Regular-season meetings between the New England Patriots and New York Giants have gone New Engalnd’s way. The Patriots own a 6-4 advantage all-time in 10 regular-season games against the Giants, although early on the series was dominated by the Giants. The Giants blanked the then Boston Patriots 16-0 in the first game between the two teams in 1970 and had won three of the first four games through 1990. Ever since it’s been all Patriots. New England has gone 5-1 in the last six games and 4-1 all-time at New York.
The Super Bowl games between the Patriots and Giants are much like the preseason – dominated by the Giants. New York beat the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII and halted New England’s run at a perfect season with a 21-17 verdict in Super Bowl XLVI. Up until last season’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Giants quarterback ELI Manning was the only QB to beat Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. The Giants are 3-0 against AFC East teams in Super Bowls.
What About A Threepeat? – The Patriots-Giants, Dallas Cowboys over the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers over the Cincinnati Bengals are the only Super Bowl rematches where one team is 2-0. The Patriots-Eagles and Miami Dolphins-Washington Redskins are 1-1 in two Super Bowl meetings. There’s been just one Super Bowl rematch that’s occurred on three occasions and in that instance, the Pittsburgh Steelers own a 2-1 edge over the Dallas Cowboys.
Could the Patriots and Giants do it again in Super Bowl LIII? Well, the online sportsbooks like half of that matchup happening very much. The Patriots, looking to join the 1971-73 Dolphins (three) and the 1990-93 Bills (four) as the only teams to go to at least three Super Bowls in succession, are listed by Bovada as the +650 chalk to win Super Bowl LIII. The Patriots are also the +215 favorites to win the AFC Championship Game, and the overwhelming -800 choice to capture their 10th straight AFC East Division crown.
There’s nowhere near that kind of faith being shown in the Giants, however, as they come off a franchise-worst 13-loss season and begin anew under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur. Bovada puts the Giants down as the third betting choice to win the NFC East title at +600. They are 12th in the pecking order to with the NFC at +2800 and a distant 20th to win the Super Bowl at +5000. MyBookie places the odds of Super Bowl LIII being a Patriots-Giants affair at odds of +8000.
In Or Out? – Bovada has the Giants at odds of +250 to make the NFL playoffs in 2018. The Giants are given odds of -325 to miss the playoffs for a second season in a row, something they’ve done in five of the last six seasons and seven of the last nine campaigns. The Patriots haven’t sat out as postseason spectators since 2008 and they’ve only missed the playoffs twice since 2001. Naturally, Bovada has them at strong -1700 odds to be back in the postseason again in 2018. You’ll get odds of +850 if you play the Pats to be out.
Still The Same – For Patriots quarterback Brady, 40 proved to be . . . well it proved to be just like any other age for him, which is to say he was sensational. Brady led the NFL in passing yardage with 4577, his third title. Brady also led the NFL in this department in 2007 and 2005. His 32 touchdown passes placed Brady third overall in the league in that category. Will Brady slow down in 2018 as he turns 41 years of age? The online sportsbooks certainly don’t see that happening.
Bovada situates Brady as the +400 favorite to retain his crown as the NFL’s passing yardage king. They’ve slotted him in as the second betting choice at +350 to be on top of the NFL in touchdown passes. And at odds of +800, he’s the third betting option to retain his NFL MVP Award. Brady was also the league MVP in 2007 and 2010, but there’s only been one back-to-back winner of the honor since 1998 – Eli’s brother Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts in 2002-03 and again in 2008-09.
Bet365 is offering an over/under wager on Brady’s passing yardage this season, setting the total at 4500.5 yards. Play the over and you will be given odds of -138. The under is valued at odds of +100.
Eli Without Allies – It would appear that the long knives are out for Eli Manning, who struggled mightily in 2017 and was benched for a game for the first time in his NFL career. Bovada places Manning as their fourth betting option to lead the NFL in interceptions this season at +700. Manning was picked off 13 times last season, leaving him tied for seventh in the league. He is the co-13th choice to lead the NFL in passing yardage at +3300, and you’ll get odds of +8500 if you play Manning to be named the MVP.
He’s The Man – There is one Giants player who the sportsbook are all over and it’s rookie running back Saquon Barkley, the second player chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft. A star at Penn State, Barkley is expected to slot right into the New York backfield, and MyBookie has him as the overwhelming favorite to win the NFL offensive rookie of the year award at +100. Over at Bet365, you can play a player performance wager on Barkley’s rushing yardage, with the total set at 1100.5. An over wager is worth -110, while under is -125.
Bet365 has odds of +1800 on Barkley leading the NFL in touchdowns this season. Bovada puts the odds on Barkley leading the NFL in rushing yardage at +1000 and has odds on him of +6500 to earn NFL MVP honors.
Piling It Up – Bet365 offers a wager on which NFL team will score the most points this season and lists the Patiots as the +333 favorites. Along those same lines, Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots is the odds-on favorite to lead the NFL in regular-season kicking points. You’ll get odds of +200 on Gostkowski, who has led the league in scoring five times, including every season from 2012-15.