McDonald: Giants Still Have Hope

(David Pokress/Sportsday Wire)

I just couldn’t happen again for the New York Giants. Could it?

Yes it could.

After blowing another 10 point lead with two Atlanta Falcons touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Giants not just blew last week’s game, but this one as well.

“I thought we played better than we did last week,” head coach Tom Coughlin said.  “We didn’t get the turnovers and that was the huge difference in the game.  We can’t make mistakes.  We have to count on the other guys and we didn’t get any today.  Had we got some today, and got some pressure on the quarterback, there were a couple times where he was floating around in the middle and we still couldn’t get to him.”

Oh the quotes went on like this for the Giants, but frankly they should wait to later this week for Pope Francis to confess, no one is buying it now.

Last week this space said the Giants couldn’t afford to give games away, and now they just did it again.

The good news is the Giants can’t dwell on it – or confess to the Pop for that matter – because they have a game on Thursday when they play the Redskins at the Meadowlands.

“This is an important game, we know that,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “It’s a short week and don’t know much about Washington, they’ve got some new defensive coordinators so we got to look at a lot of film quickly, get prepared and hopefully go out there and play better.”

And even more good news. No matter how bad the last two weeks look for the Giants, they still have a golden opportunity in the NFC East.

Tony Romo is now out indefinitely with a broken clavicle and Dallas will pin their hopes on Brandon Weedon. They hardly looked like world beaters last week and even though they are 2-0 can come down to earth very easily.

They increased their record because the Eagles just look putrid. Losing 20-10 at home against Dallas. Sam Bradford looked mystified out there, making many wonder if they did the right thing by trading for the former No. 1 overall pick.

And then there’s Washington who looked great with Kirk Cousins manning the helm today. But remember these are the Redskins and generally whatever can go wrong down there will. They must have someone named Murphy in that organization, because it’s the law.

More good news for the Giants is that in 2007, they were 0-2 and looked clueless until Game 3 when they beat Washington finally getting their defensive scheme down. The new defensive coordinator that year was none other than Steve Spagnuolo. So again there’s hope.

The Giants know that.

“It’s 0-2,” said defensive end Robert Ayers, Jr. “It’s not the end of the world. We know we can play with anybody. When we get in these situations we have to finish games and we have to build on the positives. We can’t let things go up and down and up and down— when we get up, we have to keep going up and up and up, and that wasn’t the case this week.”

So turn the page Giant fans and hope that on Thursday, your team will start their season.

About the Author

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is the founder and former publisher of NY Sports Day. After selling to i15Media in 2020, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief and responsible for the editorial side of the publication. In the past, Joe was the managing editor of NY Sportscene magazine and assistant editor of Mets Inside Pitch. He has covered the Mets since 2004.

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