Thoughts And Musings

Well, that was a fun win, don’t you think? To go into Philly, all banged up, that’s an impressive win.

-Absolutely loved what Victor Cruz did today. Broke a number of tackles on the first touchdown. Came up with a grab in double coverage that, frankly, should not have been thrown. But he came down with it. Two big plays.

-The Giants needed him to step up with Manningham out, and he did. It’s tough to deal with injuries, but that’s what you need to do. Next guy in line, step up. Cruz did just that.

-I thought Aaron Ross played his best game as a Giant. Not just because of the two interceptions, which were both timely. But because he stifled Jeremy Maclin all day. He needed a statement a game. He’s been awful lately. Let’s see how this propels him.

-It almost makes you think about Corey Webster. He was much maligned. Had a few good games late in the season before the Super Bowl run, and then played great football from then until now. Does Aaron Ross do the same thing?

-Webster was also great against DeSean Jackson, who was a non factor.

-If Vick doesn’t get hurt, who knows what happens. But he got hurt because the Giants were pounding him. They were getting pressure on him all day. Even if it wasn’t sacks, it was hitting him and hard. The entire line was fantastic today. That’s how you need to play to beat Vick, and that’s what the Giants did.

-I thought Michael Boley was fantastic today, as he’s been throughout the year. Jason Pierre-Paul had a terrific game. I thought Kenny Phillips played really well, but, ironically enough, in a run support role.

-I think Jaicquan Williams could be a star. When he was drafted, all the reports said “fast”. Yeah, he’s fast. Fluid athlete. All over the ball. Could be a steal.

-I was so impressed with the creative play calling, on both sides. I thought Kevin Gilbride was flawless. Truly do. I thought they put together a lot of different looks, and didn’t go to the old tried and true. Fewell mixed up pressures from different angles, and that worked. I want to see this every game.

-LeSean McCoy is scary good. He’s so slippery. I think he could be even better, too. Scary to think about.

-Maybe I’m old school, but I have a real problem with all the after the play crap. Yes, I know emotions get heated, and yes, I know this is a rivalry. And maybe if I was on the field I would feel differently. But, you really have to control yourself. Stupid penalties like that could have cost the Giants the game. I think Antrel Rolle, in particular, needs to just play under control. He’s too all over the place emotionally, and it could cost a game.

-Flag football interlude: We won our first game! About time. We’re starting to get more guys interested, so we don’t have to all play both ways. Although I’m usually the center, today I was the linebacker (remember, it’s 7-on-7. So there’s two lineman, 1 backer, and 4 guys in the secondary.) My main¬†responsibility¬†was to blitz, although I had to read the running back. If he was going out, I would cover him. But we had a few interceptions returned for touchdowns, and our quarterback is very fast. Lots of fun.

-I thought the offensive line was just terrific. They’re starting to gel. Will Beatty shut down Trent Cole for the most part. It’s hard to do, and Cole did get through a few times. But he played very well. I think Baas is starting to get comfortable.

-A great game by Eli Manning. No mistakes. He played really well. Not much else to say. He carried the team in a lot of ways. The running game wasn’t spectacular, and Eli made a lot of awesome throws into tight coverage.

-The Giants still have to work on running the ball. They had the one big run by Bradshaw. But, nothing really consistent. The good thing: Bradshaw and Jacobs were both heavily involved in the passing games. When they don’t contribute one way, they contribute another way.

-Great job by the special teams to make tackles and not mess it up.

-As I mentioned a lot during the lockout, football is great because it’s social currency. Case in point: during the game I was either texting or on the phone with friends from New Jersey, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. As well as everyone on Twitter. That’s a diverse group of people. And I was talking to all of them about a common thing. Obviously, it helps if the team is winning. But to be able to communicate with people from all different walks of life about the same thing is just very refreshing.

-I think this is a statement game. This team is battered, bruised. But they found a way to win, and guess what: They’re 2-1. I think after that Redskins game, coming out 2-1 would have been a shock. But that’s where they are. They’re in position to make some noise in a competitive NFC East. This wasn’t a perfect game, by any measure. The Giants had a lot of trouble against McCoy. But they found a way to win. I think, when we’re looking back on this season, this win is going to stand out.


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