Lately, Eli’s weapons have been enjoying themselves in the end zone
Another edition of “Thoughts and Musings”. That was a wild game, wasn’t it? From an awful start, to a tremendous middle, to a limp finish, this game had it all. But, no matter how odd the game was, the Giants are now 5-2 and in the lead of the NFC East. All’s well. Let’s dive right in.
-That was one of the weirder games I’ve seen in a long time. The Giants started awful. I mean, just awful. Can’t imagine a worse start. But, somehow, they rebounded. That’s the thing about great teams. When things aren’t going their way, they find a way to get it done. The Giants found a way. Of course, Tony Romo getting hurt had a lot to do with it. But, Tony Romo is not on defense for the Cowboys, and the Giants just ripped them a part.
-Speaking of defense, how bout them Giants? Just all over the field. Great pass rush. Boley had a great game. Osi, Tuck, Deon Grant, Corey Webster. All were terrific. Ever since the Chicago game, this has been the best defense in football. And it’s without Mathias Kiwanuka. This is just a stifling defense.
-Offense, what can you say? Hakeem Nicks is a beast. He’s well on his way to becoming one of the best 5 receivers in football. Steve Smith fills the Amani Toomer so well. And, literally, I let out a Woo! on that Mario Manningham touchdown. That was a stunning move. You’re talking about the three best young receiver trio in football. That’s not including Travis Beckum or Kevin Boss. I think this offense is going to resemble the Colts of a few years back, with Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Stokley. They have that kind of potential. Combine that with an awesome run game (with a big help from your leading rusher in the NFL, Ahmad Bradshaw), and you’ve got an explosive offense for years to come.
-Hey look, Matt Dodge with a few good games in a row! Coverage is still crap, but at least it’s not his fault anymore. The punt that lead to the Bryant punt return touchdown was a beauty.
-Speaking of Bryant, how good are the NFC East wide receivers? On the Eagles, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The Giants have “Jet Blue”. The Boys have Bryant and Miles Austin. Those 8 guys are going to be at the top of the leader boards very soon. And all from the East.
-Who’s going to be the best of that group? My money is on either Nicks or Bryant. Nicks and Bryant both have a rare explosiveness. Bryant just jetted on the punt return. We know what Nicks can do. Now that I’ve seen Bryant up close, I can say how impressed I was. I know how high Dallas is on him. He makes it look easy. But so does Nicks. It’s a bad time to be a corner in the NFC East.
-Unless you’re Corey Webster, who’s been dominant this season. It’s not Revis Island, it’s Webster Island.
-Same with Deon Grant. I’ve been so impressed with him. He’s been playing sort of a hybrid linebacker/safety position. They’re going with 3 safeties much more often than they go with 3 corners (is Aaron Ross in the doghouse?). Grant has been great in the run and in the pass. Just a tremendous signing.
-Personal interlude: Found a gray hair in my beard. I have a few gray hairs on my head. But this is the first time it’s shown up in facial hair. Now, my family is known to be early gray. So, I’m not surprised. Still, I’m not happy. It’s still a gray hair.
-Jason Pierre-Paul should be tried as a gunner. Duke Calhoun isn’t really cutting it. And everyone is so scared of JPP when he’s running down the field. Let him do the dirty work.
-How hot must Wade Phillips’ seat be? I know he’s lost Romo, but his defense gave up. They had a chance to put away the Giants early. And they didn’t. Penalties, mistakes. You know, the Romo injury was all on the fullback, who left to go to the flat too early. Can’t have those mental errors. And now, without Romo, they’re done. Jon Kitna is a good guy, but he’s not Romo. 1-5, it’s just too tough. Sorry Dallas (not really that sorry. Very excited, actually).
-Giants are in a great position going into the bye. 5-2, 4 game win streak. Rest up, get healthy, and attack the rest of the year.