Looking for a long shot with teeth? That would be none other than the NFC East Champion Giants. New York battled inconsistency throughout the regular season, but that was to be expected from a team hit so hard by injury. Now, though, Eli Manning and his cohorts appear to be on the same page, which is a dangerous prospect for the other three NFC contenders. The latest 2012 Super Bowl Odds give the Giants some credit, but at 14 to 1 the return is still substantial and the risk definitely worth taking.
New York lost to the Packers, 49ers, and Saints all within a span of four weeks during the regular season but it showed well in two of those setbacks (Green Bay, San Francisco), indicating a second tussle could result in a different outcome.
The Giants are finally healthy on offense with running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs both contributing to a rushing attack that ranked dead last during the regular season (89.2 ypg/3.5 ypc). The result of the pair working together has been evident over the last five weeks with New York averaging 118.8 rush yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry.
Eli Manning and the passing game have been potent all season long, but they become more so with an effective ground game. Just ask the Falcons, who gave up 270 yards through the air (8.4 yards per pass) and 172 rush yards in last weekend’s 24-2 Wild Card loss to the Giants.
New York opposition’s biggest cause for concern, though, is the recent play of Tom Coughlin’s defense. The Giants were anything but dominant for the majority of the regular season, ranking 27th in the league in yards per game allowed, but the final two games and last week’s playoff win revealed a much more intimidating unit.
Need a reason to take a flyer on another surprise Giants Super Bowl run? New York has allowed an average of 10 points and 292.7 yards per game over the last three weeks while registering 13 sacks, 20 quarterback hits, and five forced turnovers.
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New York Giants 2012 Super Bowl Odds: Provided by Bovada.lv
Odds to win the 2012 NFC Championship 7/1
Odds to win the 2012 Super Bowl 14/1