Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/18/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on August 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The NFC East battle is already shaping up to be one of the best in the NFL. Eli Manning and company come into this season fresh off a Super Bowl victory and the bulls-eye on their back grows larger everyday.  With the Cowboys' improvements in the secondary, the Redskins' RG3 acquisition, and the Eagles' stacked line-up,  there's reason to think the Giants will be finishing at the bottom of their tough division.  Every team in the league will circle the Giants on their schedule and look to shut down the Victor Cruz-to-Eli Manning connection that scorched  secondaries late last season.  The Giants became an unstoppable force last year, with a defensive front seven that intimidated and confused opposing quarterbacks and offensive linemen. But they won't come close to repeating this success.  The Giants finished poorly in overall defensive numbers, sporting an average of 376 yards and 25 points allowed per game.  Although the Giants were able to confuse opponents last season, their luck...
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