Despite the fact that quarterback Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin won their second Super Bowl Championship last season, the New York Giants are once again preseason afterthoughts, both in New York City and on the national stage. While the entire city of New York has spent the offseason talking about the crosstown Jets and every NFL “expert” is picking the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East, the Super Bowl Champions are somehow flying under the radar.
The New York Giants are feeling the lack of respect, seeing the headlines, and are quietly motivated. This is one of the reasons why I’m picking the Giants to win the NFC East (10-6) and embark on another magical Super Bowl run, but there are two main reasons that the Giants will defend their title:
Eli Manning – The league’s toughest quarterback (proven in the San Francisco playoff win) has also become the most clutch quarterback in the NFL and one of the faces of football. Manning has also become a leader that other players look to, because he has proven he can get the job done when it matters most, evidenced by his two Super Bowl rings. Whenever the Giants have needed Manning, he has stepped up, and the future Hall of Famer and two time Super Bowl MVP is still just 31 years old. Eli may not win fantasy league championships or throw 40 touchdowns, but he will make the plays that matter most,
Defensive Line – The Giants have the best defensive line in the league, lead by All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who will be a candidate to win defensive player of the year. This unit also includes experienced Pro-Bowl players like Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, plus promising young defensive tackle Linval Joseph who could have a breakthrough season. Also included are versatile players such as Mathais Kiwanuka, a linebacker who plays end in pass rushing situations, and talented currently injured tackles Chris Canty and Marvin Austin. This is the unit that defines the Giants defense and the main factor that makes the Giants so difficult to play in one game elimination scenarios, because nobody pressures quarterbacks as well as the Giants.
There are several other factors that will help the Giants repeat as Super Bowl Champions, the military mindset that starts at the top, with head coach Tom Coughlin. The playmakers, like Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Ahamd Bradshaw and rookies David Wilson and Ruben Randle. An aging, but tough and experienced offensive line. Defenders such as Corey Webster, Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Michael Boley. The fact that this team is experienced and knows how to win the big game and make plays when it matters. The two things that really make the New York Giants tick, quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giants defensive line will prove the so-called experts wrong once again, and the Giants will sit atop the NFL once the season ends.
My Prediction for tonight’s game:
Giants 31 Cowboys 20