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Giants 24-0 Buccaneers

So, the Giants begin their must-win stretch of games with a smothering 24-0 win on the road at Tampa Bay. It’s great that the boys took care of business, but this is the entire list of things that we learned from this game:

Tampa Bay is really, really, REALLY crap at professional football.

That said, Steve Smith seems to be growing into the No. 1 receiver role, as Eli Manning continually looked for him first throughout the day (which is frustrating as hell for me because I opted to add Mario Manningham to my fantasy team). Brandon Jacobs did the usual, pounding the Tampa Bay line into submission to allow Ahmad Bradshaw to break out with some big runs. However, it should also be noted that the Buccaneers are seemingly unable to perform basic tackling fundamentals, and those runs would have been a lot shorter against nominally-competent opposition.

Still, it was nice to see the Giants do what needed to be done against a weaker opponent, to the extent that David Carr was put in at QB for the 4th quarter. Speaking of QBs, if I’m coaching Tampa at this point, I bench Byron Leftwich and go with one or both of their rookie backups for the rest of the season. For me, three games of sub-replacement level play from the most important position on the field is reason enough to see what they have with their kids. It says it all that even though the Giants were pretty good defensively on the day, the Bucs had managed 30 yards of offense through three quarters. I say without exaggeration that if the Giants were playing the University of Texas or the University of Florida, I’d expect them to best that tally (not by a lot…let’s not go nuts here…but they’d be above it). Derrick Ward and Cadillac Williams didn’t do much on the ground for them, but our d-line was getting penetration all day, and the linebackers could cheat forward due to the utter lack of threat from the air.

Looking ahead, Kansas City and Oakland both put up dreadful performances once again in Week 3, and all available evidence suggests that a letdown isn’t coming from the Giants for either of those games. Beyond that, the Bills did a fairly good job of containing Drew Brees and the Saints…New Orleans’ margin of victory was inflated somewhat by two late TDs from Pierre Thomas. If the Giants can come up with a similar performance, there’s every reason to believe that we can punish their defense enough to end up with a comfortable victory. Admittedly, that’s a dangerous assumption, but I like to live on the edge.

Finally, congratulations to the Lions for putting three years of futility behind them to finally win a game of professional football. It’s even sweeter to see it come against a divisional opponent!

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September 28, 2009 - Posted by | The Giants

2 Comments »

  1. Gmen should have no problem with KC and Oakland…Saints will be a challenge, but if we can put some points on the board we’ll win…I think right now Baltimore might be the best team in the league but the Giants aren’t far behind….

    Comment by TJ | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. TJ:

    1. Thanks for reading!

    2. Brendan can back me up on this – I have said more than once this season that Baltimore scares the shit out of me. Their defense isn’t *quite* as nasty as it was last season (some key players – not the least of whom is Ray Lewis – are another year older), but it’s more than made up for by Joe Flacco taking that next step towards being an elite QB. They didn’t quite take the training wheels off of him last season and it made their offense a little too predictable…that to me was the difference in their playoff loss to Pittsburgh. Now? A scary Flacco gives their RBs more room to run, and they become a far different proposition to defend against all around.

    Playoffs are crapshoots and anything can happen in a one-game scenario, but would anyone be surprised at this point if they rampaged their way through the AFC playoffs without being seriously challenged? Do the Patriots or Jets want ANY part of them? I’m guessing no.

    Comment by primetimeswift | September 28, 2009 | Reply


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