New York, New York (PRWEB) June 29, 2013
NFL training camps across the country open up in approximately one month, and few teams are more excited to get back to the business of football than the New York Giants.
The Super Bowl hangover struck the Giants in 2012, as the 2011 world champions failed to make the playoffs just months after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis. Despite getting off to an impressive 6-2 start in 2012, the Giants only won three games in the second half of the season, watching Robert Griffin III and the upstart Washington Redskins pass them in the standings for the NFC East title.
Fortunately for Amazon Tickets and Events marketing manager Brent Larsen, the company has had little trouble selling Giants tickets in recent seasons, and that should hold true this year despite the disappointing finish.
"The Giants have an incredibly loyal fan base, and getting them to come to the stadium has never been an issue," Larsen said. "MetLife Stadium is still almost brand-new, the team is just a season removed from winning the Super Bowl, and the team has every reason to expect to be right in the mix this year."
It also helps that the Giants’ stadium partner, the New York Jets, do not look particularly strong heading into the 2013 season.
"A lot of Jets’ fans have been fans for decades, and nothing is going to change that," Larsen said. "But for some of the more casual football fans, the Giants are the much more attractive option at this point."
As long as Eli Manning is one the roster, the Giants will remain competitive. Though the two-time Super Bowl MVP did not have his greatest season in 2012, he still managed to throw for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdowns. His durability is becoming legendary, as his 135 consecutive starts at QB are the third most in NFL history.
David Wilson, New York’s first round pick in 2012, replaces the departed Ahmad Bradshaw at running back, and should put up big numbers in his expanded role. Few receivers are as explosive and exciting as Victor Cruz, who has quickly established himself as one of the best WRs in the league. With the expected, healthy return of fellow WR Hakeem Nicks, Manning has a number of weapons at his disposal.
The defense was not up to usual Giants’ standards in 2012, but the unit still has enough talent to turn it around in 2013. Jason Pierre-Paul was never healthy last season, and while the dynamic defensive end is still recovering from back surgery, the hope is that it will allow him to return to top form.
Versatile pass rusher Matthias Kiwanuka was moved back to his natural position of defensive end this offseason, a move that should see the team’s sack total rise. Stalwarts such as DE Justin Tuck, S Stevie Brown and CB Corey Webster return to the defense, while the newly re-signed CB Aaron Ross and free agent acquisition DT Cullen Jenkins should help the unit as well.
While the results of the 2012 season were certainly frustrating, fans with Giants tickets have a lot to be excited about in 2013, and the team has the right mix of veteran experience and intriguing talent to bounce back in a big way.
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