It's year three for Daniel Jones and the expectations are only growing. Can Jones finally make the Giants competitive in the NFC East?
The pressure is officially on for the New York Giants in 2021. Last year was head coach Joe Judge’s first year at the helm of an NFL team and it was quarterback Daniel Jones’ second season under centre. In Judge’s upcoming second year and Jones’ third year, fans are expecting a big leap forward. After a 6-10 record in 2020, the pressure is squarely on Judge, and more importantly on Jones, to drag this team into a playoff spot. Can New York upset the Cowboys to win the NFC East?
QB Mike Glennon, RB Corey Clement, RB Devontae Booker, WR Kenny Golladay, WR John Ross, TE Kyle Rudolph, G Zach Fulton, DT Danny Shelton, OLB Ifeadi Odenigbo, OLB Ryan Anderson, LB Reggie Ragland, CB Adoree Jackson.
Notable Draft Picks
WR Kadarius Toney, DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari, CB Aaron Robinson, DE/OLB Elerson Smith.
New York Giants Acquisitions and Moves
By far the biggest addition to this roster is a healthy Saquon Barkley. New York’s running back is one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL, but he missed almost all of last season after tearing his ACL in a Week 2 loss to Chicago. Injuries have limited Barkley to just 15 games since the start of the 2019 season, but when healthy, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft has been a force. He recorded at least 1,000 rushing yards, 1,400 scrimmage yards and 50-plus receptions in each of his first two seasons. If you’re looking at NFL player props, consider taking Barkley for Comeback Player of the Year at +673. He only trails favourite Dak Prescott (+205) and Joe Burrow (+606).
New York also upgraded their receivers to give Jones some solid targets. They signed veterans Kenny Golladay and John Ross and drafted Kadarius Toney in the first round of the draft. The trio was added to a receiving group that already contains Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. Golden Tate was released after an ineffective second season in New York.
The biggest loss of the offseason was veteran guard Kevin Zeitler. That leaves the Giants with a young offensive line that struggled heavily last year. It’s puzzling because they didn’t pick a single offensive lineman in the draft and didn’t sign any (big-name O-linemen) in the offseason.
Other losses include defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, although they did add Danny Shelton to help the defensive interior. New York used their second-round pick on Azeez Ojulari, who should be a huge addition to the pass rush and has impressed in the preseason.
New York Giants 2021 NFL Schedule
After going 6-10 last season, the Giants come into 2021 with the eighth-easiest schedule. They kick-off the season at home against Denver and will follow that up with their first divisional game in Week 2 in Washington.
After a Week 10 bye, New York will have a tough test in Tampa Bay against the defending Super Bowl champs. The Giants are one of three teams (along with the Cowboys and Bills) that will have to face both of last year’s Super Bowl teams on the road.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 16 @ Washington Football Team, 8:20 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 26 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3 @ New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10 @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Monday, Nov. 1 @ Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Monday, Nov. 22 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5 @ Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 @ Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26 @ Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2 @ Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Week 18: Sunday, Jan. 9 vs. Washington Football Team, 1 p.m.
New York Giants NFL Betting Odds
The Giants are +227 to make the playoffs, which might be a deceptively good value if Dallas falls apart again this year. New York’s regular season win total is set at 6.5 and with their schedule, I like the O6.5 at -161. If you’re looking for a bit of a longer shot, they’re +472 to win the NFC East. If you’re looking for a massive longshot, the Giants are +3181 to win the NFC Conference and +6570 to win the Super Bowl.
New York Giants 2021 Season Prediction
This is going to be an interesting year for New York. If Jones can show significant develop in his third year and Barkley stays healthy, I think this is a team that could surprise people. It’s an inexperienced roster, so the difference between a postseason spot and a fifth straight year out of the playoffs is going to come down to younger players stepping up. My biggest concern for this team is coaching, specifically Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator. I think the Giants fall just shy of the wildcard, with a 7-10 record in 2021.