That's right, Sunday night's battle already has one clear winner: Giant fans, especially those watching at home. The decision to flex the game to 8:20 on NBC means that Joe Buck and Troy Aikman won't be calling the game.
Joe Buck drawls on in a monotone voice, never showing any excitement no matter how exciting the game is, and never raising his decibel volume at any time. The fact that we're playing the Cowboys means that Troy Aikman has even more reason to slight the Giants, and faun over Tony Romo's grit, toughness, and clutch play (lol). This announcing team has the same list of talking points for every Giants game they call (it seems like they call 90% of them), and those points never change, regardless of what's actually happening in the game.
If the Cowboys lose, we can expect to hear excuses like Montrae Holland and Tony Romo's injuries, and the cold weather's effect on Romo's hand, given as the deciding factors in the game, no matter how well the Giants play. Because, as we all know, the Giants haven't had to overcome ANY injuries themselves this year.
Cris Collinsworth isn't any better, but I'd take a combination of him and Al Michaels anyday over the Fox blabbering heads. My solution is to mute the TV, and turn up Bob Papa and Carl Banks on WFAN.
That being said, I feel good about this game. Our defense played actual Giants football for the first time in a long time last week. I have confidence that Eli will carve up the Cowboys secondary when it matters, our running game has finally gotten on track the last two weeks, and I'm hoping that the players will rally around Coughlin for this game. That being said, none of us will be shocked if the Giants come out flat and lay down, either.
And call me crazy, but I'm praying that Romo starts this game. We have a horrible habit of losing to the Vince Youngs and Charlie Whitehursts of the world, and I have no doubt that we are the only defense in the NFL who could make Stephen McGee look like Aaron Rodgers.
All that being said, this is a great spot for us to be in, controlling our own playoff destiny, and GO GIANTS!