The New York Giants play in one of the NFL’s toughest divisions, the NFC East. They look to get their 2010 season off to a strong start when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 12.
Belmont.ag has made New York seven-point home favorites. The total is 40 ½-points.
The Giants have been slowly eroding since their February 2008 Super Bowl win over the Patriots. That was a team that relied on running the ball (fourth in the NFL) and defense (ranked 11th). The defense was also much more dominating in the playoffs.
Now fast forward to last year. New York’s defense ranked 15th, with the front-seven a big disappointment after supposedly being a strength.
The rushing attack was also ranked 17th, with bruising Brandon Jacobs not running nearly as hard as recent years. The passing game (ranked 11th) did improve a lot with Eli Manning, but that’s not how coach Tom Coughlin wants to win football games.
Carolina has a very young roster that is unproven at a lot of positions. Matt Moore should be the starting quarterback over Jimmy Clausen, but he’s not the type that wins games by himself, and he won’t get a lot of help.
Coach John Fox is still considered one of the best in the league, but he’s a lame duck with an expiring contract.
Game Prediction: The Giants are 9/1 to win the NFC, ranked behind five teams, including division rivals Dallas (9/2) and Philadelphia (7/1).
I think the Giants will be much better this year and should overwhelm Carolina in Week 1. I’m giving the points.