Predicting how the Giants�� season will unfold is like trying to spell out a hidden phrase on ��Wheel of Fortune.�� No matter how many times you are spotted the same five letters (R-S-T-L-N) and a vowel (E), the phrase isn��t easy to figure out. Cheap NFL Jerseys
The Giants look to be more explosive on offense than they ever have been since Eli Manning became quarterback. Ahmad Bradshaw leads the N.F.L. in rushing with 708 yards. Hakeem Nicks, tied for the N.F.L. lead with eight TD receptions in seven games, is developing into one of the league��s most dangerous downfield threats. Manning is tied with Drew Brees for the N.F.L. lead with 14 TD passes. The ability to generate pressure from the front four has been a key. Just ask Tony Romo and the other quarterbacks the defense has knocked out. The Giants rank third in the N.F.L. with 24 sacks, and the defense leads the league in forced fumbles (15) and is tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (9).
Possible warts for the Giants to overcome: Manning��s 11 interceptions and the team��s 21 turnovers over all lead the N.F.L. It is unlikely that the Giants will continue to win at this rate if they stay atop the league in this category. And of course, the injury bug is always a threat. But the Giants should at least be in the mix at the top of the N.F.C. in late December.
Here are the other 5-2 starts under Coughlin:
The Giants are 5-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons under Coach Tom Coughlin. Giants finishes after 5-2 starts under Coughlin have ranged from winning the Super Bowl in 2007 to the total collapse in 2004, when their record was 6-10.
2009 (8-8, missed playoffs) The Giants won only 3 of their last 9 games. In addition to the raft of injuries that decimated their defense �� Antonio Pierce, Michael Boley, Kenny Phillips, among others �� the �� offense never quite reached the peak efficiency of 2008 without Plaxico Burress. Their 5-0 start proved to be a mirage because of an easy early schedule. The �� low point came in a 41-9 loss to Carolina in their last game at Giants Stadium.
Tight end Jeremy Shockey was injured and lost for the season.Cheap NFL Nike Jerseys The Giants helped themselves in the postseason by holding onto the ball: after committing 34 turnovers in the regular season for a turnover differential of minus-9, they committed only two in the playoffs for a differential of +5.2007 (10-6, won Super Bowl) The Giants went 5-4 in their last nine games, but their season appeared to be unraveling after late-season losses at home to Minnesota (41-17 on Nov. 25) and Washington (22-10 on Dec. 16).
2006 (8-8, lost to Philadelphia in wild-card round) �� The Giants salvaged their season despite losing six of seven games from Nov. 12 to Dec.Cheap NFL Nike Jerseys 24 by beating Washington, 34-28, in the season finale on Dec. 30. It bought the Giants a playoff berth �� which many believed saved Coughlin��s job. The �� 23-20 overtime loss in Philadelphia was notable for two things: it was Tiki Barber��s last game as a Giant, and Eli Manning made a strong impression by rallying the Giants from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
2005 (11-5, won N.F.C. East title, lost to Carolina in wild-card round) �� The Giants won their first division title since 2000 in Manning��s second season. But the Panthers wiped away any optimism by beating them, 23-0, in Giants Stadium. The Panthers rushed for 223 yards in a dominating performance and held the Giants to 132 total yards. Manning��s final line: 10 of 18 for 113 yards and 3 INTs.
2004 (6-10, missed playoffs) �� The Giants were 5-4 when Coughlin named Manning as the starting quarterback in place of Kurt Warner. Manning went on to lose his first six starts before throwing for three touchdowns in a 28-24 victory over Dallas in the season finale.