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Land of the Giants: Wrapping up the visit to Jerry World & Plax goes to Jail

  • If the ESPN power rankings were as important as college football polls, the Giants would have a good reason to be pissed off today. After the top 2 teams from last week lost, the Giants only move up one spot to #2, while the Ravens jump them, moving up 9 spots from #10. I like the Ravens and think they're a good team, but how is winning a close game against an overrated Chargers team that much more impressive than winning a close game against an overrated Cowboys team? Both the Fox Sports and CBS Sporstline power rankings have the Giants at #1. In the biggest "huh?" moment of the week, Peter King ranked the Giants 5th(!) in his "fine fifteen" this week.
  • Danny Clark claims that Jerry Jones "cut some corners" in the Cowboys new stadium. Speaking of the Death Star, here's some video from the inside.

  • Matt Mosley sums up the Plaxico situation:

Burress has made enough money to put his family in a beautiful home and provide them with security while he's in prison. But because of one incredibly dumb decision, Burress has robbed himself of almost two years with his son. To me, that's saddest part of this whole thing.

  • Fred Robbins blogs about the Cowboys game and looking ahead to the Tampa game:

Tampa Bay is next and we have to make corrections and adjustments because Dallas ran for a lot of yardage, so you know Tampa is going to try to run it, too. They have a good O-line and good backs, so we have to go out there and shut down the run and give our pass rushers a chance to pass rush.

  • Finally, Mike Vaccaro puts the victory over the Cowboys into the context of the current era of Giants football:

The fact is, it was a great team effort, delivered by a great team, in the middle of an era of its history when winning has become a basic part of the job description.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately: the Giants are definitely in the midst of one of, if not the greatest stretch in team history. They've been to the playoffs four straight years, won a Super Bowl, have great young players at almost every position, and have one of the brightest GM's in the business. It's easy to overreact to little things during the season, but sometimes it helps to take a step back and just appreciate the run the Giants have been on since Eli Manning became the Quarterback.