5-11, 4th NFC East
Did The Giants Get A Rough Draw Of The Schedule? - The Giants drew the short stick it seems, as they face a much tougher AFC South than last season, but also square off against the NFC South. They open up the season against one of the best defenses in the league, and then go for two straight road games before taking on New Orleans. They also have a random matchup against Chicago, but that Bears team is looking much improved on both sides of the ball. The NFC South matchups could definitely be the make or break games that keep New York from pushing for a playoff spot this season.
How Does Saquon Barkley Change This Offense? - Can you remember the last time the Giants had a stable run game? Brandon Jacobs and Tiki Barber come to mind, which was a few years apart, and quite some time ago. The Giants went out and drafted Barkley, who comes in as a projected elite athlete in this game. He can work in the passing game, but is a fluent runner that is looking at heavy volume in year one. The Giants will look to get more balanced, which is going to depreciate the passing game volume, but all intentions would be for the efficiency to rise. It will also be on Eli Manning for that to happen.
Is The Ceiling Lowered For Engram and Sheppard This Year? - Both Evan Engram and Sterling Sheppard saw big volume in their respective years, but that was without OBJ. This is also a team that ranked first in pass attempts last season, and now with Saquon Barkley in town, you would imagine that to change. Shepard is likely the one to see the biggest hit, as Engram made an immediate difference in his rookie season. While being overvalued in drafts, on the field Engram should be in line for a strong season. It is hard to imagine both reproduce numbers like last year, although Engram would be the player to put money on.
What Happened To This Defense? - This New York defense was just on the verge of gaining traction, especially in the secondary, but things have now fallen apart. There is a new 3-4 system being put into place this year, but that will likely take a year or so to correctly field the players for the system. The defense is going to struggle with the schedule they drew this season, but overall it won’t be the reason why they likely finish in the bottom half again. The Giants have also had no ability to cover tight ends, which continuously burn them game in and game out.
Can Eli Manning Make It Work? - At age 37, we are all wondering if Eli Manning can put together one last season. This will likely be his last, although New York has not made any drastic backup calls to replace him. If things get bad then you will see him replaced like last year, but he does have major weapons. At his age, we also see teams start to get ground heavy, which helps take the pressure off. However, we have also seen teams pair a good defense with that strategy, and New York does not have that in place just yet. There are certainly a wide range of outcomes for Eli this season.