The New York Giants are the team to beat in the NFC East for the first time in years. If there’s one thing that is true when it comes to football, it’s that trends don’t lie. As of right now, the 2015 Giants are following in the same footsteps as the 2007 Giants. That would mean they are destined to hoist the Lombardi trophy. While this statement is bold and some would even say highly unlikely, it is coming true so far.
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As of right now, the Giants are 3-2 and lead the NFC East. They started off 0-2 and broke their losing streak against the Washington Redskins. Then went on to beat Rex Ryan’s highly touted Buffalo Bills in a matchup where they were considered the heavy underdogs. Riding the confidence from that game, Eli Manning took yesterday’s game into his hands and orchestrated a huge comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2007, the Giants also went 0-2 the first two games of the season. Then they went on to beat the Redskins in week three. From that point on the Giants won out going into their week nine bye. What does all of this have to do with the 2015 Giants? Could the same events reoccur? The answer to those questions is yes.pe
Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; General view of Super Bowl XLII championship ring to commemorate the New York Giants 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots on February 3, 2008 on display at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sport
The Giants have an insanely favorable schedule to win out going into the bye week with the exception of the New England Patriots. All of these teams besides one are below .500 and don’t have a lot going for them at the moment. If the Giants can manage to go 7-3 going into their bye week, who’s to say that they don’t make another postseason run?
The 2007 and 2015 Giants have a lot more in common than most people think. Some would say that you can’t compare the defenses and that is very true, but Steve Spagnuolo is still making it work. The offenses from both teams are very similar because they are loaded with weapons for Eli Manning and both had great offensive lines.
Say what you want about the Giants’ current offensive line, but the unit is really overachieving. Manning wasn’t sacked once during the entire game against the 49ers this past Sunday. He felt no pressure and had time to work his magic.
Lets knock the 2015 Giants down a notch for having a defense that is considerably below average on paper. What the 2007 Giants didn’t have is a resurgent Manning. Despite coming up huge on multiple occasions, Manning’s stats weren’t anything to brag about in 2007. However, it’s different this time around. Currently, Manning ranks in the top five amongst quarterbacks in passing yards and he has the highest completion rating of his entire career.
Could Tom Coughlin and Steve Spagnuolo pull out another miracle of a season? No matter what the Giants have the odds stacked against them as they always do, but that’s the way this team likes it. Nothing is impossible for Manning and Coughlin as most Giants’ fans already know.