10 NFL Teams (and Two Sad Sagas) to Watch in 2012

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3. New York Giants

Once and for all, the New York Giants proved that regular season records aren't the be-all, end-all: as long as your team gets into the playoffs and hits its stride come January, you're in business. It's hard to fathom that as recently as December of last year, fans were calling for the firing of head coach Tom Coughlin, who eventually helped guide the team to its second Super Bowl victory of his tenure (fourth in team history). But after every Super Bowl victory comes the inevitable question: can the Giants repeat as champions? Can Jason Pierre-Paul continue to thrive as one of the NFL's most dominant defensive ends, and will he refrain from tossing any more teammates into a tub of chilly water? Will QB Eli Manning's second Super Bowl win finally do away with his infamous zombie stare while on the field?

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