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Can the Giants Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances

There’s been plenty of buzz around the Giants since the NFL Draft nearly two weeks ago, as many think that the turnaround for the team will be swift, and not the long drawn out process that it’s taken for the team to start winning.

Today Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm put out an article ranking all eight last place teams from the 2017 season, and if there’s a chance they can make it all the way to first place in 2018.

According to the article, the Giants have the Second Best shot to unseat the Super Bowl Champion Eagles for the Division title in 2018 – a feat that won’t come easy.

2. New York Giants (3-13)

Oh, the Philadelphia Eagles surely are laughing at the sight of this. And rightfully so in that the Eagles were a machine most of last season, and even the Carson Wentz injury couldn’t derail their run to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title. We understand the absurdity of suggesting that the bottom-barrel Giants are somehow on the Eagles’ level yet.

That said, there really wasn’t much separating these two teams when they went head to head last season — two narrow victories, each of which the Giants led in the final five minutes of play. A coaching change in New York certainly could change that dynamic just a bit, but it’s hard to imagine the Giants will be as sad offensively as they were a year ago.

As controversial as the Saquon Barkley pick might have been from a positional value standpoint, it’s not as if he can’t add a very vital element to this unit — as a runner, receiver and returner. Couple that with the return to health of Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and you have the makings of a much better group. Eli Manning still must answer his critics, but he has a chance to have a twilight awakening if the offensive line holds up.

Defense is anyone’s guess. Coordinator James Bettcher might be the miracle worker he’s been hailed by some as, and maybe this underachieving secondary turns things around. The talent is there, and the front seven isn’t as bad as some people want to make it. If they can make modest improvements on special teams, too, you’re at least looking at a very solid football team — one that, don’t forget, went 11-5 in 2016.

Topping the Eagles and Cowboys will be tough, no denying that, and the Giants’ brutal early schedule is no joke. But we have a feeling they are going to be a lot more competitive by season’s end than their putrid record in 2017 suggests.


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One Response to “Can the Giants Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances”

  1. royhobbs7 says:

    I understand your point of view asserting that the Eagles will be difficult to dethrone. However, the Cowboys? I don’t understand! They have one of the poorest passing offenses in the NFL. Their defense is just average, and their secondary although probably somewhat improved over last season with a year under their belts, still has warts. There are no pro bowlers in their secondary. Granted, DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best pass rushers at present, and Sean Lee is a stud linebacker who is all over the field (when healthy), but the defense is still ordinary.

    On the offense, if you think that Dallas is not going to miss the savvy and leadership of Jason Witten, you’re not paying attention. Moreover, believe it or not, even though I believe Allen Hurns is an upgrade over Dez Bryant, Dallas is going to miss Bryant as a team leader (even though he is an occasional distraction). Leadership on the offense will have to be squarely placed on the shoulders of Dak Prescott. Prescott is a BELOW average NFL QB who only succeeds when Ezekiel Elliot is getting positive yards (or when Prescott is given lanes to scramble by the opposition’s lack of pass rush discipline). This is an easy offense for opposing DC’s to defend against (in other words, stack the box against Elliot). And unless there are some changes prior to the season, I do not expect Dallas to win more than 7-8 games.

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