Dave Klein was the Giants' beat
writer for The Star-Ledger from 1961 to 1995.
He is the author of 26 books
and he is one of only three sportswriters to have covered all the Super Bowls.
Dave has allowed TEAM GIANTS to reprint some of his articles.
GIANTS MADE STRONG ADVANCES BY BEING OFF LAST WEEKEND;
NOW THE SCHEDULE FAVORS
By Dave Klein
As long as the Giants get a weekend off, things
will look better and better in their attempt to win the NFC East.
They didn't play Sunday, but the Washington Redskins did and the Philadelphia
Eagles did. And both not only lost but were shredded. Only the Dallas Cowboys,
the fourth member of this under-achieving division, managed to win, but they are
now 3-7 and still must play Carolina, Green Bay and Buffalo.
for them, they also have Washington twice.
are done with the Giants, having split their two games, and so they cannot make
up the distance quickly. They will be resigned to scoreboard-watching - if they
can actually continue winning.
Giants, heading into D.C. for Sunday's game, are 5-5. They have been playing better
the last few weeks, and prior to their bye they gave the rest of the league the
playbook for beating the Patriots, although they fell a point short (27-26) based
on a touchdown catch that was ruled a non-touchdown catch and a botched interception
that rookie Landon Collins knocked away from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Cowboys must play the Redskins twice, Carolina, Green Bay, the Jets and Buffalo.
Carolina, undefeated at 10-0 and the Sunday assassin of the Redskins, will be
in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
where head coach Chip Kelly is proving he didn't invent - or re-invent - football,
still must face Detroit, New England, Buffalo, Arizona, Washington and the Giants.
The Eagles, with barely enough time to recover from their shipping, will be in
Detroit on Thanksgiving.
And what of
the Giants? They'll go to DC on Sunday, then play the Jets, Miami, Carolina, Minnesota
and close out their season at home against the Eagles.
If the 5-5 Giants win four of their last six games, the other teams - burdened
with tougher schedules - will have to win more. Dallas would have to run the table
to finish in a 9-7 tie with the Giants.
It's not going to happen.
now. Dallas finally got quarterback Tony Romo back and he won his first game after
missing the prior seven. He beat Miami, which lots of teams have done, and in
the minds of many he is still the best 55-minute quarterback in the NFL.
has RG-3 sitting on the bench, and he seemingly can't be traded - although the
‘Skins would like to do just that - because he has a monstrous contract and no
team is going to take that on. So they go with Kirk Cousins, who is a capable
journeyman with no particular skills or panache.
starts Sam Bradford, obtained from St. Louis in a trade the Rams clearly won,
and he is less than a journeyman.
Giants, of course, have Eli Manning, and if he isn't among the NFL's Top Five,
he's in the Top 10 and provides a whopping advantage over the other teams in the
The Giants may not be pretty,
and they may be banged up via injury, but unless something unprecedented happens,
they are still the class of the NFC East. They gave away their first two games,
mismanaged a loss to New Orleans and then had the Patriots beaten until the final
minute - and the loss was their doing, not New England's.
POINTS - Cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral muscle) appears ready to play Sunday,
barring a relapse during practice this week. ... If he does, he'll draw wide receiver
DeSean Jackson, a test for any defensive back. ... "He's freakishly fast,"
Amukamara says, "but I've played against him the last five years and I know
what to expect."
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