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Two Victories

You win some, you win some.

So... Jets and Giants both won today. That was good.

Admittedly, the Jets victory proved very well. They defeated Jacksonville, one of the NFL's worst team, presently contending with the Kansas City Chefs for next year #1 draft pick, and they did not defeat them in an entirely convincing manner. Rex went back to Marc Sanchez. Who played... well, adequately. But after last week, anything would have been an improvement. There was a Quinton Coples sighting. Shonn Green ran... well, adequately. Gang Green is 6-7 now, and while it is true that the remainder of their schedule is weak, I am not sanguine. The Jets are weak too. I think this season was lost when Darrelle Revis went down. But we still need to play out the string.

Big Blue's victory over the Saints was more impressive. Not that my heart did not stop a couple of time. The G-Men got way ahead, then let New Orleans get back into it... then, thankfully, pulled away again. Eli had four TDs but also two INTs. If he had avoided the INTs, the game would have been over much sooner. The real stars tonight were our rookie RB David Wilson on offense, who finally had his coming out party with three great kickoffs returns (one for a TD) and two rushing TDs (one a long, darting scamper from midfield) that showed why the Giants took him #1, and safety Stevie Brown on defense, who intercepted Drew Brees twice. Brown, an unheralded late round draft back who has kicked around with a couple of other teams, has really excelled since coming to the Giants and filling in for the injured Kenny Phillips. He is proving himself a real ballhawk, with 7 INTs on the season.

The Giants really needed the win, since the Redskins and Cowboys, right behind them in the NFL East standings, had both won earlier in the day. All the while I was watching the Jets game, I was watching those scores too. With 29 seconds left in the game, Baltimore was beating Washington by eight points, and Cincinnati was leading Dallas by two points with two minutes left to play. And both of them still pulled it out! Mutter mutter mutter. The Skins beat my G-Men by a point last Monday, and their remaining schedule is soft as whipped butter, while the G-Men need to face Atlanta and Baltimore in the next two weeks... I think the Skins are a real threat (RGIII is the real deal, and it looks as though they got a good one in Kirk Cousins too). And Dallas... well, who the hell knows with the Cowboys? But at least the Giants control their own destiny. All they have to do is win out.



Hunter Baldwin
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
The Gaints of the north were well suited for today's game. The Saints are what one would call a summer team. Good Game : P
Anthony DeMarco
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Hail to the redskins
Hey George... fellow Bayonne boy here but i don't drink the jets/giants kool-aid, HAIL TO THE REDSKINS.
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Go Skins!
Dec. 10th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
Land of Giants
I hope the G-Men bottled some of that Major Mojo they had going today and didn't waste it all on the Saints. They're going to need it over the next few weeks, especially against the Ravens.
Dec. 10th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
It was a great win by the Giants. But we seem to be a team that works better under pressure. I don't know how or why that happens, but when it comes down to it, as of lately, that's how we win. I prefer to be consistent and so we wouldn't be in these types of pressure situations. But.. That's apparently not how the Giants work.
Dec. 10th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats Mr. Martin but for me Sunday was hell. The Bears humiliated themselves and the soulless Packers win again. All is almost lost.
Dec. 10th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vote of confidence in our QB lineup! There have been a lot of naysayers! No, one (or two) people can't win a championship, but RG3 has really rallied the troops, I think! We get him some more healthy help for next year, and I say we'll be unstoppable! Yesterday was a bonus, but I'm still only holding out for 8-8 for us this year :) (with the unexpected win yesterday, we may go 9-7; as much as I would love a Dallas sweep-- who doesn't?!-- they may be PO'ed that we beat them at their house and come to us with a vendetta...) Very upset that Dallas pulled a W out their @$$ yesterday, but at least we matched it :)
Dec. 10th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
jets screwed themselves when they signed Sanchez to a 4 year contract this past march. Why did they do that I don't know, maybe to help soothe his feathers after the Tebow signing. (and THAT experiment worked out great).

It might be better if the jets lose a few more games and get some better draft picks. But I guess they are still technically in the wildcard hunt, and have a fairly soft schedule for the rest of the season. Who knows, they may actually get the last slot.
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
I believe it was a rework of the existing contract. They did it to get under the cap. Sanchez needed better coaching and talent around him to develop. Most QBs out of college would end up like him or worse if they came to the Jets.
Joseph Maher
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Giants out for the Division and Wild card
Sorry George, the division and conference losses are going to sink your ship this year. Redskins will win the Division when Giants lose to Atlanta and/or Baltimore, and they will be on the outs for the wildcard to Chicago and Seattle when all three teams finish with 10 wins. I've seen it in the flames ;)

Happy holidays, and thanks for all the gifts!
Dec. 10th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
I have faith in the Chiefs. They'll get that #1 draft pick!
Katherine Almonte
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
great. at least that changed your mood.
Katherine Almonte
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
It would be funny to watch you talking about it.
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be a fan if I didn't worry
While the Giants played well I am still worried about some of the sloppy play that continues to plague them at times. Their schedule doesn't lend well to such adventures. Had the Cowboys and/or Racistnames lost, I would feel better about the position the Giants are in right now. Unfortunately, with three games to go I am more worried than I was prior to yesterday's games.

I will probably feel more confident about their playoff run than I do about the next three weeks.
Dec. 10th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Boy. This Jets win was almost as bad as the one against the Dolphins. While I don't like it when somebody loses their job, Tannenbaum and Rex need to go. So does Woody, but since he's the owner we're stuck unless he can no longer afford the team.

Flip Wilson was amazing. More than we could have hoped for. I was very concerned when Brown went out for the season. I'm a bit less now. When he is in the backfield I expect to see a lot of Eli rollouts. The defenses will catch on fast. It was good to see Eli sharpen up a bit. I guess the missing ingredient was a healthy Hixon and maybe Diehl... and playing against a defense with some issues.

The Giants defense has some major issues still. If the Giants make it to the playoffs and have to face the Vikings... Tuck still hasn't returned to form since his injury plagued season last year. JPP has a very high center of gravity and a chronically bad back. He's still pretty good at the bull rush, but his lateral movement and balance is poor. Even so offenses are regularly putting two guys on him which should be giving Tuck, Umenyiora, Canty, Joseph and Kiwanuka some real opportunities. Are they not blitzing as often as they have in the past? Is it Fewell's current system? The players?

Maybe I'm looking for a silver lining, but I'm hoping that those squeakers by the Cowboys and 'Skins may prove to be a good thing. The Giants have shown that they need a sense of urgency to play their best. I'm guessing it has something to do with NYC Metro area living.
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
George, I love the Giants and the Ravens but something tells me to keep close watch on the Sea Hawks.
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
My Ravens got hosed by that reversed fumble recovery against the skins dammit!
Dec. 11th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Patriots look good. But, I see a repeat of the '06 season where they lose to the Colts in the AFC Championship game. Or the Broncos will take them out.
Todd Paradine
Dec. 13th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Gotta Beat The Falcons
Excellent analysis of the Giants situation. It's a tough road ahead. I love how we have beat the shit out of the NFC's supposed best this year...yet, we let one slip in Washington and against Pittsburgh. I'm looking for us to pressure Ryan like we did last year in the playoffs.
It was pretty neat to be looking for ASOIF updates, and catch some timely Giants reactions... Then again, I should have guessed you are a fan of Big Blue, I mean you are from Bayonne! (As am I). My father and his brothers attended Marist in the 60s/70s. You don't recall anyone by the last name of Paradine do you?

P.s. this Bayonne reference makes me laugh....

Dec. 14th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about NY teams this year (aside from the quarterback debacle), but I know Niners fans need to buy some tissues. The Pats should tenderize them just enough for the Hawks to stomp them another division rival mudhole. We're makin' a run!


George R.R. Martin
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