New York Giants: What Are the Odds Big Blue Repeats as Super Bowl Champions?

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The repeat.

It's something fans all over wonder about after a team wins the Super Bowl the season before and then comes in and attempts to do it again the following year.

It's happened eight times in Super Bowl history.

The Packers did it with Super Bowl I and II, the Miami Dolphins with Super Bowl VII and VIII, the Pittsburgh Steelers with Super Bowl IX and X, then again with Super Bowl XIII and XIV, the San Francisco 49ers with Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV, the Dallas Cowboys with Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII, the Denver Broncos with Super Bowl XXXIII and XXXIV and the most recent one, the New England Patriots, with Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX.

The Patriots were the last ones to repeat seven years ago. In 2012, the New York Giants enter the season as the defending champions.

What are the odds that the Giants can repeat and win back-to-back Super Bowls?

If you look at the teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls, they were all very good teams who deserved to win a second championship.

If you look at the last team that did it, the Patriots, they were led by Tom Brady, who at the time was 27 years old and entering the prime of his career.

The Patriots used a balanced offense with a strong running attack and spread the ball around to different receivers, plus relied on a good defense full of veterans.

They were also coached by one of the best in Bill Belichick.

Fast forward to 2012 and look at the Giants.

Eli Manning is now 31 years old, is in the prime of his career and has already won two Super Bowls with two Super Bowl MVP awards for the Giants.

The Giants' offense relied on the pass more than the run in 2011, but the Giants will look to get back to running the football with Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson. However, the tandem of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will be an explosive unit that likely will pick up a lot of yards.

The Giants' receiving corps of Nicks, Cruz and Randle are better than the ones New England had with Deion Branch, David Patten and David Givens.

The defense of the Giants has a much better pass rush than the 2004 Patriots did, but the New England linebackers and secondary are what made that defense a really good one, while the Giants' units are decent but not elite.

Yes, the Giants were just 9-7 in 2011 and at one point were 7-7 and were staring playoff elimination in the face. But the Giants turned it around to win six straight en route to winning Super Bowl XLVI.

The Giants finally put it all together and realized in late December that they had a loaded team with a ton of talent that could beat anyone on the field.

Most of that roster is back again for 2012 and I expect the Giants to be a powerhouse in the NFC this upcoming season.

Sure, their schedule is filled with a lot of tough games, but the Giants know how to handle tough schedules and compete against the NFL's best.

What really helps the Giants is who they are coached by: Tom Coughlin.

The 65-year-old knows how to motivate his players and is one of the league's best at preparing his players; a big reason why he has two Super Bowl rings with the Giants.

Just like Belichick, Coughlin keeps his players cool under pressure and does not let them get too arrogant and over-confident. It's what separates them from the other coaches in the league and puts them in a class of their own.

The odds for the Giants repeating as champions aren't high, but only because just seven teams have accomplished the task in the 46 years of Super Bowls.

But to me, if any team can do it in 2012, the Giants can pull it off.

They have the talent and the championship mentality to pull off winning a second straight Super Bowl.

The biggest question remains; will the Giants be able to get back to the Super Bowl and pull off the rare repeat?

Only time will tell.

Stay tuned, Giants fans. The 2012 season is getting that much closer to kicking off.


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