Before ‘Kick-Off-Weekend,’ if you were to ask any pro football “expert” at ESPN, the NFL Network, MSG, SNY, NBC, CBS or Fox to name the top five “sexy” picks for 2008 they’d probably say: The Cowboys, The Colts, The Patriots, The Chargers, The Jaguars — not necessarily in that order. Other “sexy” picks might be The Vikings, The Browns or The Texans. Maybe even The Cardinals. Hell, I actually heard one genius gushing about the 49ers.
And, after “Kick-Off-Weekend” — even with Tom Brady’s season ending injury — the “experts” are still making The Patriots, The Cowboys, The Colts, The Chargers … and, now, maybe The Eagles or The Packers — their “sexy” picks. But, you can bet the house and the S.U.V that — last week, this week, next week and in the weeks to come — the “experts” won’t see the Giants as “sexy.”
And, after The Giant’s opening day win over The Redskins, it isn’t hard to understand why. Simply said, The Giants just don’t play “sexy” football. They didn’t blow out The Redskins, even though, for a quarter, it looked like they might. Blow outs may be “sexy” but, for The Giants, a 9 point win is just as good as a 19 point win.
They simply focus on the things necessary to win: They block well. They tackle well. They throw the ball well and they run the ball well. They defend the pass well and they defend the run well. And, they don’t do dumb things — few penalties and/or turnovers. Once they get ‘up’ on a team, they don’t try to pound them to a pulp or run up the score; they simply, quietly, relentlessly, smother them. No gaudy stats. No electrifying plays. No over-the-top personalities. Nothing wild and woolly. Just tough, smart, sound football. God, how UN-sexy!