Monthly Archives: September 2015

Just Win Baby!

I think it is ridiculous to compare the 2015 Giants to the 2007 Giants. Yes, those Giants started out 0-2. Yes, those Giants played Dallas in the opener and Washington in their third game. But those Giants had Tuck, Strahan and a real defense. This team does not.

So, I am not expecting some Lazarus-like rebirth tonight. In fact, I am not expecting much. I have already said I thought the Giants would go 6-10 this year, and they just lost one of the games I thought they would win. Tonight is a another game I predicted a win in, and I am sticking to that, but consider what could happen if they don’t win.

They go to Buffalo, play the 49ers, and then play Dallas, Philly, and New Orleans. 0-3 could very quickly become 0-8 if they lose tonight. Then we can compare them to the 2013 Giants who opened the season 0-6. We’ll know shortly.

They Should Have Gone For It

Yes, the Giants totally screwed up last night by calling a pass play on 3rd down when Dallas was out of timeouts. And yes, Eli Manning screwed up when he threw the ball away instead of taking a knee or a sack. But, the Giants still had a chance to redeem that mistake by going for it on 4th down. Instead they compounded it by kicking a stupid field goal.

Now you are going to say how can you call a field goal that increases a team’s lead from three points to six stupid? The reason I do is because you have to consider the alternative to kicking that field goal. If the Giants go for it on 4th down and make it, they are up ten with about 90 seconds left in the game. That’s almost certainly a win. But even if they don’t make it, they leave Dallas on their own 1-yard line with 90 seconds needing a field goal to tie that game. That is the key reason they should have gone for it.

Think about it, if you are Dallas and you are down three and get the ball with 90 seconds and no time outs on your own 1, what are you trying to do? You are trying to kick a field goal and get the game to OT. But if you are down six your only hope is that you score a touchdown and win the game outright. So, by settling for a field goal, instead of going for the outright win, the Giants forced the Cowboys to play to for the win instead of a tie.

Now who knows what would have happened in overtime, the Giants certainly could have lost. But the point is that they would have still had an opportunity to win the game. By kicking that field goal they eliminated that chance.

The Giants Are Not Ready For Some Football

It is time for me to predict the Giants season. It’s not a pretty picture, and I am amazed that some pundits are actually picking them for the playoffs. Maybe its the fact that this year should be our quadrennial trip to the Super Bowl?

I can get behind the ides of the offense scoring a lot of points. They certainly have the talent, but then again, who is going to block for them? As easy as it is to picture Eli and OBJ shredding NFL defense, it is also as easy to see Eli running for his life every time he drops back to pass. The offensive line is simply too big a question mark to convince me that the offense will be as explosive as advertised.

And the defense, oh the defense could be really bad. Who is going to rush the passer? And if they can’t rush the passer, what happens in the middle of the field? The corners are solid, but the safeties and linebackers might be terrible.

If I close my eyes and really use my imagination, I can get to 10-6 for this team. I would give the chances of that happening as very, very slim. Vegas puts the Giants at about 50-50 for 8 wins. That seems excessive to me as well. I am going to predict six wins. I think they lose to Dallas tomorrow night, beat Atlanta and Washington, to go 2-1. They split the next two, a loss in Buffalo and a win over San Francisco before losing three-straight against Dallas, Philly and New Orleans. They beat Tampa, lose to New England and head to their bye week with a 4-6 record. They beat Washington again, but then lose to the Jets, Dolphins, and Panthers to fall to 5-9. They split the final two- a win over Minnesota and another loss to Philadelphia. Now, if you want the optimistic case, change the losses to Buffalo, New Orleans, the Jets, and the Panthers to wins.

I don’t see it happening, and I don’t see the Giant careers of Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese, or JPP extending beyond this upcoming year.