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    GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    "Eli Manning went onto
    CNN the other day. Naturally, the Giants quarterback and two-time
    Super Bowl winner was asked a question about ... Tim Tebow? Of course he
    was, because that's the kind of respect he and the Giants command in the town
    they play football. Which might be less respect than they command in the NFC
    East, where you're unlikely to see many pundits pick them to win the division.


    It's beyond foolish (not to mention disrespectful). But Eli and Co. are
    OK by that.

    "It's one of those deals, in New York you win a Super Bowl
    but I'm the third most talked about quarterback between Mark [Sanchez] and Tim,"
    Manning said. "But that's the way I like it."

    This wasn't the first time
    Manning's had to say that. He repeated the mantra on another
    national news show
    around NFL Draft time. Knowing that people would rather
    talk Tebow and Sanchez than Manning and his rings, and knowing that the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins all had "big"
    offseasons, should it be any surprise that people aren't picking the Giants to
    win the NFC East ... again?

    Of course not. But in the land of offseason
    champs, the Giants are still king, because they have a proven formula for
    winning, continuity across the board and an easier schedule this season.









    It's nearly
    impossible to predict a hampionship-winning hot streak in the NFL, although
    they're happening more and more in recent years. But there are two things you
    need to generate one: an elite quarterback who thrives late in games and a pass
    rush capable of taking over on the defensive end and generating turnovers. (Look
    at the Steelers of 2008,
    the Packers of 2010 and, of
    course, the Giants of 2007 and 2011.)

    The Giants return both of
    those things in 2012 and, honestly, there's no reason to think the G-men won't
    get better in each area next season. Eli took a monster step forward in
    2011 after we all scoffed at his "elite" comments and should be poised to
    continue that success in 2012. Jason Pierre-Paul is
    still scratching the surface on his terrifying potential. Osi Umenyiora is playing
    for a contract (finally!).

    And Justin Tuck, as he told me
    during a recent podcast, is taking steps this offseason to be completely healthy
    next year. I also pointed out to Tuck that, in Vegas, the Eagles are currently
    favored to win the NFC East.

    "I should go bet something in Vegas," Tuck
    said about the Giants odds to win the division. "If I was a betting man I'd
    probably go put some money in Vegas."

    One more thing on Tuck: he talked
    about building a dynasty at the Giants recent ring ceremony. Whether or not you
    classify dynasties by division titles (the Giants have three in the past 10
    years) or Super Bowl rings (two in the last five) is beside the point. To build
    a dynasty in any sport one thing is paramount: continuity.

    The Giants
    have that in spades, especially as they transition from last year's title team
    to 2012's hopeful repeat defenders. Are there losses? Sure. Aaron Ross is gone to Jacksonville, but Terrell
    Thomas is an upgrade if he's healthy. The secondary's overall statistics don't
    look great from last season, but they were dominant down the stretch. If they
    perform at that same level in 2012, watch out.

    Mario Manningham took
    the money and ran, but his production was overvalued based on a big catch at the
    right moment; Rueben
    Randle
    was a steal in the second round and along with Ramses
    Barden can fill that void. Brandon Jacobs joined
    Mario by the bay, but the addition of David Wilson to the
    running game is an upgrade as well. To say that the offensive line
    isn't a strength is stating the obvious; the Giants have done just fine for a
    while with plug-n-play linemen though.









    All of this
    is happening while the rest of the division is in flux -- the Cowboys are
    rebooting their defensive scheme and the Redskins are trying to slam the manhole
    on the Rex Grossman/John Beck Era. The Eagles
    are just trying to live up to the hype (again), only this time they're keeping
    all their flashy offseason signings in-house. Good for them.

    The one
    concern for the Giants -- at least at the moment -- is the schedule next year.
    They currently have the hardest strength of schedule in the NFL for 2012, but
    the Eagles are tops in terms of quality opponents (teams with at least nine wins
    in 2011) they have to play, with eight. The difference is the Eagles appear to
    have a softer spot at the back end of 2012; you might be able to
    find a soft spot
    for the Giants early in the year. Maybe.

    Here's the
    thing though. People believe the Giants limped into the playoffs because of
    their 9-7 record. The reality is that Tom Coughlin's squad was 6-2 after beating
    the Patriots in Week 9.
    Then they embarked on a portion of the schedule that saw them play the Packers,
    49ers, Saints, Eagles, Cowboys (twice)
    and Jets down the stretch.


    They weren't in the middle of any kind of "swoon," despite what fans
    thought and despite what the local press pushed as a narrative. They were
    grinding through an impossible late-season schedule that ultimately prepared
    them for a hot run in the playoffs.

    In other words, they were tested.
    And they'll be tested again next year; if they don't suffer the ridiculous slew
    of early season injuries they dealt with in 2011, expect them to improve on last
    season's results. The running game will be better, the secondary is improved and
    -- gulp -- the pass rush might be even better.

    It's a formula that
    worked last year and it's a formula that will work again in 2012. That everyone
    else is busy lauding the rest of the division for their offseason "wins" is all
    the better."
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    Shhhh! Undercover is how we fly. []
    No one remembers who came in second.

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    Re: GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    We're the only ones who believe this lol
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    As long as ESPN expertly predicts the Cowboys or Eagles to win the division again weeks before the season starts, the Giants should be fine.

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    [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]As long as ESPN expertly predicts the Cowboys or Eagles to win the division again weeks before the season starts, the Giants should be fine.[/quote]

    [Y]
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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]As long as ESPN expertly predicts the Cowboys or Eagles to win the division again weeks before the season starts, the Giants should be fine.[/quote]

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    Re: GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    Flying under the radar is what we do best. Seems the radar is not even functioning at this point!! As long as Tom ,Eli and Tuck (coaches, offense and defense) are on the same page we should fare quite well this season as well. And until they come up with a new motto for this season....I am "ALL IN"!!!
    "KILL'EM ALL AND LET THE PARAMEDICS SORT'EM OUT!"


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    Re: GIANTS QUIETLY REMAIN FAVORITES TO WIN THE NFC EAST IN 2012

    Three things you can count on.

    Romo will Choke

    Vick will get hurt

    RG3 will meet the Nascar 4

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    [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]As long as ESPN expertly predicts the Cowboys or Eagles to win the division again weeks before the season starts, the Giants should be fine.[/quote]O mean they might even pick us to come in behind the Skins. Afterall they they have a better QB the Eli now (red) and they did beat us twice last yr before they got this superstar QB so naturally they should finish ahead of us
    Football has been very, very good to us.
    In the midst of this losing season, we can console ourselves with this fact-

    # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

    1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
    2-Washington, Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
    3-San Francisco, Dallas, New England
    4-New York Giants!!!!!

    ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]
    Here's the
    thing though. People believe the Giants limped into the playoffs because of
    their 9-7 record. The reality is that Tom Coughlin's squad was 6-2 after beating
    the Patriots in Week 9.
    Then they embarked on a portion of the schedule that saw them play the Packers,
    49ers, Saints, Eagles, Cowboys (twice)
    and Jets down the stretch.


    They weren't in the middle of any kind of "swoon," despite what fans
    thought and despite what the local press pushed as a narrative. They were
    grinding through an impossible late-season schedule that ultimately prepared
    them for a hot run in the playoffs.

    In other words, they were tested.
    And they'll be tested again next year; if they don't suffer the ridiculous slew
    of early season injuries they dealt with in 2011, expect them to improve on last
    season's results. [/quote]

    this is why i welcome the tough schedule. by the time the playoffs hit, we've been playing the best teams in the league week in week out. this'll give us the edge over other teams that may have a better record, but got their wins beating inferior opponents.

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