After sleeping on yesterday’s loss (not really since my two kids were up sick most of the night) and reading some of the reactions to the game... I have come up with few conclusions that I would like to share with our brethren (and sisters?) here at BBV.
1. Shawn Andrews is our new LT. Tell me that its too few of sample size to make that judgment, but I know what I saw last night. After knocking the rust out against the Seahawks, he showed up last night. In fact he did STEP UP AND MAKE BIG PLAYS (well as big as a LT can make). With few exceptions, he did not get much help and was left alone to handle one of the premiere pass rushers in the NFL. Eli dropped back nearly 50 times last night and you didn’t hear one peep from anyone named Ware. I was quite pleased with his performance and I can see similar efforts ahead for him.
2. If I were a betting man, I would have won a lot of money on last nights’ game. I may not have expressed it all that much last week here on BBV, but my friends and family can attest to the fact that I (like a lot of you have stated) saw this coming. 13.5 favorites I think was the line? The "experts" all said that if the Giants get out to a fast start, then they could bury the Cowboys and remind them that they are in the miserable season that they are in. When was the last time that the GMen got off to a fast start? Even the week before they started off with a fumble before getting things rolling.
I anticipated a game similar to last years home game against the Boys. A lot of back and forth, some mistakes, and the team with more big plays winning the game. I had hoped that the Giants would have been that team, but they let me down. I know its cliché, but any given Sunday is a true statement. Are the Giants better than the Cowboys? Should they have one yesterday? Could they have one yesterday? Absolutely. But it’s not all that far fetched that they got outplayed by a division opponent that just forced their head Coach to be fired. They came to play and I tip my hat to them.
My college HC always stressed to us that there were at least 3 plays during the course of the game that would change the outcome. He told us that you never knew when they would come so we had to ensure we were ready every single play in order to make sure we were on the positive end of the play. The Giants weren’t ready last night, and were on the wrong end of those 3 plays.
3. We Giants fans are a fickle bunch. "We don’t have a great running team." "Eli is not a leader." "Tom Caughlin has lost this team." Really? There have been some odd comments made throughout this season, but another loss really brings out the crazy in some of us. I am hoping that this loss grounds us a little, but I don’t understand some of the negativity.
These things reared their ugly heads after the Indy loss and Titans loss and I was almost certain they would come back after the next loss. I consider myself an optimist with a touch of reality. I knew the Giants weren’t going to go 14-2. All I ask of them is to put their best effort forward each week. They did not give it yesterday. However, I see blame being place where blame is not due. I will explain more in #5.
These are not the 2009 NY Giants. They are better coached and in a better position to win and make the playoff push. With the way the NFC is shaping up, they will have as good a shot as any other team to be in the playoffs. That was their first loss against an NFC opponent this year. Everyone here should know that, once you are in the dance, anything can happen. They have time to heal their injuries and key games to win.
4. Hakeem Nicks and Dez Bryant are good. I mean really good. I mean really, really, ridiculous good. I have to give credit when credit is due, but 22 teams drafted ahead of the Cowboys this past April and most are kicking themselves for not seriously considering this guy. He has star potential written all over him and I do not look forward to the Giants having to face him twice a year for the next decade or so. That being said, Nicks has turned himself into a true playmaker and a stud for this WR corps. I am obviously putting the pick six and dropped first down from yesterday aside, because he makes plays that other humans cannot. I am glad he plays for my team and I am confident he will grow even more.
5. The Giants are going to be just fine. Why? Because they have Eli Manning as they’re QB. I am not in love with Eli, nor am I blinded by my fandom. This is more in response to some of us trying to place blame on #10.
Eli is not his older brother Peyton. I know this. But I also know that the Giants were in that game yesterday because they had Eli at the helm. Everyone has the right to question Eli’s leadership style, playmaking ability, or decision making. I know I do sometimes. Yes he does have some head scratching moments, but the fact remains that he is a winner and a leader. I would seriously like to know: who amongst us thought he couldn’t lead the Giants back right up until the 2:45 mark yesterday? If you raised your hand, or would like to list off a bunch of stats of QBs on other teams that you think would better suit the Giants, then I say go root for them. He has done it before so I seriously thought Eli was going to bring them back. It just didn’t work out that way. I am positive that if not for one or two bad breaks (yes they do happen sometimes), Eli was going to lead them to win.
Eli is going to hang his head when throws a pick. He is going to fist pump when he throws a TD. He will not yell in other people’s faces. He will lead by example. He has the respect of his teammates. He will throw more TDs than INTs. He will win more games than he loses. He will always have the Giants in the position to win the game. How do I know this, because he has proven it.
You don’t believe me? All I can say is:
And with that, I say let’s move on and bring on the F***ing Eagles!