The New York Giants put their late-season flop on full display last season, and despite a heroic five-touchdown performance in last year’s season finale, the Giants found themselves watching the playoffs, rather than playing in them. So, why is a team that couldn’t even get in the playoffs a year ago entering 2013 with solid 22/1 odds to win it all? Because they’re better than they look, that’s why.
That’s always been the case for Big Blue, who routinely pass through the NFL regular season like it’s a bible study, only to awake just in time for the playoffs. There, their stacked defensive line feasts as if they had been in full-blown hibernation the previous four months, and the G-Men somehow get to the Super Bowl.
Now, that doesn’t happen every year, obviously, but it’s happen twice in the past seven seasons, and so long as Eli Manning is under center, it can absolutely happen a third time in 2013.
The Giants continue to have one of the more impressive defensive lines, lead by the uber athletic Jason Pierre-Paul, while their defense also has play-making ability in pass defense, lead by ball-hawking safety, Stevie Brown.
On the other side, the Giants say good-bye to Ahmad Bradshaw, but could be getting even better at the running back position with explosive second-year back David Wilson taking over the reigns. With goal-line back Andre Brown helping, Victor Cruz re-signed to a long-term deal and Hakeem Nicks back to full health, the Giants are looking to be very balanced on both sides of the ball.
But talent hasn’t been the problem as of late. It’s been focus and consistency. If the Giants can keep the carrot in front of the rabbit, they have a legit chance at a return to the Super Bowl in 2013. And even if they barely sneak in, we all know better to write them off if they’re only in the big dance as a wild card team.