Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NFL 2013 Preview - New York Giants

NEW YORK GIANTS                                                

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2012 Record: 9-7-0 (2nd in NFC East)

New Players: DT Cullen Jenkins; LB Dan Connor; WR Louis Murphy; DT Mike Patterson; CB Aaron Ross; TE Brandon Myers.

Gone Elsewhere: RB Ahmad Bradshaw; DE Osi Umenyiora; TE Martellus Bennett; DT Chris Canty; K Lawrence Tynes; LB Michael Boley.

Offense: Quarterback Eli Manning passed for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdown passes with 15 interceptions last season and will have some new players in the huddle for the 2013 season.
QB Eli Manning
Gone are leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw (signed with Indianapolis) and tight end Martellus Bennett, who signed with Chicago in the off-season.
Back is leading receiver Victor Cruz, who had 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and ten touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks (53, 692, three TD) returns this season after missing four games a year ago to compliment Cruz at wideout. Brandon Myers (79, 806, four TD with Oakland) is the new tight end. Louis Murphy comes over from Oakland and will add depth at wide receiver.
The running backs include Andre Brown (73 carries for 385 yards and eight touchdowns) and David Wilson, who ran for 358 yards on 71 carries with four touchdowns.
The O-Line has center David Baas. guards Kevin Boothe and Chris Snee. The tackles are rookie Justin Pugh (Syracuse) and Will Beatty.

Defense: Jason Pierre-Paul (6 1/2 QB sacks) and Justin Tuck (four sacks) will be the ends while Linval Joseph (four sacks) and Cullen Jenkins will play tackle this season. The linebackers are Keith Rivers, Dan Connor and Jacquian Williams.
Jason Pierre-Paul
The secondary is led by safety Stevie Brown (eight interceptions in 2012) and corner man Corey Webster, who picked off four passes. Prince Amukamara is the other CB and Antrel Rolle is the free safety.
The Giants defense was very opportunistic last year, picking off 21 passes and getting 14 fumble recoveries to offset allowing huge chunks of yardage (383 yards per game) that ranked them 31st overall on defense. Opponents ran for 129 yards a game and passed for 254 yards last season while the G-Men allowed 344 points in the 2012 season.

OUTLOOK: Despite outscoring opponents by five points a game on average and a plus-14 on the turnover charts in 2012, the Giants missed the post-season with a 9-7 record, which was a good enough record in 2011 enroute to a Super Bowl title.
For Head Coach Tom Coughlin, runner up status isn't good enough and thus the personnel changes in the off-season.
Manning and Cruz are a deadly combo and a healthy Hakeem Nicks adds to the deep threat passing attack for New York. Brandon Myers will help out after posting big numbers with Oakland last year. The running game will be a question mark as Wilson and Brown take over this year.
Defensively, the Giants have to stop the run and get back to their old ways of pressuring opposing quarterbacks as they totaled just 33 sacks last season.
If the Giants can get an established running game going as the season moves along, it will take pressure off Manning and company. That will be a key element in determining success in 2013.
A 10-6 season is not out of the question, which could very well be enough to win the NFC East division title. Once the playoffs begin, it all depends on Manning's performance and the defense, which the Giants have rode to two Super Bowl titles in the last six years.
Stay tuned.


Sept. 8- at Dallas
Sept. 15- vs. Denver
Sept. 22- at Carolina
Sept. 29- at Kansas City
Oct. 6- vs. Philadelphia
Oct. 10- at Chicago
Oct. 21- vs. Minnesota
Oct. 27- at Philadelphia
Nov. 3- BYE WEEK
Nov. 10- vs. Oakland
Nov. 17- vs. Green Bay
Nov. 24- vs. Dallas
Dec. 1- at Washington
Dec. 8- at San Diego
Dec. 15- vs. Seattle
Dec. 22- at Detroit
Dec. 29- vs. Washington 

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