The New York Giants game against the Washington Redskins is in the rearview mirror, but thoughts of Robert Griffin III still linger…as Tony Romo and his scuffling Dallas Cowboys await. Now that we've given the skin-of-their-teeth win over the 'Skins a day to breathe, let's take a look at some developing story lines for Big Blue.
First things first, the last word on RG3:
As if enough of us weren't impressed and enough stories weren't written about Griffin's eye-opening performance, here are a few more stories about the rookie quarterback. We'll be seeing the youngster again in six short weeks.
The Giants pass rush is on the rise:
After the six-sack performance in San Francisco, the defensive line picked up another three against Griffin, two of which caused fumbles. After a noticeable lack of its signature pass rush, the defensive line may just be waking up at the right time: in the next few weeks they'll face good passing attacks in Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, RG3 again, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. Yikes.
The Cowboys edged Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, barely:
Sure, a win is a win…but the Cowboys have been scuffling lately. They lost ugly games to the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears before not playing very well but squeaking by the 1-5 Panthers (who, well, we'll be nice and just say they aren't very good).
Dallas hasn't come close to living up to their opening night performance, the wide receivers aren't getting open and center Phil Costa, de facto starting running back Felix Jones and starting linebacker Sean Lee all left last week's game with serious-looking injuries. Real starting running back DeMarco Murray is up in the air with a foot problem and supposed #1 wide receiver Dez Bryant is battling a groin injury and ineffectiveness.
Upcoming schedule makes this game uber-important:
As mentioned above, but the Giants upcoming schedule is brutal. Brutal. If you've seen the Giants have as many mid-season swoons under Tom Coughlin as we have, you'll understand the importance of some breathing room.
Handling the Cowboys this week will put Los Gigantes at 6-2, erase the Cowboys tiebreaker and give the Giants a 2.5-game lead on the Cowboys. They'll also have, at the very least, a 1.5-game lead on the Philadelphia Eagles and a 2-game lead on the Skins.
Last word on Angry Ahmad:
The television cameras caught a fiery Ahmad Bradshaw getting into it with running backs coach Jerald Ingram, head coach Tom Coughlin and even wide receiver Victor Cruz. This is really a "nothing to see here" situation, especially since everyone from the head coach to to the player himself to his teammates aren't upset with Bradshaw.
But, for information's sake, Dan Graziano over at ESPN's NFC East blog posits that Bradshaw was upset that the Giants were taking it easy on him and his achy feet, while Jenny Vrentas over the NJ.com reports Bradshaw was telling his coach "Run the ball!"
A pat on the back for Chase Blackburn:
There's probably not a starter on the Giants who gets more grief around here than Chase Blackburn. He's too slow, he's got cement blocks for feet, Mark Herzlich is coming for his job…it's nothing new.
So we thought it worth mentioning that this morning's Daily News in their Giants notes column had a blurb that labeled Chase this week's "Unsung Hero." Sure, his limitations on the field are often apparent, but his 11 tackle (seven solo) performance against tough runner Alfred Morris was worth noting.
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