5 Reasons the New York Giants Will Win the NFC East in 2014

5 Reasons the New York Giants Will Win the NFC East in 2014

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The New York Giants struggled mightily in 2013, finishing with a disappointing 7-9 record as a result of a rash of injuries and poor play. They reloaded during the offseason in free agency and the draft and look ready to get back into the playoff picture. They could also find themselves atop the NFC East with some breaks. Here are five reasons why they will win the division.

5. Ben McAdoo As New Offensive Coordinator

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5. Ben McAdoo As New Offensive Coordinator

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Longtime Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride “retired” this offseason, being replaced by McAdoo. The offensive scheme he is bringing in has brought positive results in offseason practices thus far, as the less read-and-react offense looks to be doing wonders for some players. His work with Aaron Rodgers the past two seasons gives hope that he can help Eli Manning get back on track with a quicker hitting offense.

4. Eli Manning Bouncing Back

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4. Eli Manning Bouncing Back

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Last season, Manning struggled mightily, but all could not be blamed on him. Countless times the offensive line couldn’t give him time in the pocket, or receivers ran wrong routes. His 27 INTs in 2013 were a career-high, and almost as many as he threw the two previous seasons combined. Manning is now 33 years old, but it’s hard to imagine his production dropping off so steeply this quick. McAdoo’s offense will help him turn things around too.

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3. Offensive Line Improvements

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In 2013, the offensive line struggles essentially derailed the season right from the start. The inabilities to pass protect and open up holes for the running game left the Giants as sitting ducks offensively. This offseason, they made it a priority to upgrade across the line, and did so, headlined by Goeff Schwartz. They added versatile players who can play multiple spots. With an improved O-Line, the offense will see a spike in production.

2. Injuries Will Decrease

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2. Injuries Will Decrease

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Last season, the injuries the Giants had to endure was pretty ridiculous. They were down to their seventh-string RB at one point, and lost a starting safety before the season even started. The offensive line was ravaged by injuries as well. Football Outsider’s Adjusted Games Loss metric had the Giants at 144.6 last season, the highest in the NFL in 2013. It was also the highest ever in their database, a number that won’t be matched this season.

1. Defensive Backfield Upgrades

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1. Defensive Backfield Upgrades

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The Giants' defense was rather productive in 2013, but that didn’t stop them from adding in free agency. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Zach Bowman and Quintin Demps were all signed to upgrade the defensive backfield. With explosive offenses abound in the NFC East, adding this much talent to an already strong unit will go a long way. The Giants now have one of the deepest and most talented cornerback and safety groups in the NFL.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network.


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