NFL Betting: Who Will Be the Giants' Starting QB to Open the Regular Season?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
NFL Betting: Who Will Be the Giants' Starting QB to Open the Regular Season?

The New York Giants enter 2024 at a bit of a crossroads.

Notably, quarterback Daniel Jones tore his right ACL in a Week 9 contest versus the Las Vegas Raiders. Back in the present, Jones' knee appears good to go, but I don't think any supporter of Big Blue feels confident about that going forward.

For the 2024 campaign, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering myriad NFL betting markets. Of those futures, the "Starting QB" tab features several position battles at the signal-caller spot.

When it pertains to the Giants, the Week 1 starter is slated to be Jones. Still, perhaps wily veteran Drew Lock can apply pressure through competition this summer.

Remember: tailback Saquon Barkley is now a member of the rival Philadelphia Eagles, which will make the quarterbacking assignment in New York all-the-more difficult. However, NYG maintains speed on the outside in receivers Jalin Hyatt and rookie Malik Nabers.

Let's dive into both Jones' and Lock's odds to start for the G-Men in Week 1.

All NFL odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.

New York Giants Week 1 Starting QB

*Void if Neither Quarterback Starts Week 1

Daniel Jones (-460)

Approaching his sixth NFL campaign, Daniel Jones still has much to prove in this league. He has done well to earn his bag, inking a four-year, $160 million extension with Big Blue in 2023. Still, he's managed to start more than 14 games in a single season just once.

As it is now, Jones shows -460 odds to be the Giants' Week 1 starting quarterback. The franchise is obviously high on Jones, exemplified by his draft position -- going sixth overall in 2019 -- and recent contract extension. With that being said, 2022 is the only campaign in which Jones received a grade better than 76.0 at Pro Football Focus.

Presently, the former Duke Blue Devils star appears to be going through New York's offseason procedures without any physical limitations. Still, the team will tread lightly with Jones. Keep in mind that he also missed time with a neck injury last year.

Before Jones was sidelined in 2023, he was not performing well on the gridiron. At the time of his ACL injury, Jones was averaging a dismal 4.2 adjusted yards per passing attempt to go with a 2-6 TD-INT ratio. Perhaps that is all in the past now, but does that leave the door cracked for someone else to take the keys to the car?

Drew Lock (+320)

Upon conclusion of last season, the Giants signed quarterback Drew Lock to serve as the team's backup. Ironically, Lock is from the same draft class (2019) as Jones, getting selected 42nd overall by the Denver Broncos.

Lock has started less than 25 games since entering the NFL. Throughout his time in Denver and with the Seattle Seahawks, Lock -- sporting a lifetime 59.7% completion clip -- has not been as accurate as Jones. Still, Lock's career Passer Rating of 79.5 is not too far off Jones' mark at 85.2.

Lock's largest body of work came in 2020 when he received a 63.5 PFF grade, starting 13 contests for Denver along the way. In that campaign, the former Missouri Tigers standout displayed a 16-15 TD-INT ratio on 225.6 passing yards per game. In regards to the latter figure, Jones went above that mark in only his rookie season.

As is essential for any QB2, Lock certainly understands his understudy role. Still, Jones could hit a setback (or two) in the days between now and September 8th. With everything considered, Lock is a +320 underdog at FanDuel Sportsbook -- yielding a 23.8% implied probability -- to start Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings.

For a final wrinkle here, signal-caller Tommy DeVito remains on Big Blue's roster. Still, FanDuel is not offering a selection for DeVito at this time, which means this market will be null and void if "Tommy Cutlets" somehow ends up as the Week 1 starter in New York.

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