New York Giants: It’s Never Sunny in Philadelphia
Added by Ken R. on October 1, 2012.
For the 8th time in nine games the Giants have lost to the Eagles. Photo: Rob Carr, Getty Images
Last night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles marks the eighth time in nine games that the Eagles beat the G-Men. You might say that the Eagles have the Giants’ number as of late. Last season, the Giants could not even beat a Vince Young led Eagle team.
It’s like that movie, There’s Something About Mary, except There’s Something About Andy. Reid is in Coughlin’s head and he isn’t leaving. He is the Giant killer of my generation.
There is just something about playing the Eagles that brings the worst out of Big Blue. Maybe it’s the notoriously annoying and detestable Eagle fans wishing bad things aloud as they stuff their faces with cheesesteak. That couldn’t be it though, because the Giants lose at home just as often, if not more. Maybe it’s the hard-nosed, trash-talking, relentless pass rush. One would think the Giants would have figured out how to block Trent Cole by now.
Whatever it is, it has Giants fans like myself struggling to even stay up late for a prime-time game versus Philadelphia in lieu of sleep. We have seen enough of these games over the years to know exactly what’s coming. Horrid running game? Check. Wide open Desean Jackson? Check. Constant pressure and harassment of Eli Manning? Check. Michael Vick slipping through the grasps of defensive lineman, and scrambling to create breakdowns in coverage? Check.
Do I have to remind anyone of December 19th, 2010? Does the name Matt Dodge ring any bells? You get my point.
The Eagles bring out the ugly in Big Blue, and Andy Reid brings out the chump in Tom Coughlin. And last night’s game was ugly — a typical Philly-New York showdown. A war of attrition. An ugly conflict. And there were many chumps.
Tom Coughlin and his decision to kick a field goal on third down. Kevin Gilbride and his decision to throw despite being well within field goal range to end the game. Lawrence Tynes and his two missed field goals. Ramses Barden and his mugging of the defensive back that pushed the Giants out of range for Tynes. Eli Manning and his miserable interception in the end zone. The chump-line goes out the door and around the corner.
And none of this surprises a Giants fan. It’s expected, and it’s typical. Some Philly natives will speak of the curse of Billy Penn. If you’re not familiar with it, look it up. New Yorkers might want to start thinking of what curse has come upon their beloved Giants. Theories?
Next week the 0-4 Cleveland Browns come to town, and that is just what the doctor ordered for Coughlin’s troops. They should be angry, and play not just to win, but to crush the Browns and make a statement that they do not belong with the big boys. The truth is that the schedule after the Browns is brutal. New Orleans, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Atlanta make a very tough road.
The good news is that unlike season’s past, the Giants should know very early on if they have what it takes to repeat.