NFL 25 Dream Teams that ended up being failures: 11. 1987 New York Giants
The 1987 New York Giants, like others on this list, came into the year as the defending Super Bowl Champions. However, it was the NFL Players Strike that really derailed things. There was no Lawrence Taylor to start the season. Instead, it was Dan DeRose. That only lasted three games, but it was a rough three games for the Giants. They lost all of them, and they had trouble getting back to things once the regular players.
The Giants were now 0-5, the first Super Bowl winner to start the season by losing its first five games. It was a near-impossible hole to dig out of. They went 14-2 the season before, so Bill Parcels had a lot of problems getting the Giants up to that talent level. They finished the season with six wins in their last 10 games.
The Giants were supposed to continue their dominance. This was one of the most dominant seasons from Lawrence Taylor. He averaged one sack per game and he had three interceptions, a career high. The rest of the Giants struggled. The Giants threw for 26 touchdowns, but they threw 22 interceptions as well.
The Giants running game went into the tank. They had four rushing touchdowns, which ranked worst in the league. They averaged 3.3 yards per attempt, also the worst in the league. Joe Morris went from 1,500 yards rushing to less than 700 yards. It was a catalyst in the Giants season going in the tank.