Jobu reviews the Giants’ Week 12 win against the Washington
Despite the fact that they play in the Nation’s Capital, everyone in America should hate the Redskins. Their owner refuses to admit–and even damn near fabricates testimonials and evidence to dispute–the fact that their team name is horribly racist and offensive to all Native Americans. As the cultural hub of the universe (sorry to steal one of Jerry’s lines), New York has to stand up for diversity and beat the Redskins as many times as possible… Right? Let’s see how the American way of life helped fight racism this past Sunday.
This game started out pretty badly for the Giants. The defense, which has carried them through most of this big turnaround they’ve had, all but abandoned them in the early part of this game. Robert Griffin completed something like 12 or 13 passes in a row to start his night. Alfred Morris ran in a score on the opening drive, and Griffin threw a TD pass to Logan Paulsen early in the second quarter, and the Racists (as we shall refer to them from now on) had a 14-0 lead. That’s when the offense and defense of the New York Giants finally woke up.
The Giants got the scoring started when Andre Brown ran one in from 23 yards out with just under nine minutes to go in the half. That seemed to completely turn the game around. With just over 30 seconds left in the half, Eli Manning found Tight End Brandon Myers for a 22-yard TD reception and a blank slate on the scoreboard. The Giants and Racists were tied at the half, which just meant they had to outscore them in the second half to win. They had no problem doing that at all.
I don’t know what the problem is with Griffin. Maybe he’s still working out the kinks from last year’s knee injury, or maybe he was just completely overrated after his rookie season, but he probably shouldn’t be playing right now. All kidding aside about his talent, he is playing a step slower than he was last year, when he became one of the darlings of the league and helped me to my second place Fantasy Football finish. He probably shouldn’t be playing right now. The Redskins are completely out of it, and they should just focus on getting their franchise QB healthy and ready for next year. They’ve been pushing the envelope with Griffin all year long, and it could end up in disaster.
That being said, the Redskins played like total crap in the second half of this game. This was all thanks to the Giants’ defense, because Big Blue decided to start tackling players and messing with Griffin’s comfort level. No one played a bigger role in disrupting Griffin than Justin Tuck. Tuck came into this game with a pathetic 2.5 sacks on the year. He had 4 in the second half alone, as the Giants put the clamps on Griffin and friends, holding the Racists to just a Kai Forbath (does he live in the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars?) Field Goal during the final 30 minutes of play.
The Giants offense, meanwhile, took the third quarter off but came out of the gates hot in the fourth, as Brown ran in another score that gave the G-Men a 21-17 lead they would not relinquish. Brown, who really has been a savior this season, had a tough day but finished with 35 yards on 14 carries and 2 TDs. Peyton Hillis took the rest of the running load, rushing 6 times for 45 yards on the night. Eli, meanwhile, threw an interception in this game, but had one of his most efficient games of the year, completing 22 of his 28 passes for 235 yards and the TD to Myers. He kept the ball moving and didn’t mess anything up, which is actually very good for this season. The Giants would add a late Field Goal to push the lead to 24-17, which is how it would end.
One odd thing did happen in this game. With the score 24-17 and just a couple of minutes left on the clock, the Racists were in the process of driving down field, when suddenly, the refs stuck their heads up each other’s asses and committed a huge gaffe. Griffin completed a second down pass to Pierre Garcon that fell just short of the first down. Well, at first it was ruled a first down, and then the refs took it back. However, no one really noticed because I’m not entirely sure the refs told anyone of the reversal. The guys with the chains even moved, so the Racists thought they had the 1st and 10, instead of 3rd and 1. Because he thought they had three downs to play with, coach Mike Shanahan had Griffin throw deep, and it fell incomplete. However, because of the miscommunication from the refs, specifically head ref Jeff Triplette, they now faced a 4th and 1 instead of a 2nd and 10, as they thought. Girffin threw again on 4th down and completed to Garcon, but Will Hill ripped the ball loose immediately, which basically won the game for the Giants.
Now… you can’t say for sure that the blown call cost the Redskins a TD. They still had a ways to go down the field, but you can bet they certainly wouldn’t have thrown the long pass on the 3rd down play if they had known that it was, indeed, 3rd down. They probably would have run up the middle to get the first down and then not been forced into a desperation 4th down pass play. I mean who knows, maybe Morris, or even Roy Helu, would have gotten stuffed and it would have been 4th down anyway, but it did change they way they would have handled the play. Overall, the call was disgraceful, and Triplette should be disciplined by the league.
Anyway, now that Racism has been vanquished, the Giants will look to take Phillip Rivers down a peg or two, as they travel to San Diego to play the Chargers. The controversy of the week is that the Chargers fans will boo Eli for not wanting to play there back when they drafted him with the first overall pick in 2003. Eli has stated that he “forgot” why he didn’t want to play there a back then. He’s probably just avoiding the question because it was ten years ago and who cares, but there’s a legitimate chance he actually did forget. It’s Eli, after all. Either way, cry me a river, Chargers fans. I hope Eli forgets all over them on Sunday.
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- http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24337716/eli-manning-on-why-he-didnt-want-to-play-for-chargers-i-forgot-i-think (back)
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