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    2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    "The New York
    Giants
    were fortunate to have made the playoffs in 2011. Not fortunate in
    the sense that they won games they should have lost, but in that a nine-win
    season was good enough to earn them the NFC East crown. In fact, the 2011 Giants were the only
    team ever to win the NFC East with only nine wins since the league expanded to
    a sixteen-game schedule in 1978. In 2010, the team actually had ten wins and was
    left out in the cold during the post season.


    Historically, nine wins is sometimes good enough to earn a Wild Card berth;
    however, the Giants received a four-seed and a home playoff game in 2011. As
    impressive as the team's playoff performance was, they were placed in a much
    more favorable position than most other nine win teams normally receive.




    Although Big Blue eventually got healthy and went on an improbable run to
    their fourth Super
    Bowl
    victory in franchise history, there were several moments throughout the
    2011 campaign in which it looked like the Giants were going to be on the outside
    looking in come playoff time. For these reasons, some believe that Big Blue will
    fail to make it through the NFC and into the playoffs in the upcoming
    season.




    Throughout the last few weeks, several NFL analysts and so-called "experts" have predicted that the team
    will not make the playoffs in 2012. Although many fans disagree with these
    prognostications, Big Blue still has several questions to answer after their 9-7 regular season campaign a year ago.




    Ironically, the outcome of the 2012 NFL season will be determined largely by the results of
    the 2011 season. For many teams, their schedule will be the make-or-break factor
    that will either vault them into post-season lore, or will have them sitting on
    their couches come January. For the 2012 New York
    Giants
    to make the playoffs, this can not be the case.




    The Giants will have the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2012. On
    top of playing their annual divisional bouts, Big Blue will face seven other
    teams that made the playoffs in 2011. To complicate matters further, the Giants
    will play on the road against the San
    Francisco 49ers
    , Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, and Baltimore
    Ravens. While objectively examining the team's ferocious line-up of opponents,
    it seems that a ten win season would be extremely difficult to attain.




    That being said, the 2012 Giants have improved over the offseason. With a
    full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's, there will be more consistency and
    continuity with the team heading into next season. The rookies that the team
    relied upon last year in several key positions will be no longer be
    inexperienced liabilities; and both the offensive line and linebacker core
    should improve as these younger players continue to develop.




    Furthermore, it is imperative that the Giants beat the teams they are
    "supposed" to beat in 2012. Big Blue can not afford to have a game this season
    similar to last year's home matchups with the Seattle Seahawks or Washington
    Redskins. With such an unforgiving schedule, the team must win their games
    against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, and Redskins. The Giants have more
    talent and experience than all of the aforementioned teams and need those five
    victories to give them some wiggle room against their more competitive
    opponents.




    All things considered, it is still very early to give an accurate prediction
    on whether any team will make the playoffs in 2012. Nobody knows how teams will
    mesh during training camp, or if any significant injuries will be suffered
    during the preseason by key players.




    However, the Giants will certainly have their work cut out for them in the
    upcoming season. As we saw last year, they have the ability to beat any team
    they play, but can also lose games they most definitely should have won. With
    the talent and experience returning to the team this season, the Giants should
    make the playoffs, but that is far from a guaranteed statement. Big Blue must be
    extremely focused for each and every game to avoid following up their Super
    Bowl
    championship season with a clunker in 2012."

    “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: 2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]2012 NY GIANTS:* PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    "The New York
    Giants
    were fortunate to have made the playoffs in 2011. Not fortunate in
    the sense that they won games they should have lost, but in that a nine-win
    season was good enough to earn them the NFC East crown. In fact, the 2011 Giants were the only
    team ever to win the NFC East with only nine wins since the league expanded to
    a sixteen-game schedule in 1978. In 2010, the team actually had ten wins and was
    left out in the cold during the post season.


    Historically, nine wins is sometimes good enough to earn a Wild Card berth;
    however, the Giants received a four-seed and a home playoff game in 2011. As
    impressive as the team's playoff performance was, they were placed in a much
    more favorable position than most other nine win teams normally receive.




    Although Big Blue eventually got healthy and went on an improbable run to
    their fourth Super
    Bowl
    victory in franchise history, there were several moments throughout the
    2011 campaign in which it looked like the Giants were going to be on the outside
    looking in come playoff time. For these reasons, some believe that Big Blue will
    fail to make it through the NFC and into the playoffs in the upcoming
    season.




    Throughout the last few weeks, several NFL analysts and so-called "experts" have predicted that the team
    will not make the playoffs in 2012. Although many fans disagree with these
    prognostications, Big Blue still has several questions to answer after their 9-7 regular season campaign a year ago.*




    Ironically, the outcome of the 2012 NFL season will be determined largely by the results of
    the 2011 season. For many teams, their schedule will be the make-or-break factor
    that will either vault them into post-season lore, or will have them sitting on
    their couches come January. For the 2012 New York
    Giants
    to make the playoffs, this can not be the case.




    The Giants *will have the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2012. On
    top of playing their annual divisional bouts, *Big Blue will face seven other
    teams that made the playoffs in 2011. To complicate matters further, the Giants
    will play on the road against the San
    Francisco 49ers
    , Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, and Baltimore
    Ravens. While objectively examining the team's ferocious line-up of opponents,
    it seems that a ten win season would be extremely difficult to attain.*




    That being said, the 2012 Giants have improved over the offseason. With a
    full gauntlet of workouts and OTA's, there will be more consistency and
    continuity with the team heading into next season. The rookies that the team
    relied upon last year in several key positions will be no longer be
    inexperienced liabilities; and both the offensive line and linebacker core
    should improve as these younger players continue to develop.




    Furthermore, it is imperative that the Giants beat the teams they are
    "supposed" to beat in 2012. Big Blue can not afford to have a game this season
    similar to last year's home matchups with the Seattle Seahawks or Washington
    Redskins. With such an unforgiving schedule, the team must win their games
    against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, and Redskins. The Giants have more
    talent and experience than all of the aforementioned teams and need those five
    victories to give them some wiggle room against their more competitive
    opponents.




    All things considered, it is still very early to give an accurate prediction
    on whether any team will make the playoffs in 2012. Nobody knows how teams will
    mesh during training camp, or if any significant injuries will be suffered
    during the preseason by key players.




    However, the Giants will certainly have their work cut out for them in the
    upcoming season. As we saw last year, they have the ability to beat any team
    they play, but can also lose *games they most definitely should have won. With
    the talent and experience returning to the team this season, the Giants should
    make the playoffs, but that is far from a guaranteed statement. Big Blue must be
    extremely focused for each and every game to avoid following up their Super
    Bowl
    championship season with a clunker in 2012."

    [/quote]All true about last season and the rough schedule this year. However its not telling us nothing we don't already know. The five games mentioned are all must wins considering the toughness of the other 11.
    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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    Re: 2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    I think we can win @ Cinn and Atlanta? We need to win the home games vs Pitt, GB and new Orleans. Beating Dallas and philly at home is not as critical because we can beat either one of them on the road which happens often. Doing this we will win 10-12 games
    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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    Re: 2012 NY GIANTS: PROJECTING BIG BLUE'S PLAYOFF CHANCES

    tell us something we don't know already, yes we have a hard shedule and must beat the easy teams. Oh and the Giants will be challenged to win 10 games this year.

    Hey the Defense on paper has gotten better, sounds great to me. But the real key to this year will be the O line and the run game. We will be 9-7 again next year if we don't get the running game back. Time of possesion and all those things make a difference.

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