A pessimistic view of the Giants' chances

September, 5, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Well, at least one person doesn't think the Giants will repeat as Super Bowl champions.

ESPN Insider's Gary Horton published a piece Wednesday, in which he listed five reasons why Big Blue won't lift the Lombardi Trophy again next February.

Among them? The lack of a running game, a leaky pass defense, and a lack of weapons for Eli Manning.

(Click here to read the entire piece.)

My two cents? Pass defense is a major issue. The Giants have only one established cornerback in Corey Webster. Michael Coe is making his NFL start on Wednesday night, and even when Prince Amukamara returns, he has to prove he is capable of being a starter and worthy of being a first-round draft pick.

As for the other two issues mentioned above? The Giants were last in the NFL in rushing last season, and they won the Super Bowl. (And with the way rookie running back David Wilson played in the preseason, it's unlikely the Giants will be last in rushing again.)

And since when does Eli Manning have a lack of weapons? In Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, he has two of the top 12 wideouts in the NFL last season in terms of receiving yards. The Giants have multiple solid options to replace last year's third wide receiver, Mario Manningham, including promising rookie Rueben Randle. And I think free-agent acquisition Martellus Bennett could be very productive at tight end.

What do you think? Sound off in our comments section.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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