Football Nation Preview: The 2013 New York Giants

By Justin Henry
June 27, 2013 8:53 am
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Eli Manning 2012 Record: 9-7

2012 Downfall

Manning's Cold Snap

Coming off his second Super Bowl championship, a game in which he won his second MVP award, Eli Manning looked poised to defend this gold.

How could he not be? The Giants were off to a 6-2 start, though statistically, he had just 12 touchdowns and eight picks.

The next two games would be losses; a close defeat to Pittsburgh (Manning completed just 41.6 percent of his passes) and a rout against the Bengals. He threw no touchdowns and three interceptions across those games as the team sunk to 6-4.

A comeback performance vs. the Packers came at the best time (3 TD, 0 INT), but the Giants would lose three of their next four. With the season in the balance, Manning had a 38.9 rating against the very Falcons that New York humbled in the 2011 playoffs, followed by a loss to Baltimore, where Manning completed only half of his passes.

Run Defense Crumbles

For as great as Manning has proven to be, he goes through muddled funks at odd times. The second-half troubles he'd had last year could have been undone by a defense playing at its highest level. But despite injuries in the secondary, it wasn't just the pass defense that looked bad.

Seeing New York as expert poachers (21 INT, third best in the NFL), teams would find success on the ground as the year went on. The Giants were fifth worst against the run, allowing 4.6 YPA, and it seemed that even teams who couldn't run found the G-Men's weak spot.

The Redskins dropped 248 yards on them in an October loss, but the Giants rebounded by holding Dallas to only 19 on the ground. After that, the run-challenged Steelers and Falcons posted 158 and 129 respectively, the Redskins topped 200 again (207), and Baltimore hammered em with 224.

2013 Projected Wins: 9

Top 3 Rookies

-Justin Pugh, T (1/19): Versatile lineman can be solid anywhere help is most needed, but short arms could make playing tackle at a high level difficult.

-Johnathan Hankins, DT (2/49): Wide-bodied run-stopper has enough movement to work his way around the line post-snap and prevent running plays from developing.

-Damontre Moore, DE (3/81): Surprisingly still available this late in the game, is the protoypical undersized edge-rusher that the Giants generally covet.

Other Moves

The retooling of the defense began en masse, so much so that you could possibly slap the 'Dream Team' label on them. Sure enough, Eagles castaways Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson signed on with Big Blue, along with former Giants corner Aaron Ross, safety Ryan Mundy, and linebacker Dan Connor.

The Giants could also lay claim to the title of "Raiders East", acquiring three ex-silver-and-blackers: WR Louis Murphy (who played for Carolina in 2012), TE Brandon Myers, and to-date underachieving LB Aaron Curry.

After the Giants didn't re-sign kicker Lawrence Tynes, they opened up a new kicking competition. The participants are 11-year veteran Josh Brown, fresh off a year with the Bengals, and David Buehler, who was out of the league a year ago.

Potential Starting Lineup

QB - Eli Manning
RB - David Wilson
FB - Henry Hynoski
WR - Victor Cruz
WR - Hakeem Nicks
TE - Brandon Myers
LT - Will Beatty
LG - Kevin Boothe
C - David Baas
RG - Chris Snee
RT - Justin Pugh

DE - Justin Tuck
DT - Linval Joseph
DT - Cullen Jenkins
DE - Jason Pierre-Paul
OLB - Keith Rivers
MLB - Dan Connor
OLB - Jacquian Williams
CB - Corey Webster
CB - Prince Amukamara
FS - Antrel Rolle
SS - Stevie Brown

K - Josh Brown
P - Steve Weatherford
LS - Zak DeOssie


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2 years ago
good stuff. I am counting on a big year from David Wilson on my dynasty fantasy team.
2 years ago
Corey Webster had better have a big year- if he continues o look like Elvis "Toast" Patterson..I say cut him ASAP
2 years ago
How come it says projected wins 9 on the 1st page then 2013 prediction 10-6?
2 years ago

projected wins = what Vegas is projecting
2 years ago
The Giants should atleast win 10 games and make the playoffs. Nicks was hurt almost all year with him back Cruz will be in single coverage and a new big play TE. Randle was great as a rookie he had all training camp to play as the # 1 WR so he should be much better this year and Murphy brings speed behind him. The WR Corps should be among the best in the NFL.

Eli was under pressure all year the offensive line was horrible. Pugh helps a ton he can play RT & RG and the Giants whole O-line has had injury problems so he solves that.

The run defense was fixed in Free Agency and the Draft. The Secondary should be great Thomas is back and Webster has only had one bad year. The Prince played good last year and Ross was resigned we won 2 Super Bowls with Ross so he can't be that bad. Hosley is great in the slot. Stevie Brown and Rolle hold down the back of defense. The Giants should make a deep run they have the players to do it.
2 years ago
Hynoski is going to be out for a while, tore his achilles first day of OTAs.
2 years ago

Hmmm. Depth chart site I use was updated recently and didn't acknowledge that.
2 years ago

Yeah, they've been flirting with Vontae Leach as a replacement.
2 years ago
Not Happy with DC Perry Fewell... he should be on Hot Hot seat
ever since he took over the GMEN have fallen in every defensive category.
2 years ago
I completely agree that Perry Fewell should be on the hot seat and that the defense needs to step up, but they absolutely need Hakeem Nicks healthy. The offense was solid overall but they really struggled at times (17 points against the Eagles and Cowboys, 16 against the Redskins). In my opinion, that got overlooked because of a 31st ranked defense.

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