It is the first game at the new Meadowlands Stadium and the Jets will be the home team. The Giants will likely be a slight underdog in NFL preseason odds in their opener.
NFL preseason betting on the Giants includes four games, two at home and two on the road. The game against the Jets really isn’t much of a road game though so in reality they only play one true road game and that is at Baltimore in Week 3. They host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 and the New England Patriots in Week 4 in NFL preseason odds.
The Giants are coming off an extremely disappointing season a year ago so they will want to start off fast in 2010. The Giants are 12-1 to win the Super Bowl so some people believe they can have a good season. The Giants are in a very tough division though and they are just the third choice in NFL preseason odds to win the NFC East behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants have everyone back on offense so they should be able to score some points this season. Eli Manning is coming off a great season as he threw for 4,021 yards and 27 TDs. The trouble last season for the Giants was the running game as Brandon Jacobs had a poor season. Ahmad Bradshaw played well when he was healthy.
The biggest problem for New York in 2009 was the defense. They were terrible under defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. The Giants fired Sheridan in the off-season and will be going with former Buffalo defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. The Giants signed Antrelle Rolle in the off-season so he immediately upgrades what was a poor secondary.
The Giants tried to outscore teams last year and that is rarely the way to win games unless you force a lot of turnovers. The Giants didn’t do that and far too often their defense gave up more points than their offense put up. It will be up to Fewell to get the defense to improve and it should begin in the preseason.