You never knew what the New York Giants were going to do from week to week in 2012, which is why they finished with a 9-7 record in the regular season and failed to defend their Super Bowl title (although they made it into the postseason with an identical regular season in 2011). It is hard to believe that the same team that romped to a 26-3 Week 6 rout in San Francisco were shut out 34-0 in Atlanta in Week 15. How will they fare against the NFL betting lines in 2013?
Best Offseason Move
It was a relatively quiet offseason for the Giants, but the best move they made was, without a doubt, re-signing Victor Cruz to a six-year deal worth almost $46 million. Cruz showed that his breakout campaign in 2011 was no fluke, posting 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns, and those numbers are pretty impressive when you consider that defenses were paying more attention to the salsa-dancing receiver and doing everything to blanket him, especially for deep routes. The Giants couldn’t afford to lose Cruz, Eli Manning’s favorite target and along with Hakeem Nicks and the newly acquired Louis Murphy, the Giants could have one of the most explosive receiving corps in the league. But it all starts and ends with Cruz, who made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season.
Worst Offseason Move
The Giants may also need more out of their passing game if the ground game stumbles after they released Ahmad Bradshaw to give more work to David Wilson and Andre Brown. Bradshaw ran for 1,015 yards on 221 carries over 14 games, finding the end zone six times, and even ran for 200 yards against Cleveland in Week 5. Bradshaw just turned 27 in March and should have something left in the tank to offer Indianapolis, who snatched the running back up, and now the pressure is on Wilson, a speedy player that also returns kickoffs. The potential is there for the tandem of Wilson (who had some issues with holding on to the ball in 2012) and Brown (who can’t seem to stay healthy), but if they struggle, especially early, the decision to let go of Bradshaw could be a talking point in the New York media.
How They Will Finish In The Division
Football betting know that this team has never been consistent in the Tom Coughlin era and it seems like they only get up for “big” games. That needs to change, but it probably won’t and they are what they are under Coughlin. The Giants have the talent to win 10 games, even 11, but the NFC East is always a toss-up and now that Washington has improved, they could be the frontrunners, which could actually benefit the Giants. The other teams in the division will get most of the attention, which will help the Giants sneak into the playoffs and once they get there, they know what to do.
Super Bowl Odds: +1800