32 Teams in 32 Days: New York Giants
2009-10 Record: 8-8 (3rd); vs. NFC East: 4-2; vs. NFC: 6-6
2010-11 Strength of Schedule: 7th hardest schedule .527 (135-121)
Big Games: Week 2 at
Key Additions: S Antrel Rolle, S Deon Grant
Key Losses: P Jeff Feagles, LB Antonio Pierce, S Aaron Rouse
Draft Picks: 1st Round DE Jason Pierre-Paul; 2nd Round DT Linval Joseph; 3rd Round S Chad Jones; 4th Round LB Phillip Dillard; 5th Round G Mitch Petrus; 6th Round LB Adrian Tracy; 7th Round P Matt Dodge
2009 Team Leaders:
Passing Eli Manning: 317-for-509, 4,021 yards, 27 TDs
Rushing Brandon Jacobs: 224 atts, 835 yards, 5 TDs
Receiving 107 rec, 1,220 yards, 7 TDs
Scouting via NFL Scouts:
Theyre going to be contenders again. They just had a bad second half of last season. Tom Coughlin is too good of a coach not to get them back this year. They have the talent. Jason Pierre-Paul has the ability to be an elite pass-rusher. Hes not there right now, but he has a lot of upside. He has freakish ability. All you have to do is watch YouTube to see that. They obviously put a big emphasis on the D-line in the draft, so they clearly want that rotation going again where they have a lot of bodies they can throw at you. I love Hakeem Nicks. You put on the tape and he reminds me of Michael Irvin. He can be that type of player. They did a great job of replacing Plaxico Burress. Adding Antrel Rolle was very interesting. So they dont have dominating corners, but they now have these two ballhawk safeties. So theyll try to get you up front and then count on those ballhawk safeties to make plays.
Believe it or not, this is largely the same team that won Super Bowl XLII and started 111 in 2008. Last year was a disaster, but the injury factor cant be overstated. The Giants lost half of their team, and most of the other half played hurt, yet they were still 88. If this team can stay in one piece, a big if, that has to be good for another couple of wins. The Giants have an explosive offense and they have the personnel for a dominant pass rush and a decent secondary. Few teams in the NFC can match that package. So, if they keep their team together, they can be a contender. If all those injuries from last year were a sign of age or just the fragile nature of their players, then the Giants could be in for another long year. Given the number of injuries they had in 09, bet on the former and expect something of a bounce-back year.
Prediction: 10-6 (2nd)
Cash Scott for Citadel Digital © 2010