Predicting New York Giants' Final Regular Season Record

By Nick Villano
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The New York Giants were very underwhelming as defending Super Bowl champions last season. They started the season off by getting torched by Kevin Ogletree and the Dallas Cowboys.

After that game, they won six of their next seven to bring their record to 6-2. At that point, the Giants had three more wins than anyone in the division, and it looked like the team was going to absolutely cruise to the division title. Even coming into December, the Giants enjoyed a two game lead going into the NFL‘s final month. Then the dreaded end of season collapse hit Tom Coughlin and the Giants once again. Eli Manning just wasn’t as consistent as he was the season before, throwing for less than 200 yards more often than he threw for over 300.

They ranked middle of the pack in rushing yards and they lost their leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw to the Indianapolis Colts. With the injury to Andre Brown, the onus is on David Wilson to carry this team all season long.

They didn’t make any large additions in the offseason and didn’t bring in any flashy draft picks. They finally re-signed receiver Victor Cruz to end any speculation that comes with him. Manning is still a top ten quarterback in this league, and Coughlin is still a very good coach. People may sleep on this team, but they shouldn’t.

Their schedule varies from very hard to very easy. They play the AFC West and the NFC North. They used their extra games to play the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. The way their record morphs will have most to do with how the division works out.

The Cowboys are looking to finally win the division after getting so close the last three seasons. The Washington Redskins are looking to continue their dominance with Robert Griffin III holding down the fort. The Philadelphia Eagles want to bounce back with Chip Kelly and his exciting new offense. The entire division is one big question mark, and I think that the Giants will go 4-2 in the NFC East. I think that they beat the Eagles twice and split with the Cowboys and Redskins.

I think the Giants end the season the same way they ended last season. It looks like they will stay just above .500 at 9-7. The division will beat up on each other, and the NFC North is a division that has the ability to sweep all of these teams (although I have the Giants going 1-3 against them). The AFC West is where they will get some wins as I have them going 3-1 against them. They will lose to Seattle and beat the Panthers. Depending on what the rest of the division does, that could be enough to sneak into the playoffs.

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