2011 NFL Predictions: Why the New York Giants Will Win the NFC East

Matthew Wolfe@@DatDudeMKWCorrespondent IIIJuly 25, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls a play at the line of scrimage against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants are not only playing for the division this season, they are playing for revenge.

Every Giant fan remembers the heartbreaking loss they suffered to DeSean Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles in week 16 of last season, and as much as it hurts, the reality is, it happened.

The two games against the Eagles are always circled on the Giants' schedule, but I can guarantee you this year they are out to get them more than ever.

The G-Men are coming off a 10-6 season and shouldn't lose too much in free agency.  Sure, they have a few free agents, but it is their top priority to target those guys now that the lockout is over.

They had one of the best drafts out of anyone in the league, grabbing cornerback Prince Amukamara out of Nebraska in the first round.

They later went on to draft defensive tackle Marvin Austin and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, giving them three players who can make an immediate impact this season.

Eli Manning, one of the most unappreciated quarterbacks in football, is coming off an excellent season and focused on bringing the Giants an NFC East title.

Receiver Hakeem Nicks is an up and coming star who has the potential to break out this season and gain elite receiver status.

Many experts and fans are on the Eagles bandwagon, predicting them to win the division and many even put the Giants finishing third.  The G-Men are out to prove those people wrong and they have the weapons to do it.

A lot of people forget the Big Blue have one of the better defenses in the NFL and they don't appear to be losing too much in free agency.  Plus, they added the rookies previously mentioned.

The Giants also ranked fifth in the league in total offense last season and Giant fans have their fingers crossed that they will resign Ahmad Bradshaw.

The bottom line is, the Giants aren't the most attractive choice to win the NFC East this season, but people shouldn't sleep on this team.  They are coming off a painful ending in 2010 and they are going to be a tough out for a lot of teams this season.