Are You Ready For Some Football?

Thankfully, the Giants start their season tonight which gives me an excuse to avert my eyes from the Yankees for three hours.  I could use the break. I love what the NFL does with opening weekend.  Games all over the place and the opener where it should be, at the home of the defending Super Bowl champ.  

So, what can we expect from the Giants this year?  Generally, post Super Bowl years have not been kind to this club. 

1987 saw the NFL strike and saw the Giants stumble to a 6-9 record.

1991 saw the start of the the Ray Handley era (if you don’t know what that means just be thankful.) and an 8-8 start.

In 2001, the Giants opened up on Monday Night Football, September 10th, 2001 to be exact and got waxed 31-20 by Denver before finishing 7-9.

And then there is 2008. In 2008 the Giants opened with a lackluster win against Washington, but then got off to an 10-1 start. Then Plaxico decided to shoot himself in the thigh and the Giants finished the season with three wins and two losses, but their 13-3 record got them the #1 seed in the NFC.  It was the first time a Giants team had qualified for the playoffs the year after playing in the Super Bowl.

Then came the humiliating loss in their opening playoff game as the Eagles came into Giants Stadium and beat them 23-11.  The Giants have suffered some painful losses in my lifetime, but this one had to be close to the worst.  Thinking back, I would put it at #3 behind the playoff meltdowns against San Fran in 2002 and Minnesota in 1997.

Looking at this year’s team I feel good about the running game again because I think Wilson will be a huge help.  Eli is elite in my book and his receiving corps looks great.  I worry a bit about the line, but I think the offense will be great.  On defense, the secondary is a huge concern.  On the plus side, JPP, Tuck, Osi and Kiwanuka are all healthy which should drive QB’s nuts, but when they don’t get pressure, their is going to be trouble.  

Despite my concerns, I think the Giants finish the season 11-5 and make the playoffs.  History has clearly shown the last few years that what happens after that depends on who the hot team is. 

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  • blmeanie  On September 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    11-5 ? They’ve always struggled after winning the bowl. I say 9-7, fans calling for Caughlin’s head and miss the playoffs because of a tie breaker loss because they lose to the Falcons in December…story-sticking to it.

    Falcons – 11-5 ; Julio Jones becomes one of top 3 receivers in league; win at least one (first of this regime) playoff game

    Patriots – 12-4 (schedule looks pretty forgiving) ; at least AFC champions

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I think the Patriots will be better, schedule looks easy. Do you think the Falcons win the division? I am really curious to see what Carolina does this year.

  • blmeanie  On September 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I’m not sold on Newton and the Panthers, great talent, haven’t seen the team around him show up completely yet. Falcons should have the best path to the division with N.O. hopefully down for a year with Payton out.

    Pats better than 12-4 and into AFC championship game? Wow, ok.

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I meant record-wise. They really only have four games where they could lose- Broncos, Ravens, Texans and 49ers. I figure they split those and go 14-2.

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