Commentary

Giants are a Super Bowl favorite

Eli Manning has quieted some critics and made New York a dangerous playoff threat

Originally Published: January 5, 2012
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Eli ManningAP Photo/Bill KostrounEli Manning has proved he's an elite quarterback and has the Giants headed to the playoffs.

In August, I wrote an article for Insider detailing eight reasons the New York Giants should be considered the favorites to win the NFC East.

The genesis for that article stemmed from the overwhelming amount of attention the Philadelphia Eagles and their Dream Team were getting. The consensus in the football world was that the Eagles would win the NFC East, but the Giants had a number of personnel advantages over the Eagles and should never have been overlooked as favorites to win the division.

Now it seems the same thing is happening regarding Big Blue's chances at making a successful Super Bowl run. The consensus seems to be that the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints or New England Patriots are by far the favorites to win the NFL's postseason tournament, but there are eight reasons the Giants should be one of the favorites to win it all.

1. Eli Manning is an elite quarterback.

If the hullabaloo that happened when Manning said he was an elite quarterback was any indication, there is still some question as to whether he belongs in the elite category.