EAST RUTHERFORD—The Giants’ 42-7 blowout of the Eagles was a desperate illustration of what they are capable of when they get it all together, hinting at what they could have accomplished in the postseason if they had simply gotten it together a little more often.
BALTIMORE—How can the Super Bowl champs, the team that not long ago blew out the Packers and Saints, the team that convincingly stayed on message with we-got-this assurances, go out ruin their season with two straight no-shows?(1)
One of the pleasures of arriving early to a Giants game is observing Tom Coughlin ritual of shaking hands with all 46 players who dress.
To get blown out by the Bengals, a team that seemed constitutionally incapable of blowing out anybody before yesterday, requires the confluence of many breakdowns: coverages must be blown, pass rushers must take the game off, the quarterback must regress back into shell-shocked rookie form, the offensive line must be whipped, backs must fumble, and receivers must drop balls.
The Giants succeeded in all of these missteps on Sunday, making the 31-13 loss everybody’s fault, though some players (David Diehl) deserve more blame than others (Prince Amukamara, Andre Brown).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—It was time for Tom Coughlin’s daily session with reporters, which meant it was time to talk about injuries.
Despite all the mugshots and perp-walks though the years, and even the lesser self-imposed humiliations like that Nutrisystem commercial, L.T.’s legend is still intact, safely preserved in the ‘80s highlight videos celebrating his greatness, in which football talking heads proclaimed we were watching a player who had changed the way the game is played.
Another season, another gathering storm surrounding Osi Umenyiora’s dissatisfaction with his contract and his role.
Last week, Umenyiora, 30, the Giants’ proud and sensitive star defensive end, told reporters, “It would be a wonderful thing to do to start your career with one team and finish it with one team. I would love to do it.”(2)
If one is to assume a perfectly equitable distribution of championships across every team in the league, it would mean that each N.F.L. fan base is “entitled” to one title every 32 years. From this perspective, waiting five years seems like a reasonable, mature concession to the idea that you can’t have everything you want in the world.
But I think I speak for many Giants fans in saying that I would be incredibly disappointed if they lost on Sunday.
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Jason Pierre-Paul, who played defensive end in the Giants' 37-34 win on Dec. 11 over the Dallas Cowboys.
The fact that Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t one of the best-known players in the N.F.L. doesn’t make him an “emerging star.” He had already emerged as a star before last night, when he played one of the best games by a Giants defender in recent memory.(1)