With a nice performance out of their defense and kicking team, the Giants were able to sneak out a win in Detroit and move into sole possession of the #5 Wild Card spot in the NFC. With a 7-3 record, it would take a collapse even greater than last year for the Giants to miss the playoffs in an especially weak NFC. Although the NFC is weak, the Giants still sit 2 games (3 with tiebreaker) behind Dallas for the first place lead in the NFC East. Whoever wins the NFC East will most certainly get a first round bye and possibly Home Field Advantage, depending on how Green bay ends up.
Just before his 36th Birthday, Michael Strahan had 3 sacks and 6 tackles, as he looked like he was 30 again.
Sinorice Moss did a great job with his receiving yards, a career high 46, but the problem was that he fumbled the ball when the Giants were in field goal range and the Lions recovered. He needs to fix that.
Eli Manning did a great job, and it was in the second half of the season! Wow, I’ve never seen that happen. Maybe because it was indoors? Anyway, great job by Eli with his TD’s. He also had NO interceptions, which is a huge plus heading into next week’s home matchup against the Minnesota Vikings at Giants Stadium. He did a wonderful job of spreading the ball around. He completed passes to 9 different wide receivers.
Lawrence Tynes drilled ’em all, going 3 for 3 with a long of 46 yards.
Although Mathias Kiwanua got knocked out for the year with a leg injury, the Giants still have a veteran Reggie Torbor ready for action, who started for the Giants in 2005, the year the Giants won the NFC East.
Brandon Jacobs also got hurt, but it was much more of a minor injury. He hurt his hamstring, and will miss only a little bit of time IF AT ALL. If so, most indications point toward a return of surprisingly talented RB Derrick Ward this week, who has been hurt lately. If they both can’t go, Reuben Droughns should get the bulk of the carries (who else?).
Plaxico Burress’ ankle really seems to be limiting him BIG TIME. He has done nothing in the past 3 or 4 weeks. He has been slower in his routes, unable to haul catches in, etc. If I were the Giants, I’d rest him for 3 weeks and prepare him for the playoffs. This injury apparently is not going away.
Great return job by Ahmad Bradshaw this week for the Giants.