Right Place/Wrong Team

The Giants making the playoffs after a four-year absence is a wonderful thing. The problem is, they are running into the worst possible first round matchup they could have drawn.

Yes, they have beaten Green Bay in Green Bay before in the playoffs. In fact, the last two Super Bowl victories went through Green Bay. And yes, in both of those seasons they lost to Green Bay in the regular season, just like they did this year. But tell me, what does that have to do with the 2016 Giants? There are five players still on the entire roster from the 2011 team, and one of them, JPP, is not playing Sunday. Eli Manning looks a lot more like the 2007 version of himself than the 2011 version and Green Bay is the hottest team in the league right now, winning six-straight to make the playoffs.

I’m not saying the Giants can’t win. They can, but they will need a lot of things to break their way. They will need to fluster Aaron Rodgers, no easy task. They will need to hold up in their protection of Manning, again no easy task. They will need to run the ball in very cold conditions, something they haven’t shown a consistent ability to do. Add it all up, and I don’t see the Giants walking away with a win on Sunday, no matter what “history” says will happen.

Hopefully, I am wrong.

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  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Lots of angles to take on this and the other games. My wife is from Milwaukee so we have a house that roots for the Packers. I have memories that I wouldn’t mind the Giants making it past the Packers to provide a chance at redemption down the road. The Falcons are in the middle of all these thoughts with Seattle now heading here to play next week it leaves the Giant/Packers/Cowboys as the prize if they beat the Seahawks. Long way away still to hope the Patriots make the superbowl and that the Falcons/Giants/Packers are their opponent (my order of preference).

  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    hence the need again

  • nysportsfanatic  On January 8, 2017 at 11:47 am

    i think redemption is the wrong word. It would be more like breaking the shutout or getting on the scoreboard at this point.

  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    ouch, hard to break the shut out when the opposition only takes the field every 4-5 years

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      Nice comeback, solid burn.

      • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm

        thx. In that regard, the Bears and Packers continue to pitch their shutouts against the Patriots too…

  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    One thing the NFL doesn’t get credit for but should is their method of seeding throughout the rounds. The top seed in each conference gets, on paper, the weakest opponent and the bracket is not pre-determined.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      The NHL used to do it but dropped it two years ago when they realigned the divisions.

  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    it makes sense, right? Keep providing the rewards for best record/seed. All sports should do it to reinvest teams into winning as many games as possible.

  • blmeanie  On January 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    for most of the first half I thought the Giants had a chance, they hadn’t really done anything on offense and were leading somehow.

  • blmeanie  On January 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Predictions for this weekend?

    Cowboys prevail, 31-29 over the Packers
    Falcons thrash the Seahawks 37-22
    Pittsburgh surprises KC 19-17
    New England take care of business 36-16 over Houston

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      I disagree on Atlanta, I don’t think they are thrashing anyone. (Nice NHL reference by the way)

      Houston won’t score 16. Their offense is pathetic. Pats win 24-3.

      Agree on Pitt winning and not sure what to make of Dallas. Romo’s on the bench, and Green Bay is going to struggle on d. I think that game is a bit of a snooze.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Congrats, looks like you got the first part of your dream football night.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 15, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I hope you have money on these games.

      • blmeanie  On January 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

        I wish

      • nysportsfanatic  On January 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

        You probably should pick some lottery numbers and play them this week.

  • blmeanie  On January 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    yeah, despite not playing their best they beat Seattle, a team i cannot like at all.

  • blmeanie  On January 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Both Falcons and Patriots have played them in important games in recent years. Their style, while better now, has always been dirty. Even when the Falcons went to take a knee yesterday, the Hawks line was pushing the o-line back, c’mon.

  • blmeanie  On January 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    for today’s game, on this site I switched what I had put out there on FB for the Dallas game, not sure why. I think GB has a great shot at winning. I’d like to change my prediction above to GB 31 Dallas 29, gotta be consistent.

  • blmeanie  On January 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    last game is toughest to predict, by a long shot IMO

  • blmeanie  On January 20, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Predictions for this Sunday:

    AFC : Patriots unleash their frustration after less than perfect performance last week, win 36-28

    NFC: Falcons can’t be stopped by Green Bay defense in shoot out, win 41-37

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

      I hope for your sake that doesn’t happen. Having your your two teams face each other in the Super Bowl would irreparably harm your relationship with one of them.

  • blmeanie  On January 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    half full my friend, either way there is happiness when a team wins

  • blmeanie  On January 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    one down

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 22, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      If the Patriots win, you have to root for the Falcons if you claim to like both teams because the Falcons clearly need it more. Otherwise, you are just a Pats fan with an interest in the Falcons

  • blmeanie  On January 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    not true, history is at stake if they make it, franchise history, GOAT history. I will enjoy it immensely if it happens.

  • blmeanie  On January 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Fan of both with a very rare intersection possible in 2 weeks if they take care of both

  • blmeanie  On January 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    probably not, imagine it in baseball terms, you love the Yankees, maybe because of parents or something you like the Giants too and root for both and would be possible they would play a world series someday. Always wished for Braves (in their hey day) against the Sox, never happened.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      That’s actually why your argument doesn’t sway me. I come from a family of Cubs fans. In 2003, a Yankees-Cubs World Series came pretty close to happening. If it had, I would have rooted for the Cubs because of their history in comparison to the Yankees history. I had watched the Yankees win six titles at that point. Patriots-Falcons is somewhat comparable. The Pats have had a great 16-year run, the Falcons have had a pretty miserable existence. Now is the time to root for Atlanta if you care for them.

  • Greg  On January 22, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I’ll tell you what . . . I’m gonna help you out . . . I’ll root for the Falcons. There. Problem solved.

  • blmeanie  On January 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    well, the disagreement goes deeper, much deeper. If you were a loyal follower of a player and team that was held to ridiculous penalties then you would maybe appreciate why I am rooting for the Patriots. I actually am fine with either winning, both outcomes will give me happiness. I just want Brady and Kraft to have their time on the podium.

  • blmeanie  On January 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Like I said before, I long have rooted for a Braves/RedSox matchup and would view that in a similar way.

  • Greg  On January 24, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    When do pitchers and catchers report?

  • blmeanie  On January 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

    excellent redirect Greg

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