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Giants Betting Odds Taking A Hit With Preseason Injuries

The New York Giants were hoping that this season they could escape the funk they went through starting at the midway point of last year. The Giants watched this summer while their division rivals, the Eagles, stocked up on many of the available free agents on the market.

After Philadelphia reloaded, it appeared as though the Giants defenders had their hands full this season. The task got even tougher over the past few weeks, with key injuries keying what will now be a short-handed defense. Several of the teams top defenders have been lost for the entire season.

On Monday night, the Giants were playing in a two minute defensive set when cornerback Terrell Thomas tore his ACL. Brian Witherspoon, another cornerback that was expected to have an large impact on the team, also was lost for the season, leaving the Giants in the unenviable position of having to play the Eagles twice with a banged up defense.

The Eagles already had Michael Vick, Michael Westbrook, and DeSean Jackson coming back to an offense that was scoring points in large numbers last year. Philly then went out and beefed up their defense by signing the top free agent on the market at cornerback.

The team that had been picked by odds makers as the betting favorite, suddenly looks like a better choice than before thanks to the Giants' injuries. New York's odds also took a hit when top pass rusher Osi Umenyiora missed last game with a knee injury. Without Umenyiora to get pressure on the opposing offenses, the depleted secondary will have a heavier workload come week one.

The two other teams in the division may also see their betting odds to win a division title lowered thanks to New York. Dallas had already been considered by many to be the Giants equal, and they too have an offense that can throw the ball around the field. That offense could be more potent against the Giants with unhealthy cornerbacks.

Washington is predicted to finish last in the NFC East. The Redskins gave up on quarterback Donovan McNabb after just one season. Washington is short at running back, and gave Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots for basically nothing. With Haynesworth's contract off the books, owner Daniel Snyder may return to his spending ways after the season should the Redskins falter this year.

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