NEW YORK – The Giants have a great opportunity to start the year 4-1. Nobody, including myself, thought the G-Men would start off so strong this year because of all of the injuries the team had to endure. I wouldn’t say that I am shocked by this solid first quarter of the season because I know this team very well and I know how much talent they have. Let’s just say that I’m happy it started this way. Giants GM Jerry Reese did the best he could this offseason with limited funds, the lockout frenzy and a ton of players to sign. However, he could not get deals done for a lot of fan favorites including WR Steve Smith, TE Kevin Boss and DT Barry Cofield. But more then that, we had some veterans leave the team like OL Rich Seubert and C Shaun O’Hara. Couple all of that information with the complete devastation the injury bug waged on the team and it becomes rather easy to see why fans became skeptical.
Everyone seemed effected except the Giants themselves. I am a firm believer that pep talks cannot replace talent on the field. I will stick to that story my entire life. But there is no way to look at the early success of the G-Men without giving credit to the rookies and second string players who have stepped up. And let’s not forget about QB Eli Manning who seemed to come to life after a week one loss to the Redskins. I guess what I am trying to say is, the story of this season so far has been the true team effort in every sense of the phrase. The total team effort shown by the Giants has been exceptional. They will slowly begin to get players back from injury and when they do, it will be difficult to shake up the roster if they continue this winning streak. I know it sounds crazy but trust me, the coaches will be doing a lot of thinking.
The Giants face the Seahawks this weekend (10/9/11 at 1:00 PM EST). Every Giants fan wants to beat up the Seahawks because of memories from recent games against them. After they play the Seahawks they have only one more game before the bye week. That team is the re-energized and revamped Buffalo Bills (10/16/11 at 1:00 PM EST). You can’t be a football fan and not root for the Bills to do well. Just not when they play the Giants of course. After those two games, the G-Men go into their bye week. I hope they get a ton of rest because when they get done with that, the schedule becomes evil. Some sick guy in the NFL thought it would be a good idea to schedule the Giants against almost every elite team the NFL has to offer. It is not going to be easy but getting as many wins as they can get before the break will be crucial to their playoff hopes. They have the talent and drive to get back to the postseason, that much I am sure of. The next two teams we play are beatable and it is up to Big Blue to get the job done.
Are you surprised by the tremendous 3-1 start to the 2011 season for Big Blue?
RD – nygreporter.com