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here are some of the reasons I think that this author could be right:

1)  The Giants had a relatively easy schedule in terms of how the schedule fell when the Bye was and the strength of the teams played.  Not sure this can be repeated
2)  The Giants were relatively healthy although they did have key injuries to Will Johnson (that cost them their FB), Darian Thompson (who seemed to prevent the other team's big plays), JPP (especially in the critical GB game) and assorted issues with offensive linemen.    Still they had been healthier than in previous seasons 
3)  The Giants won almost all the close games.  Not sure that's an easy feat to repeat.


Rich: I can add to the author's list. 

4)  The Giants are highly unlikely to defeat the Cowboys twice again next season (at this point, I just hope they can win ONE).

5)  Spags' defense will be thoroughly reviewed and dissected by opponents during this off-season, because it was very successful.

6)  Teams are now well aware of the need to stay away from Snacks' area of the field, and teams will now game-plan accordingly.

Still, I agree with you that, if they sign Hankins, they are already improved as a whole (although, in my case, most of the "improvement" is due solely the return of Thompson). 

Bob

PS. And I am definitely worried about injuries after having a relatively injury-free season last year.
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Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers provided the blueprint to defeat the Giants defense and somewhat exposed them. Granted they had key injuries but they need to get to the QB this year or they are in for a world of hurt against the better to elite leagues QB's.


Ed:  Cannot agree with this, and it has nothing to do with injuries. 

There is only so much time that ANY defense can survive when its teammates on offense are consistently losing time-of-possession COMBINED WITH not scoring any points.

The timer for that pending disaster finally went off in the playoff game.  It had nothing to do with the defense.

Bob
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The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« Last post by Sem on Today at 05:59:47 PM »
think I rather watch a rerun of a "bad" WD episode then a "good" syndicated prime time show anytime!

I think I'd agree Weeze. But I'm not sure if that says more about The Walking Dead or the state of Network TV nowadays. That said, I'll be watching TWD tonight.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: What is your "pet cause" in football?
« Last post by joeyfootball on Today at 05:07:46 PM »
yes if you tackle well, this will help out any football team.

this is what we both hope our giants do this year.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: What is your "pet cause" in football?
« Last post by Jintsman74 on Today at 04:36:04 PM »
For me is tackling. Give me a good tackling team then I will show you a winner more time than not.
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The Front Porch / Re: Let's talk Walking Dead
« Last post by weeze on Today at 04:20:37 PM »
think I rather watch a rerun of a "bad" WD episode then a "good" syndicated prime time show anytime!
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- NY RANGERS 2016-2017 SEASON
« Last post by Jaime on Today at 04:12:34 PM »
As Good As It Gets last night. As mentioned, this team is impossible to predict . Raanta was the difference. He pitches a shutout and stops three or four in tight sure goal opportunities. Mention was made early how the kings were going out of their way to run Zuccarello. The Norwegian had the last laugh as he assisted on two of our goals. We win in spite of Grabner missing two clear breakaways and a great set up on the doorstep. Brady Skeih putting on a skating Clinic. He's our number one defenseman these days. Bunchvich takes a scary high stick that caught the corner of his face next to his eye. While Bunch is standing there stunned from the high stick, he gets drilled from behind and is sent flying into the boards head first which could have been another potential injury. The high stick got a double minor, which we scored on almost immediately. But I gotta tell yah, that's little consolation for what happened to this Rook. I noticed before the game that Bunchy (as AV calls him) wears a minimal visor, and the way his helmet tilts back his eyes are not protected. Perhaps he'll rethink that in the near future?
We hung tough with a heavy skilled team desperate for a win At home. :goteam:
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Great. That's all the validation I need. Now where do I go to petition this rule change?
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: What is your "pet cause" in football?
« Last post by COGiantFan on Today at 03:25:27 PM »
The college game should prepare their players for the pro game in the same manner that accounting/business, engineering, nursing, departments/schools prepare their graduates for the next level. The main reason for the lack of OL is all the spread offenses. QB's with faulty mechanics and can't read defenses. CB's that don't turn around and look for the ball. The professional level should dictate to the feeder level below. In short I want to see more "ready to play at the NFL level players coming out of college".

I could not disagree more.  College football is about college football, not a training ground or feeder system for the pros.  Given the percent of college players that go pro that would be like having the flea on its tail wagging the dog, IMO. 
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: What is your "pet cause" in football?
« Last post by Sem on Today at 03:17:07 PM »
The college game should prepare their players for the pro game in the same manner that accounting/business, engineering, nursing, departments/schools prepare their graduates for the next level. The main reason for the lack of OL is all the spread offenses. QB's with faulty mechanics and can't read defenses. CB's that don't turn around and look for the ball. The professional level should dictate to the feeder level below. In short I want to see more "ready to play at the NFL level players coming out of college".
Would be nice, but there is no incentive for college coaches to do that. Their number one goal is winning, as it should be, not preparing the couple of players who might  make it to the NFL. A good case might be made for a feeder league/system, such as in baseball.
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