A dreary loss in Dallas. After looking very good in their wins over Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the Giants seem to be developing some cracks. Unlike last year, when they peaked at just the right time, this year the team seems to be faltering down the home stretch. Of course, one should not read too much into this loss , since the G-Men were missing Brandon Jacobs, their star runner. Without a running game ( and without the breakaway threat of Plaxico Burress), the Dallas defense was able to tee off on Eli Manning. Consequently, the Giants were not able to mount a credible offensive threat though their defense kept them in the game almost until the end.
This game did not mean as much to the Giants as it did to the Cowboys since the loss is not going to make any difference to the Giants post-season positioning. The next game, at home against the Carolina Panthers , will. If the Giants beat the Panthers. they will get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Otherwise , if they lose to the Panthers,they will finish second in their division to the Panthers . In that case, if both teams advance to the NFC Championship game, the Giants will have to play an Carolina’s home turf, a daunting proposition.
Playoff Hopes. In order to repeat as champions, the Giants will have to play to the peak of their abilities. They are not an overpowering team and they will have to play almost perfect , error free ball if they are to prevail. They will get a first round bye and perhaps the banged up Jacobs can recover from his injuries in time to help the Giants regain their swagger. Otherwise, looking at Carolina’s multifaceted attack( WR Steve Smith and the running back duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart) it could mean the end of the Giants commendable season. If only that idiot Plaxico had been able to control his freaking ego…
A Real Humdinger in Baltimore as the Steelers staged another fourth quarter comeback, this time against the Ravens . Yes, this was a defensive struggle too but, unlike the Giants-Cowboys game, this was hugely entertaining. The game had everything one could wish for and was close throughout.What is it with the Steelers? Are they plain lucky or is it just that they are slow starters? This win may not have been as dramtic as last week’s win over the Cowboys but it was close. For more than 3 1/2 quarters, the Ravens held Ben Rothleisberger in check but then he caught fire and led the Steelers down the field for the winning TD. I was rooting for the Steelers and that made me very happy.
Speaking of luck, is there anybody luckier than the Jets ? The Bills had them down for the count ; all they had to do was run out the last 1- 1/2 minutes. And what does Bills QB J.P.Loser, sorry I mean J.P Losman do ? Instead of playing it safe when he is flushed out of the pocket, he sprints out, is tackled and fumbles the ball which is picked up by the Jets DE Shaun Ellis who rumbles in for the game clinching TD. No wonder the Jet fans in the stands were going bananas . They must have given up hope before that one play turned it all around. It should be interesting to see who emerges in the AFC East where the Jets are in a three way tie with Miami and New England. The Indianapolis Colts appear to have locked up one of the two wild card spots and Baltimore is likely to get the other so it appears that only one team will be coming out of the AFC East … unless the Cowboys are able to somehow beat the Ravens.
What were you thinking ,Jeff Fisher ? With the Titans trailing by one point in the waning moments of their game against the Texans, Fisher could have called upon K Rob Bironas . Bironas had already kicked four FGs and the Titans were close enough . If Bironas had kicked his 5th three pointer, the Titans would have been 2 points ahead and they could have relied on their defense to stymie the Texans and keep them out of field goal range.Instead, Fisher went for it on fourth down, Kerry Collins’ pass sailed incomplete and the Texans won 13-12. Go figure.