Last week, the New York Giants became the first defending Super Bowl champions in 13 years to lose their opening game of the next season since when they were beaten by the Dallas Cowboys. Thanks to last Wednesday’s game, they have a long week of preparation to get ready for the visit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It is difficult to say that this is a must-win game, but considering the fact that they were the only team in the NFC East to lose in Week 1 and they were the only one that played at home, this is clearly a game in which the New York Giants need to make for successful NFL picks.
As great as the Giants have been, one thing that they haven’t been is special at MetLife Stadium. Dating back to the middle of the 2009 season, New York has played 24 home games. It is just 12-12 SU and 8-15-1 ATS in those clashes. The Giants have averaged just 23.7 PPG in those outings, a far cry from the 28.8 PPG that they have averaged over the course of their last five games on the road, all of which have ended in SU victories and covers.
Worse is that this week, the Giants are laying 9-points to Tampa Bay on the opening Week 2 lines. The last six times that New York was favored by at least 8.5-points at home, it is just 2-4 SU and an incredibly dismal 0-6 ATS.
Clearly, something is going to need to change for the Giants. QB Eli Manning only threw for 213 yards in Week 1, and he was consistently under pressure from the front seven of the Dallas Cowboys. Though Manning was only sacked three times, he also only completed two passes for the entire game that went for more than 12 yards.
It is easy to overreact to just one week, as there are a number of teams that have come out of the blocks at 0-1 and gone on to greatness, not the least of which were last year’s Giants, who were crippled by the Washington Redskins in Week 1. The rest for them was obviously history.
Still, to start off at 0-2, almost certainly two games behind the leaders in the NFC East could be a death sentence this year. It’s a sentence that Head Coach Tom Coughlin and his staff are going to work hard to make sure doesn’t happen against Tampa Bay in Week 2.