Giants – Seahawks blow-out : Wow! What a game! For the first time this season, I felt that the Giants were really one of the elite teams in the league. It was amazing the way everything clicked. The manner in which they marched down the field seemingly at will ( they scored on their first 6 possessions) reminded me of the Patriots / Colts on their best days and I had to remind myself that the QB with Manning on the back of his jersey was Eli and not Peyton. It felt like every drive was going to end in a score. Punishing running by Brandon Jacobs, a dominating offensive line, pinpoint passing- it was all on display. Granted, it was not against a topnotch defensive team but still, the Seahawk defense was not exactly chopped liver. Not only was the offense unstoppable on this day , it was also fun to watch. A win is a win is a win but when the Giants play such an entertaining game, so different from their tradtional consevative attack, it is the icing on the cake. I don’t recall them playing such a wide open offense except for a few games when Sean Payton was the offensive co-ordinator under Jim Fassel. And all this was without Plaxico Burress! After Domenick Hixon scored, a Giants fan in the stands held up a sign that said ” PLAXICO,THAT WAS YOUR TD”. Burress was back at practice yesterday after his suspension and I hope the message was not lost on him. The defense too was impressive , particularly in stopping Julius Jones who had been having a good season until last weekend. After this game, I feel much better about the Giants’ chances against the tough teams that they will face beginning with Game 7 against the Steelers.Hope they can run the table with the Browns next week and the 49ers the week after. A 6-0 start would be a good cushion going into the diifcult part of the season. However, nothing comes easy and the Browns are a desperate team….
The NFC East. Two weeks ago, the Cowboys were on top followed by the Giants and Philly with Washington bringing up the rear. Now, the Giants are on top followed by the Redskins, Cowboys and Philly. Even though the Cowboys have lost only one game ( at home against the Redskins) they did not look good against the lowly Bengals. Meanwhile, the Redskins have already played all their away games against their division rivals and will have home field advantage in the return matches. Quite an impressive performance. I wonder if it is only coincidence that both the Giants and the Redskins emphasise the team concept and the Cowboys do not .
Saints- Vikings: What an entertaining game! Before it started, I was wondering whom to root for. On the one hand, I like several of the Saints players ( Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Deuce McAllister) and their coach Sean Payton who got his start with the Giants. On the other hand, I like Adrian Peterson and didn’t want to see the Vikes fall completely out of contention. I finally opted for the Vikes and they did win but it sure didn’t look like it in the beginning. The blocked field goal that ended in a TD return for the Vikings was such an amazing play and happened so quickly that , at first, I didn’t know what had happened. I had to see it on replay and , even then, it was unbelievable. The ball fell so perfectly into Antoine Winfield’s hands that no one had a chance to catch him when he took off with it .Who would have thought that after the Saints got two punt returns for TD’s from Reggie Bush, after the Saints’ defense completely shackled Adrian Peterson, that they would still lose ? Too many mistakes , particularly the defensive interference penalty that set up the Vikings game winning field goal. Also, much as I love Sean Payton’s aggressive approach…. Wasn’t that onside kick attempt too much of a gamble ?
Steelers – Jaguars: on Sunday night was also entertaining but in a completely different way. Up until the moment that Roethlisberger threw that final TD to Hines Ward, it seemed like the Jags would pull it out. Full credit to Big Ben for playing injured,being able to take such a pounding and still complete passes, sometimes with a defender hanging onto him.He’s certainly earned time off , this being a bye week for the Steelers. Is it my imagination or are more players getting hurt this season ? Not only because of helmet-to-helmet hits( Anquan Boldin) but also on legit plays ( Brian Westbrook, Rashard Mendenhall, Trent Edwards etc). The league has tightened the rules to protect players and I don’t know what more can be done.
Picks, Pans and Surprises: Well, I was wrong about the Titans; they’re doing fine with Kerry collins filling in for Vince Young, thank you.That was an impressive performance against the Ravens. On the other hand, I was right about the Patriots being able to weather the loss of Tom Brady. I know it was only against the 49ers but Matt Cassel looked impressive throwing stikes to Randy Moss. The Patriots chances of making the playoffs should only improve as he grows in confidence. As for surprises , everyone talks about Miami winning 2 games already after their dismal 1-15 season last year but Atlanta is an even bigger surprise. They looked impressive in holding off Green Bay: Michael Turner’s power running is no surprise but rookie QB Matt Ryan ‘s poise and efficency is.