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Next week - Dallas:
What are they saying about the
here to find out.
said, "It was the same old story for the Giants - no
offense. As far as everything else goes, Mikefan was right
in his game preview article.
Gamegirl was referring to Mikefan's preview Week
"Still, they almost pulled it out in the fourth quarter.
In fact, I'll let him fill you in on most of the stuff. I'm
still not feeling totally great so I'll just focus on the
last part of the game."
Gamegirl is still not feeling well? We know you think that
she is taking on the persona of the unhealthy Giants team,
but that's not it. We have the inside that she is killing
herself at her job. You
wonder how someone who sports the tag "Gamegirl"
can be a hard worker, but we happen to know that it's true.
There are only so many hours in a day and Gamegirl is as dedicated
to the job as she is to the Giants.
We gave her a quick vitamin check, which is about all we can
prescribe around here to our sick friends, and she seems to
have that covered. Anyway here's the rest of what she had
"I just wanted to add, that in the last quarter, when
the Giants had a shot, you almost got that old feeling back
from last year. Calloway pulled out a tricky 3rd down pass,
and the defense hung tough. A few times, it looked like maybe
the Giants could come back and pull it out. It was a good
feeling for as long as it lasted."
Anything else exciting to report? Gamegirl thought for a minute
and then said.
"Well, on one of the commercials, I saw that Saturn has
this nifty three door coupe. It looks like a two door Sportscar
with a little hatch door on the driver's side. You can leave
the front seat in place while people scoot in and out the
back seat. Pretty neat!"
Ok Saturn, send a complementary sportscar to Gamegirl in care
of Team Giants. Let's see now, watching the Giants on offense
or flipping to commercials. Which is more exciting? We guess
it's a toss up right now. Anyway, getting back to reality.
Did Gamegirl have any thoughts on next week's game at Dallas?
week? Well, hopefully Michael Strahan will be healthy, and
Dallas will be coming off a short week, and maybe, just maybe
they'll be taking the Giants lightly, just as the Giants took
the Redskins this week. Maybe we have a shot. I'll be watching
the Cowboys vs Eagles game tonight."
We thanked Gamegirl and wished her good health as we headed
off to see Mikefan.
We'll bow to Mikefan
this week and quote a piece from his preview article.
"A fired up Washington team can easily blame the Giants
for everything that has gone wrong for them in this entire
lousy season, and they could turn this one game into a major
When we caught up with him, he had more to say.
"The formula for this game was 'Giants - Strahan = Washington
1-7 Giants 3-5'.
That's not meant to be a knock on the Giants defense.
It's a known fact that the defense on this team is outstanding,
but without Strahan, Sehorn and Miller, they can't make up
for the weak offense like they've had to do.
In the last three games against the Redskins, the
defense came up with 13 turnovers, but none of that happened
this game, and as usual without those extra advantages the
Giants offense couldn't put more than seven points
on the board."
Mikefan filled us in on some of the game details.
"Early on, Michael Strahan had back spasms and
had to leave the game, and the Redskins were playing
without their best defensive lineman, Dana Stubblefield, and
without their best receiver, Michael Westbrook.
The Giants fell behind right away, but the special teams came
right in there with David Patten providing 7 points
on a 90 yard kickoff return.
With about 6 minutes left in the second quarter the Redskins
started to self destruct. They lined up for a 4th and 2, and
came up with a false start. On the ensuing punt, they had
another false start penalty. The punt was poor, and the Giants
had it at their own 20 .
The Giants were stopped on their 41, but Maynard punts it
58 yards to the Redskins 1 yard line, and it looked like the
game was about to turn in favor of the Giants.
The Redskins couldn't get a 1st down, but Matt Turk came up
with a fantastic 65 yard punt to ruin the Giants field position
and chances of scoring at the end of the half."
The longest Giants drive of the first half was 7 plays for
29 yards, and as Jerry Glanville pointed out, it was against
the Redskins prevent defense. He's one of my favorite announcers,
and I realized during the halftime break that the only enjoyment
I was getting from this game was from his commentary."
You hear that Jerry? Send Mikefan a Sportscar or maybe an
autographed picture in care of Team Giants when you get a
chance. What's going on here today?
"You can make fun
all you want, but I'd love to see that guy return to coaching
somewhere, and it's not to just get him off the air. Bill
Parcells would have to share the limelight with Glanville!"
With that Glanville
commercial being over, Mikefan got back to the game.
"The best team always comes out of the locker room for
the second half, and, it wasn't the Giants. The Redskins opened
up the 3rd quarter with a strong 79 yard drive. In the process
they discovered rookie Skip Hicks, who stepped in for the
Redskins best running back, Terry Allen. Hicks ran for 50
of those yards and he completed his fine appearance with a
four yard touchdown run.
You have to give the Giants defense credit though. They figured
Hicks out, made their adjustments, and his game total was
Near the end of the 3rd quarter the Giants came up with their
first offensive TD, 70 yards on 4 plays. It started with a
Kanell pass to Hilliard for 46 yards, then a pass to Calloway
for 10, followed by a run by Charles Way for 3 yards, and
a touchdown pass to Hilliard for 11 yards.
They made it look so easy, you wonder why they can't do it
all the time. Either nothing ever seems to develop downfield
for very long, or Kanell just doesn't see it."
Mikefan shook his head, and we guess the whole coaching staff
for the Giants are doing the same about now.
"The Giants offense
had every opportunity to come from behind in the 4th quarter,
trailing by just 7. On a 3rd and 10, Kanell passed to Calloway
for 17 yards and that kept things going, but it was followed
by three incompletes to Calloway, Patten, and Hilliard.
The Redskins killed some clock on their possession, and after
they turned it over, Kanell passed to Calloway for 8 yards,
and Brown drove up the middle twice, first for 1 yard and
then for no gain for a three and out.
The Redskins did nothing on offense, but their special team
play nailed the Giants on the 1 yard line with 4:09 left.
A great 7 yard run by Way was followed up by 2 yard run by
Brown, and a fumble on 3rd and 1. The Giants feeling no confidence,
and having no real reason to feel any based on their whole
season to date, kicked it away.
I think the next part of the game is what Gamegirl
was referring to.
The Redskins had the ball with 2:51 on the NY42, and rookie
Hicks got a 10 yard run to the NY32 for a first down. Then
the Giants defense stepped it up by stuffing Hicks for no
gain up the middle. Next Marcus Buckley came up big and killed
the Skins chance for a field goal, by nailing Hicks for a
5 yard loss.
The befuddled Redskins killed themselves even more by getting
a foolish 5 yard delay of game penalty. After that,
Cedric Jones sacked Green for a 9 yard loss, leaving
them with 4 down and 29, and the Redskins had
What a job by the Giants defense!
After the kick, the Giants were at their own 20 with 1:52
to go. It started bad with a 5 yard false start penalty. Danny
Kanell passed to Calloway for 14 yards. They were 2nd and
1, and another pass to Calloway for 8 yards made the first
From the NY37, Kanell passed incomplete to Hilliard, then
to Tiki Barber for 2, and to Barber again for 5. I should
mention that Tiki Barber had good hands for this game and
he looked great overall. You can see why Fassel likes him
Anyway, the Giants were stuck with a 4th down and 3 with 58
seconds left. Kanell passed incomplete to Hilliard and that
Overall Mikefan, what do you think?
"Overall, the Giants
punted on 11 of their 13 possessions, and converted just 2
of 14 third downs. Other players picked up Tiki's old habit
of dropping the ball, and Kanell was very inconsistent. The
Giants could run, but not when they needed it the most, even
for short yardage, and there were penalties.
Overall, I'd say it was pretty bad."