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2013 New York Giants Predictions

2013 New York Giants Predictions
The New York Giants started out winning six of their first eight games and then faded down the stretch. The emphasis in the offseason was improving the league’s 31st-ranked defense. With their explosive offense, they don’t need to dominate defensively to make the playoffs. Here is a preview of the New York Giants from the NFC East.

Eli Manning played well last year, but didn’t match his 2011 performance. He had to rely on Victor Cruz considering the injuries to Hakeem Nicks and lack of a consistent third receiver. Nicks is still hampered by injuries in the preseason. The Giants didn’t draft a wide receiver so they’ll have to improve from within. Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan along with Reuben Randle will have to step up. At running back, Ahmad Bradshaw is goine so the Giants will look at more of a thunder-and-lightning backfield featuring speedy David Wilson and powerful Andre Brown. This could be a potent duo if Wilson can stay healthy. At tight end, Brandon Myers comes over from Oakland after having a breakout season. The offensive line was a disappointment last year. At left tackle, Will Beatty returns at left tackle and on the right side, they’ll have a battle between Justin Pugh, James Brewer and David Diehl. Pugh was the team’s first-round pick from Syracuse. Right guard Chris Snee has struggled to live up to Pro Bowl expectations. At center, David Baas has become more dependable as he’s battled through various injuries.

The Giants allowed 129.1 yards per game on the ground last year, which ranked 25th. They added Patterson and Jenkins to help their defensive tackle rotation up front, which should be very deep. Shaun Rogers, Marvin Austin and Linval Joseph may not be stars, but combined, this is a very stout rotation. The only issue about Jenkins is whether he’s better suited for a 3-4 scheme. At defensive end, with Umenyiora gone, the Giants drafted Demontre Moore, who has excellent potential. Jason Pierre-Paul had just 6.5 sacks after recording 16.5 the year before. They could really use a bounce-back season from Pierre-Paul and Tuck, who is entering the final year of his contract. At linebacker, the Giants brought in Dan Connor but there are still questions about depth. Keith Rivers starts on the strongside, while Jacquain Williams plays the weakside. Rivers had trouble staying healthy last season and Williams was just adequate last season. It’s probably the weakest part of their defense. At cornerback, Corey Webster struggled last season and had to play with a broken hand. He has the ability to return to his top form if he can regain his confidence. Aaron Ross is back after spending a year in Jacksonville. Prince Amukamara played well in stretches but is not a playmaker. At safety, Antrel Rolle can cover slot receivers and is their best defensive back. Stevie Brown returns at safety after picking off eight passes.

Special Teams:
The Giants have a very good returner in Wilson, but if he’s the starting running back, how effective can he be? On punt returns, Randle and Jernigan can both handle the job but not with much explosion. Josh Brown takes over for Lawrence Tynes, who lost a lot of leg strength. Punter Steve Weatherford is a very good directional kicker with length.

The Giants have the talent to win the NFC East and it’s a division that wide open. The schedule features some very winnable road games at Detroit, San Diego, Carolina and Kansas City. If they don’t win at least 10 games, something is wrong. Could they make a return to the Super Bowl and be the first to host the big game?

Regular Season:
Date vs. Last Meeting ATS
09/08/13 @DAL W 29-24 10/28/12 L/O
09/15/13 DEN L 6-26 11/26/09 W/U
09/22/13 @CAR W 36-7 09/20/12 L/U
09/29/13 @KC W 27-16 10/04/09 L/P
10/06/13 PHI W 42-7 12/30/12 W/O
10/10/13 @CHI W 17-3 10/03/10 W/U
10/21/13 MIN W 21-3 12/13/10 L/U
10/27/13 @PHI W 42-7 12/30/12 W/O
11/10/13 OAK W 44-7 10/11/09 W/O
11/17/13 GB W 38-10 11/25/12 W/U
11/24/13 DAL W 29-24 10/28/12 L/O
12/01/13 @WAS L 16-17 12/03/12 W/U
12/08/13 @SD L 20-21 11/08/09 L/U
12/15/13 SEA L 25-36 10/09/11 L/O
12/22/13 @DET W 28-20 10/17/10 L/O
12/29/13 WAS L 16-17 12/03/12 W/U


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