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Monday Night Victory

Hey, hey, hey, whattaya know... the Giants finally broke their losing streak and won one, a 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. They actually came from behind, taking a lead early in the fourth quarter and than HOLDING IT, grounding out the yards with runs and short passes, moving the chains, eating the clock, keeping the ball away from the Miami offense until it was time to kneel down.

If they had done the same things in the four games they blew earlier this season, Big Blue would now be 10-3 instead of 6-7. They would have long ago wrapped up the pathetic NFC East and would be looking ahead to the playoffs. But no...

Instead, well, hard as it is to believe, even at 6-7 they are still tied for the division lead with the Eagles and the Redskins, and still have a slim chance to win the division. "Slim" because they have by far the hardest schedule of the three leaders in the last three games. The schedule favors the Potomac Drainage Basin Indiginous Peoples. But this is the NFL, so anything could happen. Even the Cowboys have a tiny sliver of hope, if the other three teams all collapse.

Let's enjoy last night before worrying about next week, however. Eli Manning played the best game I've ever seen him play, completing something like 85% of his passes and tossing four touchdowns without an interception. And Odell Beckham Junior was just sensational. He has become the best wideout in the NFL, I think... at this point in time, at least. Why the Fish did not triple team him every play, I have no idea. It's not as if the G-Men have any other threats. It does make one wonder how great the Giants offense could have been if only Victor Cruz had been healthy this season.

On the defensive side of the ball, however... well, JPP showed flashes, but aside from that, things looked pretty grim. And the injuries continue to pile up, especially among the linebackers. We're down to fourth string guys now. Any more losses, and they may be asking Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor to suit up again.

The Giants desperately need to add some stud linebackers and pass rushers in free agency and the draft. Meanwhile, however, we have the high-flying Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton coming to town next week. Maybe if Eli and Odell can duplicate this week's heroics, we can look forward to another shootout like the New Orleans game... but we all remember how THAT one ended.



Grace Navarro
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, the Seahawks are coming.
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
Not to the Meadowlands, thankfully.
Dan Sullivan
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
A January matchup could be likely if Seattle gets the 5 seed.
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
I read this morning that Vegas actually favors the Eagles to take the division by a slim margin over Washington.
Stipica Bakovic
Dec. 15th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
If anybody can snap...
... Carolina Panthers' streak...
Dec. 15th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
If only we had an offensive line...
Dan Sullivan
Dec. 15th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
What do you think the chances are that both NY teams make the playoffs? Fitzmagic's squad is looking pretty dangerous too.
Dec. 16th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)

Now if the Giants beat Carolina this week, and the Jets beat the Pats the week after that, well, maybe the odds get a little better.

But the chances of either of those happening are long, and the chances of both of them happening...
Dec. 16th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
Also, Jets have my sad sack Cowboys this Saturday, and if any team can ruin a good thing going it is the sad sack Cowboys. Personally I want the Cowboys to lose out to improve their draft position, so you can count on them going undefeated the rest of the way to spoil my draft wish.
Andrew Firestone
Dec. 16th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know about that Mr. Martin. The Patriots are dropping like flies on offense, and with the loss of Blount, I'm beginning to think this is going to be another lost season for Brady's Pats.

The Jets, on the other hand, seem to be heating up. I thought they said Fitzpatrick tore a ligament in his non-throwing hand, but the guy is just getting better and better.

Your point about Cruz is true. But injuries are part of the game, as they say.
Dec. 18th, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
"Now if the Giants beat Carolina this week"..

Haha, I like that you are so optimistic! your wish might just be granted if Beckham comes up with something special. He is super good but I'd expect Carolina to come out with a plan against him. Over here, I'm hoping the raiders have a miracle. Jack Del Rio's reference to the line from Dumb and Dumber - "so we still have a chance?" was the best line !
Dec. 16th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
Would you prefer the G Men to lose or keep Coughlin?
He ain't bad...but it seems that's...good enough?
Cody Thomas Lachney
Dec. 16th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)
Love ya George, but the Carolina Panthers are as dominant as a young Robert Baratheon Rrght now and we are going to leave Eli and your Giants in the same condition as Raeghar! OURS IS THE KEEP POUNDING!!!!! ;)
Julian Chabane
Dec. 17th, 2015 01:01 am (UTC)
Omens? Portents?
What is your official prediction for the Panthers game George? Bring out your inner soothsayer!
Dec. 18th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
I found it weird that during the telecast Gruden made a remark like "if they fire Coughlin, who are they going to replace him with?". Uh, you possibly? He's probably too busy drooling over the impending opening of the Colts job to even think about the Giants job.


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