As the first half expired in yesterday’s Giants - Bears game, the word “trap” kept popping up in my head. Going into the game, I was concerned that Big Blue might play down to the 2-8 Bears. After an opening Giant scoring drive, the Bears started to dominant the game. The continued to make the Giants look like the 2 win team and they the 7 win team.
Going into the end of the 2nd quarter, there was a lot of trash talking by both teams. Most notably the Landon Collins spat with Chicago receiver Josh Bellamy. When asked about it, the second-year strong safety said it only motivated the Big Blue defense to dig itself out of a first-half funk that saw the Giants allow two touchdowns and a field goal on the Bears’ first three possessions. If it was that or whatever it was, the Giant’s D came out after the half shutting down the Bears and earning a fifth straight Giants win, 22-16, sealed by Collins’ fifth interception in the past four games.
It’s all about the defense in Giantland. This is going to have to be a Super Bowl defense the rest of the way, if the Giants want to make this five-game winning streak count for something in January. Because the offense’s ability to close out last Monday’s 21-20 win over the Bengals clearly was an anomaly, and this doesn’t feel like a sustainable recipe for success. You don’t want to keep winning nail-biters with the defense on the field. The good news is, for the second week in a row the Giants offense WAS on the field at game’s end which makes me believe that maybe this run might be the real deal. I just wish for once, they could win one going away.
Things are changing. You can finally feel some confidence from this team. Fact is the Giants are on their first five-game winning streak since winning six straight on the way to the Super Bowl XLVI in 2011. The offense still struggles at times, but their improving. The defense, on the other hand is to be reckoned with. Feels good, doesn’t it?
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