The New York Giants don’t have a bye week until early November.
But New Jersey online sports bettors may want to give them one now.
Big Blue is difficult, if not impossible, to assess as it brings a 1-4 mark into Sunday’s home contest against the 4-1 Los Angeles Rams.
The Giants are by far the biggest underdog on the Week 6 NFL schedule. That’s not simply because the Rams are a talented team that would normally be favored by close to a touchdown.
The extra points can be attributed to the Giants’ health. The most important administrative component of this team is not a coach. It’s a doctor.
Rams-Giants odds at NJ sportsbooks
Painful recap of Giants-Cowboys game
Few teams have ever encountered what the Giants suffered during Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Marquee players fell like dominoes. The Giants must now move forward with the “doubtful” or “questionable” tags hanging over quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, receivers Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay. That’s after Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have already been hampered by injuries
There’s only so much a team can adjust to. But before bettors simply switch sides and take the Rams, that’s a big number to lay on the road, regardless of circumstance.
Big Blue players are still hurting
Jones, unfortunately, was coming off his career-high game of 402 yards passing against the New Orleans Saints before he was injured against the Cowboys. The concussion derailed his attempt to put two big games together.
Back-up QB Mike Glennon did play well in his absence and actually can lead this team.
He threw for 196 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. One of his two interceptions was misleading, as Trevon Diggs was not called for pushing off a Giants receiver.
Glennon showed he can lead the team. The question is, who can he throw to
The next group down the line includes Evan Engram and John Ross. Look for Ross to try some deep routes, as he did against the Saints in scoring the team’s first touchdown in a Week 4 win.
What about Barkley? Early reports say he is week to week after he stepped on a defender’s foot and hobbled off the field against the Cowboys.
When the star running back misses most of 2020 and just begins to resemble his old self before hobbling off the field, why not wait a week?
There are several injuries to interior linemen too, which are difficult to measure.
Good news, bad news for the Giants
First, the bad news. It’s hard to conceive of many of these key players coming back this week. Hamstrings have not constituted one-week turnarounds in the NFL. If the players do return, how much can they contribute?
If such a term as “good news” exists, the injuries don’t appear to be season-threatening for the players involved.
Even in the best of times, New Jersey bettors could have looked at this game as a looming loss on the schedule.
Would fans accept a split for the Giants in their next two games?
The Carolina Panthers follow the Rams in. Would it be better to accept a loss to the Rams as a fait accompli and rally the troops to go after the Panthers, who can be beaten?
Even that scenario would leave the Giants at 2-5, with the NFL playoff train gearing up to leave the station.
The Giants already are, for all intents and purposes, four games behind the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys. They are 1-4 to the Cowboys’ 4-1 and have suffered a head-to-head loss.
The G-Men are facing longshot scenarios
The Rams could be licking their chops
Matthew Stafford led the Rams to 23 second-half points in their 26-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
This is a solid Rams team that has already defeated the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seahawks. The NFC West is considered one of the top divisions in football.
Bettors may look for Darrell Henderson to have a good day on the ground, and both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to have big games on the receiving end.
Any of them can be viewed as anytime scorers
A word of caution, however. The production will have to come early if the Rams obtain a big lead.
This is a situation in which starters could be rested in the fourth quarter.
Special-teams touchdowns would be a good consideration too, along with multiple Glennon interceptions if they are posted. If he is throwing often in the second half, the stage would be ripe for a special-teams score.
And here are a couple of NJ sports betting nuggets to think about:
- Rams coach Sean McVay is an insane 39-0 when his team leads at halftime.
- if players are listed as “questionable” on late-week injury reports, they usually suit up.
Ways to NJ bettors could include Rams-Giants game
Before the legalized-gambling age, this game would’ve been considered a skip. Well, unless bettors felt comfortable laying 10-plus points or could count on the over-under of 47.
But if you really want action, the magical sports-wagering world of today provides outlets. Yes, even with the Rams as a prohibitive -600 on the moneyline (via BetMGM).
Gamblers could take three distinct possibilities at DraftKings Sportsbook and get +118. The selections are the Rams -2.5 against the Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night straight up and the Kansas City Chiefs to topple the Washington Football Team straight up. All legs of the parlay must hit for it to pay out.
Throw in the Jacksonville Jaguars at +3.5 against the Miami Dolphins and that can spike to +317.
Bettors can also go the other way and take the Giants at +19 with the other games. That makes the spread +133.
If you trust the Chiefs and Bucs, you can even do both of these bets and try to collect twice.
Why not just take the Chiefs and Bucs? That’s -137. A third game, even a possible blowout, is needed to make the bet pay more than even money.
This is not a bad way out for a nearly unplayable game.
These are only a couple of countless possibilities gamblers can carve out across the major NJ sports betting apps like DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, and FanDuel, among others. More bets will go up closer to game-time.
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