the new york football giants
10 December 2006 ¬
" Coalescing and Galvanizing.. Giants Top Carolina 27-13 "
Tiki broke out those two chestnuts during his postgame interview with Pam Oliver.. somebody's already rehearsing for that post-retirement stint as an NFL analyst/color commentator.

While it feels good to break out of that four game slide, this one was full of the same familiar shortcomings. Elijah did throw three touchdowns with no picks, but he also went 17 for 33 for only 172 yards, including several ugly attempts in the first half. Plaxico made a great catch for a 2nd quarter touchdown, but was openly complaining to Eli about being open in the end zone on the previous drive. A win is a win, but if the in-house fighting and Eli's inconsistency continue, New York will have a tough time running the table (the only scenario that guarantees a playoff berth at this point.)

On the other side of the ball, Fred Robbins continues to play out of his mind, and looks like a Pro-Bowl lock. Gibril Wilson had two picks on Sunday and in doing so tied Freddy for the team lead. Think about that for a minute - two picks in one game ties you with a defensive tackle for the team lead. It's pretty funny, but it's also indicative of how many missed opportunities the secondary has been responsible for this season. They certainly played better today, but that was against Chris Weinke and a one-horse receiving corps.

Next week at home against the Iggles. If the season ended right now, Philadelphia and New York would be your two wild-card teams. I had said at the start of the season that the NFC East might possibly send three teams to the postseason, but I was envisioning the Giants taking the division with Washington and Dallas taking wild card spots. Whoops. I'll take half credit instead.


Blogger Middle Relief said...

The Giants really need to make a statement with tomorrow's game against Philly.

How about the improved play of the niners this year?

8:32 AM  
Blogger z said...

yeah, 2 games left and they're not mathematically eliminated. these aren't your older brother's niners.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Middle Relief said...

How bad does the Giants D suck without Strahan!

We can critique Eli all day, but even if he turns into Peyton we need a D that can come up with some clutch stops.

3:24 PM  

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