The Giants ended the Cowboys season in their last game. And it seems like just yesterday, will the Cowboys look to derail the Giants season now that they have a new coach and a new attitude.
Interesting thing I saw while reading an old sports magainze at the doctors office (ESPN the magainze I believe). There was a season football preview...football outsiders has a method for predicting wins and they actually picked Dallas to finish dead last in the N.F.C. East because their methodology showed that teams that had the offensive lines of the Cowboys were doomed to fail.
I wonder if perhaps we were all wrong about the Cowboys team where it matters: in the trenches. Sure they have skilled position players, but games aren't won there.
Let's get into this big divisional game because there is almost always fireworks between the Boys and Giants despite their records. And who knows if Dallas holds a grudge because they think Michael Boley ended their season.
First a second to introduce myself becuase this is my first fan post.
Hi, my name is Jesse Bartolis. I also blog over at giantsgab.com and I enjoy it, but I don't own the site and I'm not paid anything so I figured i'd shoot over here to see if I can get invovled with a little mroe Gggg-men conversation because that's ultimately what I'm loyal too. Unfrotunately, I do not live near many Giants fans, and other than my father who lives hundres miles of way I don't even know any real "life" Giants fans that I keep in touch with. So comments are welcomed and appreciated.
This is a weekly "segment" I run over at giantsgab.com called Giants roundtable where I pepper a few people with some different questions to get a diverse response: reaction of the previous game (Seahawks) and a preview of the next game (Cowboys).
So that's what brings me here today. It's the lengthiest tof my segments, but also my favorite.
Let's get into the roundtable.
We have the usual guests this week, plus two new comers. Jeremy P (JP), in Red Jeremy Fuchs
(JF), Mark Picucci (MP), and Jason C (JC).
Anything unmarked is me.
Sorry this showed up in color when I was writing it...and now it looks bad, I'll have to mark who said what if anyone's readin that before it's done...sorry. And on that note if anyone knows how to add color into the post, I would love to know.
Game Ball in the Seahawks Game Goes to.....?
I'm going to give this one to the offensive line. With all the adjustments they had to make due to injuries and other factors I think they did a fantastic job.
Who to choose? I'll go with the offensive line. With no O'Hara, they a good job, playing out of position, and protecting Eli.
Eli Manning for a fantastic performance.
My game ball goes to the Offensive line. They didn't allow a sack and got almost 200 yrds on the ground. And that 19 play drive at the end of the game, where we didn't have to attempt a single pass, was a beautiful thing to watch
Are the Giants the best team in the N.F.C.? N.F.L?
NFC Yes, NFL to be determined but getting closer and closer every week.
They're the best team in the NFC, no question. In the entire NFL, they're up there with the Steelers. In fact, I'm expecting a Giants-Steelers Super Bowl
Right now they are the best team in the NFC and perhaps amongst the best in the NFL, however, right now really doesn't mean anything (sorry Sammy Haggar). Let's see Big Blue at this point in early February, that's where the best team in the NFL is decided.
That would be a no. We've looked good against bad teams and bad against good teams. But the Giants are on a five game win streak and have gotten better each and every week. With the meat of our schedule about to begin we will see how good they really are.
What'd we think of the Blackmon Debut...?
There really wasn't much to go by, but I think at this point the entire New York Giants fanbase is sick of the ineffectiveness that Darius Reynaud has shown. That, and the one good return combined make Blackmon look like the second coming of Dante Hall. I'm not buying it, but it's good to see ANYTHING from back there this year, so he can keep the job as far as I'm concerned. What's the next move? Will Reynaud get cut to make room for some more offensive line depth with all the injuries?
Anything is better then Darrius Reynard. Too early to tell yet.
Not bad, nothing special. Needs more attempts to show what he can do.
A breath a fresh air. It felt good watching him actually catch punts and not let them bounce costing us 10-15 yrds in the process
The Cowboys are having an awful season, next week they are coming to NY against the team that put the nail in the coffin in their season...what kind of effort are you expecting from the 'Boys next weekend?
They Cowboys are playing spoiler for the rest of the season. These last few games will show what type of heart they have. And after what they showed Sunday night they have non. The ones that want to keep their jobs next year will play hard but the majority of them are already thinking about what they'll be doing on vacation. The Giants in a rout.
'd hope a strong one, but their past few games have been no effort. This is a team in turmoil. There's no reason for them to be this bad. The effort hasn't matched the talent, and I don't expect that to suddenly change
Cowboys have given up and I don't think they really like Garrett. They might not win another game this year.
Anyone who's followed football for more than 15 minutes will know conventional knowledge says the Cowboys will play with a fire they haven't shown thus far this year and try to get rolling on all cylinders. Conventional Knowledge also says Super Bowl favorites don't muster up only 1 win through 9 weeks of NFL football, so throw all that out the window. Will they be aggressive? Yes, but it's the Cowboys, when they get aggressive they pull and fight and hold and grab and punch and etc. This year they haven't gotten away with it, which could be a direct factor of their record. Let's hope the trends continue
Hakim Nicks hands down and for the simple reason that Nicks seems to be the more polished football player. He can run every route in the book and I can tell he takes well to coaching
Nicks. Bryant is very talented, and can do a lot of things, but Nicks is going to be the more reliable of the two
Bryant looks like a solid pick but I love Nicks and what he does after the catch. I'm sticking with Nicks.
Hakeem Nicks, and it isn't even close. Dez is talented, but he has possibly the worst field intelligence in the history of the sport (and possibly overall intelligence, he seems like a dope). Hakeem has done everything professionally and with little fanfare outside of what he's earned from his skills on the field of play. If you think about it, these two players completely reflect their respected teams outlook.
Final score prediction?
I don't like predicting the score. But I don't see the Giants allowing a back up QB to come into their house and beating them.
Giants are the much better team. They'll win 35-14
Boys are dead in the water, Giants roll 38-10
The 40 point streak will probably come to an end, but luckily, they won't need to score 40 to win this one. Giants 31, Cowboys 13
Mark asked me:
Do the Cowboys salvage any part of the season with Jason Garrett at the helm?
That's a good tough, question. And one we'll have to wait and see what happens I think how they respond this weekend will go a long way in determining what the cowboys can do.
I do think there will be more of an effort for sure with the rest of the season, but Jason Garrett was the player caller for the offense all season, which has struggled the past few weeks.
Garret, seems to be more intense though, it's reported that the Cowboys have practiced in full pads this week which shows that there might be more demands out in Dallas. I think at some point Dallas will get sick of losing and come out with some big efforts, but they have some real problems like the offensive line and their secondary, and their QB play.
If Garrett is fired at the end of the year who do you think replaces him in big D?
I think John Gruden or John Fox could do wonders, so I'm hoping that's not the answer. But I think, from everything I've read, that John Gruden is the guy if he wants the job. Do you see a roster overhaul coming at the end of the year for the boys? No, I do not see an overhaul because I think Jerry Jones will refuse to rebuild this team. Jerry built this team and believes his players are very good I think if they show improvement during the rest of the season, Jones will chalk it up to bad coaching and continue with mostly the same roster (I think some different defensive linemen). Fuchs asked me. Do the Giants change anything from the last time they played Dallas?
I think they may choose to start the game out pounding the run. And I also believe that Eli’s pace will be slower again because he might be trying to figure out just exactly what the new defensive coordinator is doing throughout the first half and I would be surprised to see more points put up in the second half as opposed to the first half this weekend.
FUCHS asked me
How do the Giants stop Dez Bryant?
By beating up Jon Kitna. Dez Bryant has exceptional strength and so far Dallas has used Bryant a lot on underneath throws allowing him to try to make the first defender miss because he’s so strong. I think the Giants should have a pretty good idea how to stop Bryant, because to me he is VERY similar to Hakeem Nicks. Bryant is a little bigger and perhaps a touch faster, but Nicks is the smarter player. Still their styles are similar. The best way to stop Bryant is change up your coverages on him and to knock Kitna silly.
Anything else to add...?
After seeing the Giants put up their first complete game. I'm eager to see if they will bring that same intensity in back to back games. This has the makings of a trap game with Philly in two Weeks.
One thing the Giants need to avoid is getting too cocky.
The Giants took a step in the right direction last week cutting down their turnover totals incredibly, I think the bye week helped work a lot of those kinks out. This week I'd like to see a perfect, turnover-free football game.
-The Lions game seems like ages ago, it's also the last time the Giants played at home, nearly a month has gone by, I'd like to see how they re-adjust to playing at home, where they haven't looked as successful as they should.
GO BIG BLUE!!
Well this wraps up my first post on BigBlueView.com I hope you enjoyed it.
Thoughts and comments?
Have a nice day, Everyone.