The odds makers are not terribly confident in the 2019 New York Giants. After the departure of Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, and Landon Collins, their concerns might have merit.
As Pete Watt of Oddschecker.com wrote to Big Blue View, “The murmurings during the off season that this could be the year that New York turns green have been getting louder and louder as we approach pre-season. With the odds throwing even more weight behind this opinion, it’s safe to expect decent money being put on the Jets perhaps not to win the Super Bowl, but to at least finish above their rivals. The Jets are -150 favorites to come away with a win when the two sides meet in November, and will be hoping to have those bragging rights at the very least, but the Giants cannot be ruled out at +130.”
There is, of course, plenty of time for things to change between now and the regular season, but as of this writing, the odds makers have the Giants as +7500 underdogs to be the last team standing. For reference, the New England Patriots lead the league as +750 favorites, with the Kansas City Chiefs (+850) and New Orleans Saints (+900) following close behind.
The Giants are tied with the Oakland Raiders for the 27th longest odds to win the Superbowl and are ahead of only the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Miami Dolphins (respectively). By process of elimination, the first time in nearly a decade, the New York Jets have better odds of winning the Super Bowl than do the Giants. Not significantly better odds, mind you, with the Jets tied with the Denver Broncos just ahead of the Giants at +7000. With a young quarterback for whom the arrow is seemingly pointed up and some potentially shrewd additions like Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, and Quinnen Williams, odds makers are slightly more bullish on the other team in New York City.
But as Watt writes, history might be on the Giants’ side, saying “However, with 2011 still so fresh in the memory that it still hurts, Jets fans will know not to get too far ahead of themselves.”
The Jets being favored over the Giants is to with the Super Bowl a pretty rare occurrence, with the last time being 2011. Of course, that year we all got an object lesson in how the fortunes of teams can change on a dime — or in this case, a play.
We all remember Christmas Eve of that year, when the Giants faced a Jets team riding the confidence of their brash coach. The Giants, on the other hand, were stumbling with their backs (and play-off hopes) against the wall. Then in one play, the tide of the season turned and the likely futures of both teams changed.
The two teams won’t be playing on Christmas Eve this year, but the Giants will certainly hope that history repeats itself. When the two teams meet for real on November 10th, they surely hope keep NYC from turning green en route to stunning the odds makers and winning The Big Game.
Whether or not they can actually pull that off remains to be seen.