Since 2006, the New York Giants have won 20 games in the month of October. The Giants not only seem to start their games slowly and play catch up, but they seem to need to find their rhythm throughout the month of September before they round into form in October. Then, of course, they fall off in November, just to turn it on again when it really counts. You can say that a typical Giants season is full of extreme ups and downs. For confirmation, just monitor the monthly blood pressure of the average Big Blue fan, and you’ll notice a big improvement from March to July (or right before the first big injury of training camp). Whatever it is about this month, Tom Coughlin can always count on his team playing well.
Ahmad Bradshaw is Ticked Off
Jason-Pierre Paul this and Justin Tuck that. I am always hearing about the nasty and ferocious defensive line of the New York Giants. Anyone who watched the Giants each week will tell you that the one guy they would least like to knock helmets with is Ahmad Bradshaw. He is the meanest and toughest player on the Giants, and, pound for pound, probably the strongest, and, after fumbling on the opening play against the Browns on Sunday, Bradshaw showed it. Evidence of this exists in many forms within the Giants fan’s memory; the latest being a trucking, crushing embarrassing steamroll over Usama Young at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. And, let’s not forget, just for the Jet fans out there, the even more embarrassing, crushing and trucking lick Bradshaw put on Brodney Pool last season. Bradshaw does this often.
This week, you will probably hear more about Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and even Brandon Jacobs than you do Bradshaw (despite rushing for 200 yards Sunday afternoon), but I will take an angry Bradshaw over those three guys everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. Definitely twice this Sunday.
Eli Manning is a Freak
Combine the precision thinking and critical decision-making skills of a computer with the stoicism of a zombie-soldier-robot-warrior and the strength and accuracy to launch projectiles like the 152-millimeter gun of a Russian T-95 Tank, and you will have yourself one cold-blooded serial murderer of defenses. Not the words you would use to describe Eli Manning? Well, you better get yourself some glasses. Expect Eli to continue to shred defenses, even the amazing, vaunted, terrifying 49ers defense – that lost to Minnesota? Much like with the Giants’ “Nascar” package, the 49ers defensive hype is a media concoction. Are they good? Yes. They are sure-tackling and ball-hawking. Are they unbeatable? Ask Christian Ponder.
The fact is, no matter how stifling a defense is, Eli Manning is capable of manipulating and beating them all. His command of Kevin Gilbride’s offense is nine years in the making. His knowledge of the game rivals that of his brother. Deion Sanders once said, “I believe in Eli.” Prophetic and wise you are, Mr. Sanders.
The Endless Plethora of Talent
The Giants have a depth of talent that never seems to run out. Manningham hurt? Plug in Cruz. Nicks hurt? Plug in Barden. Barden Hurt? Plug in Hixon. Hixon hurt? Plug in Randle. You can play this game with many of the position on the team. Expect Jerrell Jernigan to pop off at some point this season. The Giants have an organization that values loyalty and opportunity. They believe in the players they draft, and, unlike some other teams I could mention, give their payers ample time to develop, believing that, when the time comes, they will step up. It is this confidence in their own organization, scouting, and talent evaluation that has allowed the Giants to overcome so many injuries each season – injuries that would devastate most teams.
Look for the Giants to beat San Francisco this weekend and derail the 49ers Super Bowl train in what should be a tremendously entertaining contest.