For the New York Giants, the 2013 offseason is still in it's infancy. Free agency has yet to begin, the NFL draft is still three months away and the front office still has decisions to make regarding several veterans on the roster. In fact, the official start of the offseason is still two weeks away, after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. However, for some, it's still not too early to begin looking forward to the 2013 season. Today, the Giants opened up with 20-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII, which tied them with the Baltimore Ravens for the 10th best odds.
The New England Patriots led the pack with 6-1 odds, followed by the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos at 8-1. The Giants had the best odds of any team in the NFC East, as the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins each came in at 30-1 and the Philadelphia Eagles open at 50-1.
Obviously, these odds are incredibly premature. We still have no idea how most teams around the league are going to look next season. In particular, the Giants are expected to see significant changes to the roster between now and the beginning of next training camp. Due to salary cap restrictions, Big Blue is going to have trouble resigning several of their key free agents this offseason.
More than anything, these odds are just a testament to the non-stop nature of the NFL. The 2012 season has not yet concluded, yet pundits have already placed odds on every teams title hopes for 2013. In reality, these odds are not going to be indicative of a team's actual title chances heading into next season. There are still too many coaching and player personnel choices to be made. Furthermore, there will undoubtedly be injuries sustained in the preseason by players around the league that will have a significant impact on the 2013 season.
The Giants have a lot of questions to answer this offseason before we can put definitive odds on their 2013 title chances. In fact, it doesn't really matter what Vegas says their chances are. If the front office makes wise decisions regarding player personnel, this team will have a chance. In today's NFL, that's about all you can ask for.
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