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Why You Don’t Count Your Chickens…

I saw this from Paul Schwartz over at the NY Post this morning:

“NEXT stop, 5-0.

Well, maybe not the very next stop, but that’s the destination the Giants should be headed, starting with Sunday’s soft landing in Tampa, followed by a cushy trip to Kansas City then a comfy return home to meet and greet the Raiders, whose fan base is more fearsome than the team they love.

The Giants are out of the gates with a flourish at 2-0, alone at the top of the NFC East.

Sure, the next two games are on the road, but are there less-imposing teams to meet up with than the Bucs and Chiefs? At the end of the three-game road swing comes a rare Giants Stadium date with the Raiders, who haven’t employed Kenny Stabler for quite some time. The combined record of the next three opponents is 1-5.

If the Giants sometime in the late afternoon on Oct. 11 aren’t sitting pretty at 5-0, something’s wrong.”

While I can appreciate the enthusiasm and cursory analysis of why the Giants could be 5-0 in the second week of October, I felt the same way when last year when the Giants had a full head of steam heading into Cleveland last year.  And we all know what happened — the Giants thought they would stroll in there and roll all over the Browns and their dog pound. They were sorely mistaken, and they dropped what most thought would be an easy win on the road to a struggling Browns team who had to prove to themselves and their fans that they could take down the defending champs, in their house, their way – and boy they sure did.

That is the lesson from last year hanging over the Giants collective heads — and as Giants followers we need to also let this old adage accompany the memory of a few bitter defeats last year when we start talking about where the Giants SHOULD be in week 5:

“Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched.”

In this respect, Coach Tom Coughlin mentally prepares his team exceptionally well. One game at a time, thats the focus for the Giants as it well should be. It’s when you get cocky, over-confident, and apathetic about your adversary that ugly mistakes rear their heads.

Heading into Tampa this weekend the Bucs have the most to prove, the most to gain, they will want this win more — and regardless of how the Bucs have struggled to make an impact this year they have potent weapons at their disposal. One of those weapons, Derrick Ward, might remember some specific ways to get around the Giants defense and expose some weaknesses. He ought to know better than most, right?

So instead of thinking the Giants should be 5-0 in mid October, lets first get around the fact that the Giants do not have a cake walk here at the end of September.

Be sure to check back for the Giants @ Tampa Bay breakdown in the Giants Gab round table discussion this week for more on the upcoming game.

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5 Responses to “Why You Don’t Count Your Chickens…”

  1. Rob From VA says:

    I never like making predictions like this. 5-0 is a healthy start, but the GMEN thrive when they are not necessarily supposed to win.

    I hope none of these are a trap game. We would never hear the end of it if we lost to the raiders.

    One week at a time boys

  2. MJ says:

    This Giants team has been there and done this over and over. They have learned bitter lessons about taking teams lightly and not showing up. It’s about playing Giants football to the best of their ability. If they do that, they should be OK. This is the best team in football and part of being the best is not taking anyone lightly. They should go in looking to kick the crap out of any lessor team with the understanding that NO NFL team is going to just lie down. Tampa will be desperate for a win. Beating the Giants will make their season and I’m sure TC knows that. He, and the many battle tested young veterans on this should have them ready to play.

  3. True about Cleveland, although I would say that Eli Manning throwing nearly half of his interceptions of the season in one game last year vs the Browns had a lot to do with it.

    I still think this part of the scheulde is a cake-walk and hopefully the Giants can heal up to full strength and win at least 2 of the next three games. I can’t imagine going into week 6 less than 4-1, hopefully 5-0.

    But I think the Giants knowing we’re playing Tampa Bay and Kansas City are going to sit out a lot of players vs Tampa Bay (I think Ross, Nicks, Dockery, Tuck, Canty will all be out this week). but we’ll see what happens.

    One game at a time is somethign I think Giatns players won’t take lightly even if their fans do.

  4. Stay focused, take each threat seriously — any given Sunday as they say….

    thats why every friggin Sunday you go in there prepared to battle with the best, doesnt matter what uniform they wear.

    go giants!

  5. CCC says:

    5-0 is a good idea

    but the NFL works in funny ways

    especially after a few injuries

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