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Giants At Buccaneers, Week 4 Odds: Giants Are 3-Point Underdogs

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Big Blue faces long odds of reaching the playoffs

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Can the New York Giants become the first NFL team since the 1998 Buffalo Bills to start a season 0-3 and make the playoffs? If they are going to do that, they need to start on road Sunday with a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants are 3-point underdogs.

“I think number one is we can’t worry about playoffs this week, we just have to get a win. That’s number one,” coach Ben McAdoo said on Monday. “We can’t accomplish going to the playoffs or getting a playoff berth or anything like that this week. All we can focus on is the way we prepare so we can go down and perform well in Tampa.

“It’s going to be a tough ballgame. It’s going to be another warm one. That’s where our focus needs to be. We can only focus on what we can control and that’s the way we prepare.

Per Odds Shark, 168 NFL teams have started the season 0-3 since 1980. Only five, 2.9 percent, have made the playoffs. The feat hasn’t been accomplished in the last 18 seasons.

FiveThirtyEight gives the Giants an 8 percent chance of breaking that streak.