By James Cunningham, howiGit Contributing Writer, New York, NY
The New York Giants, and Eli Manning in particular, have always been able to count on this blog for some bad press. But with the Giants sitting at 5-2 and atop the NFC East, sports commentators around the country are starting to count them as arguably the best team in the NFC. I don’t care what our Boston writer thinks, this year’s Giants are for real. Here’s why: My 10 Reasons the 2010 New York Giants Are For Real.
1 . Pass Rush – In the Giants 4 game win steak they have 18 sacks and have knocked 5 quarterbacks s out of the game. All look to be on clean hits as well. If you think this isn’t making quarterbacks around the league nervous, you’re crazy. They are also doing this without one of their best pass rushers — Mathias Kiwanuka — who is injured.
2 . Rushing attack – If I asked you who is currently leading the league in rushing yards you probably would not guess Ahmad Bradshaw — but he is. Also, Brandon Jacobs seems to be over his melt down from earlier this season and has been a great contributor in recent weeks.
3 . Rush defense – The Giants have allowed only one 100-yard rusher this season in Chris Johnson who need 32 carries to get 125 yards. Only one other running back has had over 50.
4 . Every win the Giants have before the Cowboys game was by more than a touchdown.
5 . Eli Manning is in the top ten in yards, top 5 in completion percentage, and leads the league in touchdowns. Eli gets no respect, especially on this blog but he has more touchdowns and yards than Tom Brady and more touchdowns than both of Philadelphia’s quarterbacks combined.
6 . Young receivers – Hakeem Nicks leads the league in touchdowns and is number two in receptions. Steve Smith is number 5 in receptions, and both Mario Manningham and Nicks are in the top ten for big plays, over 20 yards. They are a very good mix of explosive and possession receivers and are very hard to guard because you can not double cover all three.
7 . Balance – In terms of yards the Giants have the second best offense and the third best defense.
8 . Pass defense – The Giants have allowed one QB to have over 250 yards this season. Peyton Manning at 255. They are preventing the big plays.
9 . Standings – The Giants have not lost in the conference as of yet and that becomes important for home field and playoff position. They sit atop the NFC East right now with a one game lead and have not lost in the division as of yet. Yes, they only have one win within the division but it was on the road which is always tough.
10. The O-line is finally healthy – They have been playing all year shuffling players around due to various injuries across the line. They now have all the linemen back playing in the position they are supposed to play.
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