If the New York Giants had a nickel for every time an opposing player claimed they beat themselves, well … they would have a lot of nickels. Instead, they've got a lot of wins. But when defeat burns deep, it's sometimes difficult to admit you were bested. And for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, he now becomes just another player who owes Big Blue a nickel.
“It was nothing they did, it was all on us,” Newton said after the loss. "If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers I would be holding my head down in shame of the product that was out there today."
The Giants really should be quite thankful to the rest of the league, because it sure does seem like a lot of teams are beating themselves for the Giants' benefit. Last year it was the Green Bay Packers and then the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Now, three weeks into this young season and needing a win, it was the upstart Carolina Panthers.
Perhaps they'll send pleasant Christmas cards.
Here's a thought … and we're just spit-balling here. But maybe, just maybe, the Giants are a good football team capable of winning games on their own.
We know! That's blasphemous talk and punishable by death. In other cultures we'd be considered witches, but the earth was also once believed to be flat, so anything is possible. And while it's undoubtedly true that all of these teams just happen to play their worst games when Big Blue comes to town, there is a very small -nearly microscopic- chance that Tom Coughlin & Co. are just better than their opponents.
Crazy thought, right? Now please excuse us as we wait for the Men in Black to arrive and whisk us away to a secret laboratory to have our minds cleared of such delirious thought.
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