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New York Giants Monday Morning Hangover: a Weekend of Watching the Enemy and the Standings

November 19th, 2012 at 12:04 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ New York Giants fans really needed a weekend to relax and leisurely watch football without the stress that accompanies the Big Blue roller coaster, and with the team thankfully idle on Sunday we here at Giants 101 took the opportunity to keep an eye on some rivals who were in action: the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.

And although it may feel a bit awkward to wake up Monday morning with none of that football-juice hangover in our system, the Giants players and coaches needed a week off as much as we did. Here's what we saw yesterday:

Green Bay Packers:

We'll start with the Pack since we return to action facing Aaron Rodgers and co. in primetime on Sunday night. Rodgers threw a touchdown to Randall Cobb in the final two minutes to edge the Detroit Lions yesterday making it five straight wins for Green Bay.

The Packers offense isn't quite right without Greg Jennings and a fully healthy Jordy Nelson, but they've still got (one of if not) the best quarterback in the NFL and a defense that hasn't given up more than 20 points since Week 6.

Coming off the bye, good opponent that has something to prove against us…if this isn't a statement game for the Giants we're not sure what is: right the ship or continue to spiral.

Dallas Cowboys:

Boy, oh boy did the Cleveland Browns come THIS CLOSE to doing the Giants a huge favor in Dallas yesterday. Dallas didn't play all that well and gave the Browns several opportunities to win the game…but the Browns just couldn't do it.

Dallas may not be playing well but they are squarely in the Giants rearview mirror for the NFC East division lead: a mere one-game behind. To be sure, Giants fans will be cheering for Robert Griffin III when the Cowboys and Redskins face off a few hours before Giants-Packers.

Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles:

When the Redskins spanked the Eagles 31-6 yesterday, they not only unofficially put the final nail in both the Eagles' season and Andy Reid's Eagles career, they also put themselves back into contention in the division. They're now only a game behind the Cowboys (two games behind us), with one matchup against the Giants and two against the Cowboys on their schedule.

They're playing pretty darn good football, and if they beat the Cowboys twice it will be the 'Skins and not the 'Boys nipping our heels down the stretch.

Watching the standings:

This time of year watching the standings spreads beyond the division, as every game a team like the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, [insert NFC team with winning record here], etc. comes into play if the Giants end up looking at wild card positions. You start doing mental tallies of tiebreakers (San Francisco, Seattle…).

Watching the standings would have been a lot more fun this morning had the Cowboys dropped that one to the Browns yesterday, but oh well. The Giants still control their own fate and that begins on Sunday against Green Bay.

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13 Responses to “New York Giants Monday Morning Hangover: a Weekend of Watching the Enemy and the Standings”

  1.  demo3356 says:

    LOL!! I’ve found my new favorite reality show.. Its called Phucked in Philly and it stars a bunch of over paid clowns and their battery chucking, mullet wearing mouth breathing fans.. George Lopez had a bit role as their DCord but they killed his character off

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/19/dominique-rodgers-cromartie-nobody-has-lined-up-and-beaten-us/

    “Nobody has lined up and just beat us. No. It’s just mental mistakes,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.

    •  demo3356 says:

      LOL!!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Now that’s just cruel. You know why? Because with that protector you are sure of two things: You cannot get it out of your pocket quickly enough to answer the call; and it is will cause even the best signals on the best network to suffer from interference on your most crucial calls.

  2.  demo3356 says:

    Despite how bad both our offense and defense have looked at times this season only 4 teams rank ahead of the Giants in both points scored on offense and points allowed on Defense. Only Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta and Denver. Thats pretty good company

  3.  Krow says:

    Can you picture the rookies showing up to their first Gilbride lecture? Here they are … having gotten by on athleticism for 10 freakin years … and in walks Einstein to teach them calculus. I bet they stare at him in abject terror. That blackboard must look like Chinese arithmetic to them. And unless you learn it you can’t play. Priceless …

    •  demo3356 says:

      Its not rocket science, but maybe to guys like Manningham and Randle it seems like it. Depending on the players football acumen and what kind of systems they ran in college it can be less of an adjustment and learning period. Nicks was balling by midway point of his rookie year. I think watching the success that Nicks and Cruz have had in it along with Plax before it would motivate these kids to buckle down and learn it.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    GB has a ton of injuries. I think the team that lined up vs the Lions is a team we should beat. I know they have rodgers but their OL is not good and their RBs suck. Their WRs are good but their is no top WR without Jennings. Their defense was playing without Mathews, Woodson and several other players. Like us they are a deep roster so most of the replacements are young players with good futures. That being said if we should beat this team. I’m in no way saying it’s an easy game but I also don’t view this as a game we we should lose. It’s a lot like the Pitt game, a good team we should beat but we can easily lose to.

    The 2 lines are the key to this game. We beat GB last year because our OL and DL controled the game. We need a repeat performance.

    •  demo3356 says:

      agreed completely. They looked like a very average team yesterday. Hoping jennings and Mathews rest up for at least one more week

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I just heard on the WFAN that Rivers suffered a knee injury from a car accident in California last week. SMH!

    •  Krow says:

      This guy’s like a bad girlfriend. She’s hot … looks great … everyone wishes they were you … but you’re really fed up with her sh1t.

    •  demo3356 says:

      unreal….. No wonder Cincy was happy to give up the former #8 pick in the draft for a 5th rd pick..

      •  Krow says:

        I thought we got a steal … and instead we got clowned. It was a good gamble though … but sometimes the house wins. And I’m sure Reese was going to take an OLman in the 5th round. Oh well … sorry kujo.

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