It was not pretty, but, as we all say when we are rooting for our team or playing the game ourselves: A win is a win!
Last night’s Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings was not the prettiest game to watch, but if you are on the New York Giants sideline, you are relieved to finally have a W in the win column. Nobody in football would have predicted that the boys in blue would have to wait until Week 7 to finally get their first win but the National Football League is a surprising league in all aspects.
Statistically, it was not a highlight reel game for anbody except the Giants defense. They were up against one of the greatest rushers in football today in Adrian Peterson and really did not know what to expect from the Vikings new quarterback Josh Freeman. The New York Giants held Adrian Peterson to a mere 28 yards on 13 rush attempts. As a group they held Peterson to his lowest totals in his career. They seemingly had QB Josh Freeman flustered as well because he ended up 20 for 53 totaling 190 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception.
The Giants offense was not inept, but they certainly did not show any glimpses of the past. Eli Manning was 23 for 39 for 200 yards and one touchdown pass — and it’s also important to add that Eli did not throw an interception. Victor Cruz was the leading receiver with five catches for 50 yards, and Rueben Randle had three catches for 40 yards and caught the only touchdown pass of the game.
Offensively, the night belonged to new running back Peyton Hillis. The newly acquired running back had 18 carries for 36 yards and five catches for 45 yards. As you look at those numbers, they really don’t jump off the chart at you as being a “big” game, but Peyton Hillis showed some old school mentality by running hard and picking up some big first downs and kept the clock running in big moments in the game.
The Giants are now 1-6 on the season and as bad as it may seem, they are not even close to being out of the chase for the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East at 4-3, but it seems that anybody in that division has a shot at the division title.
The Giants have one more game remaining with the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, who seem to be going backwards due to their own injury plagued problems. They also have two games against the Washington Redskins. Winning the division seems like a laughable cause due to the way the season has gone so far for the New York Giants, but it’s not out of the question.