Duel in the Desert. A satisfying win in Glendale against a good, not great , Cardinals team. With mad bomber ex-Giant QB Kurt Warner at the controls, the Cardinals were in it until late in the fourth quarter but I think most Giants fans didn’t really feel the Cards would be able to catch up . The game was closer than we would have liked but considering that Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress were both out, we have to be pleased with the result. It gave the reserves a chance to step up and did they ever! I was happy to see Domenick Hixon get his chance and do well in multiple roles . Derrick Ward and Ahmed Bradshaw gained almost a hundred yards against a Cardinal defense that most often was geared to stopping the run and Eli Manning was dynamite in throwing for TD’s to three different receivers and playing error free ball.What I find most impressive about this team is the way in which different players step up to shoulder the burden when someone is injured. It makes for a deep, very deep, squad and augurs well for the future as we can expect to lose several players to free agency at the end of the season. Full credit to Coach Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese for building up this team for long term success.
Up next, Washington. The Redskins are a very up and down team and it’s difficult to know which team will show up at FedEx Field next Sunday. They looked horrible in their first game against the Giants , then sparkled in beating both Dallas and Philadelphia. Since then they have added a couple of victories but have stumbled against elite defensive teams like Pittsburgh and Dallas. As impressive as QB Jason Campbell has looked at times, the Redskins are only averaging 18.3 points a game, a little below the league average ( 22.3) and they have yet to score 30 points a game. Surprising for a team that features Clinton Portis at running back , WR Santana Moss and improving QB Jason Campbell.The defense is banged up with both LB London Fletcher and DE Andre Carter nursing foot injuries though neither has ruled out playing this coming Sunday. Should be a good game though I expect the Giants to win handily.
Jets beat Titans. I thought that the Jets had a chance against the Titans but I never thought that the Titans would be so thoroughly outplayed, at home yet. I wonder who will be quarterbacking the Titans in the playoffs. Vince Young has been healthy for awhile now and he is the future of the franchise. Will the Titans stick with journeyman Kerry Collins who has filled in so ably for Young Or … ? Regardless of when Young steps in for Collins, there should not be a QB controversy of the type we have in Cleveland or Philly.
Giants vs Jets. With both local teams heading their divisions, New York fans are licking their chops and local sportswriters nave floated the idea of a Super Bowl with two New York teams. Of course this is way too premature . Neither team has even qualified for the playoffs yet and of course, once they do qualify, they still have to negotiate a minefield in getting to Tampa. It gives us locals something to talk about and there’s no harm in that. The N.Y Daily News polled it’s readers on which team was better than the other at specific positions i.e QB, RB, WR, defensive line, offensive line, cornerbacks, coaching etc. and in every case, the reader response favored the Giants , almost 75% to 25%. I would have thought it would be closer , perhaps in the QB comparison. Perhaps it only means that there are three times as many Giants fans as Jets fans. Unlike other sports, there doesn’t seem to be any real animosity between the Giants fans and the Jets fans, something that’s not true of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry or the Yankees and the Mets.
Talk about explosive ! Drew Brees had a bust-out game against Green Bay last Sunday, embarassing the Packers vaunted pass defense en route to 51 points. Amazing display of pin point passing . I see that Shockey had a decent game though the receiving star was Lance Moore who had two touchdowns. I was sorry to see Aaron Rodgers on the losing end , inspite of a pretty good passing show of his own. Packers fans are likely to compare their team’s 5-6 record against Brett Favre’sdivision leading Jets ( 8-3) but the Packers’ses are not Rodgers fault since their defense this season has been porous. I still think Green Bay did the right thing in trading away Favre.