A lot of people are down on the Giants after a less than mediocre 2013 season (7-9), but remember this: Just three years ago they went into the playoffs 9-7 and won the Super Bowl! This year, there are a lot of changes: the retirement of four-time Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee and the loss of explosive running back David Wilson (for medical reasons). Also, the Giants’ great hope for this year, LSU wide receiver O’Dell Beckham, the No. 11 draft pick in the nation this year, has a torn hamstring and won’t be in the lineup for at least a few weeks. Add to the mix Coach Tom Coughlin’s decision to switch the team from its traditional “ground-and-pound” to the flashy West Coast Offense — which means Eli Manning must pass, pass, pass! — and this could be a challenging year, to say the least. But it’s football time again, and there is nothing like actually going to a game instead of settling down on the sofa with a bowl of chips. Watching the diehard Giants fanatics in person is a bonus. We’ll soon find out if Eli can get some pass protection and if the reconstructed team can withstand a tough season. But for now, enjoy today’s home opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Sun., Sept. 14, 1 p.m., 2014

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