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The New York Giants Will Be Getting "Defensive" in 2009

Kyle LanganAnalyst IJune 18, 2009

When I think New York Giants, the word underdog comes to mind. Ironic, considering that talking heads on just about every sports site, paper, and network alike have already written New York off as a championship contender.

Even Jets’ safety Kerry Rhodes has deemed Gang Green’s defense the best in the NFL in 2009.

Suddenly the word underdog has taken on a whole new meaning.

Truth be told, The Giants wouldn’t have it any other way. They sit quietly in the swamps of New Jersey, waiting for the season to arrive.

Led by veterans the likes of Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs, Corey Webster, Steve Smith, and Eli Manning, New York is more than equipped to play the role of the hunter yet again. Playing hunter is what New York does best. There is no replacement for motivation, and the Giants are clearly motivated.

Need proof?

          -Eli Manning is building some serious chemistry with the new-look receivers.

          -Kevin Boss has looked to Mark Bavaro for inspiration.

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          -Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham are seriously coming together.

          -Hakeem Nicks is looking to push for some playing time this year.

          -Kenny Phillips is ready to take on a bigger role.

          -The defense is looking to be the rock of the team.

          -As if they weren’t provided with enough motivation, New York will be using last

           season’s conclusion as fuel.

Naysayers pontificate as you may, the New York Giants are hungry and ready to assume their role as underdogs of the league.

That makes them dangerous.

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