WEEK 6 FINAL
Detroit Lions 20
NEW YOR GIANTS 28
N.Y. Giants' Football has never been pretty. But a win is a win is a win. Additionally, had you asked me if I would have liked to have a 4-2 record after Week 6 and be sitting a-top the NFC East, I would have said Yes; post haste. Well, here we are.
The game itself was a GIANT step forward in our 2010 season. We are coming off consecutive victories over the Bears, Texans and now the Lions. They're not exactly the Murderer's Row of Pigskin, but there is decent to good Football being played by those teams.
Coming off three consecutive victories is exactly the way you want to enter next week's match-up against the (albeit struggling) Cowboys. No one saw a 1-5 start by the Cowboys coming, but they are still a talented and dangerous team that can flick a switch and go on a roll. The next week out, is the Giants' Bye week with the Eagles on tap after that. Then..., the Cowboys again at home. The next three games will go a long way towards defining this NY Football Giants team as November starts to come into focus.
But for one day; for one Sunday; for one game..., The Giants were lucky. That's right; Lucky. And don't say I didn't warn you because in my last pre-game post I said this game was going to be ugly. Ugly it was.
Let's keep this very simple. There is beauty in simplicity.
What almost caused the Giants to lose this game?
What almost caused the Giants to lose this game was (from mid-3rd quarter on) their inability to convert offensively on 3rd down.
What almost caused the Giants to lose this game was (from mid-3rd quarter on) their inability to stop the Lions on 3rd down when Detroit had the ball.
What was it that really kept the Giants in the game?
What really kept the Giants in the game (from mid-3rd quarter on) was the Lions racking up 11 penalties that cost them 91 yards.
What really kept the Giants in the game (from mid-3rd quarter on) was Detroit having to spend all their time-outs to get the ball back. Once they had possession the clock expired before they could mount a tying play.
Yes, a tying play. If Detroit scores at the end of the game; if they had one more time-out left, and convert on a two-point attempt, the score is tied.
In a nutshell, that's the game. The Giants allowed the Lions to hang around and stay in the game. As much as the Lions kept penalizing themselves, the Giants seemed only too willing to return the favor with their aversion to 3rd down efficiency.
That's how I heard it (Because I had NO FOX CHANNEL on Cablevision!!!). But how ever we got to the top of the division doesn't take away from the fact the view is cool from the top looking down.
Next post: Players and Coaches.