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Muscle Sport Magazine

2008 NFL Preview: New York Giants

Big Blue Looks to Avoid Super Bowl Hangover

With the start of NFL training camps, MuscleSport Mag will bring you a team-by-team breakdown of all 32 clubs vying for the Lombardi Trophy on February 1, 2009 in Tampa Bay. We will start with the NFC East and work our way around the league.

This time, they won’t be able to sneak up on anyone. The Patriots are still shaking their heads that the Giants were able to defeat them in Super Bowl XLII. No one saw that coming, even the Giants themselves.

The team did fine in the post-Tiki Barber era, and will have to become acclimated with losing another steady veteran with the retirement of Michael Strahan. Both may have been controversial, but brought it to the field every Sunday. Strahan will be more difficult to replace than Barber was.

Eli Manning won the respect that he longed for, and may have gained the confidence to put him in the upper echelons of NFL quarterbacks. The offense will be similar to last year’s, the only major difference being tight end Jeremy Shockey’s absence. With the team surviving the stretch run with rookie Kevin Boss, general manager Jerry Reese felt comfortable moving the Pro Bowler to New Orleans in exchange for draft choices.

The defense will be dominating, even without Strahan. Justin Tuck came on last year and with another leap, may become one of the elite. A strong linebacking and secondary corps returns, and first round draft pick Kenny Phillips from ‘The U’ will make them even more formidable.

PREDICTION: 11-5, 2nd Place, NFC East, Wild Card

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