The NFC East is one of the toughest to predict in 2013. Not because of talent, but rather because of consistency. What Giants team will show up in 2013? Can Romo and Garrett stop underperforming and ever win anything? Can RG3 repeat 2012 on a surgically repaired knee? And can he keep from getting himself killed again? Can the Eagles win more than 2 games?
New York Giants
2012 Record: 9-7; 2nd Place
2013 Prediction: 10-6
Confidence in Pick: 25%
Losses: Ahmad Bradshaw, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty
Pickups: Cullen Jenkins, Dan Connor, Justin Pugh, Mike Patterson, Josh Brown, Demontre Moore, Ryan Nassib
Reasons for Optimism:
Eli Manning – I don’t believe there exists a two-time Super Bowl winning QB that gets less respect and credit than Eli Manning. Sure, he can be wildly inconsistent and frustrating, but the guy is good and has those 2 Super Bowl rings to prove it. RG3 may be the most exciting QB in this division, but lets’ not forget that Eli is still the best QB in this division and is the reason the Giants shouldn’t be considered anything but the favorites in the NFC East.
WRs – When healthy, Cruz and Nicks make up one of the toughest WR duos in all of the NFL. The issue the Giants have had is keeping them on the field together.
Pass Rush – While they lost Umenyiora, the Giants should still be able to get after the QB with Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Demontre Moore (possibly the biggest steal in the 2013 NFL Draft). After all, pressure on the QB is the easiest way to make a defense look good and an opposing QB look bad.
Tom Coughlin – He rubs a lot of players the wrong way, but he has 2 Super Bowl rings as references. Coughlin has more Super Bowl rings (2) than the rest of the coaches in the NFC East have playoff wins with their current team (0). Advantage: Coughlin and the Giants.