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New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora: “There’s No Question We’re the Best Team in Football”

December 12th, 2012 at 9:45 AM
By Dan Benton

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The New York Giants are perhaps one of the most inconsistent football teams in the NFL today. However, when they're at their best, they are the best. That level of dominance was put on display in week six against the San Francisco 49ers, in week 12 against the Green Bay Packers and, to some degree, in week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. So when Big Blue defensive end Osi Umenyiora was asked if the New England Patriots were the NFL's elite team going into week 15, he said no.

"When the Giants are playing our best, there's no question we're the best team in football," Umenyiora said during a ESPN 98.7 on Tuesday. "We've just been inconsistent. So if we can play the way we're capable of playing – the way we played against San Francisco, the way we played against Green Bay, the way we played against the Saints for the majority of the game – I don't think there's a team that's better than us at all."

Umenyiora and the Giants will have another opportunity to prove themselves this Sunday when they travel to Georgia to take on the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons, who are coming off a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers and looking to avenge an embarrassing 24-2 loss to the Giants in last year's divisional playoff round. In fact, it's a game they marked on their schedule early in the season – around the same time wide receiver Roddy White was taking pot-shots at Victor Cruz.

"Victor Cruz is much more of a slot receiver," White said. "The big boys play on the outside."

Following the aforementioned divisional playoff loss, White also took aim at Cruz saying he was "in for a rude awakening" here in 2011. As fate would have it, Cruz never received such an awakening and currently ranks 11th in the NFL with 1,004 receiving yards and tied for second in the league with nine touchdown receptions – four more than White.

With a slim one-game lead in the NFC East, the Giants, led by Cruz and Umenyiora, will need to come out and be the "best" on Sunday or risk losing a handle on their playoff destiny.

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20 Responses to “New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora: “There’s No Question We’re the Best Team in Football””

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    On Coe I think the decision wasn’t that Tryon was better. Tryon was healthy and I guess the team didn’t feel Coe was good enough to hold a roster spot for a few weeks as he got healthy. I questioned the decision at the time but I think one factor that makes Coe’s loss hurt much less is Will Hill. Will Hill has been getting more playing time at a variety of positions including slot CB. So even if we are down a CB we are not likely to see much of Tryon. Meaning that Coe’s loss should be minimal if felt at all.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Osi is just saying what most of here think. It’s just we have to be consistent enough to win enough games to get into the playoffs.

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    I believe that after you win the SB, you’re the best team in football until someone dethrones you.

    That said, please Osi, I’m begging you. Get out your 2007 “Talk is Cheap, Play the Game” t-shirt and wear it around the locker room when the media comes a circlin’, okay?

  4.  Levito says:

    For a team which still peaches the “Talk is Cheap, Play the Game” mantra, this team has done a lot of talking the past few years. Osi and Rolle are the two main culprits. The thing is, though, that Rolle backs it up with great play more often than not. Osi, not so much. Like when he spent all week talking up McCoy before the Eagles game, only to watch that kid run circles around him and the rest of the defense.

    •  BLU-82 says:

      I mean, as a team they generally back up everything they say. Sure they’ve been talking a bit the past few years. They’ve also won a couple Super bowl’s. I think that gives them the right to mouth off, and also because they definitely back up what they say on the field. As a fan I don’t like it but hey, they can say what they like right now.

  5.  JimStoll says:

    the constant obsession with who’s the best — the best team; the most elite QB, etc. — is silly
    at the end of they year the last team standing is the champ and since being the champ is the ultimate goal of every season, it is the best thing one can achieve

    being the best in the abstract sense is only relevant in historical analysis

    the Giants are wildly inconsistent but when they’ve been at their best these past few years they’ve not only achieved the highest award for the season, but they’ve toppled the teams having the best seasons (from a W and L standpoint) up to that particular point in time

    so who cares who the best is in Week 14? what matters is getting to the dance and then to the ultimate prize

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think it means something going into this game confidence wise. If we fall down 14-0 in the first quarter there won’t be any doubt because we know what we can do. I’m not sure if Atl can say them same. I think their confidence is shaky against the elite teams. Being home helps but they still remember that GB loss. It’s not like they had back to back playoff losses in their opening games it’s that they got embarrased. I think if we get out early after their game last week we can really get them doubting themselves. Even with as bad as we played at times this year I don’t think we ever have doubted ourselves.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    since we are talking “best”, consensus power ranking for the giants seems to be 7 right now

    •  GOAT56 says:

      The power rankings are not based on which team you think has the best chance to win a SB. I think they would be different if that methodology was used. But based on the complete season 7 is about right. Our best has still been top 2 along with the Pats.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    Interesting remarks when you take into account that plenty of posters here feel the same way. You have to know the team feels that way as well.

    The bad news? As always overconfidence and the risk of complacency.
    But that’s all gone now. Because they have no margin for error. They have to perform….now.

    Woe be it on to any upcoming opponent who findeth it necessary to talketh $h|+ about the Giants of New York. They are just waiting for a reason to ripeith thou head off and defecate down thou neck.
    Merry Christmas.

    With upgraded defensive tackle, offensive guard/center and linebacker play and attitude, this Giant squad will be ready for yet another run. If they step into Atlanta with the right mind set and their emotional edge the fun is going to start

    Reese grabbing and promoting big quick offensive linemen. Wonder where he got that idea? Still using the bottom on the barrel, but these guys are quasi athletic. Maybe one day…………………

  8.  TuckThis says:

    Osi, shut up! The Giants play like “the best” every other game. The only thing consistent is the chirping!

  9.  JimStoll says:

    The #Giants pre-practice injury report is out and includes…
    Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), Prince Amukamara (hamstring), Tyler Sash (hamstring), Hakeem Nicks (knee), Kenny Phillips (knee), David Baas (shoulder), Jason Pierre-Paul (back), and Travis Beckum (knee)

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Ahmad Bradshaw has a sprained knee and will not practice today. Prince and Phillips also will not practice.

    “I won’t rule him out of anything,” Coughlin says of Bradshaw. Praises his toughness, but it doesn’t sound too good. #nyg #giants

    TC on Bradshaw: “He’s a tough son of a gun. I say that with admiration.” #nyg #giants

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Coughlin says decision on Bradshaw will be made by medical staff, not AB. “It will be made in the best interest of the player.”

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I looks like no Bradshaw. Even a minor sprained knee might put him out a few weeks. Wilson needs to be ready

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