Sunday, December 23, 2007

Giants are in

Despite extended instances of mediocrity, the New York Giants have clinched a wild card spot. The Giants scored more than 21 points for the first time since October 21, and they showed what formula they will need to succeed: a strong defense + downplaying Eli's ability to impact the game. To wit:

Manning - 7/15, 111 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INT, 2 Fumble Losses
Jacobs & Bradshaw - 41 attempts, 296 yards, 2 TDs, 0 Fumbles
Defense - 21 points allowed, 3 sacks for 34 yards, 3 INT for 81 yards & 2 TDs, 1 Fumble Recovery

If the Giants wish to win in the postseason, they need to continue to play strong on defense and to run the ball on offense. Letting Eli touch the ball for longer than it takes to hand it off to Jacobs or Bradshaw (or Droughns) is a recipe for disaster.