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Giants team to beat in NFC East? Dallas writer thinks so

"The Giants are a franchise that doesn't stay down for long."

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At least one veteran NFC East watcher -- highly-regarded Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin -- thinks the New York Giants will emerge as division champions in 2014.

Gosselin writes that the Giants "grew old and complacent" last season, and he might well be right on both fronts. After a massive offseason overhaul we know that is not going to be the case this season.

Gosselin lists several reasons. Among them:

  • Eli Manning.
  • Better health. Giants' starters lost 91 games to injury last season, most in the NFL.
  • Better offense, thanks to new personnel and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
  • The upgraded secondary.
  • The fact that the Giants, beginning in 2005 under Tom Coughlin, have won the division every third year. The last title was 2011.

Gosselin says "The Giants are a franchise that doesn't stay down for long."

Will he be right? Most analysts think the defending division champion Philadelphia Eagles are primed to win again, but no one seems to stay at the top of the NFC East for long.