Gameday Prelude: Biggest Game of Season Tomorrow Night for Giants
Added by Vin D'Anton on November 24, 2012.
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Sure, every NFL game does matter since games are played once a week but some are more important than others. Tomorrow night when the Giants take on the Green Packers at Snoopy Stadium, it will be the biggest game of their 2012 season.
Some will say that the Giants benefited from Dallas losing on Thanksgiving while some realize that this is a disaster either way.
D.C. has been thirsting for a big sports story for years. Yes sure, the Nationals went to the playoffs this year but deactivating Stephen Strasburg for the playoffs gave it a negative feeling.
If the Giants lose, first place in the NFC East will be on the line next Monday Night in our Nation’s Capital. RG3’s Primetime debut in front of fans that literally drool over the first talented quarterback they’ve had since Joe Theismann.
To put into shorter terms; lose the game tomorrow, lose the division next week. The Redskins still have the vision of Victor Cruz running 77 yards for a game-winning touchdown after they thought the game was theirs.
As we’ve seen in recent years though, the Giants like to have destiny in their own hands and are proud of it, so the Cowboys losing wasn’t all that big a deal to Tom Coughlin.
“We’re well aware of what happened (Thursday); quite frankly, it doesn’t make it any easier,” Coughlin said yesterday. “Here we go. Take care of your own business, that’s what I learned a long, long time ago. Take care of your own business.”
Who has been better at that the Giants? They controlled their own destiny in 2007 and 2011; so when their backs are up against the wall and all seems like they are the “Rocky” in the fight, this team perseveres.
“Let’s just go out there and play like a team that’s the underdogs and we’re losing right now,” Jason Pierre-Paul said. “It’s up to us. It’s not up to the coaches, the only thing that the coaches do is the play-calling, but they can’t go in our bodies.”
Well JPP, when it comes to your offense, better coaching may be needed. Kevin “Kill-drive” Gilbride needs to get Eli and the offense to score touchdowns in the redzone.
The Giants, along with the Bears, are the only team with a winning record ranked in the bottom 25 in redzone touchdown percentage with 43.90% (27th).
Eli Manning said the redzone package for this week “has alreay been installed” and said nothing else after that. Let’s hope the package was installed correctly or it will be another long night for fans.
The Packers have been on a roll with a five game win streak and beat the Giants at the Meadowlands last year. While the defense will be missing Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson, the Packers seem to do better when their whole team isn’t together.
When they were fully healthy the Pack were 2-3. Now at 7-3 and less talent on the field, they somehow climbed their way to first place over the struggling Bears.
Both of these teams control their own destinies but it feels the Giants don’t with this reoccurring late season swoon. It’s hard to be confident if you’re a Giants fan right. How can you be? The defense couldn’t stop Andy Dalton; so how are they going to stop Aaron Rodgers?
The new season kicks off tomorrow night on NBC.