NEW YORK – What a weekend for the Giants! In one of the most bizarre situations in recent memory, the Giants faced the Vikings last night in Detroit for a re-scheduled game due to a severe blizzard in Minnesota that caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. If you haven’t seen the video of that roof collapsing, I suggest you do a search for it because it was crazy. The Giants beat the Vikings 21-3 at Ford Field among Lions fans who were given free tickets to the game.
It was a game that had fans up in arms over the fact that the game wasn’t aired on TV in national markets. Some FOX markets showed a message pre-game that said “Due to blackout restrictions rules with ESPN, the game cannot be aired tonight” followed by an apology to the fans. This is disgusting and something the NFL needs to take a long hard look at. The other Monday Night football game on ESPN last night was the Ravens vs. Texans. I cannot remember there ever being two Monday Night football games on at the same time, that was a first for me. Why the football fans had to suffer under these extremely unusual circumstances is beyond me. Have we really become so thoughtless in society, that TV stations are more concerned about the amount of eyes watching their commercials, then they are about the people who pay their salaries with viewership? Last night was a unique situation and should have been handled differently. How about letting FOX stream the game LIVE on their internet website? Something. Anything. But the only thing that happened was, Nothing.
The Giants beat the Vikings in a historical game for both of the starting QB’s. QB Eli Manning had his 100th consecutive start, while QB Brett Favre had his consecutive starts streak end at 297 by a shoulder injury. Easy Eli has the second longest consecutive starts streak in the NFL, he only trails big brother Peyton. It is incredible that the No.1 and No.2 men on the Iron Man list are brothers.
The G-Men were no doubt mentally exhausted from all of the drama over the weekend, so I applaud the team for not complaining about it and going out to do work. They were a little rusty in the first quarter but then turned it on by scoring two TD’s in the second quarter. The 9-4 Giants are on a three game winning streak and face the hated Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at New Meadowlands stadium in a a battle for NFC East supremacy. The game starts at 1 PM EST and should be the game of the week, if both teams play like their seasons depend on a victory (which they do).
Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.
- QB Eli Manning had a mediocre game and finished with 187 yards 1 TD 2 INT’s.
- RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game and ran hard all night. He finished with 116 yards and 1 TD.
- TE Kevin Boss was making plays and finished with 23 yards and 1 TD.
- WR Hakeem Nicks returned to the field and made his presence known. He finished with 96 yards.
- S Antrel Rolle led all defensive tacklers last night and continues to be a vocal leader on defense.
- RB Ahmad Bradshaw continues to play like a man possessed. He finished with 103 yards and 1 TD.
- WR Steve Smith saw some action on the field after missing a few weeks and finished with 12 yards. He left the game with a injury.
- WR Mario Manningham left the game early with an injury and did not return. He finished with 1 yard.
- The Giants defense smothered the Vikings all night and knocked out their 6th QB of the year. They finished with 4 sacks and 1 INT.
- DE Justin Tuck had a decent game but got banged up and played hurt the rest of the game.
- LB Clint Sintim was injured in the second quarter and did not return. It looks like a torn ACL and the IR list for Sintim.
- DE Osi Umenyiora attacked the QB all night and finished with 1 sack.
- DE Jason Pierre-Paul was active for a good portion of the game and continues to improve.
- The Giants offensive line gave up only 1 sack last night, the first in the last six games. These guys are awesome.
- The Giants special teams was atrocious once again and their see-saw season continues.
- K Lawrence Tynes made all 3 of his extra point attempts and had no FG attempts.
- P Matt Dodge should receive a one way ticket to palookaville at the end of the season.
- WR Derek Hagan finished the game with 10 yards.
- DC Perry Fewell is the most significant pick up for Big Blue since Coach Spags. He is a beast.
- OC Kevin Gilbride needs to shake things up a bit and stop with the conservative play calling.
RD – nygreporter.com
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