City Sports Report

Tale of Two Giants Teams by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

New York Giants Receiver Victor Cruz Is Having a Sensational Season.

New York Giants Receiver Victor Cruz Is Having a Sensational Season.

The New York Giants, based on their talent, are one of the best teams in the National Football League. Unfortunately for them, they have not showed it in far too many games this season.

In their victory over the New England Patriots in week 9, and their 38-35 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, the Giants showed how good they can be when at their best.

Unfortuantely for them, in losses to the Philadephia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins, teams with a combined record of 13-23 after 12 weeks, the Giants showed just how bad they can play when they are not focused.

Some people will call for the job of head coach Tom Coughlin if the team does not make the playoffs. Coughlin does have to take some of the blame for his team not coming out prepared and with consistent energy and effort, but, ultimately, the players have to maintain their professionalism and bring the same effort every game.

Some people will call for the job of the General Manager Jerry Reese. That, too, would be incorrect. The team has suffered a lot of injuries, inlcuding losing Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Knicks, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora, to name a few, and any NFL team that suffers those types of injuries is going to struggle more than expected.

The Giants have experienced breakthrough seasons by a few players, led by quarterback Eli Manning. Manning is in the top six in the NFL in Quarterback Rating, Passing Yards, and Touchdowns. He is certainly continuing the tradition of Manning greatness started by his father Archie and continued by his older brother Peyton. Wide receiver Victor Cruz has also had a spectacular season, appearing in the NFL Top 10 in Receiving Yards, Receptions, and Touchdowns. Jason Pierre-Paul is also having a breakthrough season, and leads all Giants with 10.5 sacks, good for fifth in the league.

The New York Giants still have a shot to win the division, and, with four games left, including two against division rival Dallas Cowboys, and a matchup against co-Met Life Stadium tenant New York Jets, their destiny is in their own hands. If the Giants show up with the same effort they played with last night against the Cowboys twice, they have a great shot at winning the division. If, however, they show up with the intensity they had when playing lesser teams, the New York Giants will miss playoff football for the fourth season in a row.

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  1. Stephen R. McClain

    December 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I would have to agree with you on what Giants team will show up. The Ahmad Bradshaw injury was big. I am a big fan of our big back, Brandon Jacobs, but he needs a slasher runner in the game in order for him to be the most effective. As far as the coaching and the GM. is concerned, there is a problem. We lost both Steve Smith and Boss. Was it Money or was it they didn’t want to play for Couphlin, who was voted as the coach that NFL players would least want to play for in their career. We have to win throughout from here or there is going to have to be some necessary changes at the end of this season.

  2. Bobby Charts

    December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Agree, their a hard team to figure out. I like Eli a lot, he is a top 5 QB to me maybe top 4 behind Brady, Rogers and Brees. When you have a QB you have to make it work! Hopefully they do!

    Of the NFC East teams the Gmen are the one I can handle rooting for, lol.

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