Where Do Giants Go From Here, After 0-2 Start to Season?
Added by Vin D'Anton on September 18, 2013.
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Enough already with the 2007 comparison; we get it, the ’07 New York Giants started 0-2 and went on to win Super Bowl XLII in perhaps the most amazing playoff run in the history of professional sports. There’s one big difference though…this is 2013.
Even in 2011, there were those “eerie” comparisons with how the ’11 playoffs were intertwining with the ’07 playoffs. In reality, the big difference with those two Super Bowl teams was that ’07 was about the great play of the defense and a nice run game for almost the whole year. Eli didn’t come around until later in the year. On top of that, he had 20 interceptions.
In the 2011 season, the entire team was literally Manning. Don’t sell me the dopey notion that the defense carried them in the playoffs because Eli was unstoppable and the defense was only in the playoffs because of his tremendous season. The Giants were outscored and had the worst running game in football, but Manning single-handedly dug them out of ditches in the fourth quarter and damn near won them nine games on his own.
If it weren’t for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers going 15-1, Eli Manning would have been the league MVP that year.
As for the 2013 Giants, people need to stop trying to write some type of narrative for where they are going to be because A. it is Week 3 and B. nothing at all is special about anyone on this team right now. Victor Cruz has great numbers but where would he be without Hakeem Nicks? That’s another article for another day though.
This New York Giants team is staring 0-3 in the face and an 0-3 team has never won a Super Bowl. Sure, with Eli Manning, literally anything is possible, but there is something called reality. Lose this week, and you have the resurgent Chiefs at Arrowhead on ten days rest against a coach that killed you for 15 years.
There’s no great running game, the defense while showing competency is still banged up, special teams is mediocre and most importantly, your so called Hall of Fame quarterback has seven interceptions in two games.
So Eli, where do we go from here?
“We can only get better,” Eli told the media yesterday. Whew, thanks Eli, now we feel better.
“We just have to look at the game film and make corrections. I think there are some good things. I think there are some opportunities that we just missed yesterday. We were very much in the game and we caught a bad break from an interception off a heel and then we go down 15 points. They returned a punt and then the game kind of got out of reach, but for the most part we were right in there.”
The interception off the heel was bizarre, as was the fumble that the Giants Mark Herzlich couldn’t recover which bounced into the arms of Knowshon Moreno.
“We really did some good things in the first half. We just didn’t execute a few times in the red zone where we should have had a couple of touchdowns. We had a fumble. We had a guy fall when he was open. We had a little high throw and a drop on a third and three. Just little things like that are keeping us from being in better situations, but I think we’ve just got to keep working the way we have been. Practices have been good. Our effort and concentration has been good. We’ve just got to keep doing those things and we’ll start making those plays.”
Like Boomer Esiason said on WFAN recently, Eli is the modern day Daryle Lamonica. The Oakland Raiders quarterback from 1967-1974, he was nicknamed the “Mad Bomber” for just heaving up pass after pass.
When your team is up against the ropes, the worst thing for a team to do is to tighten up and be conservative.
So, where do the Giants go from here?
They stick to who they are and come out like a bat out of hell this Sunday. Carolina QB, Cam Newton, is shaky right and Ron Rivera’s job may be in jeopardy. That means either they are going to be tight or will come out throwing all the stops.
If you’re the Giants, you better beat them to it like you did on Thursday Night Football last year. Don’t let 0-3 stare you in the face, you stare 0-3 in the face and throw deep, pound the rock until a run breaks and hit Newton every chance you have.
It’s only Week 3, but the season may be on the line.