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A Win for Big Blue

The Giants won their first game of the season last night.

About time, I say. At this point they should actually be 3-0, since they went into the fourth quarter of the Dallas and Atlanta game with double-digit leads, only to blow both contests. Last night, thankfully, they hung on and won convincingly.

But I am not reading that much into this. It was a win, yes, but a home win over Washington, and the G-Men have owned the Redskins in recent years. Eli looked good last night, and Odell Beckham Junior continues to look great. Reuben Randal came up big as well, thank ghod. But I still have questions about the defense. In the fourth quarter, they had not one but two chances to end the game by stopping Washington on fourth-and-long, but gave up first downs both times. And the pass rush is just not there. Will JPP ever return? If he does, will he be the player he was, minus a finger and half his thumb? Who knows? But boy, the G-Men need him.

Victor Cruz will return next week, they say. That will be great, and should lift the offense to the next level. But how Spags gets the D to the next level, I don't know.

Even at 1-2, the opportunity is there for the Giants, with the Eagles reeling and the Cowboys suffering devastating injuries to Dez and Romo. Whether they will be good enough to take advantage of the chance remains to be seen. There are sterner tests a-coming.

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GeekFurious
Sep. 25th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
SUPER BOWL 50, HERE WE COME!
Obviously Giants should be 3-0. Obviously they've played below their talent and above expectation. Now, perhaps, the Giants can wipe away the first two horrible tastes in their mouths and go on a rampage of wins!
cailleanlarkin
Sep. 25th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
Eagles
You have double the reason to root for the Jets this weekend - good for the Jets, good for the Giants!

I had a realization this morning that at some point this season, I'm likely going to need to root for New England to beat the Cowboys and/or Eagles and/or Redskins (AFC east plays NFC east this year). I think I might root for a meteor instead.
Dan Koifman
Sep. 25th, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
But the most devastating injury was sustained by Triarch Belicho. Even with his unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs, it ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by blue-white giants.
Alexander Pendergrass
Sep. 25th, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
Of your two teams, the Jets are looking the best on the field. The Giants do have a chance at a decimated division but boy do the Jets look formidable.

As for my Lions...Well, it's a very dark year so far. Hoping for a primetime miracle the next two weeks. The chances of Detroit winning the NFC North are next to none unless Rodgers goes down in injury again. Might be a long season for me.
harryberger89
Sep. 25th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
Eagles Jets
Eagles are going to stomp the Jets this weekend. Like Tywin did to the Reynes of Castamere.
chrismireya
Sep. 25th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
2007 New York Football Giants?
Are you thinking that this will be a repeat of the 2007 Super Bowl season? They started 0-2 that season too. I think that the Patriots and Patriots fans would loathe the thought of facing the Giants in the Super Bowl again.

Of course, I am one of those Cowboys fans hoping against hope. I'd hate for the Cowboys to win the NFC East only to lose to the Giants in the playoffs...again.
grrm
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: 2007 New York Football Giants?
The defense in 2007 started out shaky, but became hellacious by season's end, and terrorized Brady in the Superbowl.

I do not think this year's D can possibly repeat that evolution.

(But I would love to be proved wrong).
Re: 2007 New York Football Giants? - chrismireya - Sep. 26th, 2015 03:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jamaal Mac
Sep. 25th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
JPP
Defensive end is the one position that could get away with having that mangled hand. Although I would venture to say he may only be 80-85% of his pre-accident self. It will be most difficult for him to perform an effective "rip and swim" move minus a fully functioning thumb. He has been working out though, so a mid-season return is possible.

And if Eli continues to take care of the football and the coaches settle on a running back, well, I think this team could possibly repeat the 4 year cycle from 07 and 11.
nycfalcon
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: JPP
JPP had huge potential but he plateaued during his second season. Whether it was his hubris or just bad luck with back injuries he had already seen his prime.

Currently he's underweight and far below the strength he showed before his rookie season. I won't say "stick a fork" but turning on the oven light might be a good idea for the Giants and fans.
Buddy Sanders
Sep. 25th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Giants are in a great position to make some waves in the NFC East
Romo being out is huge, and you're right in saying the Eagles are reeling. Now Giants have proven the Redskins aren't a threat, so I imagine this is when they've gotta make a strong push.

I was pretty impressed with some of the plays in the Giants secondary last night. I mean, Kirk Cousins helped that a little bit, but they still had some very athletically defended passes. If the secondary can continuously step up, Eli and OBJ can definitely keep games competitive at the very least.

P.S: To honor JPP, if you're not finished with the Winds of Winter yet you should add in a scene where Wun Wun or another giant is fooling around with supplies and ends up severely burning his hand. Just a thought.
Jack Norman
Sep. 25th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
Did you play football yourself when you were younger George?
grrm
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
No. Sadly, I always sucked at sports. All sports.

(Unless you count chess as a sport).
(no subject) - Dan Koifman - Sep. 26th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC) - Expand
LOL! - chrismireya - Sep. 26th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
sykiera
Sep. 25th, 2015 11:48 pm (UTC)
NFL
Regular lurker to your journal and newb to the sport . I live in Birmingham England so don't know all the rules but have been hooked on it for the last few seasons . Decided to follow a team from the start this season , chose the Texans ......... Glutton for punishment I think :)

I'll keep an eye out for the Giants for sure now .

Have a good weekend Sir
redfield79
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:10 pm (UTC)

Texans are good...just don't root for the cowboys.

Are you trying to say... - chrismireya - Sep. 26th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
douglascohen
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
If Cruz returns to his old form we're going to see something special with him and Beckham playing together. Throw in William Beatty's return to the offensive line in October or November and I think this offense will have enough parts to succeed (although I wouldn't mind an upgrade at TE as Larry Donnell is way too inconsistent).

What they need is ammo for the D-line, another safety, and a third cornerback. We don't know what if anything we'll ever get from JPP, meaning Hankins is the only long-term building block on the D-line we can depend on. Ayers is a nice role player, but that's about it. I don't think Damontre Moore is going to develop into anything more than a situational pass rusher. He has a huge opportunity this year and he's done nothing with it. Maybe that rookie Oza will develop on the line, but first we need to see him play. Landon Collins seems to have some promise at safey, but Merriweather is just a stopgap for the year. I also wouldn't mind the Giants improving the linebacking corps, but Reese never puts a premium on this group.

Still, if the Giants can kick the injury bug, I think they are one good draft and free agency period away from improving the defense enough to become a very dangerous team.
grrm
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Agree about TE.

We need another Shockey... or better yet, a young Bavaro.
(no subject) - douglascohen - Sep. 26th, 2015 02:42 am (UTC) - Expand
lenkapenka14
Sep. 26th, 2015 12:57 am (UTC)
Just to be clear - Giants win means no Stark gets killed ? ;)
Ryan Connolly
Sep. 26th, 2015 04:34 am (UTC)
Giants 2007
Avid Patriots fan and the Giants had Lady Luck on their side for both Super Bowl wins. The 2007 Giants did have a excellent pass rush against Brady which kept him uncomfortable, as if he was Sam Tarly dealing with the opposite sex, the whole game. That uneasy feeling did led to the Patriots' demise. This year Giants just do not have the talent on defense to come close of their forefathers. The Giants now are more of a offensive team and that does not work in the Game of Rings. The stars are aligning for the G-Men to be in a epic battle for the NFC East crown and I pray to the gods it is a crown of gold for Eli and his Men of G!
krakenblood
Sep. 27th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
RE: Giants 2007
I'll never understand why Pats fans call the Giants win in 2011 lucky.

2007, absolutely. Giants were an inferior team, who would have lost that game 9 times out if 10. But they got pressure on Brady, and a miracle play saved them.

But 2011? Absolutely not. I fully expected the Giants to win that game. That Pats team was soft, was lucky to get past the Ravens, and was by far the worst of the Brady SB teams. The Eli to Manningham play was not luck. It was a perfectly executed play down the sideline.
Anthony DeMarco
Sep. 26th, 2015 06:35 am (UTC)
The D aren't world beaters and yes those two blown leads were painful, but given the talent level currently on the roster I think Spags is doing a fine job getting the most out of these guys. The Skins gashed Miami and STL on the ground, and both of those teams have much better D-Lines on paper. Now the gameflow didn't allow for the Skins to run much, but when we did run we were not effective.
nvanderlay
Sep. 26th, 2015 08:31 am (UTC)
Hello George!

I got into football during the last two years, but as a European (way more into soccer) I don't know ALL the rules and stuff yet. However, I try my best and I also sympathize with the Giants. But I wonder, how does it come that you're a fan of both the Giants AND the Jets? Isn't that pretty unusual? I do know that they only play against each other every few years, but still. Maybe because you're from Jersey and couldn't decide?

Another thing. The Giants and Jets both played a few years at the old Shea Stadium in NYC, was that the inspiration for a certain Shae?
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