The 2012 New York Giants come into this season as Superbowl Champs! We are all eager to watch them in the home opener against division foe, the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants organization and their fans should feel really good going into this season. The main reason they should feel good, is because the Giants aren’t favored to win ANYTHING. They aren’t favored to repeat as Super Bowl champs. They are not favored to win their division, and some think they won’t even make the playoffs. But that suits most fans just fine, because in the Giants two recent Super Bowl wins, they weren’t favored to do any of those things. A lot of the credit has to go to Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese, who have done a great job putting this team together. They developed an elite QB, an awesome defensive pass rush, and Pro Bowl caliber receivers. If they do plan on returning to the Super Bowl, it will be difficult since they have one of the most challenging schedules in the league. Also, the Giants acquired TE Martellus Bennett, who blew up to about 300 pounds (according to “reports”). Good one Jerry! Here is more on the 2012 New York Giants.
Fantasy Football Studs: Last year, the defense was a big reason the Gmen hoisted the trophy. With a front four that includes: Justin Tuck, a newly signed Osi Umenyioa, and the unstoppable Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants D is an absolute force. The two wideouts, Hakeem Nicks and last season’s surprise, Victor Cruz both put up huge numbers. While I prefer Nicks, he attracts injuries in addition to double-teams. Cruz had an unbelievable breakout season last year, but I want to see if he can continue to emerge. Lastly, Eli Manning is an elite quarterback. Nothing else needs to be said.
Areas of Strength: Yes the Giants DEF is a strength. But due to its faulty secondary, I’ll have to say its their passing game. Eli threw for almost 5000 yards last year. He had 29 passing TDs and 16 INTs, down from the previous year when he threw 25 picks. He had 2 1000 yard receivers, and he practically no running game. Manning developed into one of the league’s best passers–with media favorite Tony Romo and action figure Michael Vick. The rings don’t lie.
Area of Weakness: An area of concern will be the Giant’s running game. It’s not that they can’t run the ball: the Giants have become a passing team. It was evident last year, when both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs struggled with injuries and inconsistencies. They both had their moments, but neither of them had anywhere near 1000 yards. I like Bradshaw this year, and New York did give him a new partner in first round draft pick David Wilson from Virginia Tech. But as I mentioned, the Giants are a passing team, so the running game will take a backseat.
2012 Marquee Matchups: As mentioned before the season opener features the champs hosting the Cowboys Week 1. Weeks 3 and 4 that defense will have their hands full with Cam Newton then Michael “dynasty” Vick. San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Pittsburgh, then Cleveland will all be lined up to give the defending champs their best shot. After their bye week, the remainder of the Giants season is as follows: Green Bay, Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philly. The road back to the Superbowl is never easy…
All Things New York Giants: There are several ways to keep up with the 2012 defending Superbowl Champion New York Giants. Here are a few we like…
Apps: New York Giants for iPhone (by New York Giants); Go Giants! for iPhone (by Giebler Enterprises); Ultimate NYG for iPhone (by Notice Software)
Fan Clubs: The official fan club for the New York Giants can be found on www.giants.com under fan zone.