This is a very good day, fellow Giants fans. A very good day. Our boys are fresh off a prime time win that effectively ended the Dallas Cowboys' season last night. We did it in their house, in front of a national audience, and to top it off we broke Romo in half. After a rocky start, our Giants now sit atop the NFC East and can arguably be considered the best team in the conference. And the best part of it all? They still have A LOT of improvements to make.
I don't think I need to remind everyone what happened last year, but I'm going to anyway. The Giants start out 5-0, hop on the old high horse, and proceed to totally disintegrate from week 6 until the end of the season. For the most part the team's struggles can be attributed to a terrible defense and some untimely injuries. But just as big a reason for the collapse was the team's complacency, in my opinion.
The Giants rolled through those first 5 weeks last season (albeit against crappy competition) so easily that it was hard not to think they could do no wrong, both in the eyes of the fans and the players. This year? Not so much. I can honestly say that I LOVE the fact that, while we are in first place, there is no way this team gets complacent. How can they? They continue to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, kick and punt coverage is still awful, and I've yet to see these guys close a game out with any sort of authority.
I don't say any of this to rain on the parade, but rather to remind all my fellow fans that this team has only scratched the surface of it's potential. Things are very good right now. They can get even better. There's something very encouraging about a first place team that is not satisfied, and that's exactly what we have in the 2010 Giants. There is so much to improve on, and while I know not every weakness can be fixed (special teams), with the coaching staff this team has you can be sure that there will be a VERY short celebration of this win before all the negatives from the game (and there were a lot) are addressed.
We should all be happy about where our Giants are heading into the bye week. But, if you're like me, you'll be even happier about how the overall attitude of this team so starkly contrasts that of last year's version. Isn't it a great thing to come back from a win in Dallas with a bad taste in your mouth? There's no room for complacency. No room for arrogance. No room for anything but hard work and improvement. Imagine the possibilities...