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Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

The is a wild, wild division. Since 2004, the division that hosts some of the most popular franchises in the NFL hasn't seen the same team winning the East title two years in a row. It's crazy! Who expected the to become the #1 seed in the conference in 2016 after seeing go down during the ? Who was able to predict the ' amazing run for the last year?

It's an unpredictable league, but the NFC East side of things can really amaze you on a yearly basis.

Heading into 2018, it all seems to be about the Eagles and the Cowboys. Being the last two teams to win the title, it's only logical to expect them to be the only teams in the division that have what it takes to own the NFC East crown.

But maybe, just maybe, we are overlooking the .

Coming from a 3-13 record in 2017, the Giants have quite a bit to prove if they want to become a winning team once again and return to playoff contention. With Odell Beckham missing most of the season and with good ol' calling the shots, the team was never able to get a break.

Listen, we all know has been struggling lately. Many thought the Giants should've drafted a when they held the #2 overall pick back in April. But whether we like it or not, New York seems to have a plan: take advantage of Manning's last years on the field.

Instead of taking a young QB for the future, they drafted the best player available to take the load off Manning's shoulders. will probably be able to do what was able to do in 2016: lead the by running the football 20 times a game and have several 100-yard performances.

Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?
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Not only that, but the did make an effort to re-build a disastrous by bringing in a talented in Nate Solder and by stealing the UTEP product, Will Hernandez in the of the draft. If the Giants are able to finally groom Ereck Flowers into a decent starter at right , this could be a pretty solid offensive line.

Of course, Manning will not only be benefited from the , but his superstar will be back on the field. Beckham is one of the NFL's best wide receivers and will surely be back at terrifying opposing secondaries week in and week out.

The Giants are bringing in James Bettcher, who did a nice job for the ' over the last few years. With some talented defensive players, the team might not have the best squad in the league, but it doesn't seem like a defense that will struggle throughout the season.

Last but not least, the Giants will have a new in form of Pat Shurmur. He's had some success in the league, lately as an for a team that managed to get to the NFC Championship with at QB. It was a good hire for the team, and I'm pretty sure it will be easy to do a better job than McAdoo's work with the Giants.

If I was to make a prediction, I'd say the Giants will have a handful of wins in 2018. However, I don't see them getting back into the postseason just yet. An 8-8 record sounds about right. Having said that, though, it really seems like a team that could surprise everyone and emerge as a surprise contender in the NFC East.

Do you think the New York Giants could be a surprise threat in 2018?

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Hugo Nieves

I am a diehard Giants fan, I bleed blue. After a disastrous season I believe the Giants can be a sleeper team if things go right. But we all know things havent gone “right” for the Giants in a long time. Even the last 2 SB’s the Giants snuck in to the post season. I think they made the right moves over the offseason to really compete in 2018. We will see what the new O line can do. If they can’t keep Manning upright then having the triple threat of Odell, Shep,and Engram running routes isn’t going to matter. Also I am highly excited about Saquads. If he can perform at a high level in the NFL and do what many believe he can it’s really going to make opposing defenses pick their poison. You can’t double everyone and any of those guys can take it to the house from anywhere on the field. It’s going to be an interesting year for sure, I bELIeve.

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