Tony Romo should now feel special as he belongs to an elite 2010 QB fraternity; you know the fraternity that you don’t even have to traditionally rush for to become a part of, all you need to do is just drop back and relax. This fraternity even has its own Greek letters GKOC which stands for Giants Knock Out Crew. Tony became the 5th QB knocked out of a game by the NY Giants defense this year as he suffered a broken clavicle in the second quarter of a devastating loss to the Giants and will be out up to 8 weeks with the injury. The Giants won last night by the score of 41-35. Dallas season is over as they fell to 1-5 and they all but gave away their dreams to be the first team to win a Super Bowl in their own stadium. Only one team ever in the history of the NFL has started the season 1-5 or worse and has made the playoffs. That team was the Cincinnati Bengals who started 1-6 forty years ago back in 1970.
The New York Football Giants are for real this year and there is one easy way to tell. All Giants fans need to do is answer one simple question. When is the last time your beloved team had an opportunity to put away a division foe, crush their hopes, ruin their season and take a commanding lead while doing so and they actually took advantage of that opportunity? I cannot remember the last time that happened as the Giants usually keep everyone in it until the end of the season and then they pull away at the end. The Giants did everything in their power to let that happen again as they threw two interceptions within their first six offensive plays spotting the Cowboys ten points before most fans settled down on their couches with soda and popcorn. One huge reason this year is much different is the attitude of their true leader, Eli Manning. Eli is unflappable, never getting too high or too low and when the chips are down, I wouldn’t want another QB in the NFL to lead the Giants. Are you listening Tiki Barber? This is Eli’s team now and his calming leadership is the difference. Most QB’s would be rattled starting the way the Giants did, in front of millions of fans on a Monday night, in a hostile NFC East environment, but not Eli. Eli not only took the reigns, he orchestrated one of the most explosive offensive displays ever seen by a Giants QB. The Giants produced over 500 yards of total offense in a national come out party for their young WR crew. Standout wide out Hakeem Nicks scored 2 TD’s and became the first WR under the age of 22 in NFL History to have 8 TD’s in the first seven games of a season beating out the likes of Randy Moss who shared the previous lead with seven. Manning tied a career high with 4 TD passes as WR’s Steve Smith and Mario Mannigham had 1TD each as well. So while the offense was outstanding so was the defense playing inspired ball, keeping the Giants in the game early when things looked bleak. The Giants defense is tenacious with their pass rush and looks like a different team than last year in the secondary. Linebacker Michael Boley was solid knocking out Romo and when his replacement Jon Kitna stepped in the stingy Giants D stopped Dallas 14 times in a row going 3 and out.
While the final score looked much closer than it was the Giants still have an opportunity to improve as they did have 5 turnovers (3 interceptions for Eli and 2 fumbles by each RB) which let Dallas stay in the game longer than they should have been. There wasn’t much to celebrate for Dallas; however rookie WR phenom Dez Bryant had 3TD’s (2 by air and 1 by legs after a 93 yard punt return). Bryant’s punt return aside, the Giants special teams have improved as punter Matt Dodge boomed some big directional kicks and Lawrence Tynes was back to form kicking a 53 yard field goal right before the half. A better team, with a better coach may have made the Giants pay for their turnovers, but luckily for the Giants Jerry Jones’ ego still remains bigger than his new stadiums jumbotron and he has not pulled the plug on Wade “What Me Worry” Phillips. I would like to send a special note to the owner of Americas Team.
Thank you Jerry Jones for:
- Keeping that loser of a coach Wade Phillips who after the game said his team’s effort was great. Wade also in the 4th qtr went for a TD down 18 points instead of kicking a FG which would have brought his team within 2 possessions eventually missing the TD and killing all momentum they had established.
- For building that beautiful new stadium that the Giants are undefeated in going 2 for 2 and for which Dallas’ record this season is 0-3.
So while many Giants fans had questions going into this game, coming out I just had one, I wonder if Eli signed the wall again in the locker room christening his second win in two tries. It’s almost Thanksgiving time and Dallas all season long have played like Turkeys it is finally time to put a fork in them cause they are done. The Giants are going into their bye week in 1st place all alone atop the NFC East division. The G-Men have traditionally struggled coming off of their byes, but somehow I think this year will be different, so lookout Matt Hasselback of the Seattle Seahawks as in two weeks you may be receiving your pledge pin for the fraternity of GKOC.
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,