Will the New York Giants make the playoffs this season after four years of missed opportunities? Jerry Reese hopes so. The team has spent over $200 million in the offseason to secure a roster with some of the top free agents in the league. They have the tools to become successful and confidence is key. The team has a competitive streak in their veins and leading QB Eli Manning has no doubt that the Giants are playoff contenders.
“Yeah, definitely," Manning said when asked if the Giants are a playoff team, in a recent interview with the New York Post. "We added some great players in the offseason. We were aggressive in free agency, but still have a lot of our core guys, especially on offense, back and I think we made some good moves on defense. We're getting some guys back healthy. It's just a matter of, hey, the talent is there, can we put it together, can we find a way to win the games and play our best football when we need to?”
They have a lot on their side this season. The Giants have a completely revamped defense with the addition of the lethal trio: Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison. Aside from the outside adjustments, they also have players coming off injuries. The OBJ-Cruz duo is now a reality and it gives the Giants the potential to have the best passing game in the league.
One of the biggest factors is the lack of competition in the NFC East. Aside from the Redskins, the teams performed poorly. The Cowboys are not measuring up to standards with Romo after a disappointing 4-12 record last season. The Eagles only did slightly better than the Giants and this year, they might be working with a rookie QB.
Half of the battle is mental and the Giants are already showing conviction in their playoff potential.