You know the NFL preseason is getting serious when we're up to the New York-New York game in New Jersey. And lately, they've left these annual exhibition games to be decided at the very last moment. The Giants won 32-31 last season when the Jets failed on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter. The Giants were 21-20 winners in 2016 when Tavarres King caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib and Josh Brown converted with 2:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Lest you think that all Giants-Jets preseason games are compelling affairs, allow us to correct that misnomer. Five of their last eight preseason meetings were determined by margins of 10 points or greater. The Giants hold a 29-19-1 advantage in this annual series that's been taking place since 1969. The Giants have won four straight games as the visting team against the Jets in preseason play. During the regular season, the Giants have three in a row and five of six all-time at the Jets.
Big Numbers - Oh, there will be points scored. That's one truism you can always count on when the Jets and Giants clash in the preseason. The average total for the past five exhibition games between the Giants and Jets is 50.8 points per game. In the last two games, the total averaged out to an even 52 points per game. Both teams have gone over 20 points in four of the last five meetings. The Giants have scored 31.8 points per game in last five regular-season games against the Jets.
Worst Of The Worst - The Jets won Super Bowl III. The Giants have been to five Super Bowls and won four of them. But would you bet either team to win Super Bowl LIII? If you do and they indeed do win, you will be very wealthy. BetOnline lists the Giants as +2500 to win the Super Bowl this season, which puts them right in the middle of the pack, co-13th choice with three other teams.
But the Jets, well let's just say they haven't taken flight. BetOnline pegs New York's AFC team as the least likeliest team to win Super Bowl LIIII at odds of +15000. The Jets are also fixed in as the longshot to win the AFC Championship at +6600, and they are a distant +400 and last again in the odds to win the AFC East Division title. The Giants are +1200 to win the NFC Championship, the same odds assigned to the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
The Giants are the third choice to win the NFC East at +500. But if you really want to get all up and crazy with your wagering dollars, MyBookie is offering odds of +120000 on Super Bowl LIII being a Jets-Giants showdown.
Rebound Like Beckham - The 2017 season in which they went 3-13 was a dreadful affair for just about everyone in a Giants uniform, and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was among those who suffered. His receptions dropped from 101 to 25 and his TD catches from 10 to three. He feuded with teammates and there was speculation that Beckham would be traded. But MyBookie sees a big rebound year in store for Beckham. They've pegged him at +800 to lead the NFL in receiving yardage, fifth overall in the pecking order.
Betway is another sportsbook that appears to be championing the cause of a Beckham turnaound in 2018. Betway has Beckham as their co-second choice to lead the NFL in receiving yards at +1200. In their future book on the NFL Comeback Player Of The Year, Beckham is one of the top contenders for the award at +500. You can also get +2500 odds on Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in this future book.
Triple Threat - One of the reasons why football people can see Beckham's talents again coming to the fore is the presence of running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants' first-round draft choice. A triple threat as a runner, receiver and return man at Penn State, Barkley went off for 2329 all-purpose yards last season, 1903 of which were gained from the line of scrimmage. MyBookie lists Barkley as the runaway favorite to be the NFL's offensive rookie of the year at odds of +140. You'll get the same odds on Barkley at BetOnline.
Taking Their Darnold Time - Barkley was chosen second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, but you won't get anywhere near those odds on the player who was chosen third overall, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, and with good reason. The Jets have been very public about their plans to groom Darnold slowly, and have him listed as the No. 3 QB on their depth chart behind veterans Teddy Bridgwater and Josh McCown. MyBookie's odds on Darnold winning the NFL's offensive rookie of the year are set at +1500. He's +1600 at BetOnline.
Faith In Eli - Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, but last season he was just another Giant who took a giant step backward. He was even benched for a game for the first time in his NFL career, leading some to wonder if Manning's best days were behind him. The Giants showed their faith in Manning by selecting Barkley in a QB-rich draft, but MyBookie doesn't seem as sold on Manning. They've got him down as +6500 to lead the NFL in passing this season.
MyBookie places Manning at odds of +5800 to win the NFL's MVP Award. BetOnline shows a little more faith in Manning's ability, listing him as +3300 to win the MVP honors, but TopBet goes in the opposite direction. Their odds have Manning at +7000 to win the MVP this season. Betway has Manning listed at +8000 to be the NFL's MVP and at +5000 to finish up the season as the league leader in passing yardage. Betway will also offer you odds of +15000 that Darnold will end his rookie season as the passer with the most yardage.
Betway also offers MVP future book odds on Barkley (+6600), Beckham (+8000) and Darnold (+25000).