|Since we need to turn our attention to the Denver Broncos, thought I'd break out a little something special for you today. If you have never seen this before, this is Romi Bean, the "official" Big Blue View Giants cheerleader. Romi is actually a Broncos cheerleader.|
The Giants play the Broncos Thursday in Denver. So, time to forget the Falcons and think about the Broncos.
(By the way, I figured the "bonus" cheerleader shot would be a good way to get your attention.)
The short week and having to travel all the way to the Mile High City are hardly ideal circumstances. John Mara has made his feelings known to the league about the schedule, but the truth is that really doesn't matter.
If they are going to make the playoffs, this is a game the Giants need to win. Crappy scheduling or not.
And, in reality, it is a game they SHOULD win.
Yes, the Broncos are at home, making the short week easier on them. Yes, their 6-4 record is identical to the Giants.
Truthfully, though, they are a team on the verge of imploding from within. They have lost four straight games. They are fighting with each other. Their inexperienced rookie head coach is showing immaturity instead of leadership.
In short, the Broncos -- who did the Giants one better by starting the season 6-0 -- are a mess.
Here is Yahoo! Sports columnist Michael Silver writing about the bumbling Broncos.
When a football team’s identity disintegrates more abruptly than a Rocky Mountain landslide, the fallout is seldom pretty, and the scenes that played out Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field were predictably tumultuous.
From Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels’ pregame trash-talking to theSan Diego Chargers’ linebackers, to a conspicuous sideline spat between wideout Brandon Marshall and rookie halfback Knowshon Moreno the home team displayed all the symptoms of collapse.
Things got so bad early in the fourth quarter of a 32-3 defeat to the Chargers that in the Broncos’ defensive huddle, veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday felt compelled to call out the quitters in his midst.
"Listen," Holliday said, "we’re gonna watch this film [Monday], and we’re gonna see who lay down and who stepped up. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. And then we’ll know who we can go to war with to fight our way out of this."
Three weeks into a calamitous month that has seen them go from the NFL’s most stunning Super Bowl contender to a train wreck in the making, the Broncos have lost that loving feeling, perhaps on a permanent basis.
On Oct. 19, when Denver rolled to a 34-23 Monday night victory over the Chargers in San Diego to improve to 6-0, McDaniels’ team was heralded as the epitome of selflessness, a collection of role players who didn’t care who got the credit.
Now, as Holliday’s warning demonstrated, the Broncos are preoccupied with whom to blame for their dramatic freefall.
Denver quarterback Kyle Orton had this to say about his fading team.
"It's past the point of talking about execution or running the ball or passing the ball," Orton said. "I'm done feeling the loss. I'm sick of it ? It's been a long time since we've won, so let's get back on the field and win a game. That's all we are talking about from here on out is just winning ? It's just gotta stop."
For his part, McDaniels gave a bunch of coach-speak when asked about dealing with his struggling team.
"It’s a tough season; it’s a tough season every year. I think you don’t go into it expecting to deal with four-game losing streaks, but I don’t know if you go into it expecting to have six-game winning streaks, either. We play a good team every week, that’s how this league is. It’s a harsh league if you don’t play and coach as well as you can or as well as the other team on the other side of the ball coaches and plays. You learn a harsh lesson that weekend. We have had a few here in a row that certainly hasn’t sat well with our team, myself and our staff. I am eager to get back out there and coach again.
"The only way to get past these things is to work hard, try to put together a great plan, a great week of preparation and try and go out there and coach and play your best against another good football team."
So, yes, the Giants are no longer on the hot seat as the team that got off to the fastest start and took the biggest dive. That honor now belongs to the Broncos. Now, the Giants just need to keep Denver down.