Giants' 2014 Win Total Odds
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After suffering through a frustrating year in 2013, how many games will the New York Giants win in 2014?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Giants' win total for 2014 is currently sitting at over/under 8. For the past three years New York has hung around that mark, going 9-7 in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012, and then 7-9 a year ago as quarterback Eli Manning struggled playing behind a brutal offensive line.
Speaking of which, the Giants made a couple of moves this offseason in efforts to improve the offensive line. They signed former Chiefs' O-lineman Geoff Schwartz to a free agent deal and also added former Redskins center J.D. Walton. The team also signed running back Rashad Jennings, who should start, as well as linebacker Jameel McClain, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and safety Quintin Demps.
The Giants' free agent losses included receiver Hakeem Nicks (Colts), defensive end Justin Tuck (Raiders), cornerback Aaron Ross (Ravens) and running back Andre Brown (Texans). All four of those players won Super Bowls with the Giants over the past decade.
In the draft the Giants selected LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round and nabbed Colorado State center Weston Richburg in the second. Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle out of Syracuse, was taken off the board in the third and the team took bruising running back Andre Williams of Boston College in the fourth.
Whether or not the Giants will have a bounce-back year and win over 8 games depends on Manning. If the additions the team made this offseason to improve the O-line help, then Manning should be able to limit his interceptions (a problem last season). Hiring former Packers' assistant Ben McAdoo should also help the offense become more explosive, as he's installing the same system that Aaron Rodgers has run under Mike McCarthy. While questions remain, Tom Coughlin should have New York competitive again in 2014.