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In 2006 and 2007, the New York Giants finished 8-8 and 10-6, respectively. Both records were good enough to reach the playoffs, and in ’07 the Giants won Super Bowl XLII. In 2009 and 2010, the club finished 8-8 and 10-6, respectively, and failed to reach the playoffs.
In 2011, Tom Coughlin’s club was 9-7 and went on to win Super Bowl XLVI. Last season, the Giants were again 9-7 but failed to reach the playoffs. You figure them out.
Keys to success
- Second-year running back David Wilson emerges as a major factor
- Defense rebounds from disappointing 2012 (31st in NFL in yards allowed)
- Avoid another subpar second-half performance after a good start
The team opted to part ways with veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw and put the spotlight on Wilson, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, who excelled on kickoff returns last season. For the record, Wilson fumbled in Week 1 vs. the Dallas Cowboys last season; it was his only fumble of the season.
Only the New Orleans Saints allowed more total yards than the Giants, who ranked 25th vs. the run a year ago. Former Philadelphia Eagles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are expected to help here. New York’s pass rush dipped from 48 sacks in 2011 to 33 last season.
Let’s see if Tom Coughlin’s team can perform well from start to finish in 2013.