This is what I wrote during summer 2007 about the New York Giants when I was completing my 2007 NFL season previews and predictions:
3.) New York Giants
How do you start off a season 6-2 but barely enter the playoffs? Ask Tom Coughlin. The 2006 season started off as a dream for the Giants. They were winning, and they were doing it consistently. The problems? Eli Manning. Having to live up to so much (his brother Peyton), the pressure mounted Eli. He passed for 500 less yards than he did in 2005, scored the same amount of touchdowns (24), but passed to the adversaries 18 times. If you think he had it bad last season, this season will be like writing an essay on on curling being without too-young-to-retire-Tiki Barber, with unproven 3-year back Brandon Jacobs. Don’t let Jacobs’ stats fool you; his touchdowns came in the redzone. But can Eli Manning get the Giants’ offense there?
The Giants’ biggest forte: a gritty defensive line and tough wide receiving corps
The Giants’ biggest weakness: Eli Manning’s paltry play
Troy questions the Giants: Is this Eli’s real breakout season where he will lead the Giants not only to the playoffs, but to a playoff win?
Eli Manning sure didn’t have a breakout year. He struggled to complete 50% of his passes, passed for less touchdowns (23) and more interceptions (20) than he did in 2005 and 2006 respectively, and has only came out of his shell these last two games.
Though, the Giants — carried by their gritty (?) defensive line and receiving corps (adhering to the comments made last summer) — are heading to Arizona to face the Pats. But, third place in the NFC East?! I dropped the ball on this one. Don’t even get me started on the NFC West.