5 Reasons Eli Manning can be the NFL MVP in 2015

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Oct 5, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) is congratulated by New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore (98) and teammates after sacking Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-20.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Improved Defensive Line

That is not a typo. The defensive line and the depth they have added this season will go a long way for Eli Manning. The Giants line went from 8th in stopping the run in 2013 to dead last in 2014. This was due to some aging players and the lack of depth behind them. Now the Giants have a unit that is versatile and talented as it is deep. They have players that can stuff the run in Jonathan Hankins, Kenrick Ellis, Cullen Jenkins, Owa Odighizuwa, and Kerry Wynn. They have players who can get after the quarterback in Damontre Moore, Robert Ayers, Owa Odighizuwa, Kerry Wynn, and George Selvie ( IF JPP returns he does both very well).

This depth and versatility will keep the D-line fresh throughout the game. If they can control the trenches the Giants defense will be on the field for much less time then it was last year. And when the defense is not on the field, the offense is. Expect the D-Line to force teams to throw the football more and essentially put themselves in situations to sack the quarterback more, lose yardage and punt more.

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