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The NFL Returns

The NFL is back. Was I ready for some football?

Ah... er... not really. The season somehow snuck up on me. Too busy, I guess. I only managed to watch one preseason game, hardly paid any attention at all, and suddenly the first game was upon us.

The Jets were pretty impressive, thumping the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Football.

The Giants... oh, ghod, what can I say? That loss to the hated Cowboys was excruciating. I can't deny that Tony Romo was brilliant on that final game-winning drive, especially in the absence of Dez Bryant... but Dallas did not win the game. It was given to them. First by the ref, who made an absolutely bogus pass interference call that resulted in a Cowboy touchdown. And then by Eli Manning, who lost track of the Dallas timeouts and actually told Rashad Jennings not to score when the G-Men had the ball on the Dallas one, first and goal, with under two minutes left.

One timeout, two timeouts, does it matter? Jennings gets that ball in, the game is over. A TD there makes it a 10-point game, and the Cowboys would not have had time enough to score twice.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

Overall, the Giants D and the Jets O both looked better than anticipated.

I do wonder if the G-Men can bounce back from a gut-wrenching loss like that. One that they inflicted on themselves.



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Sep. 15th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Ever want to go to a Bills Jets (or Giants) game this year, its my treat!
Sep. 15th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Another Bran
How nerdgasmy was it to have a guy named Brandon score for the Jets?
Sep. 15th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
Couglin on the hot seat again?
Well, if Coughlin's on the hot seat again - NYG is going to the SB again!
Sep. 15th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Tom Coughlin
Coughlin will get them back on track. I believe he's a master of handling and overcoming tough situations. But, hopefully not next week. Admittedly, I am a Falcons fan. Rise Up!!
Joe Watson
Sep. 15th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
If Dallas didn't win that game then the Giants didn't score those points off turnovers... They were given to them 😈
Frank Vogt
Sep. 15th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
Eli made a ron stark error.
And Fitzpatrick is the jets Maester. Has a chain around his neck and all.
Sep. 15th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Now wait just a dang minute
Are you both a Jets AND a Giants fan?!

I didn't think that was tolerated in NYC, it's like here in Kentucky being a UofL and UK fan -- simply does not compute!

But, yes, that Giants loss must have been heartbreaking for those wishing them well (I, myself, am a Bengals fan, so I'm not ashamed in experiencing a little schadenfreude at the misery of other fanbases). Jennings has since said that he was told on first and second down NOT to score -- which, if true, would make this more maddening than heartbreaking. What was Coughlin thinking?
Sep. 15th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
Cleveland Browns
I live in Cleveland and that game was embarrassing to watch. CRINGEWORTHY.
Sep. 15th, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Cleveland Browns
I'm also a lifelong Cleveland fan. That was quite embarrassing. I thought the team was going to be quite a bit better than that. There were some promising moments (literally, a moment or two) but overall that was as comically bad as we've come to expect from the team. :(
Sep. 15th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
And why would Eli Manning throw it on 3rd down!? Could of run the clock another 40 seconds if they ran it!!! Very frustrating!!!!
Patrick Shramm
Sep. 15th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
Fitz or Geno
What do you think George?

Fitzmagic seemed to play pretty well. You think Geno gets thrown/forced back into the starting lineup when his face is feeling better? Or you think Fitzy stays in the lineup until he has a bad game, regardless of Geno's health. My guess - Geno sees the field week 5.
Richard Wessman
Sep. 15th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
Where was Wun Wun?
and why oh why did Eli not run down the clock on each snap?! Felt like every snap on the last drive happened with 10-20 seconds left on the play clock. Would have been so nice to start the season with a win against the Cowboys.
Sep. 15th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Eagles are going to win the Superbowl this year. Book it!
Sep. 15th, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ummmm... no, don't think so.
Apollo Lightspeed
Sep. 15th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
How 'bout them Cowboys?
George: Welcome to the NFL. The Cowboys showed your Giants how football is played.
Sep. 15th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: How 'bout them Cowboys?
Sep. 15th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
We beat you. The score was only close because Dallas couldn't remember that holding onto the ball was important. Take out the turnovers and the Giants get blown out. I suspect the second game will bear this out.

Still, give the Giants back Cruz and allow the O-line to work out the kinks and the Giants could make some noise.
Sep. 15th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
0-1 isn't too bad, but 0-2 starts to get tricky. Still, Eli's earned enough credibility in winning after 9-7 type seasons that they should be able to bounce back from the Dallas loss, no problem. Especially since it was on the road and the next time they have Dallas, it's in East Rutherford.

I'm trying to decide who's the biggest question mark. Does thumping the Manziel-led Browns really qualify as a convincing win? You might say the Giants keeping it close on the road was just as impressive.
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