Should Giants Fans Still Be Optimistic Despite the Dreadful Opening Weekend?
The New York Giants play in the East division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). In their opening game of the season on September 10th, they lost 40-0 to the Dallas Cowboys.
The question being asked here is, despite their dreadful opening weekend, can the NYG fans remain optimistic about winning the division and making the playoffs? Let’s dive straight in to find out.
Can the Giants fans still be optimistic despite a terrible show in their opening game?
The opening game loss will have come as a huge shock to both the players and the fans, and it will be a big wake-up call. On Sunday, September 10th, they travelled away to play the Dallas Cowboys and ended up losing 40-0.
However, they bounced back from their woeful loss by beating the Arizona Cardinals 31-28 in their next game – a home game played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 17th. Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Jalin Hyatt were the standout players for the Giants.
It wasn’t a convincing win, but it will give both the players and fans the much-needed confidence boost after their opening game disaster.
What are the chances of the Giants winning the division or the NFL Championship?
Although it’s still early days, the chances of the Giants going on to win the division or the NFL Championship outright aren’t looking good.
For example, if you look at the latest odds at trusted online bookmakers like the official Comeon sports betting site, you will see that the Giants are currently the least favourite team to win the 2023/24 NFC East division (out of four teams).
They are also only the 21st favourite (out of 32 teams) to win the 2023/24 NFL Championships outright.
Let’s take a closer look at the odds:
· NFC East – the New York Giants are currently priced at +2,000 (American/moneyline odds) to win the division outright, meaning they only have a 4.8% implied probability rate of achieving this. In decimal odds, +2,000 is 21.00, and in fractional odds, it’s 20/1
· NFL Championship – the Giants are currently priced at 70/1 (American/moneyline odds), which is 71.00 (decimal odds), and 70/1 (fractional odds), with only a 1.40% chance of winning
They are also the least favourite team to win in their next game, which is at home to the San Francisco 49ers on September 21st. The 49ers are currently priced, on average, at around -500 (which is 1.20, or 1/5), with a whopping 83.30% chance of winning, and the Giants are priced at around +350 (4.50, or 7/2) with a 22.20 chance of winning.
The Giants then go on to play the Seattle Seahawks away on Monday, October 2nd, the Miami Dolphins at home on October 8th, and the Buffalo Bills at home on October 15th.
Other upcoming fixtures for the New York Giants are on October 22nd (away to the Washington Commanders), on October 29th (away to the New York Jets), and on November 5th (at home to the Las Vegas Raiders).