Now, that could have been the Headline following Super Bowl 42 (so what if it was your 4th best idea? its still one), but actually it's the headline Im using for today, Nov. 23, 2008. The Giants went into Arizona and beat a Cardinals team that was looking for a statement win- and beat them handidly. The 37-29 score would indicate a close game, but the Giants 3 times kicked field goals inside the Arizona 30 yard line. They would have blown them out if they could put one of those field goals into a TD.
They also put Arizona into a complete one dimensional state- something they put themselves into every week anyway. Kurt Warner threw for over 300 yards for the fifth straight game, but only threw 1 touchdown and had 2 turnovers- an INT and a fumble. Both resulted in Giant touchdowns.
So anyway, the Giants now have a 2 game lead on Tampa Bay for best record in the division at 10-1, in my eyes soldifying themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. No team is going to want to come into Giants Stadium in January to play the Giants.
In a way, the football season might be over as well, because right here I will state my claim in writing that i've said for weeks- THE NEW YORK GIANTS WILL REPEAT AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPS.
The team is so much better than last year it's unfair. Plaxico Burress leaves the game with a hamstring injury, and Domenik Hixon goes in and plays fantastic. The offense was held to 87 yards rushing- the first time all reason they've been held under 100 yards. So without that, Eli Manning throws for 240 yards and 3 Touchdowns.
There is no team that can match the Giants- you have to play perfect- literally perfect- to beat them. Cleveland did and won. Noone else has. The Giants will go 15-1, 14-2 at the worst. They will breeze through that second round playoff game, and win in the NFC title game at home.
Then in Tampa, the Giants will once again hoist the Super Bowl trophy, staking their claim to a dynasty. I look at this as the 49ers of 1988 and 1989- that team won their blowout Super Bowl title in 1988 against the Broncos, and in 1989 had to score at the end to beat the Bengals.
This Giants team had their close title last year against the Pats- now I feel it's time for the blowout kind. Don't be surprised if in the 4th quarter we're looking at alot of Al Michaels and John Madden small talk with the Giants up something big like 41-12.
Dont say you werent warned.
- Mike Tramontozzi