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Who The Hell Were Those Masked Men?

No, seriously, were those marked men the same Giants team fans have been waiting to see again all off-season: faithfully, following them through free agency and the draft and the OTAs and mini camps and training camp? Yeah, they played hard and kept it close for a little more than one half, but in the end, their pass rush couldn’t get to Peyton Manning, nor could they run the ball effectively enough to stay balanced and score enough points to keep pace. Even their normally good punting game was bad. They were wearing NY Giants blue uniforms, alright; but they couldn’t have been the NY Giants we all had such high hopes for — could they have been?

Yes, it’s true; Jim Nantz and Phil Simms kept referring to them as the NY Giants as they lost their second game in a row, 41-23, opening the 2013 season 0-2. And they were the home team at Met Life Stadium — decorated Giants blue and not Jets green — but, c’mon, those guys couldn’t have been the NY Giants who have won more Super Bowls in the last thirty years than any other NFL team and two of the last six. And if they weren’t really the NY Giants yesterday, just who the hell were they? Unless — gulp — they really were the NY football Giants. Ouch!

So, are they headed toward a disastrous season? Sure starting to look that way, isn’t it? But wait a minute. Haven’t we seen this mystery movie before? Didn’t the Giants lose their first two games of the 2007 season by a combined score of 80-48? And that same year, didn’t they get embarrassed by the Vikings 41-17, picking off Eli four times and scoring on three of the picks? Didn’t they lose to Dallas twice that year before beating them in the playoffs? And late that season, just when things started looking up, didn’t they get spanked by the Redskins — with a backup quarterback — 22-10 in the wind and rain at Giants Stadium? And yet, in spite of all that, didn’t they still win one of the great Super Bowls of all time against one of the great teams of all time?

Lets face it; the Coughlin/Manning NY Giants rarely look like a powerhouse. In their Super Bowl years of 2007 and 2011, the Giants looked no more than just so-so all year long — until they got on a roll and then beat every team in their path on their inexorable march to two World Championships. And so, similarly, while the Giants have looked like crap all through this past preseason and through the first two games of this regular season, they’re still only one game off the pace in the NFC East. The Eagles and Cowboys are 1-1. The Redskins are 0-2 just like them. The Giants are still in contention for the NFC East title, and thus, the playoffs. And when the NY Giants get to the playoffs, they’re a very dangerous team. I mean; it’s not like they haven’t been here before, right?

Now, if they lose next week to the Panthers that’s a whole other story … unless, of course, the rest of the NFC East loses, too — which is not that far fetched. Look, guys, It’s a long season. Things always have a way of shaking themselves out by November and December. But I have to admit it, in spite of all that I’ve just said; and probably just like the rest of you guys, I still can’t help wondering: Who The Hell Were Those Masked Men?

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2 Responses to “Who The Hell Were Those Masked Men?”

  1. The second half schedule is the “easiest” one in years — however, we need to get some wins before the bye to have any shot. the way theyre playing right now hard to fathom how they get there.

  2. buljos says:

    Eli is off. That’s for sure. Ok, he has always thrown INTs, and lots of em… which active QB has more INTs than Eli? But even this is a lot of INTs for him. Ok, they’ll eventually get it clicking. But the defenses know what’s coming after 7 years with Killdrive as OC. Maybe there’s just so much tape out on his offense that they’ve got to execute it perfectly and the D has to make mistakes for it to work well. Alas, the O line inside the tackles is mediocre, and without a good blocking TE on the field, Eli’s getting rid of it and Wilson’s getting nothing to work with. But the O will get better over time. They never play this bad for the whole season. Thankfully Giants DTs and secondary are playing well, and the secondary would be doing even better if the DEs and Fewell could generate quick pressure. I’m surprised how well the secondary’s doing with the DEs mailing it in so far. I gotta believe the DEs will get better… put DaMonster on the field for a change. But the LBs are barely journeymen, and that’s not going to change over the course of the season unless JR raids practice squads. I watched the 49ers-Seahawks game… if Giants fans had forgotten what solid LB play looks like, the difference was absolutely astonishing. These guys under Giants helmets will go 9-7 and contend for the division, because the Giants love to play 9-7 ball. Then again, if they lose to the Panthers because Eli throws 3 more pics, the running game remains non existent, and Cam has all day to throw the ball, then they’ve got Andy’s revitalized Chiefs (if they can beat Dallas, they can beat these Giants), Eagles, Bears, Vikings, Eagles before the bye… the masked men who played the past two games could be 1-5 going into the bye.

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