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Giants Win Again

Hot damn, the Giants won again... and over a good team, the Detroit Lions, who are presently leading their division, and had a hot streak going, pulling out eight games this season in the fourth quarter.

But not today.

Eli Manning had a solid game, but the heroes of the day were once again Odell Beckham Junior and the defense. Odell's catch on the winning touchdown was a thing of beauty, another one-handed grab that no other wideout could possibly have snared. The pass was seriously off target. Victor Cruz had a nice catch as well, and the running game showed signs of life, at least when Perkins was in (having Pugh back on the O line made a huge difference).

The day really belonged to the D, though. Game by game, quarter by quarter, they have been getting better and better, and now, I think, have to rank as one of the NFL's best. Which delights me no end. I love good defense, and the New York Giants as a franchise have always prided themselves on tough D. It's part of Big Blue's heritage. Having the worse D in the league last year was a disgrace. So all hail to Spags, and Snacks, and T'Other Eli, and DRC, and Olivier Vernon. Oh, and our punter, who kept pinning the Lions back inside their ten.

Worrisome, however, was Jackrabbit Jenkins going out with a back injury in the first half. He's been playing great, so I hope he comes back soon.

As for the Jets, they played last night, and improved their position in next year's draft. Nuff said.

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bcd30
Dec. 19th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
BIG BLUE
Keep running the rock! More runs from the offense means less chance that Eli gets hurt. OLine prefers to run block and everyone has room to improve. Love this team! Love the DEFENSE.
trillian4210
Dec. 19th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
signed book bargain!
Several years ago, you offered me a signed book provided my Bucs could beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving (this was a gift for my brother's birthday, and the Bucs lost. Huge.) Tonight, I propose the same. My Bucs will kick the Cowboys' butt for you and my brother receives a birthday book. Whaddya say? ;)

Edited at 2016-12-19 01:34 am (UTC)
grrm
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
RE: signed book bargain!
Saw your message too late, sorry. Pass.
Jess Dyba
Dec. 22nd, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: signed book bargain!
Ha! Would have been a safe wager, Cowboys dispatched that winning streak Tampa had..

Seems like the ONLY team we can't beat are GRRM's Giants. Lets hope they have to travel to Seattle in the playoffs

Sorry, I usually root for the Giants even tho I'm a Cowboy fan because they are a classy organization, but given this year and the fact that they seem to have the boy's number, I need them to falter. OK with them making the playoffs, just not making it to Dallas.
Dan Koifman
Dec. 19th, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
Life is magical and full of joy! :)
Douglas Long-Middleton
Dec. 19th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
The Giants still have some big problems.
I know I might sound like a broken record, but the Giants need to up their game offensively. Their D is really good, no debate there, but they can't keep putting it on the D's back, it's going to come back and bite them. The Giants have the 27th ranked offense, scoring 19 points on average, while their D holds teams to about 17 points per game on average. But what happens when Odell is shutdown? And he can be shutdown; Norman, and Butler did it last year, and Xavier Rhodes did it this year. Odell is the heart of the offense, the moment that is taken away, the offense takes a big hit, the run game looked good today, but the Lions are 13th in total run D, so it's not like they did well against the Steelers, Cowboys, or the Ravens (the top three run D's).

Compare this with the New England Patriots, who are 4th in total offense (that's with Brady missing 4 games). The Pats are 4th in passing, and 7th in rushing. And the Pats just beat, arguably, the best pass rush in the League. The amount of time Brady had against Denver was kinda nuts, if Denver's secondary hadn't been as amazing at it is, Brady would have picked them apart, and the Giants don't have anywhere near as good a secondary as Denver (though, no team does). And Brady is without the greatest Tight End of all time. And I don't even know if Gronk will play in the playoffs, or even in the Super Bowl (if we make it). But even without Big G, we just beat two of the best D's in the League.

I just don't know if the Giants can stand up to a team like the Seahawks, who will have Sherman put the clamps on Odell (he's the best CB in the League).

Edited at 2016-12-19 07:05 am (UTC)
macmundie
Dec. 19th, 2016 02:59 am (UTC)
Big Blue
While I'm happy that you're happy, as a Cowboys fan, there's no team I fear more than the Giants right now. Hope the rest of the regular season goes your way. As for the playoffs, well... Go Cowboys!
David Levin
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:02 am (UTC)
Congrats Giants, but...
If Giants lose next week and Redskins win tomorrow, MNF against Panthers, and the following week...

Than the winner of the last week match up Giants vs. Redskins will win wild card by 1/2 game.

Oh to hope.
grrm
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)
RE: Congrats Giants, but...
You'd need the Iggles to beat us for that scenario.
David Levin
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:21 am (UTC)
RE: Congrats Giants, but...
Yes correct Sir
David Levin
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:24 am (UTC)
RE: Congrats Giants, but...
If in the unlikely event that happens, I'll bet you an adopt a wolf on the outcome of final week Skins-Giants game.

Edited at 2016-12-19 03:32 am (UTC)
Tyler Brisendine
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
As a Detroit native, hearing the Lions referred to as a "good team" has me in stitches. Lawdy.
Alex Alexis
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
Too bad the Jets are up against the Patriots Saturday.
grrm
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
Another chance to improve their draft position.
Alex Alexis
Dec. 19th, 2016 04:03 am (UTC)
I hope so!
danimalmach
Dec. 20th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
The draft is a crapshoot. You get better by winning games and building a culture of winning, not losing. Ask the Browns, Jags, Chargers, etc. how their draft position has helped them over the years. I guess it helps to have a good front office, which I don't think is the case for the Jets.

GO GIANTS!
Dan Koifman
Dec. 19th, 2016 04:36 am (UTC)
It's off topic, but I was wondering if you saw Rogue One yet. I think they gave you an homage with a likeness of a Tyrion dwarf in the cantina prison. Mordor makes an appearance too, but that's to a different R. R. :)
grrm
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:09 am (UTC)
No, have not seen it yet.
Dan Koifman
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:19 am (UTC)
He looks just like this Tyrion, but with a nose.

http://orig08.deviantart.net/5dd6/f/2011/231/c/3/tyrion_lannister_by_jorgruber-d474pmr.jpg
penpusher
Dec. 19th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
Still have a shot at catching the Cowboys... We're DC fans for the Monday Night game!
alexfortier
Dec. 19th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Best of luck to your Giants.
You guys really helped out my Packers in our Division Title Chase. I wish the Giants best of luck, as I like you and the Giants, long as they don't run into my Pack of course. Let's see how far our teams can make it, and who knows? I'm not sure on how the wildcard spots will work out, but this'll be a fun playoff season.
Cheers,

Alexander Fortier

Edited at 2016-12-20 12:08 am (UTC)
jeddavidson
Dec. 19th, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
The best division in the NFL
I watched the giants game yesterday, they performed masterfully in my opinion. Truly a talented team. My Cowboys beat a good team on a hot streak as well. The redskins are solid this season and the Eagles are much better off than they were a year ago. In my informed yet amateur opinion the NFC East has to be the most difficult division in all of football this season. I doubt if many of the other teams that are doing so well would stand a chance if they had to compete in the NFC East. Packers? Detroit? Tampa?
ChicagolandPrep
Dec. 19th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: The best division in the NFL
As a Dolphins fan, it always feels good to get a win over the Jets. And now we're on the verge of the playoffs. Haven't been able to say that in a long time.

Jets are definitely better off losing to get a better pick. Will they know what to do with that pick is the real question.
Chauncey Gardiner
Dec. 19th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
10-4
I love reading your Giants posts every week George since I'm a huge fan as well. Obviously it's much better when they're actually winning so this season has been a godsend. I love watching great defense as well so the last several games have been fun to watch even though the offense has struggled at times. If it wasn't for OBJ we'd probably be 8-6 or 7-7. Too bad about the Jets though. I know a lot of Giants fans like to gripe about Eli but he's been there rain or shine every game the last 12 years. During that time the Jets have tried unsuccessfully to find a franchise QB and it's prevented them from taking it to that next level. Hopefully they find one soon. Happy holidays and thanks for all the joy you've brought me through your books.
Douglas Long-Middleton
Dec. 19th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 10-4
The problem the Giants have is that if Odell gets shut down (and he can be shut down) the offense stalls, and while the Giants D is good, it isn't good enough to stop high powered offenses like the Falcons all game (at least, if they have Jones playing).
grrm
Dec. 20th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: 10-4
Not so sure about that.

And the Giants have two other good wideouts.

They don't have much of a running game, however, which is a problem.
Douglas Long-Middleton
Dec. 21st, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: 10-4
A lot of times it seems like Eli only thinks he can throw it to Odell, and that's not going to get it done. If you look at the games where Odell has an off night, the offense isn't nearly as effective, to the point of being downright bad (the Vikings game for example). Even when Ryan doesn't have Jones, they still have a strong offensive performance, even after Grok went out, Brady threw for over 400 yards and 3 TD's against he best ranked D in the League the next game.

Even with two other good wideouts, you need a solid run game, and the Giants lack that. If they run into the Seahawks, I don't see them winning. Even with Odell, Cruz and Shepard, the Seahawks secondary is more than equipped to stop them, and with no run game, the Giants offense will stall, and their D, while good, isn't enough to stop Wilson over and over again.
Prom000
Dec. 19th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
will we meet again Giants?
seems that way. Patriots Giants for round 3, but Eli doesnt have his Yoda anymore. and this is the real world so Evil must win, right? P.S.: You dont want to hear this I am sure but what about that Steelers-Giants game? deflategate 2, walkie-talkie-gate... but those two families are married, the first born even got the other families name as a first name AND the commish does whatever John Mara wants him to do, no? I mean that is some classic middleages stuff right there.
Dan Mcreedeez
Dec. 21st, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
The Prince Whom Was Promised
In these dark and bitter times, powerful, evil forces are on the rise, from both sides of the aisle. On each side, evil rises and threatens to blot out light and love forever, and only the Promised One can save all of us. I of course speak of the Patriots and the Cowboys, bitter, bitter, evil teams that must be stopped at all costs. Only the Giants can beat both of them and ensure that 2017 isn't as bad as 2016, Eli must rise, as he has twice before, and become the Dopey Miracle Man from 2007 and 2011 and dispatch both of these dastardly villain squads.

I'm an Iggles fan, it hurts to root for the Giants, but the possibility of a Cowboys-Patriots Superbowl is too great, and only the Giants can bring hope back to the NFL.

I'm pulling for your boys in blue, may they possess the conviction to take this thing as far as it needs to go.
Stephen Kirschner
Dec. 22nd, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
And how about Landon Collins? Pro Bowl starter!
alexfortier
Dec. 24th, 2016 07:42 am (UTC)
The Holidays
Do you have anything planned to do over the holidays? I know you're an atheist,as am I. But I'm curious if you have any holiday traditions of sorts?
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