Football, whether it is the NFL (National Football League) or the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), is one of the most popular and widely followed sports, not only in the United States but in other parts of the world as well. Needless to say, betting on sports is the favorite pastime of these hardcore followers of the ball game. With almost half of the world population scattered all over the virtual world, online betting on sports like football has become a common affair for the avid gamers and gamblers. Not only the betting enthusiasts, but also the die-hard fans who put their money at stake in support of their favorite team or player.
The performance of an individual player or team, on the whole, severely affects sports book odds. Where, on one hand, the positive performance of a player or team makes the bettors happy; poor performance, on the other hand, often lands them on the losing and disappointing side. This is what is exactly happening with the New York Giants. Eli Manning, the 2-time Super Bowl MVP, is somehow leading this season with 15 interceptions against his name. It is quite an uncomfortable, if not intolerable, thought for the New York Giants’ fans who see Manning as a savior of this proud franchise.
Over the years, Eli Manning has earned the reputation of being one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL, with more than 24 fourth quarter comebacks included in his career. However, there hasn’t been even the slightest sign of the old Manning this season that can drive the Big Blue towards a championship. Even though the Giants have won their last two contest, Manning still has not shown the dominant play Giant fans have come accustomed too over the years. Tying on his total number of fourth-quarter interceptions of last year’s season, Eli Manning is looking to still put together a winning season.
Die hard Giants fans often use the best online sports betting platforms for wagering on the upcoming games and give themselves a personal reason to celebrate the team’s win. However, the latest sports book betting trends and statistics online show a tremendous fall in the number of bettors willing to stake their money on the NY Giants. The biggest credit of this downfall goes to Manning, which may or may not be fair. The Giants’ leader is undoubtedly pressing to make things happen for his team that has a make shift offensive line, a Hakeem Nicks who has yet to score, and running game that is featuring a 2013 high school football coach in Peyton Hillis. The New York Giants tasted an 0-6 for the first time ever since 1976, which has certainly made it tough for the fans, especially when the team and the fans are quite accustomed to big wins.
Considering that GM Jerry Reese didn’t make any big moves to add more depth to the offensive line, instead of putting players on notice, the present-day Giants’ roster is just fine in his eyes. Adding talented linemen for backing up the veterans could have made a big difference on the scoreboard. However, Reese was more interested in re-signing Victor Cruz. With the depleted offensive line, where half of the players were either injured or decided to move on to other teams, the Giants have lost t teams that are known for less than stellar defenses in the league. Reese should probably revaluate his strategy going into 2014. Not only Reese, but Kevin Gillbride must also think about how to take some pressure off Manning to help the once high powered offense turn things around.
In addition to the aforementioned improbable changes, the Giants need to limit their penalties, control the clock and run some early downs, get off the field on the third down and make offense, defense and special teams to feed each other. They will have to improve their sports book odds of winning the game and give online betting enthusiasts the moment of joy they have been longing for.