With the start of the NFL season just mere hours away, the Giants will look to defend their Super Bowl title when they open the season against the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night.
Big Blue will have a target on their backs, as most Super Bowl champs do. With a tough schedule on their plates, it will be tough for them to return to the top of the NFC East and return to their 3rd Super Bowl in five years.
Regardless, the Giants looked poised to be players in not only their division, but also return to the championship game. There’s plenty of reasons why the Giants could falter this season, but here’s five reasons why they will remain the cream of the crop in the NFC East.
Justin Tuck will be another key player on a Giants defense that should rank as one of the league’s best by season’s end. PHOTO COURTESY: MATTHEW D. BRITT/CREATIVE COMMONS
1. Eli Manning-At one point in the not so distant past, there were many who thought Manning could not hack it in New York. Inconsistent play throughout the regular season had many doubting if he was from the Manning strain.
Two Super Bowl MVP’s later, Manning has reached heights that neither his father Archie nor brother Peyton have reached in their playing careers. And because of this, Eli has grown into the leader that the Giants need to make a long run through January.
The younger Manning is coming off a career year where he emerged as one of the game’s best passers. He compiled 4,933 yards while completing 61 percent of his passes and a 92.9 QB rating. In four games last postseason he threw for 1,219 yards with nine touchdowns to only one interception. His play will be the biggest reason for the Giants success this season.
2. Jason Pierre-Paul-They say defense wins championships which is why Pierre-Paul is so important to the Giants. While they have one of the game’s best quarterbacks; they also have one of the best pass rushers to ever wear a Giants uniform. And the scary part is; he’s only 23 years old.
Jason Pierre-Paul is a beast and is already one of the top three pass rushers in the game. The 6’5” defensive end has caught many headlines this offseason for his role in a hazing video, but people shouldn’t forget his skill set. Last season, he had 86 tackles (65 solo) and tallied 16.5 sacks and along with Justin Tuck form one of the best pass rushing tandems in NFL history.
3. Quality of NFC East-Don’t take this the wrong way, because the NFC East is still one of the premier divisions in the NFL. However, the Giants are still the top of the class which is a huge advantage for the men in Blue. While it doesn’t appear to be the Cowboys or Redskins time to shine yet, the Eagles poise the biggest threat to the Giants this season .
The biggest issue regarding the Eagles is behind their three offensive playmakers (QB Michael Vick, WR DeSean Jackson and RB LeSean McCoy) there is not much depth at those three positions. One injury could derail the Eagles season which makes the Giants a much more formidable choice than the Eagles.
4. Young talent-The Giants lost two key offensive players in RB Brandon Jacobs and WR Mario Manningham but have seemed to find replacements in young, electric skill players. Rookie David Wilson has claimed the backup running back position and will be a nice compliment to starter Ahmad Bradshaw.
Meanwhile, the Giants have a slew of young receivers who will be looking to share catches with studs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Between Rookie Rueben Randle and a pair of unproven young veterens in Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan, the Giants have a solid core of young playmakers that Manning can throw to. Add Domenick Hixon to the mix and there is quite a competition to win Eli Manning’s eye.
5. Tom Coughlin-Arguably the “X-factor” for the Giants season, Coughlin enters his ninth season as the Giants head coach. He has been on the hot season virtually every season with the Giants but has produced two Super Bowl championships and a 73-54 record. The often animated and red faced coach has proven his worth with the club. With another deep playoff run, he could solidify himself as one of the best coaches in NFL history.
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