The Giants beat a lousy team today. Sure, it happened on the road, but consider two things. 1- The Eagles played most of the game with their third-string, rookie QB at the helm. 2- The Giants came fairly close to throwing it all away at the end.
Now the Giants did some things right. They didn’t have a turnover on offense. The pass rush actually looked pretty good. But, they also did some things really wrong.
Start with the fact that they couldn’t score a touchdown. Time and again, they drove into Philly territory, only to see the drive fizzle. They got points, but the fact is the Eagles were only two scores away from tying or winning the game.
And they came close when the Giants decided to bring their special team gremlins out in the fourth quarter. Zak DeOssie, a guy who is only on the team to make snaps, made a terrible one over the head of Steve Weatherford. Weatherford then compounded the problem by completely failing to do the smart thing. He has to either dive, or kick that ball back through the end zone. Instead he either froze, or tried to grab the ball and the result was an Eagles TD. The Giant offense did enough to run almost the rest of the clock out, but against a better team that mistake could have been critical.
With the Giants bye week and the fact that they are only two games out of first, the papers will be full of stories about their chances to win the division. I’m not ready to go there. Let me see them beat the Raiders and Packers and get to 4-6. That would setup an interesting game on November 24th between them and Dallas. But until then, spare me the hype.