Well, that’s a wrap on this season. The New York Giants, who screwed themselves right out of the gate with an 0-6 start, were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday after a 37-14 loss to the Chargers. So what’s next for the team? Many fans want them to lie down for the rest of the year and try to secure a high draft pick, but that’s not the team’s mentality and it’s not the only thing that could help them prepare for next year. Once again, we’ll go through the negatives and positives of this week, and then start to talk about what the rest of the season might look like for the Giants.
The Chicago Bears came away with an impressive win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. It ended in a blowout, as the Cowboys’ defense was incapable of stopping the Bears’ offense. They scored on every drive in the game with five touchdowns and three field goals. It was a valiant effort by the Cowboys’ offense, but when a defense puts their team in a hole like that, it is very difficult for the offense to crawl out. Even in blowouts, there is a lot for each team to learn from. Here’s what we learned from the Bears’ win over the Cowboys.
With a healthy(er) defensive line, Mel Tucker is able to mix things up
From the beginning, Mel Tucker showed us a more creative Bears’ defense. With Jeremiah Ratliff in the starting lineup, he was able to move Corey Wootton back to defensive end, taking Shea McClellin out of the starting lineup, much to the delight of many Bears fans. With more quality players healthy, Tucker was able to rotate in decent defensive linemen to keep the starters fresh, and he was able to use them in different ways. Numerous times, he put McClellin in a standing rush position, occasionally even dropping him into coverage. They were also able to rotate Peppers and Wootton back into defensive tackle for three defensive end lineups. Those are two things we have not seen much of this year, whereas they were much more common last season when the defense was so successful. This certainly had an impact on the improved play of their defense in this game.
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Well hey there folks! It’s you ol’ pal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell! I want to thank the fine folks at NOTES FROM THE DAWG POUND INC. for letting me write this article! It breaks my heart to see that their normal writer is suffering from a Dutch fugue once again, and I do hope he gets the help he so desperately needs.
With that being said, I understand some people are very upset about some of the new standards and rules I have implemented in my time as Ruler-In-Chief of this fantastic sports league. It’s my understanding that people from the great city of Cleveland feel that they were somehow robbed of a victory against the Patriots. My dear, sweet, sweet Patriots.
First of all, nothing could be further from the truth. I STRIVE to be impartial and I want the NFL to be a safe, fun league where families can watch players nearly be crippled due to low tackles since I won’t let anyone hurt my poor Tommy’s beautiful face. Sure, Gronkowski may have a season-ending torn ACL, but isn’t that a small price to pay to make sure my sweet, sexy Tommy Boy doesn’t injure himself? I know I would lose sleep at that over. (Not that I’m getting much sleep with my Tommy Boy, anyway! *wink*)
It’s becoming clearer and clearer as the painful second half of the season drags on: these Colts aren’t very good. They can’t cover anybody or generate a pass rush, and their offense is utterly lacking in imagination and depends on Andrew Luck or one of the receivers making a miracle play. Those big plays came a few times in their 42-28 loss to the Bengals Sunday in Cincinnati, but they were few and far between.
The Colts are not capable of generating the easy gains and first downs that keep an offense moving, a flaw that was once again glaringly obvious against the Bengals, who marched up and down the field at will.
Well, it’s another week into the season and the New York Giants’ postseason hopes are still alive after a big win over the Washington Redskins, who are now mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. Things started out pretty rough for the team, as they found themselves in a 14-0 hole during the first quarter, but after that they outscored Washington 24-3 en route to an exciting 24-17. Sunday night’s game showed that there are a lot of reasons for the Giants to still feel confident right now, and as always we’ll go through the negatives and positives of the week: