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New York Giants Will Have Bullseye on Back in 2012

April 1st, 2012 at 7:06 AM
By Jen Polashock

Every season, the reigning Super Bowl Champions have to face a few teams that they beat on the road to the big game. Some teams will scribe obvious asterisks next to “New York Giants” on the 2012 NFL Schedule that will be released next month.

Gunning for a win over the World Champs seems to be an achievement that some teams set as a goal – a bar to reach to see how their team is measuring up to their own pre-season expectations. That’s not such an unrealistic form of introspection. What is unrealistic is standing firm in the belief that bringing the Lombardi home is meaningless. Yeah, some (mostly fans) overlook that silver trophy and the rings from Tiffany and use excuses as to why their team was handed an “L” when it mattered.

Besides the two annual meetings with each of the NFC East Division rivals: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, the New York Football Giants will face the: Green Bay Packers (home), San Francisco 49ers (away), the NFC South teams (New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home; Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers away), the AFC North teams (Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers at home; Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals away).

Those aforementioned asterisks are, for sure, next to the Dallas Cowboys, whom were swept by Big Blue this year. That rivalry has stepped up off the field and now into ownership due to recent off season banter. 

More symbolic forms of a target (on paper anyway) will most definitely be next to: the Atlanta Falcons game, the Green Bay Packers game and -the game with the heaviest-handed amount of scribbled footnotes- the San Francisco game. Knocking teams out of the playoffs sends those particular teams home for months while making their last thoughts of the prior season, well, ones of failure. Some learn from it and use the fact that their specific team objectives weren’t met as a spring board or catalyst to improve – taking positives away from the experience and building upon them. Some continue to harbor ill feelings, place blame while painting obnoxious targets, and declare war in the name of supposed revenge…

The New York Giants have been here before and know what lies ahead. It isn’t an easy way to open a new NFL Season – knowing every team you will face wants to take a part of your All In right off the field and leave you missing vital components to a possible repeat. Hey, it’s started already with free agency…or so they think.

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16 Responses to “New York Giants Will Have Bullseye on Back in 2012”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Never mind the bullseye, the real problem coming at them this season is that they have easily the toughest schedule in the NFL with just about no easy games along the way. I cannot remember a season where any team has had as tough a series of opponents as the Giants face this season. It will be a real accomplishment to win 10 games. Fortunately, their division rivals also have tough schedules, so it’s likely that 10 wins gets them into the playoffs, where I can repeat my mantra that the whole idea is to GET to the playoffs and then hope you get hot. You don’t have to look pretty getting there as long as you reach your destination.

    This is likely to be a real roller-coaster season, with a lot of fans getting disgusted that the defending Super Bowl champs get beaten by teams that they are convinced shouldn’t be able to do so. But when the only “easy” games on your schedule are Washington (which beat us twice last season), Cleveland (with a dangerous and improving team, and Cincinnati (a team that could make the playoffs if they get their act together), you have a hornets’ nest on your hands. Patience will have to be the theme of the season for the fans. There are going to be some tough losses.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    While it is quiet , I have two questions . First , is this the year that underclassmen can opt for the draft ? and , if so , are there any who might get Giants fans excited especially if its the type of raw needs to be schooled under the radar type ?

    Also , for a thinking GM like Reese what are the possible repercussions of the potential expansion in draft cap room next year ? Would it mean that a lot of people the Giants want to keep get one year contracts with the promise of an upgrade next year ?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Underclassmen have been able to opt for the draft for years. Not sure I understand your question. There are about 65 of them in this month’s draft. I figure 30-35 are quality players (and almost all have been given pretty decent grades by the NFL, which tells the kids which round they’re projected to be drafted in after taking a look at their tape and talking to their coaches…most underclassmen who get told they won’t be better than a 5th round pick decide to stay in school). So despite the talk of this being a weak draft, it may be deeper in some positions than many realize.

      Unfortunately, it looks like the league has decided to “smooth” the expansion of the cap and bring it slowly to the level it will reach when the many extra billions from the broadcast deals kick in. I think league revenues go up by about $4B in 2014 and the cap should have expanded by about 30-35% by then. But it appears they allowed for expansion starting last season and the increments will be as small as $5-7MM per year. That doesn’t help as much as what Reese needs. He will still be left with having to make some excruciatingly tough decisions about who stays and who goes. As fans we will have to get used to the idea that we can keep a core group of exceptional players but will have to be continuously building around them while they can still play great football. Eli, and Nicks, and Tuck, and JPP, and Phillips and Williams and perhaps Kiwi, Amukamara, and Cruz, and Beatty and Brewer and Petrus should be around for years to come. Just about everyone else is in play. Some will stick around. Many won’t because they may be solid players but they cannot be afforded.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    demo3356 says:
    March 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM
    One Guy I’d love to see Reese look at later on is TE Adam Nissly from my (and Kujo’s) beloved UCF Knights.Kid is 6’6 270 and is a monster in the run game as a blocker. he is also more athletic and at least as good a Receiving TE as Ballard is. Word out of the school at their Pro Day was that he did 40 reps of 225 which was better than anyone at the Combine if I remember correctly.. UCF has a couple of nice players that could be had late or as UDFA’s this year

    •  demo3356 says:

      I had Nissley out to one of my football practices last fall to work with and talk to my players.. Couldn’t be a nicer kid.. BIG ol Country boy..Built like a house. Would be PERFECT fit in our system. Coughlin and OLeary are old friends from there Syracuse days so there is a connection between UCF and the Giants. This is why year after year We usually have at least one UCF player on our Roster, from Darcy Johnson, Shareef Rashad, Joe Burnett to Legar Douzable. I’m hoping since we missed out on Jah Reid (perfect replacement for McKenzie) we get Nissley to keep the streak alive!

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Well, if they take this kid let’s also hope he does more than his predecessors from UCF. The track record hasn’t been so great to date.

        •  demo3356 says:

          Several Ucf Players have been studs in the NFL. We just have stuck with Bringing in UDFA types. Hers a list of Current Knights in the NFL.
          Brandon Marshall – Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears
          Asante Samuel – Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles
          Daunte Culpepper – Quarterback, Detroit Lions
          Kevin Smith – Running Back, Detroit Lions
          Atari Bigby – Safety, Green Bay Packers
          Mike Sims-Walker – Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
          Joe Burnett – Cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers
          Paul Carrington – Defensive End, Denver Broncos
          Leger Douzable – Defensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars
          Steve Edwards – Offensive Tackle, New York Giants
          Travis Fisher – Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks
          Ryan Flinn – Punter, Miami Dolphins
          Doug Gabriel – Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
          Michael Gaines – Tight End, Detroit Lions
          Michael Greco – Safety, Green Bay Packers
          Darcy Johnson – Tight End, New York Giants
          Bruce Miller – Fullback, San Francisco 49ers
          Matt Prater – Placekicker, Denver Broncos
          Jah Reid – Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens
          Josh Sitton – Offensive Guard, Green Bay Packers
          Torrell Troup – Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills[

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Pretty fair and objective analysis, but it doesn’t take into account how much his toughness and brutishness helped a relatively cerebral team, nor how his willingness to take a salary cut allowed them to keep Bradshaw. Jacobs was more than the sum of his parts. He was a very valuable member of two championship teams. And particularly this past season, when Richie Seubert and Shaun O’Hara, two guys who infused the locker room with “attitude” were absent, his presence really mattered. I’m going to remember BJ fondly. I cannot disagree with the decision to let him go (perhaps a year early, but better early than late), but I’m not about to forget that he was a very critical player for us for seven seasons. I wish him well.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      Good read.

  4.  Samardzija says:

    Imagine my surprise when Demo and kujo started pimping a UCF grad one month before the draft.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Shocking I know.Next Stoll will drop in to voice all his negative outlooks for next year, Krow will show up with some fruitty pebbles avatar of a teen girl Heart throb and joke about $9 bud lights and FF55Yrs will say he predicted all of it three seasons ago..

      •  Krow says:

        You left out Kate Mara’s coke habit.

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Don’t know about that, but three years ago I predicted that someone would predict the end of the world in 2012 and that they’d prove wrong. I’m still going with that one. After all, if I’m wrong, who’ll know?

        Actually, one prediction I DID make in early 2008 was that the nattering nabobs of negativity who never wanted to give Eli any credit would never shut up until he won a second ring, and would do so then only grudgingly. I have funny images of Jaworski and Young fighting much like Peter Sellers did unsuccessfully in Dr Strangelove to hold his arm back from rising into the Nazi salute, to prevent themselves from saying that Eli Manning still has to prove he’s elite and that you still cannot count on him.

        I’m still amused about Jerry Rice and Mark Shlereth already predicting that the Cowboys will win the opening night game. I think ESPN scored 2 on the Wonderlic, and that was WITH someone feeding them the answers.

  5.  Krow says:

    Steve Smith … contract details … $1 mil base … another $1.5 mil in incentives/roster bonus etc etc.

    I’ll always feel a little sorry for him. He was on his way to becoming the top possession WR in the NFL … one knee injury later he’s barking for scraps.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Perfect example of a young man making a really poor decision. Fortunately for him, though, he has a shot at really rehabbing next off-season and just might be able to do 85-90% of what he was able to do with the Giants, which would allow him a nice career as a semi-journeyman. For his sake, I hope so.

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