There is no reason why the Giants can't run the show in the NFC, with a new and improved defense resembling the Super Bowl 42 squad, and a well run offense that can be very productive and score in the red zone.
This offense will be stellar for several reasons, their offensive line is going to have another great year. They were great for pass blocking and helping their running backs to reach 1,000 yards each.
The Giants receiver core has great depth this year. They are boasting Steve Smith, who has the most experience and reps in the group. He can be a standout receiver if he can stay healthy. Next, you have Domenik Hixon who had some spectacular plays against the Cleveland Browns in the pre-season last year, and had a couple of good games this past season.
Then they have the sensational rookie Hakeem Nicks. He will be a huge factor this year, he looks like a kid that can really play. Everybody raves about his catching skills. To be a success and contribute to his team, Nicks needs to have a good year.
Finally, you have Ramses Barden, who is the closest thing to a Plaxico type of player. Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham have been taken out by injuries, so we are going to have to wait and see if they can contribute. Also, Kevin Boss will be boosting the receiver position for the Giants with his size, helping the offensive line and creating confusion regarding match ups.
Eli Manning is getting better each year by being a quarterback who doesn't throw tons of interceptions or have a bad completion percentage. This past year, Eli jumped from 56.1 pct to 60.3 pct. As for interceptions, he cut his number in half from 20 to 10. That's exactly what Eli needs to do to become a top quarterback in the NFL.
When they say defense wins championships, you should look to the 2007 New York Giants' defense to see if it's true. I believe this year's defense can be as good or even better than the '07 defense.
If you take one look at our defensive line this year and their line from two years ago, they have one thing in common, depth. The new guys in the rotation like Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard should have a huge impact on the defensive line. They will join Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Barry Cofield, Fred Robbins, Dave Tollefson, and Jay Alford. In my mind, the Giants will be "ballin" a lot this year.
Next, the linebackers are going to be lead by veteran Antonio Pierce. He had some distractions last year, but should bounce back this year, because he is the heart beat of the defense. With Steve Spagnuolo gone, Pierce has to be the man and step up.
Along side of him will be newly acquired Michael Boley, who will help the outside linebackers with the experience he brings with him. Also, we have Clint Sintim, who the Giants just drafted. He will join the competition for the starting spot with Danny Clark. Clint looks like a hard nose player who would hit his own mother if she had the ball. Mathias Kiwanuka will be in the mix for OLB/DE. It seems this poor guy can't stay in one position for more than a year.
Finally, we have the secondary which should improve from last year. At the corner back position, with his experience and skills, Aaron Ross is becoming a shutdown player. He is a good player because he has a great football IQ. Across the field his partner is Corey Webster, who came off a good season with the Giants. He could have another good one this year. Also, Kevin Dockery will be filtering into the team.
As we see the 2009 New York Giants on paper, there should be no question why they can't be the best team in the NFC.