Can the Giants Take Another Step Forward in NFC East?

Can the Giants Take Another Step Forward in NFC East?

The New York Giants made an unlikely playoff run last season, beating the Minnesota Vikings in the wild card round and surprising NY sportsbooks along the way.

It was a very successful season for Brian Daboll in his first year as head coach and now it’s time for the Giants to take the next step. 

So, how did the Giants do in the offseason as try to catch the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East? According the latest Giants playoff chances, not great.

Here are the comings and goings of a busy off-season for the Giants.

Notable Free-Agent Additions: TE Darren Waller, LB Bobby Okereke, DL A’Shawn Robinson

Notable Free-Agent Losses: WR Kenny Golladay, S Julian Love, C Nick Gates

Top Draft Picks: CB Deonte Banks, C John Michael Schmitz, WR Jalin Hyatt

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New York Giants 2023 Super Bowl Odds

Check BetMGM NY over the last few months and you will notice that the Giants Super Bowl odds have actually decreased this offseason.

Opening LineBefore Free Agency (3/8)Before NFL Draft (4/12)After NFL Draft (5/9)

The Giants have made some solid moves this offseason, including trading for former Pro Bowl TE Darren Waller. They’ve improved their offensive line and locked up Daniel Jones on a new four-year contract. They were even able to bring back Saquon Barkley (franchise tag) and add some key contributors on defense. 

However, the rest of the teams in their division got a whole lot better, too. And that’s the rub here with the Giants. Even with a good off-season, both the Eagles and the Cowboys appear to be better on paper, too. They just don’t have the overall talent and depth of the top two teams in the division and their offense just isn’t explosive enough yet to hang with better teams in the conference. 

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New York Giants 2023 NFC East Odds

Let’s look at the odds, again via BetMGM, for the Giants to win the NFC East during the 2023-2024 season to see if they have increased or decreased following the NFL Draft.

Opening LineBefore Draft (4/25)After Draft (5/9)

Despite the moves they made in the offseason and in the draft, the Giants remain a distant third to win the NFC East. The Eagles are the favorites at +100 and the Cowboys aren’t far behind at +175. With the Giants going 0-5 against the Eagles and Cowboys last season, it still feels like they are a few steps behind their division rivals. Make sure you check out the best New York sportsbook promo codes if you decide to make an early wager on the upcoming NFL season.

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Marcus’s Verdict

The Giants benefited from a very easy schedule last season and it allowed them to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7-1. The issue is that they won just one game in the NFC East last season and it doesn’t appear they are any closer to catching the Eagles or Cowboys.

With the Giants playing a much tougher schedule in 2023, they seem like a team that is primed to regress. The overall roster is better, but not enough to be a playoff team again this season. It’s going to take a lot of improvement from Daniel Jones and the rest of the offense for this team to win 9+ games again.

Despite the good vibes going around New York right now, don’t bet on the Giants to win the division, let alone compete for a Super Bowl. They just aren’t ready for that level of play in the NFC quite yet.



Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for The managing editor of The Raiders Wire is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.

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