- Gamegirl Reviews
you have to like winning one against the Cowboys.
bet, and this was the first time the Giants ever beat the
Cowboys on Monday Night Football! My Giants really needed
this win, and of course they did it in a way that you would
Not only is Tiki Barber the game hero for the runback, but
he did it in all areas of the game. He kept coming back at
Dallas. He ran the ball a lot, and had a number of catches.
It's going to be hard to forget this game and 'Primetime Tiki'.
That was really some showing on his part."
Primetime Tiki. It has a nice ring to it.
"Now all we need is some 'Primetime Kent Graham, Primetime
Gary Brown, and Primetime Offensive Line!' I don't want to
be too critical on a win, but once again there was the usual
dose of "Primetime Defense" in that game that kept
Dallas down to a reachable 10 points.
Once again, the offense didn't score a touchdown.
The best thing they had going for them was that one big drive
in the second quarter where they used the no-huddle offense.
That was pretty exciting, and at least they got a field goal
off of that."
LT was presented with his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring.
"Yes, that was a nice halftime ceremony. It's
always great to see Lawrence Taylor. He thanked the Giants
organization and all the great players he played with and
the fans. LT brings back a lot of good memories. Let's hope
the Giants can create some more good ones for us from here
how about that Tiki?
as Gamegirl said, he had a great game. His numbers were 10
carries for 35 yards, and 5 catches for 73 yards. That gave
him 108 of the Giants 228 yards, and he had 5 punt returns
for 123 yards. That's a total of 233 all-purpose yards.
You have to think back to the game last year when Barber dropped
a number of passes.
He worked really hard in the offseason and training camp,
and that's some of the things that Jim Fassel takes note of.
Aside from Fassel deciding to feature Tiki, he also has to
get credit for calling that timeout with 4 seconds left in
the third quarter to make sure that Cunningham would have
to kick into a stiff wind.
It was a 41 yard attempt that bounced off the right crossbar."
Do we sense
a Fassel soapbox coming up?
I'm still critical about some things like the play calling,
but there has been a lot of Fassel bashing that goes way past
This head coach believes in certain players. He has his favorites
based on how hard they work, how much they care and how much
raw talent they have.
He's stated that it takes time to develop some players, and
the fans and media are all too unwilling for him to take that
time. This is a tough town to lose games in. You can see that
just from the raking Bill Parcells got the other day from
one bad play call. The headline was, Tuna a Genius? That's
what's coming up next here from you.
"OK, and here it goes. Like Fassel, I believe in Kent
He has more quarterback smarts than many of the starting quarterbacks
out there. I'll make a comparison here to Phil Simms that
will draw me some heat, but I don't care. Phil was not the
most talented QB at the time that he played, but he was one
of the smartest and that's what makes it work.
Tell me what good it is to have a slight edge on talent, if
you don't know how to use it? You want to know how smart Phil
Simms is? He likes Kent Graham too."
no offense and no TDs from Kent Graham?
night Kent was done in by the usual stuff. Penalties that
killed drives, even that one by Gary Brown when he went in
motion left and started across the line of scrimmage before
the snap. What was that all about?
Kent took sacks and a lot of criticism from the announcers
for holding the ball too long while he scanned the field waiting
for something to develop. Kent is not afraid to throw the
ball. He's proved that over and over, and if there was something
there, Kent would have found it.
I'll ask you guys to think back a little. How many times do
you remember Phil Simms hitting the carpet as the pocket crumbled
around him while he waited for something to happen.
A quarterback can do only so much. Kent ran that 17 play 80
yard drive that Gamegirl was talking about in the 2nd Quarter.
It ran the Cowboy defense ragged for 9:47, and ended in a
field goal to tie the game at 3-3. Settling for a field goal
is sure to be a topic this week but coaches always like to
get those first points on the board, especially if they tie
it up in a low scoring game.
Kent's numbers were 15-21 for 183 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD, and
he pulled the Cowboys defense offsides a number of times with
his hard play count.
Troy Aikman was 20-33 for 266 yards, 1 INT, 0 TD. You could
say that both the defenses played great last night, and Graham
defense was just great. They held Emmitt Smith to just 26
yards rushing, and they pressured Troy Aikman all night coming
away with 3 sacks and lots of hurries.
It was the first time the Giants had a punt return for a TD
since Toomer took one back 53 yards against the Lions 2 years
One other thing. How come when the Giants are in control of
the clock, they can't take it down to 2 seconds, kick, win
and run off the field in wild jubilation?
How come for the Giants, it has to be that Dallas gets one
Of course in that last little extravaganza, the Giants have
to end up with an injury to Brad Daluiso which will probably
take him out for most of the season.
before, I made the offer to manage the clocks for the Giant's
for a meager sum. If I could save one Kicker, or eliminate
a few last minute field goal attempts by opponents it would
be worth it. They should take me up on it!"
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