After the NFL Draft, odds makers at pregame.com decided the New York Giants have 20/1 odds of making the 2014 Super Bowl in New York. While these odds are not very impressive, they are certainly better than those of the New York Jets, who are six times less likely (120/1) to make the big game at MetLife Stadium.
I personally believe the Giants should have better odds, perhaps closer to those of the New Orleans Saints (18/1) or the Green Bay Packers (12/1), whom the Giants beat 52-27 and 38-10, respectively in 2012. With a solid NFL Draft and a dangerous offense, I would not be surprised if the team went 11-5 or 12-4. In addition, the idea of playing in a home Super Bowl game surely will provide further motivation for Tom Coughlin’s club to win the NFC Championship Game, as they have done three times since the turn of the century.
However, though the season is just beginning, the Giants are already facing several pressing issues. Without both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks at OTAs, Eli Manning has been forced to practice without either of his top targets. Additionally, fullback Henry Hynoski had surgery on Friday and is now battling to make it back by the season opener. Hoping to stay positive, Hynoski tweeted Friday, “The road to recovery starts now…thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers! Coming back stronger than ever!!! #allin.”
Until Cruz and Nicks have their contracts settled and join the team in practice, Giants fans are holding their collective breath. Once they do, and fans exhale, we can look forward to a strong season. Hopefully better than 20/1 odds of making the Super Bowl.