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Friday, April 3, 2020

Vegas oddsmakers see minimal difference between Eli Manning, Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

The New York Giants made a huge decision this week when they benched Eli Manning in favor of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, but oddsmakers in Las Vegas do not seem to think the change will have a major impact on the team’s overall performance.

Prior to Jones being named the Week 3 starter, the Giants were a 6.5-point underdog for their upcoming game on the road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The line was briefly taken down following the announcement, and the Giants were +7 when it came back on the board.

That means oddsmakers don’t have high hopes for Jones in his first NFL start, and they probably think his superior physical ability will be offset by his lack of experience. The Giants may even agree, but Manning’s uninspiring play has put them in a position where they feel like it is time to introduce the rookie to life as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Jones looked incredibly sharp in the preseason and drew serious praise from his head coach, but there are going to be growing pains. Vegas sees no need to adjust its rating of the Giants until Jones proves he can replicate his preseason performance in meaningful games.

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