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Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:38 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

No one's gonna talk about the Giants, even though they just won their fifth game of the year, and even though they're absolutely one of the three best teams in the NFC (we'll also accept arguments for the Eagles or Falcons).

That's because the national media's got its hands full burying the Cowboys over the next week. Not only does Dallas totally deserve it, but the Giants probably don't care, preferring to quietly go about their business with a team that suddenly screams shades of their Super Bowl winning team in 2007.

Seriously, they've got a pretty similar defensive setup (Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce are gone, of course, but their defensive line depth is ridiculous), a stout offensive line and, in case you hadn't noticed, maybe the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Laugh at that all you want, but Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (2) and Mario Manningham are all young, talented and only getting better. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs probably need to spend their bye week handing out Butterfingers to the kids on Halloween so they don't bring any back to the field, but those guys are up there in terms of tandem backs in the NFL.

Eli Manning might be overrated by his peers, but he's plenty good; if his name was "Alex Smith" or something with less football-holy implications than "Manning," he'd be praised on a weekly basis and probably criminally underrated.

Sure, the Cowboys coughed that game up after the Giants gave them 21 points to start things off, and maybe a better team doesn't give New York that chance, but the Giants don't have to leave the mediocre confines of the NFC for the rest of the season, which means every single game from here on out is winnable.

In fact, take a look at the scores this year -- outside of their Manning Bowl spanking in Indy, the Dallas game on Sunday was the closest game they've played, and if you spent any time watching the game, you realize that it was probably a lost cause when Tony Romo went down with a broken left clavicle.

And yeah, I realize that if the onsides kick bounces the right way, we're not saying that, and yes, yes, I realize that there's no logic behind Phillips not kicking the field goal and then going for the two-point conversion, but that's just more proof that this team wasn't going to win Monday, much less play the Super Bowl at home.

But right now, the Giants are coming out every week, taking care of business handily, and not worrying about the fact that everyone's either to focused on Dallas' collapse or the total parity in the NFC to worry about a team that's quickly gelling and looking like an absolute contender.

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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

"Can Anyone name another 3 Starting recievers that are better than Nicks, Smith and Manningham right now?  The only team I see with a close comparison is the Colts with Wayne, Garcon and Collie"

Honestly, as much as I hate to say it, the Dallas trio of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Roy Williams is pretty good too.  I know Austin had a bad game last night, but he is a big-time player.  Though just a rookie, Bryant is a scary talent, and even if Williams isn't the player we all thought he would be, as a third reciever, he can still make plays.


While I love The Giants receiving corps, they do have a habit of letting balls bounce off of them and into defenders hands.  Eli's first 5 picks this year were all catchable balls that deflected off of recievers hands.  Even last night, the second INT was a ball Nicks should have caught. 





Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

obviously, nobody should be elevating the Giants too much just yet: this was more about the Cowboys losing (given the continued bonehead coaching and execution, as well as Romo's injury), but they're certainly rounding into a potentially efficient and effective team.  This is NOT the faker 5-0 team of last year, which you just knew didn't have talent to back up the record; the talent's here, the coaching should be good enough certainly to get them into the playoffs, maybe in good position to make a genuine run at getting into--if not winning--the Super Bowl.



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

I agree that right now you would have to say Steelers and Ravens are better (I don't know about the Jets), but to say "BARELY BEAT A BAD COWBOYS TEAM" that's not right.   With 5 turnovers and a punt return for a TD, they won.  The defense and offense played the whole 4th quarter just not to get hurt, until Dallas made it a little closer then went right down and scored a field goal.

They manhandled the Texans and dominated the Bears when they were playing at the top of their games.   And even though they lost to Tennessee it was having gained over 400 Yards of offense.  If the Giants stop turning over the ball they may not lose another game this season.     Right now the Giants are looking like the most balanced team in the NFC for sure, but right up there with the Ravens.   I think the Steelers may be the best team in the NFL, and I'm not 100% convinced of the Jets just yet.  They were gifted the Denver game.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:27 am
 

Giants quietly shaping into serious contenders

Can Anyone name another 3 Starting recievers that are better than Nicks, Smith and Manningham right now?  The only team I see with a close comparison is the Colts with Wayne, Garcon and Collie


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