What Are the New York Giants' Biggest Obstacles in the Path to a Championship?

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIOctober 25, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants  in action during their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants biggest obstacles to repeating as Super Bowl championships begin with themselves. They have to show that same mental fortitude they did last year down the stretch, where they won seven of their last eight games.

They've been in pretty good form this season so far, especially these last two weeks dominating the San Francisco 49ers as well as holding off the Washington Redskins, who could've easily won that game.

The next step is staying healthy, which is always hard to do in the NFL. Hakeem Nicks has been playing hurt, but the Giants need him healthy so he can help make a serious push, creating separation against opposing defenders.

Ahmad Bradshaw is going to be huge as well, no matter what people think about Andre Brown or David Wilson, Bradshaw is the veteran of this rushing attack, and his presence is absolutely huge.

With coaching, the one part I'm worried about is the offensive play calling. Did anyone see Bradshaw go at it with Tom Coughlin? He wants the football.

The G-Men passed the ball 40 times and only ran the ball 19 times...say what? A team with three very capable running backs should not pass the football 21 more times than they run it.

Less passes on first downs with the lead and more rushes would be optimal—yes, I'm talking to you, Kevin Killdrive.

The last point, which is probably the biggest of all, is the Giants pass rush. The Giants have to get to the opposing teams quarterback, because their defense isn't exactly top-notch and as of right now, the Giants rank 21st against the pass and 23rd against the run. 

Getting to the passer cancels all of this out, which is why the Giants have made their last two Super Bowls runs—by getting to the passer. 

This team has everything you need to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They have the elite quarterback, good rushing attack, two very good wide receivers, a nice tight end and a pass rush. 

All they have to do now is gel together at the right time and make that Super Bowl push.