While the Jets are getting all the hype and praise and are projected as Super Bowl contenders and favorites, the Giants are being overlooked and actually are projected to win seven to nine games this upcoming NFL season.
The Giants last year missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, posting a 8-8 record. A mediocre season indeed highlighted by the Giants secondary issues with injuries to Kenny Phillips, Aaron Ross, and Kevin Dockery.
The biggest worry going into last season was the young receiving core that Eli Manning had. He made it work as he threw for over 4,000 yards last season. What was the strong suit of the Giants their defense and running game is what did them in last season.
This season the question is can the Giants bounce back and make the playoffs? Well, forget the playoffs, can the Giants even get the back page of the New York newspapers over the Jets?
It doesn't seem like it right now because the media loves the Jets and the Jets love themselves. The Jets do have a good team and they certainly have a lot of brand names on their squad.
On paper they should be regarded as Super Bowl contenders. But championships are not won on paper. The Jets do have a good team but are they that much better than the Giants? Are they better than the Giants at all?
Think about it. Maybe the Jets are better but are the Giants that bad that they can't endure the same amount of success that the Jets are supposed to this season. What, there can't be any talk of an all New York Super Bowl this season like there has been over the last couple of years?
The idea is that in the NFC East there can't be four good teams. There can only be two. The two being chosen as the best two are the Cowboys and Redskins, leaving the Giants and Eagles as the odd men out.
The Cowboys have an incredible team and are coming off their first playoff win last season in almost 15 years. However, the Redskins bring back essentially the same team only adding a new coach and quarterback to their squad.
Are a new coach and a quarterback supposed to be the difference between a team winning four games and 10 to 11 games and earning a playoff berth? Someone will say hey, look at Bret Favre. However, the Vikings were an 11-win team and NFC North champs the year before Favre got there.
To take it a step further, Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton were fresh faces in Denver last season, starting off 6-0 and missing the playoffs. Washington will suffer the same fate, due to the fact that the supporting cast has not changed at all.
The Giants in the offseason shored up the biggest problems they had in the 2009-2010 campaign. They drafted Jason Pierre-Paul to be the solution for Osi Umenyiora's poor season last year. They signed Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant to be starters at the safety positions.
They get back Kenny Phillips, Brandon Jacobs, and Ahmad Bradshaw from injury-plagued 2009 seasons. Moreover, they also signed Keith Bulluck to replace Antonio Pierce after his retirement.
The Giants are and will be better than people think. It might not be as good as the Jets and Cowboys projected seasons, but it will not be a disaster.
The biggest key to the Giants 2010 season is that after one year they got rid of Bill Sheridan, whom many defensive players on the team did not like so much—especially Osi Umenyiora.
Is it that hard to believe that with all this talk around the league about redemption, players, coaches, and teams having to prove people wrong—or, in cases like the Cowboys and Jets, right?
Is it that hard to believe that the Giants can't do exactly that? That the Giants can't prove people wrong? That they don't have the motivation to redeem themselves from last year's sub-par year?
Granted, they should not be the favorite, but at the very least a sleeper or dark horse pick.