the new york football giants
13 November 2006 ¬
" Giants Fall at Home, Chicago Wins 38-20.. "
Understatement of the year: New York let this one get away from them. It all started with an improbable 3rd and very long conversion, followed by a last minute Bears touchdown to make it a 3 point game. Then - and I really don't understand Coughlin's thinking here - the Giants let the clock run out on the half, despite the fact that they start with the ball on their own 40, with 30 seconds left on the clock and two timeouts left. Really? You don't event want to try for the field goal?

And injuries.. more of them. Tiki sprains his left thumb, but he'll probably be good to go next Monday Night against the Jaguars. Luke Petitgout breaks his leg and is done for the season. How many consecutive weeks can you read the words "..and is done for the season" before you start to get that uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach? And finally, Sam Madison.. I hate Sam Madison. I enjoy hating Sam Madison. He was a liability on two legs all season, and now he's a liability on one leg after going gimpy on a critical Grossman touchdown pass. McQuarters saw a lot of game time in nickel packages and now (mercifully) will see extended time starting opposite Corey Webster.

I need something explained to me. Brandon Jacobs puts the ball under his jersey during a touchdown celebration and gets nailed with the unsportsmanlike 15-yarder. Using the ball as a prop - fine, throw the flag. But two quarters later, Muhsin Muhammed dribbles the football between his legs celebrating a touchdown of his own. Where are the flags? Consistency, please. Certainly not the difference maker, but it gets under my skin.

And finally, Devin Hester. You've all seen the play. In a four point 4th quarter game, that's a back-breaker.

So, the Giants are 6-3, and with the Eagles win over the Redskins and the Dallas win at Arizona, the NFC East becomes a tight little squeeze once again. The current 3-0 division mark may turn out to be New York's saving grace.. circle December 3rd, 17th and 30th on your calendar. The season will likely come down to those final three division games, with the two tougher contests against the Eagles and the Cowboys at the Meadowlands. Continue to look for those silver linings.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know two things:

- Why did we stop blitzing?

- Why didn't we run Brandon Jacobs more? Manning was obviously off his game, we had plenty of time and running the ball would have kept the defense off the field, which would have been key since you have no rotation of defensive linemen.

10:46 AM  
Blogger z said...

i agree.. i would have liked to see more of bj, especially with tiki nursing that thumb injury. and i don't know why we stopped blitzing.. maybe tim lewis was trying to play a little more cautious with stray and osi out? who knows.

3:29 PM  

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