Every season, the reigning Super Bowl Champions have to face a few teams that they beat on the road to the big game. Some teams will scribe obvious asterisks next to “New York Giants” on the 2012 NFL Schedule that will be released next month.
Gunning for a win over the World Champs seems to be an achievement that some teams set as a goal – a bar to reach to see how their team is measuring up to their own pre-season expectations. That’s not such an unrealistic form of introspection. What is unrealistic is standing firm in the belief that bringing the Lombardi home is meaningless. Yeah, some (mostly fans) overlook that silver trophy and the rings from Tiffany and use excuses as to why their team was handed an “L” when it mattered.
Besides the two annual meetings with each of the NFC East Division rivals: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, the New York Football Giants will face the: Green Bay Packers (home), San Francisco 49ers (away), the NFC South teams (New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home; Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers away), the AFC North teams (Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers at home; Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals away).
Those aforementioned asterisks are, for sure, next to the Dallas Cowboys, whom were swept by Big Blue this year. That rivalry has stepped up off the field and now into ownership due to recent off season banter.
More symbolic forms of a target (on paper anyway) will most definitely be next to: the Atlanta Falcons game, the Green Bay Packers game and -the game with the heaviest-handed amount of scribbled footnotes- the San Francisco game. Knocking teams out of the playoffs sends those particular teams home for months while making their last thoughts of the prior season, well, ones of failure. Some learn from it and use the fact that their specific team objectives weren’t met as a spring board or catalyst to improve – taking positives away from the experience and building upon them. Some continue to harbor ill feelings, place blame while painting obnoxious targets, and declare war in the name of supposed revenge…
The New York Giants have been here before and know what lies ahead. It isn’t an easy way to open a new NFL Season – knowing every team you will face wants to take a part of your All In right off the field and leave you missing vital components to a possible repeat. Hey, it’s started already with free agency…or so they think.
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