NFL Team Previews: New York Giants

Pigskin HeavenCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Defensive end Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants reacts after he recovered a fumble by Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pigskin Heaven's Sascha Bartels is breaking down every single team in the NFL prior to the season. Here is his analysis and forecast for the New York Giants. Click on a team to read their preview.

AFC East: BUF | MIA | NE | NYJ

AFC North: BAL | CIN | CLE | PIT

AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN



NFC North: CHI | DET | GBA | MIN

NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA


What’s new?

Perhaps most importantly, Antonio Pierce avoids indictment and any NFL penalty, and he will now be able to concentrate on the season.

The Giants struck quickly in free agency to find help for Pierce's defense, signing Michael Boley, Chris Canty, C.C. Bernard and C.C. Brown within the first week of free agency.

All of the additions bolstered a defense that already possessed one of the finest pass rushes in the leagueand one that will be bolstered even more by the return of Osi Umenyiora.

Plaxico Burress is gone, meaning the Giants are looking for help at the receiver position, and they added Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden in the draft.

The Giants also added Clint Sintim, William Beatty, Travis Beckum, Andre Brown, and Rhett Bomar in the draft, making it one of the more fruitful draft classes this season.

Three burning questions

Will the new additions on the defense bolster the unit?

The Giants already sported the fifth-best defense in the league last year, but they should take another step forward this season.

With Umenyiora's return bolstering the rest of the pass rush, and Boley and Sintim improving the linebackers, the Giants could very well feature the best front seven in the league.

Only question is: Will the secondary be good enough to take advantage of that front seven?

Will Eli Manning take a jump forward towards the league elite quarterbacks?

Last season included several firsts for Manning: The first time he passed at a better than 60 percent clip, the first time his quarterback rating was over 80, and the first time his touchdown-to-interception ratio was better than two-to-one.

With the loss of Burress and Toomer, as well as Derrick Ward, will the current crop of receivers be able to help Manning take another step forward?

The Giants' season likely depends on it.

Will December treat the Giants better than last year?

In 2008, the Giants were rolling with an 11-1 record and stumbled to a 1-3 finish, which was then culminated in the playoff loss to Philadelphia.

New York can't afford another drop in production like that this season, since they have to be considered one of the early favorites for a Super Bowl run.


For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.

This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.


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