Loved it, loved it,loved it. That’s what Giants fans must have been saying as they left Giants Stadium after yesterdays 30-10 drubbing of the Ravens. I never thought that the Giants would be able to record such a dominating performance. After all, the Ravens came into town riding a 4 game win streak and possessing a league leading run defense that only allowed 65.4 yards rushing per game. I knew that , In Brandon Jacobs , Derrick Ward and Ahmed Bradshaw, the Giants had some punishing runners but, in my wildest dreams, I never thought they would rack up 207 yards. 207 yards … WOW ! The final score may be a little deceiving because the game was fairly close at the middle of the third quarter ; right until CB Aaron Ross snagged a Joe Flacco pass that caromed off a receivers helmet and returned it for a TD to put the game out of reach for the Ravens.
The entire Giants offense clicked. The offensive line was solid, opening holes for the Giants runners and yielding only one sack of Manning. Eli was impressive all day except for one bad pass that he threw to a double covered Kevin Boss while failing to see a wide open Plaxico Burress. He spread the ball around to the various receivers, twice drew the Ravens into offside penalties with hard counts, and managed the game well. The defense gave up some meaningless yardage to Joe Flacco but bottled up the Baltimore runners and did not yield any long completions. All in all it was a little payback for the way that the Giants were embarassed by the Ravens in the Super Bowl a few years ago.
I consider that there are two teams which play dirty and are out to injure opposing players. One is the Philadelphia Eagles; the other is the Baltimore Ravens. A few weeks ago,Rashard Mendenhall, the rookie running back for the Steelers, said that they would run over the Ravens defense. The “boast” was made in the course of a pre-game interview but the Ravens read it as an insult and supposedly placed a ‘bounty’ on him. I don’t know if the last part is true but Mendenhall was knocked out of the game with a season ending shoulder injury. Ray Lewis, the Ravens MLB is a great player and motivator , but a trash talker, a bully and an intimidator. How sweet it was to see if him have to eat crow ! Get it ( Raven, Crow) ! A sports writer in the Baltimore Sun had a good line. He said that the post game injury report for the Ravens did not list any injuries except for their bruised egos ! ( LOL)
Next up, the Arizona Cardinals and ex -Giant QB Kurt Warner,37, who is having a banner season. On Sunday, Warner was 32 of 44 for 395 yards, with one TD and one interception and a QB rating of 105.5. In Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald he has a terrific pair of fleet wide receivers who will give the Giants CBs fits. Warner has a very quick release and the Giants pass rush will have to play it’s best to contain him. However, the Cardinals running attack is ordinary as is their defense. The Cardinals have a 4-game lead in the weak NFC West and theyshould be extra motivated since a win would virtually guarantee that they will make the playoffs.The Giants should win handily unless they have a complete meltdown as they did in Cleveland.
What is it with these ex- Giant quarterbacks? Down in Nashville, Kerry Collins is having a career year after stepping in for Vince Young. All of a sudden , he seems to have discovered his accuracy and is a candidate for MVP. Yesterday, he led the Titans to a come back victory after they were down 14-3 at the half to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The undefeated Titans are # 1 in the weekly power rankings but I’m still surprised when I see them up there.
Matt Cassell. Isn’t it amazing that someone who never started for his team in college is drafted by an NFL team, steps in for an injured All-Pro ( Tom Brady) and is able to keep the team afloat ? Last Thursday, he was particularly impressive while throwing for 400 yards against the Jets and almost pulling off a win. Full credit to the Patriots scouting system and team philosophy which has enabled them to survive a rash of injuries that would have kayoed practically any other team. When Cassell had a so-so performance in his first couple of starts, Pats fans were grumbling ; now they are worried whether the team will be able to re-sign him when the season ends !
I was hoping the Redskins would defeat the Cowboys last night. No such luck as Tony Romo returned to guide Dallas to a come from behind win. A loss would have practically put an end to their hopes for a playoff berth.