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Today, we’re answering your questions for our GiantsGab MailBag! Remember you can ask them here or in the comments section.

Our first question is from Greg. Mark Picucci is answering:

I’m still skeptical. Are the receivers good enough to win a championship? Because now is their time.

I hate to say this, but I am skeptical as well. Do we have the potential? Yes we do, and if it all comes together they will be just fine. If just one of the rookies (Nicks, Barden, or Beckum) step up, it will be a huge boost for the Giants. I have no doubt that Steve Smith will have a breakout year, but after that it’s up in the air right now. Here is what I am worried about. Can Hixon play at a high level all season? Can Sinorice Moss stay on the field longer than five minutes? Can Boss continue to grow into a consistent tight end? Will Manningham step up this year after not seeing the field much last year? Can Tyree get back on the field and contribute? That is a lot of questions to be answered about the wide receiver position. But what we do have is the best offensive line in football, great running backs to take pressure off the wide outs, a Super Bowl winning Quarterback, and a top five defense. The Giants don’t need elite wide receivers right now. If they can just be consistent, help keep the chains moving, and every one in a while sneak in a deep ball they will be fine. Hopefully, a few of the above mentioned names have a great camp and start the season off on the right foot.

The next question is from BLL, and Jesse Bartolis has the answer:

I know they had a good draft, and picked up some good free agents. They are a tough team, but did you see their schedule, especially the first half?

This is an excellent question and something I do not think is getting talked about enough with the Giants.

To be completly honest though I favor the first half of the schedule towards the second half, although there are some potential hiccups in the first half.

The first eight games this season are:

Vs Washington, @ Dallas, @Tampa Bay, @Kansas City, with Oakland, with Arizona, @New Orleans, @Philadelphia.

As far as the difficulty of these games go, I don’t think you could ask for much easier playing in the N.F.C East. You get each divisional opponent once, which is good because you don’t want to play 6 division games in the last 8 games.

The bad thing about the division games is that the Giants have to face Dallas in the opening of their new home stadium, which could really give Dallas an emotional lift, so that is unfortunate.

They also start the season off with Washington and newly acquired Albert Haynesworth, and Haynesworth generally is his best at the beginning of the season (like most players) and not playing towards the end of the season (whether it be via injury or stomping on heads).

But in his career Eli Manning is 6 and 3 vs Washington which includes a loss his rookie season, they just haven’t matched up that well with us that game doesn’t bother me.

Philly is usually better in the second half than the first so that game might be okay too.

Besides the division opponents you get Tampa Bay who is coming off a poor finish (and had they finished better Philly would never have made the playoffs) and may be starting a rookie Quarterback.

Kansas City will be awful. Matt Cassell is THE most overrated player in the league right now *(look at his Y.A.C numbers last year with the Patriots).

Also, Matt Cassell with the same offensive line as Tom Brady had got sacked 46 times last season!!! I think that’s more than double than Brady was sacked the season before.

Oakland is garbage and most West Coast teams don’t travel well East.

Arizona could be tough, but look at the home/away record discrepancy for Arizona the past 2 seasons. 5 road wins in 2 seasons and 12 home wins in two seasons.

I’m not worried about the Cardinals and their 5-11 road record the past two seasons traveling east to Giants Stadium.

New Orleans is a bit tough, but not that great. I believe they were .500 last year or one game below .500 that’s not necessarily a scary team. That’s a team you’d rather see in cold, windy Giants stadium rather than in their dome, but it’s okay.

I’m more worried about the second half of the schedule where we face the division again. And also have games vs the Chargers, @ Atlanta, @ Denver, with Dallas, with Philly, @ Washington, with Carolina, @ Minnesota.

That’s a tough second half schedule with all loseable games except vs the Broncos (and I feel very confident against the Redskins as well).

Thanks for your question, I agree with you the Giants caught some bad-breaks against the schedule, but I think the Giants will get off to a fast-start. The problem might be towards the end of the season when the Giants start playing some very tough teams.

Our third, and final question, comes from Danny. I’ll be answering it:

I think the Giants can win it all. Who is the team that can stop them?

Good question. The Giants have the talent to win it all. In the NFC, I think there’s one team: The Eagles. A lot of power rankings have the Eagles AHEAD of the Giants. Now, I think that the Giants are a better team, but it’s not by much. The Eagles are bringing back most of their starters on both sides of the ball from a NFC runner up. There are still questions, though. How will the defense respond to losing their leader in Brian Dawkins? How will the tragic loss of Jim Johnson affect them? Can Brian Westbrook be effective with all the injuries? Can DeSean Jackson repeat his rookie magic? There are still questions on this team, but that’s the only team in the NFC  that poses the Giants a major threat on their quest for a Super Bowl.

In the AFC, you have to look at the usual cast of characters: Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Chargers. If the Giants do make the Super Bowl, they’ll most likely be facing one of those teams.

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