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, , a new general manager, a new 3-4 defensive scheme and a slew of new players led by No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley.The biggest change, however, heading into 2018 is there is no Super Bowl hype.That was the main topic going into 2017 with the Giants coming off an 11-5 season under then-second-year coach Ben McAdoo. The expectations of a trip to Minnesota and a fifth Lombardi Trophy were through the roof.The hope didn't last long. After losing five straight to start the season and incurring several injuries, McAdoo and longtime general manager Jerry Reese were fired in early December after their decision to bench two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.The changes followed. Dave Gettleman was hired to replace Reese. Pat Shurmur was named coach. A slew of free agents were signed led by left tackle Nate Solder, guard Patrick Omameh and linebacker Kareem Martin. Fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree was acquired in a trade.Barkley, guard Will Hernandez and defensive tackle B.J. Hill were added in the first three rounds of the draft. All should start against the Jaguars on Sept. 9."I just told the team today, and I'll say this, I'm not into predictions," Shurmur said Monday. "I told the team today really don't worry about Jacksonville, let's just make the rest of today as good as it can be and then we'll see where we go with it."The Giants have talent. Getting back to the playoffs will be tough.New York has two games with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and five other matchups against teams that made the playoffs — Jacksonville, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta and Tennessee. Add in four games against NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington and winning nine or 10 games is asking a lot.The positive is the personnel is good. The 37-year-old Manning has looked sharp in the preseason and the receiving group has the potential to be awesome, especially if Odell Beckham Jr. returns to form after missing most of last season with a broken ankle. Despite missing two weeks with a hamstring, Barkley has been impressive. He has a burst of speed that has not been seen in the Giants' backfield in a while.Defensively, tackle Snacks Harrison, end/linebacker Olivier Vernon http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-kareem-martin-jersey
, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins are Pro Bowl caliber for coordinator James Bettcher.Some things to know about the 2018 Giants:BECKHAM'S BACK: The Giants have been cautious with the three-time Pro Bowler in the preseason. He did not appear in any of the first three games and it's likely he won't play until the season opener. The 25-year-old has been barely touched in training camp which might raise some concerns.However, if you've watched him, he has not lost a step. His cuts are crisp, his hands are as good as ever and there is no reason not to believe he is going to have double-digit touchdown catches and have more than 1,000 yards receiving. He also should benefit from opponents having to watch Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.O-LINE ISSUES: The Giants spent a bundle to upgrade the offensive line. Solder is a major upgrade at left tackle. Hernandez is a fighter at left guard. The rest of the line is suspect. Jon Halapio is playing center for the first time. Omameh struggled against Jets at right tackle while Ereck Flowers has been up and down at his new right tackle spot. Bottom line is the line was the weak link in the offense last season and it could be again although the pass protection has looked a little better.SECONDARY ISSUES: The secondary has three solid starters in Jenkins, fellow cornerback Eli Apple and Collins at the strong safety. The free safety spot looks as if it will go to Curtis Riley. He outlasted incumbent Darian Thompson, who was bothered by a hamstring in training camp, and veteran Andrew Adams, who struggled despite making 17 starts over the past two seasons. There is little depth at cornerback and it is uncertain who will be the nickel and dime backs.D-LINE: A late concern for the line is Vernon's reported high ankle injury. He is the top pass rusher and struggled at times last season with a similar injury. Rookie Lorenzo Carter, veteran Connor Barwin and Kerry Wynn will have to take up the slack.MANNING: Eli is enjoying the new offense. He was 17 of 23 against the Jets in his final tuneup, and no one is worried whether his starting days are dwindling. Backup Davis Webb has started to show the team didn't waste a third-round pick on him last season.Giants are heavy underdogs on the road against Panthers in Week 5 The New York Giants have one win in four games and rank 29th in the league in points scored, with 73, and now they head on the road to take on the 2-1 Carolina Panthers, who are coming off of their bye week. There’s no wonder why oddsmakers have the Giants as significant underdogs for Week 5. The Panthers opened as seven-point favorites. As of Tuesday, Bovada.lv remains at Giants minus-seven, while 5dimes.eu has the Giants at -7.5. Carolina has a 2-1 record coming out of the bye, with 71 total points scored despite playing one fewer game than the Giants. Their only loss is in their NFC South division, against the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons, while their wins are fairly high-quality B.J. Goodson Jersey
, first besting the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener and then adding another home-field win over the now 3-1 Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, the Giants have already suffered a loss to the Cowboys and in Week 4 managed just 18 points at home against the generally generous New Orleans Saints.The additional trouble comes from the Panthers offense. Carolina is tops in the league in rushing yardage, while the Giants rank 29th in rushing yardage allowed. The disparity is set in further relief when realizing that the Giants are finding themselves in serious points deficits early in games. Should that happen again on Sunday, there’s no doubting that Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey will take to the ground often to both maintain and extend the lead. The matchup doesn’t bode well for the Giants either on offense, based on what we’ve seen over the previous four weeks. While Eli Manning has a strong, 74.2 completion percentage, it has only resulted in four touchdown passes thrown; he’s also taken 15 sacks. There’s no lack of receiving talent for him, with Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley his top targets. But Beckham has only caught 68.9 percent of the passes thrown his way this year (something that was an issue a season ago prior to his ankle injury and again in 2016). While Beckham doesn’t have Josh Norman to deal with, the addition of safety Eric Reid will certainly help out Carolina’s secondary and their ability to defend the Giants wideout. And Barkley isn’t generating much as a running back thanks to a low volume of carries, itself a result of the Giants constantly having to play catchup via the pass. The Giants will need to feed Barkley early in order to gain traction against the Panthers. However, if New York’s defense puts the team behind quickly we’ve already seen that Pat Shurmur is more than willing to pull back on the rushing attempts. While he’s admitted that might not be the best approach, it’s also hard to imagine a 180 in scheme and philosophy in such short order.The Giants have thus frequently become one-dimensional, and the way the Panthers match up to them on Sunday points to this again being the case. There’s no wonder why the Panthers are so heavily favored to enter the week; the 2018 Giants, as we know them, don’t deserve the odds on their side.