Pity the New York Football Giants. It not any real weakness or the fact they have the a Manning at quarterback (the famous first family of choke) that will be the source of their demise; their Achillies Heel this season is that they play one of the toughest schedules in the NFL year.
They have the Manning Bowl to open the season (aka: the only bowl a Manning is assured to win), then Philly, Seattle and Washington in the first five weeks.
It is quite possible that they are 3-6 in the first nine games before they get any relief in their November 5th game against Houston. And it’s not like their second half of the season gets any easier.
If The Giants have any chance, Eli must stop looking harried and confused under pressure and take advantage of Tiki Barber’s workmanlike rushing game which will force defenses to crowd the box. Eli’s got weapons in Plaxico Burress, Jeremy Shockey, and Amani Toomer.
The Giants have also added to their defense, hoping the LaVar Arrington, Will Demps, and Sam Madison will improve consistency on the other side of the ball. If the Giants very talented defensive ends (Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and backups Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka) can raise the talent of those playing around them, this will be a defense to reckon with.