Mirage or Makeover? The resurrection of the NY Giants 2013 season continues with another win, a 4 game win streak and a 4-6 record. This was arguably the best and most complete game of the season for the gmen. You suit up against the other team and you play the game. The fact that the Giants played vs a Packer team depleted by injuries to Aaron Rodgers and Sam Shields (their best CB) is part of the game. The Giants defense has given up one (real) TD in the past 18 quarters. How much more can you ask of the the D?!
JPP still is not getting to the QB. But we saw some big JPP mojo with a pick 6 off of a flare. Even better, JPP allegedly predicted the INT in the huddle before the snap.
Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs got it done again. Brown carried the ball effectively, and Jacobs got 3 short yardage conversions: 2 1st downs on 4th down conversions AND 1 TD at the goal line. Brown's return to the roster has had ripple effects all over the team, as it has helped give the offense more balance and allowed play action to return to the list of playcalls. It has even allowed the beleaguered OL to hold it together, even if just barely.
Let's spend a couple of moments applauding the efforts of Victor Cruz. He fought in the offseason for big money, got the payday, and could have been the first one to get hurt or tank it with the bonus in the bank. But he has been the most consistent player on the entire team this season. What a contrast to that of Hakeem Nicks, who is mostly invisible.
Tony Siragusa remarked how the acquisition of Jon Beason has completely transformed the defense. Shocking! NOT. The last time we checked, Linebacker was still a position in the NFL, and the remark is simply more evidence that the Giants LBer corps was wholly deficient. As we have noted in previous blog posts chronicling this makeover from 0-6, the additions of Will Hill (suspension), Beason (acquisition) and Brown (temporary IR) are a big reason for why the team is competing. It does not hurt that the team has not faced a real QB in the past 4 weeks, but the Giants have held serve and have fought their way back into this season.
Here is the nagging mirage problem- The Packers had 4 sacks and the Giants Defense had none. Tuck, for his part, has been generating pressure. And Fewell used a few blitzes to keep up the pressure. But the 4 man rush has been getting less than the needed pass rush in order to win when the competition gets tougher.
On the OL, we watched as Beatty had another penalty and sack allowed (it could have been more, did not have complete count). There will be tests coming up.
Dallas is next week. You can bet MetLife Stadium will be rocking. You can bet the Giants players will be sky high. This is the single biggest game of the season, if that is possible for a team that was 0-6 and facing elimination on a weekly basis. The Giants have earned themselves a new shot. It is up to them to make the most of the opportunity.
The fact that we are even in this race at this point in time is nothing short of miraculous. The Giants have shown some character and have not quit. I give them credit for that. But I will be the first to say that we have had the schedule break our way. So the season is on the line Sunday! We cannot lose this game and win this division. We would be 3 games behind with only 5 to play. With that said, this team has to play better. We will be playing a team that has many offensive weapons and our defense will really be tested. Dallas is weaker on D with people missing but I envision a high scoring game. We need Eli to to up his game and more than ever we need Nicks to be Nicks. We need everyone to play their best game. The O-Line has to be better. No excuses JUST DO IT! Looking forward to it and there is a chance I will be at the game. I will have nothing but BIG BLUE on my mind all week!!
Re Jacobs: He may not have the explosiveness he had when young, but he's learned to keep low -- remember how upright he always ran? -- and, for the most part, plow straight ahead. Few runs around the end, where, with his poor balance, he could get tripped up by a finger, like an elephant at the mercy of a mouse. Outstanding complement to Brown, who, if he can remain uninjured, figures to be one of the great Giant backs, along with Barber, Hampton, Anderson, Morris,and Ron Johnson
We probably all 'roll our eyes' when they players insist they are taking it 'one game at a time', but with the way the Giants' season has gone, I find myself doing just that. At this point, it seems unrealistic that the Giants win enough games with the remaining schedule to make the playoffs. At this point, I just want to see them play better each game. So from that perspective, I have really been enjoying these last few games. I love seeing the effect Beason has had on this team (note to Reese - llnebackers ARE important), and I love the combination of Brown and Jacobs. I am really impressed on how the team has stayed together after an 0-6 start. That's my take anyway!
Here is an excellent writeup.. http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=new-yorkgiants&id=32158&city=newyork&src=desktop If I could get this kind of daily analysis of the team on a consistent basis I'd stop blogging. Pitch perfect Graziano.
Either the Giants get exposed when the competition becomes real, or they make something here. While I am a skeptic, I also could not have predicted that Hill, Beason and Brown would have made this difference either. If Nicks ever showed up that would be huge too.
Re Jacobs, he was the alpha in Giants v1.0. I dk what happened in SF but I credit the Giants for everything. It looked like SF was unable to manage the hotheaded RB.
Score 20-13. GB just scores and have Mo. Giants give up 2 sacks at the worst time and give it right back to GB. If JPP does not get his pic 6 against inferior competition we might not have even won this game. This team is going no where and these BS wins are just helping to keep the same coaching staff in place for at least another year.
On another note, I have never ever liked brandon jacobs (his play, not as a person) but he has improved his game since coming back. Someone I was watching the game with said that maybe San Fran coached him up. I had never thought about that but it makes perfect sense.
@RussWellen1 Not sure if Browns style will get him a long enough career to become great. Good analysis on Jacobs.
@ultimatenyg That's interesting, as just a week or two ago Graziano was pretty much categorically writing off the Giants. But he's absolutely right, here. It's there for them if they want to take it. At least at this point in the season things are more interesting than we could have realistically hoped for a month ago.
@ultimatenyg Good stuff. For me it comes down to one thing, can Pat Flaherty get this Oline to protect Eli? If he can pull off another miracle like he has done in the past then they have a shot at making the playoffs.
If you look around the NFC it's a whose who of mediocrity. I don't think I have even seen this conference so bad.
The third best record in the NFC is shared by six teams and they are all hardly over .500
@ultimatenyg Only thing alpha about brandon was his mouth. \
Agree that those above mentioned are very pleasant surprises but until the Oline can pass protect, all those fancy toys we have are useless.
Today when it counted, the oline was just bad. Jezz, 2 sacks at a critical time in the game against a depleted team.
Here we go again, rooting against our team. A shame.
And that's a hell of a theory regarding Jacobs. Tin foil hat stuff there.
Dallas is next. Just need to keep winning. I will ride this wave as far is it takes us. Enjoy the ride and quit being a curmudgeon, lol.
@CommanderShepard I don't see it as rooting against my team. I see it as hoping for better in the future with at the very least, killdrive gone. If that takes hoping they lose when it's a lost cause anyway(IMHO), then that's how I feel. LIke I have said before, I would never ever go to a game and boo the team no matter how bad they played. Other obviously don't feel the same way. That doesn't make one of us right, just different.
Stop judging. If he's a curmudgeon, then u r a politically correct bully. One of you thinks this is a mirage and the other thinks it's a makeover. That's why they play the game.
@ultimatenyg I actually think (as of now) it's more mirage than makeover. And I want Gilbride gone as badly as anybody here, believe me. I just can't bring myself to sit in front of the TV hoping for a loss. I can't do it.
I just can't see hoping for losses in November if you think the team is bad, because if that happens, and everything suddenly clicks later in the season (a la 2007/2011), you're already out of it.