Why the New York Giants will not Repeat as Super Bowl Champions
The New York Giants were one of the best stories of last season. They struggled to even make the playoffs before going on an improbable run. That run took them through Green Bay and San Francisco. It put them up against the powerhouse New England Patriots. Overall, the Giants just kept it rolling. So can they do it again in 2012? Are they good enough to repeat as champion? THe answer is no. The Giants will not be repeating or even coming close to repeating in 2012. They will, instead, come up short at the end of the day.
Why won’t the Giants win it all again? The first answer is really quite simple. It has to do with the fact that the Giants are not that good. They got improbably hot and picked up a ton of good breaks last season. They needed nearly every bounce in the Super Bowl to beat the Patriots. From fumbles that bounced right to them to catches that they would not make again, the Giants just ran into good luck time and again. This is something that you won’t see happen again. In 2012, they will not get this lucky.
The next reason has to do with the nature of the NFL. The league is one where it is nearly impossible to repeat as champion. Teams improve to take down other teams. Clubs that are good often find themselves losing out or suffering from injuries. The odds are stacked against a team that thinks itself worthy of repeating. If you were simply going on the odds alone, you would have to admit that it is very unlikely that the boys from New York will be repeating as champs.
Why won’t the Giants repeat as champions? It’s mostly because they will be the third best team in their own division in 2012. The Dallas Cowboys have a better quarterback and a deeper pool of skilled players. The Eagles have a better defense and a more explosive offense. It is unlikely that the Eagles will struggle again like they did in 2011. They will bounce back and win the NFC East. With that kind of competition facing them, the Giants should consider themselves fortunate if they are even able to make it out of the NFC East with a playoff birth intact. Things could certainly get shaky.
The Giants were a fine team in 2012. They enjoyed good success under a solid QB and a decent coach. But even the most staunch supporter of the Giants would have to admit that they enjoyed success that was improbable and unlikely. They are unlikely to replicate that level of success in the upcoming season. For this reason, it is unlikely that the Giants will walk away with the big prize again next season. In fact, it is more likely that they miss the playoffs in 2012 than it is that they make the Super Bowl.