It's hard to believe that it has been seven months since the Giants upset the football world, in the greatest Super Bowl ever played, as they slayed the once unbeatable New England Patriots 17-14.
Now brings a new season with greater expectations for the Giants. Eli Manning is offically the man in NYC. He is the Super Bowl MVP, and is the leader and voice of the locker room, now that Michael Strahan and distraction Jeremy Shockey are gone.
Still the Giants pose a strong offense led by a solid ground game, led by a stellar offensive line, and running backs Brandon Jacobs, Derek Ward and Amhad Bradshaw. Add this to the leathal passing weapons of Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer, David Tyree and Kevin Boss, the Giants should be flying high once again in 2008.
However there is concern with Osi Umeinyora now out for the season with a knee injury. But don't fret Giant fans, because the Giants have one of the deepest rotations of defensive linemen in the league. The combo of Mathias Kiwanuka, at defensive end, Justin Tuck, Renaldo Wynn, Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins plugging holes and rushing the passer the Giants should find a way to win games.
As for the Redskins, they are hoping that another head coach can figure out one of the biggest conundrums in football: how come the Redskins never win with all of that talent? One word: chemistry. Throughout Dan Snyder's tenure as Redskins owner, the team has thrown money in all directions in hopes of returning to the glory days of the 1980's when the Skin's won two Super Bowls and appeared in another.
If new coach Jim Zorn can find a way to mold this team into a actual team, only then can we consider the Redskins a real threat in the NFC East. We shall see.
PREDICTION GIANTS 31, REDSKINS 17.