Training camps are beginning across the nation with the NFL season only a few short weeks away. One team that is particularly ready to out 2013 behind them is the New York Giants. Only three years removed from a Super Bowl championship, the Giants struggled mightily last season, finishing with a 7-9 record but beginning the season on an astounding six game losing streak. Quarterback Eli manning had arguably the worst year of his career, statistically speaking, and the Giants were crushed with key injuries all along the offensive and defensive fronts.
It did not help that the Giants began last season with four of the first six games on the road. And all six teams either earned a playoff berth (Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles) or fell just short in the final weeks of the season (Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears.) 2014 looks a bit more navigable as the first five games of the year come against teams that failed to make the playoffs last season (though three of them – the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, and the Atlanta Falcons) did win their divisions two years ago.