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).
The championship-caliber narrative of the Giants' season was kept alive on Sunday by a fingertip.(2)
The 2011 Giants had a weakness at the cornerback position named Aaron Ross. Quarterbacks threw in his direction in last year’s regular season to a 102.8 rating, well above the league average of 82.5.
Preseason games don’t count.
That’s why the “win is a win is a win” mantra validly trotted out after even the most ugly, pyrrhic regular season victories doesn’t carry weight. Last night’s game was a perfect illustration of this: The Bears may have won the game, but the Giants’ starters outplayed the Bears’ starters and left with the score in their favor. The Bears won the game, but the Giants’ starters won the day.
We had heard that David Wilson was fast, but that description applies to a lot of guys who don’t make it.
In an ESPN Sports Poll, which, I believe, simply asked fans, “What’s your favorite N.F.L. team?” the Giants ranked 3rd, at 7.1 percent. They were bested only by the Cowboys (obviously) and the Packers.
So Eli Manning will host Saturday Night Live on May 5th. Apparently, the slot has been offered to him “a few times” through the years, but he turned it down until now. It just “feels like the right time,” he said.
This should be fun. The obvious source of humor with Eli is that he is slack-jawed, youthfully awkward and self-effacing—basically the opposite of the American archetype of the superstar quarterback.(1)