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New York Giants Must Build on Positives; Sky is not Yet Falling

September 14th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Jen Polashock

No one expected a blowout, although many New York Giants fans would’ve appreciated that type of game instead of what had to be endured last Sunday night. The way some are acting however, one would think that the Giants never had a chance and the season is over just as it begins. Stop.

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Some things were known going into the first week of the regular season. One: injuries would affect the team. It just so happened to be protection issues for quarterback Eli Manning. Most thought it would be the secondary (which was beyond thin) and the linebacker corps that would falter. That defense held Tony Romo & Co. to two touchdowns and three field goals (23 points). They weren’t to blame for the L.

While both teams played sloppy ball, the Giants did their best on the offensive line to make sure Manning had no time to feel comfortable back there or get timing established with his receivers. Despite that, three of those wideouts had over 100 yards. Hakeem Nicks (114), Victor Cruz (118), and Rueben Randle (101) took over for a stagnant running game and managed to get open enough for their offensive captain. Easy E had three recorded interceptions, but only one was arguably his fault — to Will Allen. On one, Will Beatty let DeMarcus Ware go inside, into the passing lane, and Eli subsequently dumped it off to No. 94. Oops. From their own 20, the Giants held Dallas to three. It could have been worse, so thank the defensive line. On the other interception, we all saw how Da’Rel Scott tipped the ball up to Brandon Carr for that pick-six. That, perhaps, is one of the most debated plays in recent memory.

Another “known” as blue suited up for the season: that secondary had some serious question marks on it. What wasn’t known (or expected by most) was how well defensive back Terrell Thomas would come back and be right back in the same form he was (at aggressive nickel) pre-ACL tears in 2010. Six solo tackles, one assist and a pass defensed as he flew around the field. No one can say they aren’t happy for No. 24. As safety Ryan Mundy struggled early on, he settled in and actually had the only interception (tipped from Prince Amukamara) of the game for Big Blue.

One last “we knew that” was that no matter what, you cannot count out these New York Football Giants. Despite five turnovers by the end of the fourth quarter and 1:50 left (on their own 49), the Giants were in perfect position to again win in Dallas and in the same fashion that they had been winning. The resiliency of this team remains. Most realistic Cowboys fans that don’t yell “five rings!” during any debate admitted that they were nervous until Carr sealed their win.

What we know after week one is that all complaints fans (and a frustrated Tom Coughlin) have are all fixable issues: fullback Henry Hynoski’s rust, running back David Wilson’s fumbles (he was stripped), Eli forcing passes, and lastly, the Giants now added a very familiar big body to help block (in Brandon Jacobs) as center David Baas is to rejoin his fellow linemen — moving Boothe back to guard. Sure, there’s much to build upon, but who thought that the team would be perfect?

This is the NFL, where anything can happen any given Sunday (or Thursday, Saturday, or Monday).


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Tags: Brandon Jacobs, David Baas, David Wilson, DeMarcus Ware, Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Henry Hynoski, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Ryan Mundy, Terrell Thomas

9 Responses to “New York Giants Must Build on Positives; Sky is not Yet Falling”

  1.  Kevin Page says:

    I’m gonna keep saying this til people get it through their thick skulls:


    Last week’s performance does not have any real bearing on the next week (good or bad)

    The margin for error between most teams is a play or two here or there

    Anyone can beat anyone and look like gods or total garbage

    •  James Stoll says:

      But what separates the really good team’s from the also-rans is the ability to be that good team week to week

      •  jfunk says:

        Define “also-ran”. Most of the recent Superbowl Champions have had up and down seasons.

        If anything, week to week consistency in the regular season seems to have no bearing whatsoever on postseason performance.

        I would argue that what separates the really good teams from the also-rans is the ability to rise to occasion with the season on the line.

        •  rlhjr says:

          Define “also-ran”: A week to week team. Month to month is what your looking for.

          Pretty sure Coughlin takes the season month to month. Preparing for each game within that particular month. But he manages the season by month.

  2.  Andiamo P says:

    I don’t second guess the RB or LB situation here. It is what it is, they took a chance on carrying 3 young RBs…that blew up in their face week 1.

    I would also like to take the time to say that the last INT is not all on Scott. People say he didn’t turn around. As if the ball hit him in the back of the helmet or something. He did turn around…he just turned around a split second too late. and Eli put the pass on his back arm. Would be nice to see the

    •  Andiamo P says:

      arg…(cont’d) it would be nice to see the veteran Eli Manning…help out the young back with a better pass.

      I also think that if there is one position of concern on this team it’s Safety.

      Lets be honest. They have 2 (proven players) on the roster right now. Sure TT could move back there in a pinch, but than you take away your 3rd CB.

  3.  Krow says:

    RBs take a lot of pounding. And it’s somewhat cumulative. So a year off just might rejuvenate them. There are examples of this happening.

  4.  giantsou812 says:

    blah blah blah the sky is not falling, Well chief lose 6 games and your out of the playoffs.

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