New York Giants fans really needed a weekend to relax and leisurely watch football without the stress that accompanies the Big Blue roller coaster, and with the team thankfully idle on Sunday we here at Giants 101 took the opportunity to keep an eye on some rivals who were in action: the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.
And although it may feel a bit awkward to wake up Monday morning with none of that football-juice hangover in our system, the Giants players and coaches needed a week off as much as we did. Here's what we saw yesterday:
Green Bay Packers:
We'll start with the Pack since we return to action facing Aaron Rodgers and co. in primetime on Sunday night. Rodgers threw a touchdown to Randall Cobb in the final two minutes to edge the Detroit Lions yesterday making it five straight wins for Green Bay.
The Packers offense isn't quite right without Greg Jennings and a fully healthy Jordy Nelson, but they've still got (one of if not) the best quarterback in the NFL and a defense that hasn't given up more than 20 points since Week 6.
Coming off the bye, good opponent that has something to prove against us…if this isn't a statement game for the Giants we're not sure what is: right the ship or continue to spiral.
Boy, oh boy did the Cleveland Browns come THIS CLOSE to doing the Giants a huge favor in Dallas yesterday. Dallas didn't play all that well and gave the Browns several opportunities to win the game…but the Browns just couldn't do it.
Dallas may not be playing well but they are squarely in the Giants rearview mirror for the NFC East division lead: a mere one-game behind. To be sure, Giants fans will be cheering for Robert Griffin III when the Cowboys and Redskins face off a few hours before Giants-Packers.
Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles:
When the Redskins spanked the Eagles 31-6 yesterday, they not only unofficially put the final nail in both the Eagles' season and Andy Reid's Eagles career, they also put themselves back into contention in the division. They're now only a game behind the Cowboys (two games behind us), with one matchup against the Giants and two against the Cowboys on their schedule.
They're playing pretty darn good football, and if they beat the Cowboys twice it will be the 'Skins and not the 'Boys nipping our heels down the stretch.
Watching the standings:
This time of year watching the standings spreads beyond the division, as every game a team like the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, [insert NFC team with winning record here], etc. comes into play if the Giants end up looking at wild card positions. You start doing mental tallies of tiebreakers (San Francisco, Seattle…).
Watching the standings would have been a lot more fun this morning had the Cowboys dropped that one to the Browns yesterday, but oh well. The Giants still control their own fate and that begins on Sunday against Green Bay.
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