We’re number 1! We’re number 1!
Number 1 ... and six.
We, the Big Blue faithful, can breathe a sigh of relief this week. The forecast of futility has lifted and turned into bright blue skies, if only for a week.
Sure, the win came against a team with just one victory this season. Sure, their starting quarterback was putting on a Vikings jersey for the first time. And yeah, the Giants did nothing to make me feel like this could be the start of something great.
But a win is a win, and notching that first one of the season – whether it’s on opening weekend or within two weeks of Halloween – makes a difference not just for the team’s confidence, but the fan base as well.
I feel a little rejuvenated, to be quite honest. We had a chance against the Eagles two weeks ago, down just one point in the third quarter before Eli Manning thought the guys in green were on his team.
Just a week later we came within a six-inches-too-high pass of beating the Bears, thanks again to Mr. Manning’s anti-heroics.
Finally, it came together – a little bit, anyway – against Minnesota this week. How did it happen, you ask? Balance, that’s how. The Giants brought in flash-in-the-pan Peyton Hillis from his volunteer high school football coaching position to jumpstart the running game (which he did a tremendous job of, considering how inept the backfield has been this year), and the offensive line protected Manning just enough to make some throws.
Let’s not forget about the defense, of course. Up front the defensive line was getting pressure and the secondary kept tabs on the receivers. And for whatever reason, the Vikings treated the running game like it had a cold and stayed away, despite having one of the best running backs of this generation. Also, Minnesota quarterback Josh Freeman was nothing less than dreadful, and that helped our cause greatly.
So, where do we go from here?
We head to the city of brotherly love on Sunday for a 1 p.m. rematch against the Eagles. Is the game winnable? Of course. Is it going to be a battle? It always is.
But now is the time for the Giants to get moving. Even with the two close games leading into this week’s win, just about every aspect of the team needs improvement. Getting a win in the division heading into the bye week, followed up by a home game against the not-so-competitive Oakland Raiders could be huge for the team, and the season.
Now, to my Big Blue brethren, what do you think? What does this win means for the Giants? Is it the start of a trend, or was it an anomaly? Tell me where we are as a team and where you think we’re headed.