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NFL Betting - Giants Get Defensive as Manning Heals

NFL betting handicappers went from having the New York Giants on the top of their lists to making them a go-against NFL gambling commodity last year.

NFL betting demands on the Giants for 2010 are basically at a “win or else” level as head coach Tom Coughlin has one of the hottest seats in NFL gambling.

The Giants started out gangbusters last year at 5-0 and looking like a Super Bowl team but a blowout loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints exposed New York as pretenders and they limped home to an 8-8 record while missing the playoffs.

A defense that allowed 427 points, the most by the Giants since 1966, was the main culprit for the collapse.  And it is that defense that must improve if the Giants are to make it back into post season action and for Coughlin to keep his job.

Enter Perry Fewell, who arrived from the Buffalo Bills this year to coordinate the defense.  Fewell has become the biggest story in training camp and the most important man on the coaching staff.  Fewell is known for his fiery coaching style but also for fielding aggressive defenses that force mistakes and turnovers.

The Giants were considered to be one of the worst board values with the NFL betting odds last year and as a team that underachieved.  Fewell has plenty of talent to work with and it’s his ultimate job to bring it all out.

Fewell has the reputation for being a good listener and taking input from the players seriously.

Veteran linebacker Keith Bullock thinks that the unit can rise to the top.

“With the talent we have here and the scheme that’s in place we can definitely be the number one defense,” said Bullock.

Defensive end Justin Tuck, a key component for the Giants with the NFL betting lines is also impressed with Fewell.

“When you see a guy with that much energy, it’s hard not to get behind him,” said Tuck.

Another goal for the Giants in the NFL betting preseason has been to re-establish the running game to take the burden off quarterback Eli Manning.

The Giants were 1-1 both straight up and against the spread to begin preseason and play at Baltimore Saturday night.

Manning had stitches removed from his forehead that caused him to miss last week’s exhibition against Pittsburgh and will return to practice with the expectation that he could play at Baltimore.