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3rd and 10: Meltdown for the G-Men

Something has happened to the Giants. They are doing it again. The Giants suffer from a constant struggle to pull their bootstraps up pre-playoffs. They will sail through some major matchups (Packers) and then struggle against lesser opponents. On Sunday the G-Men suffered from a complete meltdown against the Ravens.

The Giants seemed to have not even shown up. Eli Manning only threw one touchdown. Nicks didn’t have a single catch. All of this was against a team that has struggled with injuries and was used to mop the floor with by Peyton and crew the week before. The game was hardly competitive.

The faithful point out that the Giants always do this. They convince the NFL that they are not actually that good. That they can’t squeak out big wins; and then somehow rise like a phoenix from the ashes and win the Super Bowl. Except, this year they look especially painful.

What if they Giants don’t come back?

It appears that this might be the case. The Giants have not looked less like championships. Both the offense and the defense have lacked any spark. The Giants have been outscored by their opponents 67-14 in the last two games. They were blown out by Atlanta, and looked sluggish against Baltimore. Manning hasn’t been able to make clutch plays. The pass rush has been mediocre. The defense has looked less than stellar-there was little pressure against the quarterback. It’s done. If they hope to make it into the post season they will need a win against Philly and hope from a handful of outsiders. It is hard to say that all of the stars will align for the Giants.

Probably the saddest part of the Giants loss is that now the Cowboys might win the division- think about it.


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