This does mean the writer, Chris
Burke, does not think the Giants will be a good team. It's also not a shot at
the defending champs, just a realistic assessment of the schedule and how
difficult it is to win back-to-back titles. Here is part of Burke's summary:
"Last year's team got hot at the perfect time, with a six-game win streak
allowing them to end the year with a title. It will be difficult to repeat, even
as NFC East champs. Anyone expecting the Giants to cruise to another division
crown will be sorely disappointed, as just qualifying for the playoffs will be a
I know some of you will take issue with this, or will feel like Burke is
slighting the Giants. Not me. The Giants will be good. The schedule, though, is
brutal and every team in the NFC East is better than it was a season ago.
Repeats are rare in sports nowadays, anyway.
Like last season I would think we will witness another year during which the
Giants come to the last couple of weeks with a chance. And, if they make it to
the playoffs they will be a tough out. Pretty hard to be too disappointed by