New York Giants - Can They Repeat?
Posted by JesseLSiegel (3206 days ago)
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The Giants have looked every bit like the defending Super Bowl Champions so far this season, with a 7-1 record fueled by their dominating defense. Justin Tuck hasn't missed a beat despite the departure of Michael Strahan and the injury to Osi Umenyiora. Eli Manning has looked confident despite the off-field issues concerning number one wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Coach Tom Coughlin clearly has control of this team, including suspending Burress for two weeks for his antics. The Giants' depth at wide receiver with Amani Toomer, Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon allowed Coughlin to bench Burress and not give in to the fiery wide receiver. And the running game has been dynamite, with the "Earth, Wind and Fire" of Jacobs, Ward and Bradshaw punishing opposing defenses behind the best offensive line in football.
But it's easy to sing the Giants praises at this point in the season. The question is, can they win the Super Bowl again? Last year, everything came together at the right time. Offense, defense, special teams, everything just clicked. The Giants are still clicking and are extremely confident, but they will have a target on their backs for the rest of the season. Now that the Cowboys have floundered, the Skins have 3 losses, and nobody else in the NFC seems to be up to par (sorry Cardinals fans, I'm not ready to include you as an elite team just yet), the Giants will be tested. Their schedule also gets significantly more difficult, with crucial NFC East match-ups, as well as games against Baltimore, Carolina, Minnesota and Arizona.
All in all, I'm confident in the Giants' ability to get the job done. Eli proved he could lead a team to victory, and the defense does not show any signs of slowing. Still, we know the difficulty in repeating, and the G-Men are just one injury away (Eli or Tuck) from mediocrity. But that's the nature of the NFL, as that can be said for any of the elite teams and their stars. Steve Spagnuolo's defensive system obviously works, and with Eli Manning at the helm and hitting his peak, we could be in for a Giants dynasty.
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