Osi Umenyiora Thinks New York Giants are the Best Team in the NFL, Provided They are at Their Best

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The New York Giants are one of the most frustrating teams to be a fan of. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Giants and I understand rooting for them is a far better experience than being an Oakland Raiders fan, for example, but they are the most inconsistent team in the league year in and year out.

Take 2012 for example. The Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers by 23 and the Green Bay Packers by 28, but also have inexcusable losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals.

I truly believe the Giants can beat anyone in the league. That said, I also know they will lay an egg multiple times a year and when the calender hits November, I can expect at least two losses, or more.

Osi Umenyiora says the Giants are the best team in the NFL when they are at their best.

“[The Patriots] are playing the best right now,” Umenyiora said on ESPN Radio in New York. “But honestly, when the Giants are playing our best, there is no question we are the best team in football. We just have been inconsistent. If we play the way we are capable of playing, the way we played against San Francisco, Green Bay, the Saints for the majority of the game…I don’t think there is a team that is better than us at all.”

That may be true, but it’s a sad state of affairs, because frankly the Giants do not play their best for an entire regular season and never really have under Tom Coughlin. They’ve only had more than 10 wins twice in eight seasons despite winning two Super Bowls. Injuries have played a part in their inconsistency, but every elite team has injuries and overcome them. The Giants will never be considered an elite team until they find a way to play at a high level for an entire season.

Umenyiora has his heart in the right place, but this didn’t need to be said. Until the second-half stumbles and the losses to inferior teams stop, you can never call the Giants the best in the NFL.

  Jeff is an NFL Featured Columnist for RantSports.com. Like Jeff’s Facebook Page here. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Shull


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