For the past few weeks, I have been noticing something very disgusting about ESPN and many other sportscasters. They seem to forget that the Giants have a legitimate chance to repeat. Most analysts are predicting that the Giants won't even make the playoffs!! Yes, the Giants lost a very valuable piece of their lineup when Mario Manningham departed via free agency to the San Francisco 49er and they lost a few other pieces, but they are still a dominant team. Eli Manning has shut down all the haters and the media by showing just how good he can be. If this was any indication that Manning is about to entire his prime, then the league better watch out. Yes, we all make fun of Eli's "oh shucks" attitude, but he sure did prove he could take a hit in the playoff game against the 49ers. He has come out of older brother Peyton's shadow, he even broke his brother's record for most fourth quarter touchdowns, and has shown that he is worthy of the elusive "elite" title. Even without Manningham, the Giants still have a great one-two punch with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. These two showed that they were quite the receivers with highlight play after highlight play. The Giants also have many options to fill Manningham's slot role especially with draft Rueben Randle who will have to battle for that starting spot with the likes of Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jerrigan. Onto the other side of the field, the infamous Giants defense. Now that the Osi drama has ended, all the players can concentrate on doing what they do best, taking out the quarterback. This defense is known around the league for its speed and ferocity.
Those four guys on the line make it nearly impossible for quarterbacks to find time to get back in the pocket and make a good throw. Yes, the intense defensive line is only FOUR guys so how can you even count them out? Yes, they were 7-7 at one point. They were also 6-2 at one point. They are also the reigning champs. They must have figured out someway to come together. Most likely it was due to Justin Tuck being the captain that he is, stepped up and overcame nagging injuries. The Giants have shown that they work better when everyone counts them out. No one had them even coming close to the playoffs this year nor in 2007. So could Tuck be on to something when he says he wants a dynasty from this team?