With the 2011 season set to begin officially (hopefully) this weekend, it's time to start thinking about our favorite teams and their chances to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
The past two seasons have not ended the way anyone would have expected. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn in to an 8-8 finish, and 2010 saw a devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles derail the Giants' season.
Prior to the conclusion of that game, the Giants were 9-4 and up 21 on the verge of taking a game lead over the Eagles in the division.
The past two seasons have ended in heart breaking fashion. The Giants followed up the Eagles loss with a 45-17 loss on the road to the eventual champion Green Bay Packers—a game that many point to as the one that jump started the Packers run to the Super Bowl.
The 2011 season comes with a lot of promise for the Giants. They were one of the NFL's most balanced teams in 2010, but the season was marred by a ridiculous amount of turnovers.
In fact, the rise in giveaways over the past two seasons is appalling. The Giants turned the ball over only 13 times in 2008, but that number increased to 31 in 2009, and all the way up to 42 in 2010.
That's 2.625 turnovers per game. You can't expect to win when you give the ball to your opponents more than twice per game.
Of course, the Giants did force a league high 39 turnovers, which attributed to them still having a winning record.
42 turnovers is outlandish, and there is no way anyone can expect that to happen again, since it rarely has under Tom Coughlin.
The high number during his tenure before 2010 was 34, and the average per season is only 25, so we should expect at least a double digit decrease in turnovers.
If and when that happens, it will propel this balanced team to the top.
What are some other reasons to get excited? Let's take a look.