Last Season: 9-7, 3-3 division Playoffs: Missed the postseason Stat Leaders: QB Eli Manning (3,948 YDS, 26 TDS, 15 INTS); RB Ahmad Bradshaw (1,015 YDS, 6 TDS); WR Victor Cruz (1,092 YDS, 10 TDS); DE Chase Blackburn (98 TACKLES, 3 SACKS) The Buzz: Eli Manning is a proven winner who can carry the offense, but the Giants need more from their defense. The team¿s pass rush hasn't been the same since Michael Strahan retired. Now New York also has to offset the loss of Osi Umenyiora and Chris Canty. It's up to linemen Justin Tuck and Jason Paul-Pierre to prove they can apply pressure up front. While the pass rush has room for improvement, the linebacker position was the true weakest spot on defense last season. The team will need an under-the-radar player to step up because the pass rush no longer is capable of masking the issues. Luck Factor: A few lucky plays have fueled Manning's past Super Bowl wins and it will take more of them to make it back to the playoffs.
CHRIS PEDOTA, MCT