2013 Record: 5-9
As they do seemingly every year, the Giants cruised through the first half of the season with playoff intentions. After eight games, the Giants were 6-2. But seven games later they were just 8-7 with the Eagles coming to town, needing serious help to make the playoffs. They beat the Eagles but didn’t get the help. Down the stretch the Giants lost key road games to the Redskins, Falcons, and Ravens. Their inability to match up against tough teams on the road (except San Francisco) is what caused them to slip and let the Redskins take the division. Overall, the Giants had a strong offense and fairly beat up defense, but the roster is seeing a ton of turnover this offseason. Ahmad Bradshaw signed with the Colts, Martellus Bennett with the Bears, OsiUmenyiora with the Falcons, and Chris Canty with the Ravens. But coming is Oakland tight end Brandon Myers to replace Bennett, and the young running back duo of David Wilson and Andre Brown (to replace Bradshaw) were highly effective in sporadic playing time last year. Wide receiver talent is still abundant in Victor Cruz (86 receptions, 1,092 yards) and Hakeem Nicks (53 receptions, 692 yards). The Giants are still led by Eli Manning. He’s always thrown more interceptions than his big bro, but at the end of the day, who has more rings?
With Umenyiora and Canty gone, the Giants will look different up front. That’s probably a good thing, as the D-line, revered just a few years ago for intense pressure on the quarterback (including legendary maulings of Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler), ranked last in the NFL with just 20 sacks. Throw in the fact that they tied for the fewest forced fumbles in the league and you realize some change was needed. More will be expected out of Jason Pierre-Paul (6.5 sacks) and Justin Tuck (four sacks), once the best defensive end duo in football. Another weakness of theirs is at linebacker, where Jacquian Williams, Dan Connor, and Mathias Kiwanuka will start. Not exactly Pro Bowlers. Stevie Brown emerged at strong safety with eight interceptions. Reliable Corey Webster still starts at left cornerback and AntrelRolle is at free safety, but the weakness in the secondary comes at Prince Amukamara at right corner. There are a lot of big names here that underachieved, so the Giants will definitely be better defensively in 2013. There’s no chance they finish last in sacks again with Pierre-Paul and Tuck on the ends. But one wonders if the players are no longer to blame, and if defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is adjusting to new offensive gameplans as well as he should be. With an offense as explosive as the Giants’, though, it may not even matter. To see the Giants in the best seats at the best prices, buy your NY Giants tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!