The Giants can beat you by smashing the running game down your throat. Or with a field-position-controlling D. Or with the occasional flash of Eli brilliance on a pass play to any number of unheralded and unnoticed wideouts. Or failing the above, the Giants can beat you with a big turnover and momentum changing score.
Alll of the above skills were on display in the Giants opening weekend victory, and their combined effect was more than the Skins could handle.
I admired the Giants persistence in going back to Jacobs in short yardage situations despite his getting stuffed by the tough Washington interior. Jacobs came up short on two first half 3rd and shorts; they call his number on fourth and short and again he can't push through. The smashmouth gameplan with Jacobs did seem to have a cumulative effect, however, on the Skins front, later on in the second half. Plus Ahmad Bradshaw was a terrific change of pace, stutter stepping through the line. Good patience with running game for Big Blue.
Mario Manningham and Steve Smith both shined and provided a little flash when Eli could find them. Manningham's 30 yard sideline tiptoe TD made the Skins secondary look silly.
Osi Umenyiora showed superior speed for a man of his size, scooping the Jason Campbell fumble for a return TD. And Justin Tuck loked awesome single-handedly stuffing Clinton Portis for a five yard loss, then engulfing Campbell for a sack in one third quarter sequence. Yes, the Giants defensive front is big and badassss. Its apparently true.
With so many areas of excellence, the Giants had more than enough to overcome some shoddy plays. Such as Eli's terrible interception into traffic in the fourth that could have cost the game. But the toughness and talent is certainly there to go all the way, Giants fans.
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Written by Mark Reichman