The New York Giants entered their bye week at 2-6, having won their last two games, and feeling rather hopeful. And while that hope remains, pressure has been added as all other NFC East teams won on Sunday — obviously including both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, who each barely escaped defeat.
But Big Blue can only focus on what they do, and that will continue on Monday as the team now begins preparation for the Oakland Raiders.
The leaves fall and the Giants rise. It happens every year … except this one.
In coach Tom Coughlin’s previous nine seasons, his Giants at the halfway point were 5-3 twice, 6-2 six times and 7-1 once for a first-half record of 53-19 — a winning percentage of .736. Their second-half swoons were as predictable as frost on the lawn, and the unexpected Super Bowl runs in 2007 and 2011 were sights to behold.
In Coughlin’s 10th anniversary season, instead of presenting him with the traditional tin or aluminum gift or the more modern diamond jewelry, a handful of rocks have been dropped at his doorstep.
For Brown, it has been a long and lonely journey back. He has downloaded an app in his iPhone to count down the days until his return. The app, entitled "Unleash The Beast, Thoroughbred Run Wild," was showing 12 days, 22 hours when he displayed it on Monday.
"With us struggling like that, it was very difficult to watch," Brown said. "I wanted to help the team."
The Giants took a leap of faith by signing Will Hill when nobody else would give the safety a chance, and stuck with the hard-hitter through two four-game suspensions.
He finally is making their gamble pay off.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Hill has made the most of his latest second chance, thriving at safety in four games since his return. His emergence has enabled the Giants to go with a three-safety look, which has proven successful in the past. Hill joined Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy in the defensive backfield as the team won back-to-back games.
When you're over 30 in the NFL, it's the equivalent of being a senior citizen in everyday society. In this case, the Giants have a handful of football senior citizens on their defensive line, the second-oldest unit in the league.
The Giants' defensive line averages 27.4 years of age, a hair behind the Washington Redskins and a fraction ahead of the Indianapolis Colts.
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