Usually, a Super Bowl championship means a team is the very best in the NFL. For the New York Giants, the argument will likely be that they got hot at the right time more than anything else.
That means that, though the Giants will be the defending champions in 2012, they will have much to prove to show that they are one of the very best in the NFL. Luckily for the Giants, as displayed by their outstanding run to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title, Tom Coughlin and his team do best when they have something to prove.
In 2008, the Giants started 11-1 following their miracle Super Bowl win over the undefeated New England Patriots, but crumbled at the end losing four of their last five and were eliminated early from the playoffs.
A similar hot start in 2012 would be great for the Giants, but the key is to keep that momentum going all the way through the playoffs rather than collapsing under immense pressure or distractions—such as Plaxico Burress accidentally shooting himself.
Thankfully, perhaps more so than in years past, Coughlin has control of his Giants team and should have them focused and ready to defend their championship in 2012. And there’s no reason to think that 2012 Giants squad will not be better than this year’s Super Bowl champions.