Giants open as favorites over Patriots in preseason opener

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones passes during the team's practice in East Rutherford, N.J. on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones passes during the team's practice in East Rutherford, N.J. on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The New York Giants likely wouldn’t be favored over the New England Patriots if this were the regular season opener, but the oddsmakers see Thursday’s preseason action between the two as a different story.

The Giants reportedly plan on playing key starters such as Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley much longer than the Patriots plan to play their top guys, which seems to be why the oddsmakers have the Giants as 2.5-point road favorites even though the Patriots were a much better team last season.

Jones and Barkley are expected to play for much of the first half as the Giants look to implement a new offensive scheme under first-year head coach Brian Daboll, whereas it’s unknown if key Patriots such as quarterback Mac Jones will even see a snap. 

The Patriots preseason record under Bill Belichick is slightly above .500, which could make them an intriguing play here if the Giants struggle in Daboll’s preseason debut as a head coach.

The over/under is set at 33.5 points, and the money line is at -150 in favor of the Giants, and the underdog Patriots money line is set at +130.

Kickoff is set for Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. on NBC4 and NFL Network.

THE LINE (odds from Caesars Sportsbook)

Giants -2.5 (-110), -150 ML at Patriots +2.5 (-110), +130 ML, 33.5 O/U (-110)

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