants, Sunday, January 1, 1 p.m. ET
Week 18: Giants at Eagles, Sunday, January 8, 1 p.m. ET
We’ll start this dissertation off with a breakdown of what the Giants did in the first round of the draft. Snagging EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 5 was a steal. The kid at one point was favored to be the first player taken off the board and is a freakish athletic specimen.
His presence will undoubtedly help improve a weak pass rush that only produced 34 sacks (No. 22). With the No. 7 pick, new GM Joe Schoen snagged Alabama’s Evan Neal - arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft. By also inking former Colts standout guard Mark Glowinski, New York’s offensive line can make a dramatic jump in the rankings regardless of heading into the season ranked No. 18 by PFF and No. 25 by FTN Fantasy. Both Jones and Saquon Barkley figure to benefit greatly from improved play up front, so that’s definitely something to gauge throughout the first half of New York’s regular season schedule. Mind you, four of their first six games will be played in the comforts of MetLife Stadium which should allow this retooled roster the time it needs to flourish in the back half of the schedule once everyone’s on the same page.
Only three road games will be played before the bye. They open at the Titans and then travel to Jacksonville and Seattle before the Week 9 off-week. NY will only be forced to play seven true road games with a neutral bout going in Week 5 versus Green Bay across the pond. After the break, it’ll oppose all three divisional opponents on the road along with a Week 16 visit to the Twin Cities. It gets Houston, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis at home in the back half. You can’t ask for a better schedule than that if this team is ultimately fighting for division supremacy or a playoff spot.
I like what this team has done to reshape itself in the offseason. More importantly, the talent is at a level that could see it far exceed expectations. If Kenny Golladay remembers he signed a huge free agent contract last year and Kadarius Toney stays healthy, I foresee huge fantasy/prop showings put forth by both players. Should elite Saquon return, the sky’s the limit for this team which would have Daboll the likely runaway winner of the Coach of the Year Award. He’s currently the +1400 running favorite at SugarHouse to pull off the feat!
New York Giants Season Win Total Prediction: Over 7.5