Are the Giants Contenders?

The New York Football Giants have struggled the past couple of years to make it into the playoffs. They’ve faced the same problems: the inability to get off the field on third down, hold late game leads, and keep the pocket open for Eli Manning.

These are pressing issues when trying to contend for a playoff berth. They have had frequent struggles in their defensive line and their secondary has been an embarrassment this organization.

A lot of changes have come to this new and improved Giants team, headlined by the tough departure of head coach Tom Coughlin after yet another missed postseason. The Giants come into 2016 with a new identity, behind new head coach and former offensive coordinator Ben Mcadoo. He originally brought the high octane west coast offense to New York, that consists of short quick passes with deep threats in an attempt to maximize the run game headed by veteran half back Rashad Jennings.

They have improved in many areas thanks to their free agent frenzy and great draft class, through the addition of talented defensive end Olivier Vernon,Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, Defensive tackle Damon Harrison. The Giants also had a successful draft acquiring Eli Apple out of Ohio State and Sterling Shepard out of Oklahoma who both are having a large impact on the team early on in the first three weeks of the season.

After the first quarter of the season some positives we can take out of it are the New York Giants claimed a divisional win over Dallas but a tough loss to Josh Norman and Washington. The loss was plagued with penalties and cost them a lot of chances in that game.

They will have a real test the second half of the season and we will see what the real identity of this team is because each game is imperative when it comes to playoff contention.  

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