2012 New York Giants: Do the Champs Have Enough Left to Return to Super Bowl?

Francisco BernardContributor IAugust 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) poses for photographs with (L-R) New York Giants players Zak DeOssie, Justin Tuck and Eli Manning while welcoming the National Football League Super Bowl champions to the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Giants defeated The New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XXXXVI.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Entering the 2012-2013 season, picks are being made for the Super Bowl. As usual, the Patriots, Packers, Steelers and Saints are being included in preseason Super Bowl picks. The Chicago Bears are also another team that can contend for the title. Yet, lost in the talk are the Giants—as usual.

The New York Giants are entering the season still with Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw and the core of their defense in Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul. The big losses over the offseason were Brandon Jacobs and the No. 3 wide receiver Mario Manningham, who's heroic catch in the Super Bowl helped the Giants win the Super Bowl.

So, why are the Giants, as usual, not being considered top contenders? It's simple. They are the most underrated team in the National Football League.

You won't get an MVP from the Giants, but you will get something more than MVP titles, and that is the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the trophy that symbolizes who the best team was in that season. Last year, the New York Giants were not the best team, but because they won the Super Bowl, they were deemed the best team.

Because the New York Giants won the Super Bowl, they should be the favorites to win again because at the start of the 2012-2013, they essentially have the same team from last year with young, fresh and talented additions in David Wilson and Rueben Randle to replace Jacobs and Manningham.

But, it's not enough to call them contenders right? A very seasoned Manning with a more veteran offense and defense does not strike fear to the NFL? It should because this same team won the Super Bowl last year, not the Patriots, Packers, Steelers or Saints. 

The problem is when you have the most underrated quarterback in the NFL in Eli Manning, it just seems nobody considers you a contender.

How about this?

Tom Brady was a backup QB to Drew Bledsoe, and when he got the nod to be the starting quarterback, he had a couple bad games and is now at the top of the food chain in the NFL. Manning has two Super Bowl titles, both against Tom Brady, and yet, no respect is given to him.

Also, Aaron Rodgers played second fiddle to Brett Favre and had some tough times at the helm, and now, is deemed second to Brady in the NFL

Maybe the entrance song for the Giants should be "Respect" by Aretha Franklin because they deserve it. Then again, that wouldn't get the juices flowing for a football team, but I digress.

Bottom line is this. The Giants can easily repeat as Super Bowl champions because they have more than enough to not only qualify them as contenders, but consider them favorites to win.

They have a quarterback who progresses each year and is entering the prime of his career complemented with a wide receiver core that can be mayhem for any secondary in the NFL.

They have a defense that has shown this preseason that it's just phenomenal at the pass rush and even has improved at the secondary positions.


The rookies have even shined this preseason and can provide depth to an already explosive team. 

The Giants have all they need to win. They are as strong as any team in the NFL. Their offense is capable of going toe-to-toe with other top-tier offenses, and the same can be said for the Giants defense.  

It is time the Giants get the respect they deserve because this year, they are capable of returning to the Super Bowl.