New York Giants 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – The New York Giants had all sorts of problems with their defensive line last season, and HC Tom Coughlin went ahead and made some sweeping changes to the unit over the course of the season. Only one player started all 16 games on defense. However, stars were born on the offensive side of the ball, as WRs Steve Smith and Mario Manningham both had great seasons replacing the departed Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress.

Key Addition – DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Like we said at the outset, the defensive line was a huge issue for the G-Men in ’09. The days of Osi Umenyiora and Michael Strahan dominating up front are long gone, so drafting Pierre-Paul out of South Florida makes a heck of a lot of sense. Once upon a time, Pierre-Paul was just “the other defensive end” that lined up on the opposite side of George Selvie for the Bulls, but now, he is going to be expected to jump right into the defensive front for Big Blue and help put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks in the NFC East.

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Key Loss – LB Antonio Pierce – The Giants decided that it was time to cut ties with Pierce a year after his role in the Plaxico Burress incident that still has the former star wide receiver sitting in jail in the state of New York. Pierce may have only started nine games a year ago and racked up just 40 tackles in the process, but just two years ago, he was really the heart and soul of this defense. Trying to figure out how to replace him is going to be difficult, as the New York stop unit didn’t cope well without him a year ago.

2010 Will Be a Success if… - New additions to the defense start to make a real difference. It is becoming pretty clear that QB Eli Manning has rounded himself into an elite passer in this league, but allowing 26.7 points per game, the third to worst mark in the league, just won’t cut it. Coughlin can at least point to the fact that the ‘D’ was middle of the road in total defense at 324.9 yards per game, but middle of the road isn’t going to be good enough to win the NFC East.

The Crucial Game – The entire NFL is going to have eyes on the “Manning Bowl” in Week 2 of the season. Little brother Eli is going to try his best to take it to older brother Peyton, and he probably has a good chance to prove just how elite he really is. Standing up to big brother and taking a victory in his house could go a long way for boosting confidence both in the younger Manning and in his entire team.

Predictions – New York probably doesn’t ultimately have the horses to stick with the Cowboys in the NFC East, but there is no reason not to finish second. The question is whether or not that is going to be good enough to backdoor its way into the playoffs or not. Our guess? Probably not. That doesn’t mean that the season can’t be a success at 9-7 or 10-6, though.

2010 New York Giants Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. CAR (+7)
9/19 @ IND
9/26 vs. TEN
10/3 vs. CHI
10/10 @ HOU
10/17 vs. DET
10/25 @ DAL
11/7 @ SEA
11/14 vs. DAL
11/21 @ PHI
11/28 vs. JAX
12/5 vs. WAS
12/12 @ MIN
12/19 vs. PHI
12/26 @ GB
1/2 @ WAS

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