Thoughts and Musings

Well that was a heart stopper. But certainly worth it. The Giants showed us what they’re all about.

-That’s a win with a lot of heart. The Giants certainly were not at their best, but it didn’t matter. They pulled that out, and it was huge

-And how great was Eli Manning? Tremendous. Outplayed Brady, for sure. Calm under pressure. Perfect throw to Manningham for the TD. He’s playing MVP type football. Outside of Aaron Rodgers, and maybe Fred Jackson, Eli should be in the top 5 at least. He’s proving his worth.

-Loving Jake Ballard. Kevin Boss who? Just the kind of tough, throwback player that the Giants love.

-Maybe we all overreacted when Boss and Smith left. I certainly did. But, I think it was a fair overreaction. I’m not sure the Giants thought Ballard was going to come through like this. Same thing for Cruz.

-Michael Boley has just been terrific this season. Just terrific.

-Loved how Kiwanuka played.

-Linval Joseph is really coming along. He’s so big, so strong, and he gets a push in the run game. He and Canty, who is also playing well, have been great inside.

-The young’uns showed up today. Paysinger recovered the fumble that was caused by Sash and Herzlich. That’s what you like to see.

-Another reason why pressure is so important. It can neutralize a dangerous attack.

-When do you see that many kickoffs muffed in the same game? A little weird, no?

-Casual Dining interlude: Went to Olive Garden for the first time on Saturday with the girlfriend and friends. They didn’t have them where I lived before I moved. And let me just say: Awful. Seriously. It’s like they said, “Here’s a crap ton of salt, more than is ever necessary, but let’s just add more for the hell of it.” Why does anything ever need that much salt? Are they trying to give me hypertension? Let met tell you, I did NOT feel like family, that’s for sure.

-I think it was huge to start this grueling stretch with a win. They can go out West with their heads held high and face a tough San Fran team.

-I thought Will Beatty had a few blocks that made me think he could be a good player for a long time. Surprising amount of power from him.

-I think JPP is a star. And he’s only in his 2nd year.

-Liked how Jacobs ran downhill today. None of that east-west crap. Only 72 yards, but a nice TD and some nice plays out of the backfield. If he wants that contract, running like this will help.

-I don’t think DJ Ware is ever going to be more than a special teamers. Hate to say it.

-I think on Da’Rel Scott’s one run, you saw a nice bit of burst. Only 5 yards, but the burst is there. I think the Giants would be foolish to keep him off the field. Find ways to get him in space.

-Welcome back, Mr. Barden. Nice to see you make some plays.

-Like I said, this is a huge win. Statement win. The Jints are tough. They are resilient. They have heart. All qualities you want in a playoff team. They’re 6-2. They’re in good position. Just have to avoid the late season meltdown that has, unfortunately, become commonplace lately.

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