Predicting how a season will turn out months before that season actually begins is sort of useless, but we know everyone does it anyway. The folks at Pro Football Focus are the latest to try their hands at looking into the crystal ball and trying to figure out what will happen in the 2016 NFL season, so let's look at what they are prognosticating for your New York Giants.
The good news? PFF thinks the Giants will win more games than they have in any of the past three losing seasons. The bad news? The forecast of another playoff-less season.
Here is what PFF predicts for the 2016 Giants:
New York Giants (8-8)
The Giants brought in some of the biggest names in free agency with Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins. The problem is that, last season they had needs at offensive tackle, linebacker, and safety—and none of those needs were strongly addressed over the offseason. Last year, left tackle Ereck Flowers allowed 69 pressures, the most in the league, and right tackle Marshall Newhouse was tied for 11th, at 51 pressures allowed. Both will remain starters in 2016. In recent years, plenty of elite quarterbacks have played well into their mid and late 30s, but Eli Manning is 35 and coming off of his lowest-graded season of the PFF era (since 2007). This Giants should be somewhat improved over last year, but maybe not enough for one more Manning Super-Bowl run.
PFF predicts that both the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins will go 9-7, and expects the Philadelphia Eagles to limp home with a 6-10 record.
Your thoughts, Giants fans? We sort of opened the "what would be a satisfactory season for the Giants" discussion the other day. Would you be OK with a a playoff-less 8-8 season, or is the "satisfaction bar" set at playoffs or bust?