3 Reasons New York Giants Still a NFC East Favorite After Steve Smith Departure

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3 Reasons New York Giants Still a NFC East Favorite After Steve Smith Departure
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New York Giants fans were shocked as they received word that their record-breaking receiver Steve Smith opted to leave the G-Men, to sign with their arch nemesis, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Just in 2009, Smith broke the Giants franchise record for receptions in a season, with 107. He helped the Giants to a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in 2007, and filled the huge void of Plaxico Burress, after Burress was sentenced to a two-year prison term.

In 2010 though, Smith was plagued by injuries highlighted by a season ending knee injury he suffered against the Vikings on December 13th. Just days later Smith received season ending micro fracture knee surgery. He was limited to just nine games last year recording 48 catches for 529 yards and three touchdown receptions.

That same injury is what eventually led for Steve Smith to leave the New York Giants, being that the Giants were too cautious with their offer sheet, causing Smith to accept the first offer the Eagles had presented to him.

The majority of the Giants fans base seem to have lost all hope for the upcoming season, talking themselves into believing that Steve Smith was all that made this team go. These reactions of course are way exaggerated. The G-Men will be just fine even without Smith, for a number of reasons.

Here are the top three reasons why the Giants are still amid the NFC East favorites, and therefore poised for a play-off run.

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