Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Can The Giants Please Face A Challenge: A Giants/Ravens Recap

Free SUS stock options to anyone who can find Jacobs, Ward or Bradshaw in this video.

First a few thoughts from this game before Angry White Arrogant Giants Fan makes his impression felt:
  • The fact that Earth, Wind & Fire destroyed the Ravens was especially sweet because there isn't a cockier unit than that Ravens defense. That said, I don't know what I enjoyed more, 1) Earth escaping Ed Reed's headlock on his run to the 2 on the opening drive or 2) Fire breaking Ray Lewis' tackle on the way to his 78 yard run. Though in the Ravens defense, they didn't pull a '07 Cowboys-they admitted that the better team won.
    • In related news, Wade Phillips is wondering why it's taking so long for his Super Bowl XLII ring to arrive.
  • This site is Paris-Hilton-Famous (famous for being terrible at life?) for bashing Kevin Gilbride's play calling in the midst of one of the most successful Giants regular seasons ever. That said, time to give credit where credit's due: the wind was swirling at the Stadium, and Gilbride knew that the only way to win was to run the ball and throw safe short passes. Granted, the offense was never really challenged, but on a day when the Giants should have played it safe, they did just that.
  • Taking away the Browns game, when the hell was the last time that a team ran successfully against the Giants? Are McGahee/McClain/Rice Earth Wind & Fire? No, but they're all fairly talented, and they did nothing against this front 7. Granted, the front seven will be tested in a few weeks when they face the Landover Redskins and Jerome from Southeast come to town, but so far, this rushing D is at the top of its game.
  • Lawrence Tynes still sucks. Sorry, but it needed to be said.
  • Bob Papa was on the record as saying that as good as this team is, they still haven't shown everything they can do. What he meant was basically that every week a different part of their attack is successful, while other parts are less successful. For example, this week the rushing game was solid, and the Giants made key interceptions, but Eli wasn't in top form and the pass rush got only one sack. Now, I love Bob Papa, but his analysis was faulty at best. What makes this Giants team as great as it is, they can beat you in the following ways:
    • 1. Earth Wind & Fire
    • 2. Eli throwing to Plax, Toomer, Smith, Hixon, Moss, & Manningham, especially in the 4th quarter.
    • 3. An O-Line that makes it possible for 1 & 2 to succeed.
    • 4. A defense that doesn't allow running backs to beat them.
    • 5. A pass rush that is among the best in the game even without a 1st ballot hall of famer and its best pass rusher last year.
    • 6. A secondary that makes plays when they are presented with the opportunity. (And #6 is the weak link of the team.)
  • Last week #1, #4, and #6 made it happen. Pick your poison for next week.
Finally, I, Devo, am taking up too much space where I promised to let my boy, Angry White Arrogant Giants Fan provide his two cents.

Fine, the Giants are 9-1, but I, a season ticket holder am pissed. I love going to games and mixing it up with opposing fans, and lately, this has not been possible. When I say "Team X sucks" I'm sick and tired of having their teams say "Yeah, you're right, we do." What the hell kind of fight is that? Can someone please make these games interesting? Can someone please give me a reason to stay beyond the first drive or two of the 4th quarter? I'm sick and tired of being bored by halftime of every game. The beauty of sports is that it's like theater, except that you don't know who's going to win. Well Giant games have become a cheesy B-movie where you know that the good guys are going to win and it's not even going to be close! Can someone please step forward and challenge this team? Anyone?

1 comment:

White Boy South Bronx said...

We need to send all 11 defenders on every play Sunday. I am licking my chops to get at " the jesus statue" but am wary of Aaron "I forgot what I learned in my rookie year" Ross covering one of the big 2 wide receivers. So, be careful what you wish for yo xeonophobic douchebag