NFL Betting: Breaking down the Giants Offense for 2015
The recent history of the New York Giants has been very much “all or nothing” seasons. Although the team can brag about their two Super Bowl victories since 2008 giving them more championships than any other NFL team during that span of time, New York has just one playoff appearance and no postseason wins in six of the last seven years giving Giants fans and NFL Betting fans a hard time watching them play. Last season marked a third straight failed attempt at making the postseason, and their 6-10 record was the worst since Eli Manning was a rookie. Coach Coughlin’s squad came in third place in the NFC East, after suffering a seven-game losing streak beggining in Week 6.
While their defense is being talked about for their poor showing and obligation to improve in this new season, New York’s offense is called to be one of the best offensive lines in pro football.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 6, 2015
Eli Manning’s 2014 season wasn’t the easiest one to play, we can be honest about that, but he bounced-back despite playing in a new offensive system. After finding difficulties to adjust to offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s West Coast offense, Manning should be able to show signs of improvement and comfort in 2015. Manning’s production has often been a result of his level of pass protection. When given the proper time to throw the ball, he is one of the best in the business. It shouldn’t come as a shock if the 34-year-old throws less interceptions and goes for over 4,000 passing yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. had a season to remember even with his team’s poor performing. With only 12 games under his belt he has become most probably the best playmaker in all of pro football. As a rookie he kept on improving game after game, and that should only continue this season. Beckham has an innate ability to catch passes most receivers wouldn’t even dream of trying to grab, and that makes him a perfect fit for a QB like Manning.
Victor Cruz is returning from a ruptured right patellar tendon, and there’s no real guarantee that he’ll go back to being the explosive receiver he was. But Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara has said Cruz looks faster than ever, and he has a chance to have a big year playing opposite Beckham.
The Giants had one of the worst running backs in all of professional football in 2014, it’s as simple as that, taking that into consideration one would think the Giants should be improved in 2015, but without any big off season moves to better up their line, will they really improve? Shane Vereen joins the backfield, and while he’s a threat to catch passes, the former Patriot has never even totaled 400 rushing yards in a year. Andre Williams should be improved in his second season, although he will probably not have what’s needed to be a 1,000 yard RB. Rashad Jennings can come out to be a good change for Williams but at the end of the day he’s just not good enough to be the top rusher on a team with a strong ground game.
In a pass driven offense carried by Eli Manning there aren’t enough carries to be had between the three rushers. An improved offensive line might give them better numbers, but a lack of play makers in the backfield will force the Giants to rely heavily on Manning’s arm.