- Gamegirl Reviews
The Vikings showed
they are playoff ready.
The Giants looked good on the opening drive,
but that was it.
The Vikings used star player Cris Carter to full advantage.
Giants Defense couldn't get to Jeff George, the Vikings QB.
Giants can still make the playoffs.
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it wasn't pretty.
not at all. I think I did see effort from all the players,
but it wasn't enough just to want to win, you have to actually
go out and do it. It's kind of like matching an old banged
up car against a better model.
It just can't do the job, and our team just wasn't good enough
against the Vikings. They had enough to stop Randy Moss, but
they couldn't handle both him and Cris Carter.
In the very beginning things looked good. The defense looked
tough forcing a 3 and out on the Vikings, and the Giants opening
drive brought them all the way down to the goal line area.
I think they were at the 5 yard line. Everyone was cheering,
and even though they had to settle for a field goal after
Minnesota hung tough, you felt like it was going to be a good
day for the Giants.
Then, the more you watched, the more you knew that if the
Giants won this one, it wouldn't be because they were the
better team, but just a lucky one. It seemed like every time
the Minnesota offense took the field, the Giants were in trouble,
and they kept adding to the score throughout the game. By
beating the Giants the Vikings put themselves into the playoffs."
can still make the playoffs.
true from what I heard, but not on my dime. If they get in,
it will be away games, so I'll be watching from home. That's
probably better this year, because it's less disappointing
to see them lose on TV than in person. One click on the dial
and the season is gone with the last losing game. That's better
than walking out into the parking lot with all the other disappointed
fans. Maybe Mikefan has the right idea watching from home
on the big screen. In fact, maybe the smaller the set the
better as well. You'll have to ask him."
got any thoughts on this game?
I'm disappointed of course. I read alot of stories over the
last week, and a lot of the players sounded pretty dedicated
to winning this this game, controlling their own destiny and
Once again, the defense couldn't put enough pressure on the
opposing quarterback, Jeff George.
Our two pro bowl players, Jessie Armstead and Michael Strahan,
couldn't prevent him from getting the ball to Cris Carter,
Randy Moss, Andrew Glover, and Robert Smith when he needed
the big plays. Robert Smith and Leroy Hoard ran all over our
defense, and it made for a long day.
On the other side of the ball, Kerry Collins put up big numbers,
but not points as the Vikings stopped the Giants when they
Our offensive line couldn't give Collins that extra second
a quarterback needs, and they can't block good enough for
our running game to really take hold.
It's still one of our big weaknesses, even if Kerry Collins
and Joe Montgomery make them look better than they did earlier
in the season."
were too many sacks on Collins, not enough yards on the ground,
the kickoffs were poor, as well as the coverage for them.
They let the Vikings break through a number of times.
When Robert Smith broke out for a 70-yard touchdown, it put
the Vikings up by 17 points, and you could tell that the Giants
weren't going to come back this game. In the end, Minnesota
made all the big plays, and the Giants didn't.
Fassel's decision to cut Jose Cortez seems like a poor one
as the Giants gave away good field position on the kickoffs
It might have cost him Cary Blanchard and the field goal consistency.
Gamegirl is right.
If the Giants get into the playoffs, you don't want to be
spending your hard earned cash on it. For them to make it,
the Giants have to hope that the Cards beat Green Bay at home
next week, while they do the same at Dallas.
If Green Bay wins, the Giants can still get in the playoffs
by scoring something like 60-70 points over what the Cowboys
put up on the board.
As for what Gamegirl said, I started watching the games on
the big screen at the beginning of the year, dusted off the
old 25 inch console with the slightly green picture, and used
that during the middle of the season, and currently I watch
all the Giants games on a 9 inch TV.
Giants - Kerry Collins 31-51 for 297 yards, 1 INT, 1 TD.
Vikings - Jeff George 10-21 for 185 yards, 2 INT, 0 TD, Randy
Moss 1-1 for 27 yards, 0 INT, 1 TD.
Giants - Joe Montgomery 19-55, Tiki Barber 5-11, Kerry Collins
Vikings - Robert Smith 16-146, Leroy Hoard 6-21, Jeff George
1-4, Moe Williams 2-3.
Giants - Amani Toomer 9-99, Tiki Barber 8-56, Ike Hilliard
5-62, Joe Jurevicius 3-39, Pete Mitchell 3-21, Howard Cross
2-4, David Patten 1-16.
Vikings - Cris Carter 5-131, Randy Moss 3-44, Andrew Glover
2-28, Robert Smith 1-9.
Giants - Percy Ellsworth 1 for 0 yards, Jeremy Lincoln 1 for
Vikings - Anthony Bass 1 for 4 yards.
Giants - Cary Blanchard 39.
Giants - 76
Vikings - 174
Vikings - 204
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