New York Giants: Patriot Killers
The New York Giants are Coming to Play: Keen on Ruining The Patriot’s Perfect Season
Now that we have cleared the air about the New York Football Giants intentions, let’s be realistic on the probability of an upset. The New England Patriots armed with the freshly crowned Sportsman of the Year, Tom Brady are determined to assume the throne of the immortals with a perfect regular season, with a never before seen 16 and 0 season.
Can Eli Manning be the conductor of the force of nature that will be necessary to bump off the Patriots? Yes, only if he plays unconscious like he has only a few times in his career. The two games this season versus the Dallas Cowboys are fine examples. But the two Cowboy games are also examples of the case for NO. In those games the Giants sometimes vaulted defense reared its weak head each time and could not contain Tony Romo or Terrell Owens. Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, and the rest of the Giants defense fell short in key third down situations, (of course injuries played a role) not to mention the big play, brake your back moments they were victims of.
History is at stake and the Patriots more than know it. The usually stoic Patriots are acknowledging the monumental achievement that will culminate with beating the Giants. Tom Brady has even spoken out this week about the perfect season. The look of glee on his face was so bright it was down right embarrassing. Brady even jested that Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin should rest Strahan and Umenyiora.
So is Coughlin going to sit the Giants banged up starters? Is Plaxico Burress going to get his much needed rest, perhaps relieving some of the pressure his damaged ankle is suffering through. And starting running back Brandon Jacobs is having a rough first full season at the helm, in terms of being consistently dinged up. Jacobs could use the rest if not to heal up but to preserve himself from actually getting hurt and missing the set in stone date with the Tampa Bay Bucs in the first round of the playoffs. That date to some insiders in the Giant organization is the more important match up than what seems as a meaningless game to some in terms of the Giants best interest. Coughlin is guilty of being vague and unclear with his plan for Giant starters in the showdown with the Patriots. He waffled and sounded very politician-like in the beginning of the week. But something funny happened mid-week, Tom Brady’s light hearted comments about sitting Strahan and Umenyiora sparked a fire in the Giant players that was evident in interviews post Brady’s joke.
Despite my prayers and despite the Giants adamancy on playing hard I don’t see that translating into the derailing of history. Eli scares me. Even though in the weirdest way I have a little butterfly in my stomach that for some reason tells me he might go insane and throw six touchdowns. I feel my random inkling is akin to what a dumped girl feels. She looks at the phone and some how thinks that the jerk will call. For whatever strange reason I think Eli can make me happy for at least one Saturday night.