COMMENTARY | The New York Giants have a long history of terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. But this past season, the G-Men allowed 4,068 passing yards, the fifth-most in the National Football League, and a league-high 29 passes of 30 yards or more. Opposing signal-callers turned the tables on Big Blue. Hoping for improvement in the secondary, the Giants will face last year's four highest-rated quarterbacks (and five of the top 10) this upcoming season. Here's a preview of what's ahead.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys -- Say what you will about Romo, but he is a dangerous quarterback, especially when facing the Giants. In 12 career games against New York, Romo has completed 65.5 percent of his passes and tossed 27 touchdowns, his highest total against any opponent. Moreover, he shredded the Giants for 744 yards in two games last season. Big Blue opens the season on the road against the Cowboys on September 8 and hosts Dallas for a rematch on November 24.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks -- Wilson's name may not pop to mind when discussing the top passers in the league, but his quarterback rating of 100 was the fourth best in the NFL this past season. To put that in perspective, it was higher than Matt Ryan's (99.1), who torched the G-Men last season,Tom Brady's (98.7) and Drew Brees' (96.3). Plus, the shifty Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and rushed for 489 yards (third among QBs) in 2012. The Giants host the Seahawks on December 15.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins -- The Giants had trouble defending the dynamic Redskins quarterback in 2012. In two games against Big Blue, Griffin had 582 all-purpose yards and threw three touchdowns. Moreover, he rushed for 815 yards and seven TDs this past season (both led all NFL QBs). Griffin should be fully recovered from his knee injury by the time he sees New York on December 1. The Giants face RGIII again at MetLife Stadium on December 29 in the regular season finale.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos -- Manning needs no introduction. He has thrown for at least 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns in each of his last three seasons (he missed 2011 with a neck injury). Moreover, Eli Manning's older brother had an NFL second-best quarterback rating of 105.8 in 2012, as the Broncos scored the second-most points in the league. Denver visits New York for the Manning Bowl on September 15. As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Manning was 3-1 against New York.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers -- Rodgers, who has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in four of the last five seasons, posted a league-best 108.0 quarterback rating in 2012. However, the Giants limited Rodgers to 219 passing yards last season and beat him in the playoffs the year before. But they shouldn't get overconfident. Rodgers pinned 369 passing yards and four touchdowns on New York during the regular season two years ago. The Giants host the Packers on November 17.
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Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.Sources
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