Can the NY Giants Catch the NFL Napping in 2015
Wayne Root: Can the NY Giants Catch the NFL Napping in 2015?
Last week I talked about the outlook for the New York Jets entering the new pro football season. As promised, I'm back this week to talk about the New York Giants. You longtime readers know I'm a New Yorker at heart...having been born in Mt. Vernon as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!)
At the moment...it seems the whole world has forgotten about the Giants as any sort of contender. The only excitement being generated has to do with Odell Beckham. He's a human highlight reel. The growing influence of Fantasy Sports has everyone thinking about what kinds of stats he can accumulate. It's like he's "the show" because there's nothing else good worth talking about.
The only thing resembling a soap opera is the media chatter about Eli Manning being in a contract year. You have to assume that's going to work itself out eventually. Manning is too much of a professional to let it become a distraction. He's also too rich to worry about it! (Even "bad" Eli Manning is getting gigs in comedy clubs on TV commercials!).
There was that July Fourth fireworks tragedy for Jason Pierre-Paul. The latest is that he plans to return when he's physically ready. There's no timetable set for when that will be. The media is in a holding pattern until there are new developments.
With the Giants off the media radar, they're also off the sports betting radar. This isn't a team anybody in Las Vegas is talking about as a potential threat to Seattle and Green Bay at the top of the NFC, or even the Cowboys and Eagles at the top of the NFC East. Off a 6-10 record...with no high impact personnel improvements...what is there to get excited about?
Well, I can't say that I'm particularly optimistic about a big season. But, I do recognize that the stage is set for a resurgence back into at least playoff discussions. Here's the short list for why:
*Veteran head coach in Tom Coughlin who's a proven winner
*Veteran quarterback in Eli Manning who's a proven winner
*Second year with a new offensive system after a sluggish transition
*A very manageable schedule
That last one really has my attention. The NFC East is in a down phase, particularly on defense. You think the Eagles are scary with Sam Bradford? Washington doesn't seem to be doing anything productive about their QB mess. The Dallas defense was awful last year. The Giants have a chance to go at least 3-3 within the division...maybe 4-2 if Bradford is a flop and Manning re-ignites.
The Giants face the NFC South and the AFC East in the divisional rotation this year. You never know for sure in advance...but that's probably going to be fairly easy in comparison to what could have been. NYG won't have to play Seattle or Green Bay. Nobody in the NFC South had a winning record last year! New England is great in the AFC East of course. But...the Patriots have to visit the Giants, which gives Eli and company a fighting chance.
The third-place finish last year gives the Giants a "third-place" schedule...meaning they'll face possibly imploding San Francisco from the NFC West, and Minnesota from the NFC North.
In short, the Giants don't have to improve much at all to lift 6-10 up to the .500 mark against this year's schedule. If they fix the offensive issues that caused turnover problems in 2014...they could make a run at 10 wins. Again, it's not like we're dealing with an unproven head coach and a young quarterback who's in over his head. This is Coughlin and Manning vs. a manageable schedule!
Okay...that's the upside. The downside is that Coughlin may have lost the team in a way that won't fix itself. And, there are offensive line concerns that haven't exactly been resolved. Last week's preseason loss to Cincinnati was so lethargic that there obviously isn't any sort of "us against the world" vengeance mentality in play yet.
I will be working very closely with my New York sources to get a read on this team through the rest of August. The Giants host Jacksonville Saturday in their next Preseason game, followed by their dress rehearsal vs. the Jets in Week Three. All I care about for my clients is PICKING WINNERS! If that means going against the fading Giants once the regular season begins, so be it. I just want you to be aware that a resurgence storyline is possible given the veteran influences and a manageable schedule.
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