Ugly Triumphs Over Awful

I thought I would feel pretty good when the Giants finally won a game this season. But this morning I am feeling pretty empty. I would be willing to bet that against any other team, the Giants lose last night’s game by 10 points at least. But the Vikings were just so terrible that the Giants couldn’t do anything but win.

Jon Gruden, who I enjoy on the MNF telecasts, nailed it when he called for Minnesota to bench Freeman at halftime.  He finished the game 20-of-53, missing receivers all over the field. The Giants played it smart, not letting AP beat them and daring Freeman to throw.

It worked, but the Giants almost didn’t let it. Their special teams are a total disgrace and the offense, apart from the opening drive, looked mediocre.  Eli may not have any interceptions on the stat sheet, but that is more due to bad hands on the part of the Vikings’ defenders than smart throws by Eli. I understand that the Giants were operating with their fourth-string rushing attack, but 64 yards on 32 attempts is really awful.

But here’s the funny thing, they just might get to 2-6 this week because Philadelphia is a mess too. The Eagles may have to start Matt Barkley Sunday. Barkley threw three INT’s in a quarter of action last Sunday.

And if they get that win, beating the Raiders two weeks later to go to 3-6 isn’t a stretch. But unless they figure out a way to improve in a lot of places, 3 wins might be it for 2013.

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  • blmeanie  On October 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    NFC east is the typical mess it has been in recent years. Giants can still pull together one of their runs, reel of 6 in a row and be in the division hunt.

    • nysportsfanatic  On October 24, 2013 at 7:17 am

      If they put together a 6-0 run, you are absolutely right. But this team isn’t capable of a 6-0 run. They are probably not capable of a 2-0 run at this point. They are bad and it pains me to write that.

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