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Giants 16.5-point underdogs to Patriots, worst in nearly 40 years

The New York Giants are huge underdogs heading into Thursday night’s showdown with the New England Patriots, so much so that it’s been almost four decades since the team has been on the wrong end of such a large point spread.

As of Wednesday, the spread has settled on 16.5 points at most sportsbooks. If it holds, which it likely will, the Giants will face the franchise’s longest odds since Oct. 19, 1980, when the team lost 44-7 to the Chargers after being installed as 16-point underdogs, according to Bruce Marshall of The Gold Sheet, which has been tracking NFL point spreads since 1957, per the New York Post.

Interestingly, the Giants were 17-point dogs earlier this week, but some “sharp” money wagered on the team bumped them up a half-point, per Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill.

The Giants-Pats showdown on “Thursday Night Football” without question is a huge mismatch on paper, as the Patriots, despite some struggles on offense, have rolled through the early part of their schedule with ease to the tune of a 5-0 record. The fact that the game is at Gillette Stadium only tilts the odds even more in the Patriots’ favor.

The Giants, on the other hand, are 2-3. While the team has wisely ushered in the Daniel Jones era and the rookie quarterback has flashed potential, the fact that Saquon Barkley is unlikely to play Thursday as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain makes the likelihood of the Giants pulling off a huge upset that much more unlikely.