Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Giants won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Valero, Staff Writer Predicts:
When you look at what went wrong for the New York Giants last season, two areas immediately stand out. Their defense ranked 30th overall and their offensive line failed to establish consistent rushing and passing support.
This offseason the Giants have made several moves in free agency as well as the draft to try to plug those holes. Drafting Ereck Flowers and Landon Collins will immediately improve those areas. Franchising JPP and drafting Owamagbe Odighizuwa in the third round will provide plenty of tools for new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to execute his aggressive style of defense that relies on putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
On offense, the Giants get Pro Bowl receiver Victor Cruz back after last year’s season ending knee injury and will provide a dynamic 1-2 punch with last year’s rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr. The signing of running back, Shane Vereen will provide a security blanket on third downs for Eli Manning, something their offense lacked last season. A healthy Geoff Schwartz and Weston Richburg back at his natural position at center will further help the Giants offensive line. Plus Manning and company will have more chemistry entering the second year of Ben McAdoo’s new offense.
All that plus the addition of special teams depth will definetly help the Giants perform better than last season. With a seemingly weaker NFC East than last season, the Giants have a golden opportunity to take advantage and snatch the NFC East crown and I believe they will. My prediction for the 2015 New York Giants regular season record is 10-6, and first place in the NFC East.
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