In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
And so it was when a mediocre team played against another mediocre team in a must win situation, one of the two teams must win. The NY Giants prevailed. But let's be honest and objective about this contest- both teams s*cked. Dropped balls, penalties, dead ball fouls, crazy plays, screwball turnovers that weren't and were, insane playcalls... there was a lot of bad football out there. The Giants came out on top, proving that yes indeed, they are the best football team in NY. This is not something I'd be bragging about a whole helluva lot.
1) Victor Cruz is just fantastic. With the Giants slumbering through the first half with a FG (which was set up by a 28 yard pass catch and run by VICTOR CRUZ), the Giants found themselves down 7-3 at their own goal line on 3rd down and 10. I figured incorrectly that the Giants would run the ball out just so that the punter would have a few yards to move. Instead, Gilbride goes shotgun (one of three times we saw shotgun that I went apesh*t) and passes to Cruz for a ~12 yard completion. Except Cruz darts away from Wilson plus Cromartie, runs down the sideline, hops over an attempt at a shoestring tackle and scampers 99 yards into the end zone for a TD. Brilliant. BRILLIANT. This play broke open the game, awoke the Giants, changed tempo, and the Jets never recovered. It should be noted that Cruz figured in the second TD drive, getting the big, 37 yard pass play that set up the Jacobs and Bradshaw runs. And Cruz also came within a fingertip of another TD catch where Eli overthrew him in the endzone.
I'm not done talking about Cruz. Do you realize he passed Amani Toomer's 2002 NY Giants single season receiving yards record of 1,343 yards with 3 catches for 164 yards, now with 1,358 yards for the (15 game) season?! This guy, in his first full season, breaks the all-time franchise record! He's 25 years old. So his future is very bright.
2) It's another game, it must mean Jason Pierre-Paul was busy. 2 sacks for 15.5 on the year.
3) Running game in H2. After running for 6 yards in H1, they ran for 110 yds in H2. Bradshaw ran over S Pool. Excellent.
4) Rex Ryan can eat some crow. I like him as a coach but he talks way too much. Shut the F up, stop talking about how your team is going to win the Super Bowl and just prepare your team to play. With your team at 8-6 going into the game, you are trash for talking.
5) The Eagles are eliminated. Good riddance, dream team. Nightmare this. Another country who we no longer have to hear from.
6) Darrelle Revis. Understand this- I root for the Jets when the Giants are out of it because I have so many friends and family who root for this team. I have said this before, that I will trade 16 Jets wins for 1 Giant win. And with all of that said, when I watch Revis play, it is art. I appreciate good football, preferrably when it is in a NY Giants uniform. Revis is a pleasure to watch. There is a reason why Eli only had 9 pass completions today and his name is Darrelle Revis.
1) Kevin Gilbride's playcalling was at times atrocious. I really do not want to go through all of the egregious examples of why I detest him, but in this game we saw so many insanities... I could write a bible. Third and 1, THIRD AND 1.... and he puts Manning in shotgun. I can hear 'Nature' going apoplectic. If you are going to pass, why not go play action and freeze the line. He did this playcall THREE times that I can recall, using shotgun where it was horrible. The Giants have just gotten a turnover in the end zone off the Sanchez fumbled snap, 1st and 10 from the 20, up 20-7, and there is Gilbride again in .... SHOTGUN! WTF???!!! Ya gotta be kiddin' me. The world is expecting run, I am expecting run. Just do playaction if you have a hard-on to throw the damn the ball. Yes, it would be unexpected, and I love the unexpected and unpredictable. You can catch the Jets LBers and Safeties biting on run. Instead, we get a tipped ball which is picked off by a non-biting LBer.
2) Mark Sanchez. Please do not tell me, Daryl Johnston, how much better the Giants secondary played today. Sanchez just played worse, which was what we expected when we previewed the game yesterday. In the first half, McKnight has Boley beat by 3 steps and Sanchez misses him. Keller crosses on play action, he is wide open, Sanchez takes forever to get him, the Giants defenders close the gap and woohoo, incomplete pass. Holmes open and overthrown, woohoo. Add at least 4 more batted balls at the line of scrimmage (Tuck2, Tollefson, Joseph) and it was a weaker opponent abdicating. Please, do not schedule any parades just yet for Mr. Fewell.
Here is a stat to chew on- The Jets had 10 penalties for 95 yards. This should be a reminder that the Giants beat a garbage football team. Hey, at least the Giants played about 40 minutes of football today, which was about 40 more minutes than they played vs the Redskins. Let's be thankful for small favors.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everybody!
Great to see Tuck at full force and not nursing his injuries. He's such a high-character guy. Said this in Daily News today about Cowboys:
“They seem to do it as close to the right way as we do with their owner and their past championships and past players,” he said. “The two teams are probably more similar than we like to give each other credit. That’s one of the reasons these games are so embraced. We have a lot of mutual respect.”
A game where Eli goes 9 for 27, 33% completion percentage against a team coached by a man who prides himself on defense AND we win that game by more than 2 touchdowns!!!???!!!
Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!
The NFL isn't garbage - it is insane, ludicrous, drown this season in the river garbage.
But with all the bile that rises at the mention of Coughlin, Gilbride and Fewell and all the stomach lining eaten away at the thought of their return, there is one golden strand of beauty to hold onto in a season of missed assignments - because yesterday Brandon Jacobs, a one-time folk-hero with the pile-driving strength of a John Henry as he hit and blasted through LBers and safeties alike, who has spent the better part of the years and season's past SB42 tiptoeing his way to mediocrity, had a quote for the ages - "TIME TO SHUT UP, FAT BOY!"
Better than Abner Haynes - "We'll kick into the wind."
Better than the NFL Commissioner saying - "With the first pick i the draft the Oakland raiders select Jamarcus Russell."
The single greatest sports quote, not just in New York Football Giants history but quite possibly NFL history - 'TIME TO SHUT UP, FAT BOY."
Jacobs has spoken for those of us who still like to think there's only one team in New York.
We're still alive and anything can happen.
And I still want Coughlin gone.
Merry Christmas all.
I was at he game, and for all the pressure the Giants put on Sanchez there were plenty of open receivers down the field as a result of a zone that is so soft it's stunning (and you can only really see how much from being at the game) The saving grace, of course, is that Sanchez has no accuracy whatsoever down the field, and as the game wore on, he just panicked in the pocket. Still and all, they got 22 first downs.
And on a side note, I must say that being at the game yesterday was one of the most unpleasant experiences in my life, with a number of Giants and Jets fans non-stop yelling, cursing, gesturing, and general obnoxiousness (well beyond good natured razzing) ruining the games for the fans who just wanted to watch (and I went to the game with Jets fans.) Of course I expected some of it but it was so dialed to 11.
Giants and Jets fans seemed evenly spread, it was an odd experience (just by looking at blue v green it seemed like there were more Giants fans than Jets fans, which surprised me, I thought Jets fan would have at least a 60/40 edge.)
Anyway, the Giants won, and they play next Sunday night against a Cowboy team that may not have Romo (although the Giants have made some backups look great this year) so this mediocre squad can win the division with 9 wins, which will be worse than last year's record. Strange.
And I agree this flex scheduling is a big middle finger to those fans who pay a boatload of money for tickets and PSL's.
Thanks James for the color on the Jets Receivers being missed by the Giants secondary. This is what happens when you beat mediocre teams.
Otherwise, I agree with the breakdown. Gilbride was awful. Unimaginative and predictable. He LOVES the shotgun draw and now that it's worked a couple times here and there (notably the two point conversions and Ware's 17 yard run yesterday) he'll probably use it even more.
The deep balls on 3rd and short are always maddening.
And finally, (I touched on this a little in my post below) I almost never complain about the refs in these comments' sections. But I have to say that was the worst officiated game I've seen all year.
-Revis mugging Nicks repeatedly
-The "Tuck" rule... not sure if it's the rule's fault or the interpretation's fault, but every sane person knows Sanchez fumbled.
-Ross' overturned TD. Definitely could have gone either way. But I did NOT see anything at all "irrefutable" to overturn the call on the field.
-Deon Grant was being hogtied on Sanchez's TD run. No call???
-One other BLATANT hold on Tollefson that allowed Shonn Green to get to the edge and turn no gain into about 13 I think.
None of those BY THEMSELVES warrants much concern, but put all together... just about everything that was at all questionable went the Jets' way.
BUT we won the game. We live to see another day. Let's destroy Dallas. Merry Christmas UltimateNYG community!!!!
Good writeup. Agreed on most everything. However I DO have to respectfully disagree with the consensus here on one point...
Yes, Revis is one of the best. He has great instinct, makes great breaks, and has great athleticism. HOWEVER I just can't bring myself to be totally on his jock the way most people are.
He gets there early. Very often. He hooks the arm early ALL THE TIME. In this game alone he did it several times. Most notably on the 3rd and Goal before the Giants' first field goal (he mugged Nicks big time) and then again on the tipped INT. Nicks couldn't squeeze it because Revis was already swatting his arm.
Now, of course lots of guys do this, but the difference is Revis almost never seems to get called on this. He has the "starpower" referee preferential treatment it seems. While he's one of the best cover corners, he also gets away with bloody murder more often than most, and I refuse to absolutely bow down to him after he interfered with Nicks on two crucial plays in this game (just as an example... there were others).
@CommanderShepard now I know I'm not the only crazy one Sheez friggen revis does every dirty trick in the book holds in every play and commits pass interference 90% of the time its ridiculous. The only reason he gets away with more than a lions share is the media and how everyone is on his jock.
@UltimateNYGGlenn So nice of the NFL to make a 1PM game in the sun on a Sunday afternoon in January become an 830PM start. The one redeeming feature is that at least 80,000 people don't have work the next morning. You think that maybe these people have Holiday plans of their own? The NFL has it so wrong- they treat their premium payers, the ones who attend these games, like pawns. The Flex Schedule is one of the reasons why I stopped going to the games.
@ultimatenyg @UltimateNYGGlenn I'm super pumped as I will be in NYC new years and now my Hung over arse can readily hydrate and enjoy the 700 dollar hotel I got in times square a little more than having to rush to check out and fight traffic with a hang over on 3 hours sleep. It's new years eve the night before guys plus all the college games throughout the day can be enjoyed as well. Let's go G Men!! Grow a sac ladies LOL its too cold pssh and I'm coming up there from Texas.
As I wrote earlier, Jets offensive line was dreadful. You know you have a terrible Oline when Chris Canty makes a play. Canty needs to be released next year. Cut him and give Osi more money.
Baas. Diehl. McKenzie. All three have to go next year. Whole oline has to be revamped. Plus like the Mayor has been saying all along we need RBs. Question is. What makes a run game going? The RB or Oline?
@UltimateNYGGlenn watching Bradshaw today yeah he had the nice run in ye end zone but a couple times one in particular he gets a screen has ago much daylight anybody with break away speed is gone for a td and he gets 8 yards not even a first down. We need a home run hitter. Don't get me wrong AB is a warrior but he nagging injuries are clearly slowing him down as he doesn't have nowhere near the explosiveness he had during his rookie campaign and don't get me started on baas. Worst fa signing ever now we all know why San Fran's run game sucked last year Reese should be fired for Canty and baas alone!
Jets offensive line was awful. Tuck's improved play was a difference maker. For Sanchez: he needs a good run game and stout defensive play. He is a starting QB in NFL and will never be a star. And the Giants did not get burned on defense because Sanchez's strength is between the numbers. Most of his throws were in middle of field. I am glad the Giants won. They need one more win to get to the tournament.
Great post Andy, agree on all points. Gilbride was terrible. Again, total concentration on downfield passing, with little use of backs, TE, or crossing patterns. And what made him decide to pick on Revis? Even if, inexplicably, they thought it was a good idea going in, it was clear after a couple of throws his way that Revis was on his A game. In all, the Jints only got 11 first downs, half of what the Jets got. If not for Cruz this is a loss.
Nicks has had 2 bad games in a row. Revis was a big part of it but still.
I understand your negative take on Fewell and the D, as the better of two mediocre teams today. We’ve been burned far too much to have a lot of faith in that unit. But props where they are due – in 4Q when the game had to be won, the defensive line played its best in a long time. While the Jints benefited from all the Jet penalties and screwups, they also had a fumble nullified on a bad replay call. Tuck and JPP were a major factor at the end. Maybe this means that Tuck is healthy and the D line may be getting some of its mojo back when it needs it. Dare we hope?
@Paddlepedal If Tuck can get healthy, that is VERY big. With or without Tuck, there are issues that are so much more easily overcome w better coaching/playcalling etc.. You give me a healthy Tuck and Spags and this team can vie for a title. Despite Gilbride.
Andy, I pretty much agree with everything you said. The Jets sucked worse then we did. Rose colored glasses not withstanding...the one thing you did not mention was putting Baas back at center. I watched him blow up at the point of attack. He was getting knocked back into the backfield too many times. Go ahead and watch it. Truthfully, I was surprised to see him start in a do or die game. The last three games we were running the ball effectively. Is it an unwritten law that the starter gets his job back after returning from injury? A very poor decision by the coaching staff. The miracle play by Cruz for 99 yards and then Folk missing the field goal at the end of the half saved the Giants. It would be just like this team to lay an egg next week, because we have seen it too many times. BTW, I heard David Diehl post game interview. He was personally offended by the Jets placing a green tarpaulin over the 3 Giants Super Bowl trophies. He made sure to alert all his teammates. At least we don't have to listen to Rex Ryan for 4 years. Karma'a a bitch...
@I Bleed Blue I looked at the game tape and isolated on Baas on every single snap. He was completely underwhelming in run blocking. He RARELY if ever gave surge forward, most of the time simply holding his spot, which is not satisfactory. On an important run play at 2:37 left in Q4, the Giants hand off the ball on a draw to DJ Ware running right on 3rd and 6. Baas has the left DT assignment and all he has to do is shield himself between #96 and the right side, and he blows this assignment. Summary: Baas is part of the problem, not the solution.
@ultimatenyg@I Bleed Blue Yeah, I watched Baas for a while, too. Whether he's hurt or just not starter material, it's troubling. Teams feeling compelled to start players just 'cause they have sizeable contracts is a recipe for disaster. Cards are having that problem, too, where they'll probably sit Skelton next year in favor of Kolb.
@ultimatenyg where is koets when u need him... Give me Petrus and boothe anyday over beatty and baas