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New York Giants: 5 Reasons Your Favorite Team Sucks in 2013

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The New York Giants are Going to Struggle in 2013

Tom Coughlin
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For the past few seasons, the New York Giants have been considered one of the NFL’s elite teams. They have won two Super Bowls and were completely dominant on both sides of the football. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I always hated when the Cowboys and Giants played each other because you can never count the Giants out. Just when you think your team has a big enough lead over the Giants, Eli Manning somehow mounts a late-game comeback and the Giants take the lead. I think this season is going to be a little different. The Giants have lost some key pieces that helped them to be so dominant.

I am expecting the Giants to struggle on both sides of the ball this season. On defense, they have lost one of their better pass rushers in Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora was a key contributor to this Giants’ pass rush, and he is going to be greatly missed on this defense. The Giants also have a depleted secondary, and opposing quarterbacks are going to test them incessantly week after week. With a struggling defense, the New York offense is also going to suffer, and I don’t think they will overcome the challenge.

The Giants’ offense is going to find that they will be playing from behind in a lot of games. Their rushing attack is going to struggle to produce any kind of results, which is going to hurt the effectiveness of their passing attack. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five reasons that the Giants are going to suck in 2013.

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5. Defensive Secondary is Depleted

Prince Amukamaura
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The Giants’ secondary is in serious trouble. They have struggled for the past few seasons and they never really upgraded any of the positions. On top of that, one of their better defensive backs, Stevie Brown, is out for the year with a torn ACL. The Giants are going to continuously struggle to stop their opponent’s passing attack.

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4. Pass Rush Will not be as Effective as in the Past

Jason Pierre-Paul
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New York’s defense has been dominant for the past couple of seasons. With players like Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, opposing quarterbacks were constantly under heavy pressure. Umenyiora is no longer with the team, leaving Pierre-Paul as the only dominant pass-rusher for the Giants. We will not see the same kind of pass rush from the Giants as we have in previous seasons, and that is going to put even more pressure on the depleted defensive backfield.

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3. Offensive Line Will Struggle to Protect Eli Manning

Offensive Line
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The reason for Eli Manning's dominance over the past few seasons was his offensive line. Manning’s offensive line has been nothing short of excellent over the past couple of years. This season, Manning will be working behind a line that is battle worn. I am expecting that teams will find it easier to get pressure on Manning, and the Giants’ passing attack is going to suffer because of it.

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2. The Rushing Attack Will be Ineffective

David Wilson
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The Giants’ rushing game took a severe turn for the worst this season. Losing Ahmad Bradshaw is going to prove to be a major mistake by the Giants. While David Wilson can be a great running back, I don’t think he will be as dominant as Bradshaw was. The Giants are going to struggle running the ball this season.

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1. The Giants' Schedule is not Favorable

Eli Manning
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Finally, the Giants’ schedule is going to be very difficult this season. They have to face Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins' dominant offense twice this year. They will play the Dallas Cowboys twice, and those matchups are always tough games. They have to face a dominant Denver Broncos team, and I do not think their secondary is up to the task of stopping Payton Manning. The Seattle Seahawks are going to prove to be another tough challenge for New York, and I think the Green Bay Packers will be another struggle for this team.