The Giants will hope to regroup during their bye week, but it will also make their current 4 game losing streak all the more painful. The last Giants win came at the beginning of October, and people are beginning to question whether they really have a chance against top-level opponents. The defense has yet to show it can stop any team with a decent offense, and Eli has been inconsistent since September. This season that started off with such high hopes now looks to be in serious trouble, with the Giants only saving grace being the fact that they play in the NFC East, which is turning out to be FAR worse than advertised in the preseason.
Relive Super Bowl XLII again with this amazing recreation of the Eli Manning to David Tyree 4th down completion that kept the final drive alive for the Giants. I’m not sure how someone managed to do this in Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES, but I’m sure they have way too much time on their hands.
One quarter of the season is over, and the Giants are doing as well as anyone could have expected. They’re 4-0 despite a number of injuries, and they currently have the number 2 spot in ESPN’s Power Rankings, behind the Colts. Eli Manning suffered plantar fasciitis in Sunday’s game, which is the type of nagging injury that could affect his play in upcoming weeks. Overall the Giants are still looking like one of the dominating teams in football, and if they can get a healthy team together by the end of the season they could be looking at 2007-2008 all over again.
A Madden video game simulation has predicted a big Giants win this week over the Chiefs. Of course, we don’t really need a video game to tell us that. The Giants are one of the top teams in the NFL, and the Chiefs have been bottom feeders for the past decade. Final score in Madden: Giants 23 – Chiefs 3. I think it’s probably more likely to be 45 – 0, with the way the Giants defense has been functioning despite injuries.
The Giants are one of the better undefeated teams left after week 3, and a quick look at their schedule makes me think we’re going to have no problem getting to at least 5-0. The Giants take a stroll down Easy St, aka the AFC, with games against the Chiefs and Raiders in upcoming weeks. If they don’t win each of those games by 20 points, I’ll be disappointed. The challenge comes in week 6, when the G-Men have to play the Saints in the Superdome. The Saints offense has looked great this year, although the Bills showed you can pretty much shut them down for a half if you can control Brees’ passing game. The Bills found it hard to contain Thomas in the second half, which opened up some more room for Brees, but at the very least they showed the Saints are beatable, and the Giants are a much better team than the Bills.
There is still time to purchase tickets for this game
The Giants will play their final home game of the season against the Carolina Panthers on December 27. This week 16 game could end up having all sorts of playoff implications for either one of these teams, even though I’m currently predicting the Panthers will finish out of contention. I think this will be the week where the Giants wrap up home field advantage throughout the playoffs, ensuring that we’ll see them again from Giants Stadium this season, and most likely 2 more times. Low end tickets for this game are reselling in the $100, so get ‘em while they last.
ESPN released their end-of-week-2 power rankings today, and for some reason they only put the Giants at #2, behind the Baltimore Ravens. Sure, the Giants barely beat the Cowboys, but it was also in Dallas in front of 105,000 mind-numbingly loud and stupid fans. The Giants defensive attack is only going to get better, and Eli Manning is really gelling with his receiving corps. We’ll be #1 next week.
As if the Giants/Cowboys rivalry needed any more spice, the Giants are lashing out at Cowboys offensive lineman Flozell Adams for his trip of Justin Tuck during Sunday night’s game. Adams was penalized on the play, and Tuck had to leave the game with an injury to his left shoulder. The Giants called the play “bush league”, to which Adams responded, “I never heard of that before. I’m curious. What is it?”. I guess someone could have told him that bush league refers to a cheap shot by a cheater, named after the former man-child president.
Things should get interesting later in the season when the Cowboys have to visit the Meadowlands.
The Giants spoiled Jerry Jones’ New Cowboys Stadium Grand Opening Extravaganza on Sunday night as Eli Manning led a perfect 2-minute drill offense down the field to score a game-winning field goal as time expired. Although the Giants are now 2-0 and just as importantly 2-0 in their division, I can’t help but feel we got away with one last night. Every little bounce seemed to go our way, from an interception off Dallas tight end Witten’s foot to a deflected (bad) pass right into a receiver’s hands on the final drive. Eli was good but not great, and he still seems to have trouble spotting where defensive linemen are going to pop up and deflect passes. I’m not sure how many deflected passes he had last night, but it seemed like 4 or 5. It seems like he has 4 or 5 every game. Eventually that type of thing comes back to hurt you, because probability tells us those deflected throws aren’t always going to go right to a receiver.
On a more positive note (and I realize this post has been a little too negative for a post-Giants win), the G-Men held strong against the Dallas pass rush. The Cowboys got no penetration on the inside in the final drive, giving Manning lots of time in the pocket to find open receivers.
Tickets for sale for the Giants game against the Eagles
The Eagles might be the most hated team in all of football. That’s even more true now that they’ve signed professional dog murderer Michael Vick as their backup QB. Many of the talking heads are picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl this season, which I think is about as likely as Michael Jackson climbing out of his tomb and giving us one last rendition of Thriller. This game will be one of the most anticipated for Giants fans this entire season. Tickets for this game sold out quickly, but they can still be bought for a reasonable price on the secondary market. The cheap seats can still be bought for under $125.