After coming off the big win over the Cowboys, the Giants, maybe for the first time this season, looked like a team full of confidence, especially on offense as they drove down the field on their first possession, earning their 10th victory of the season Sunday, defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6.
Now don’t get me wrong. The offense is still not where it should be for a playoff team. But it was good enough to win, with the help of thier shutdown defense. The Lions defense flustered Giants quarterback Eli Manning and bewildered the Giants’ rushing attack. After the Giants scored on that 75-yard opening drive, the Lions held them to 3 points and 214 total yards over the next three quarters. Amid a momentary coverage breakdown late in the fourth, they left Beckham, the wunderkind, open on a third down from the 4-yard line. His resulting touchdown, on yet another difficult grab (a bad Eli pass), helped the Giants prevail.
Again, the real story of the win was the Giant D. The defense continues to evolve into a championship-caliber unit. The D line line hounded Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played with a black glove on his throwing hand after tearing ligaments and dislocating a joint in his middle finger last week. Although Stafford was sacked only once and was hit just four times, he rarely looked comfortable in the pocket, completing 24 of 39 passes for 273 yards and no touchdowns. With the exception of a Golden Tate 67 yard completion, the secondary shadowed every receiver all game long. He simply had no one to throw too.
Yesterday the Giants were oozing confidence. It was the first time all season I watched the Giants and felt like they were going to win from the kickoff. They are now 10-4, and one step closer to their first playoff berth since 2011. The 10 wins is their most since they went 10-6 in 2010. The Giants have road games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins remaining on their schedule. The Giants can clinch a wild-card playoff spot with a win Thursday night in Philadelphia.
I don’t know about you, but finally I feel like the Giant’s have caught lightning in a bottle. Yes, they still have some flaws, but that didn’t stop them in 2011. They even might be a little bit better than that team. If I were in New England, I would be wondering if this was 2011 all over again.
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