Because the Giants never lost faith and always believed, here they are, on Sunday, with a chance they could have only hoped for a month ago.
While the Giants’ defense has been the catalyst in their amazing comeback from a dismal 0-6 start, there were concerns after last week’s win over Green Bay.
The offensive line has stabilized. The running game is finally making strides, and Manning and his receivers are using quick, short passes to take what defenses offer instead of forcing plays over the top.
“I read the formation, the tight end, how he was set, and I caught the ball,” said Pierre-Paul, who told teammates in the huddle before the play that he was going to pick the pass.
Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte have all tested the Giants’ front seven and come up with no more than 67 yards. Peterson had it the toughest, being limited to 28.
This grand unveiling Jason Pierre-Paul has planned for Sunday could turn out to be a big fizzle. But let’s take the optimistic route because, hey, the 2-6 Giants need all the good vibes that come their way.
The New York Giants have a pretty good hunch what to expect from Minnesota with newcomer Josh Freeman taking over at quarterback for the struggling Vikings.
Eli? Coach Coughlin? GM Jerry Reese? You decide!
Starting cornerback Corey Webster missed his second straight practice on Friday with a hip flexor, and his status for the game between the two winless teams on Sunday is doubtful.
There were very few individual performances to point out, so for the first time we’re going to select some units in our following segment because this was a collective effort.
If one thing bugged Giants defensive players the past nine months, it was the constant questions about finishing next to last in the NFL rankings last season.
If he can make a few people start hurting, starting with some Jets receivers on Saturday, he’ll be on his way. And the Giants’ secondary will be better for it.
D-coordinator Perry Fewell has appealed to his players’ pride and asked his defense to “play like Giants.” That will work. For a game or two.
Despite spraining his right ankle “pretty good,” New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle expects to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Rolle was covering tight end Bear Pascoe on a pass near the right sideline. Both went up to catch a high pass and Rolle landed awkwardly and fell to the grass. He got up but had trouble putting weight on his leg.