It was an oddball week for sure leading into Sunday’s showdown in the biggest most anticipated grudge match of the season. The Giants victory in Detroit vs the Vikings Monday night capped a bizarre long weekend in which the stadium in Minneapolis of course collapsed….collapsed like Brad Childress’s confidence, like the Vikings D, or like Brett Favre’s shoulder (or insert the ironic analogy of your choosing).
That collapse created a weird Sunday for Giant fans; thousands of guys in their blue hats and NY gear could be seen forlornly trudging through the city with their girlfriends or wives shopping, totally bummed that the cancellation “freed up” a Sunday for other activities. Then this was followed by a strange Monday night 21-3 victory in which the Giants, who turned the ball over in Viking territory on both of the first two possessions, did not have a lot to feel that great about.
Except the running game, which looked dominant. Bradshaw and Jacobs are peaking, and that seems to be even more important this week with the news that Steve Smith is out for the season with an injured knee. The Giants must avoid the mistake-prone Eli antics that have recurred throughout this season, and must be on their A game to beat the equally hungry, equally nasty, equally physical Eagles on Sunday. And in order to be on their A game they have to have plenty of reps running the ball. Which is why the Giants can’t get down 14-0 early and move away from running the ball….
The Giants whole season, an up and down, Jeckyll and Hyde affair to be sure, has led up to this. They will answer the bell Sunday says my crystal ball.
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Written by Mark Reichman