Excerpt: "After successful Week One games, both the Redskins and Cowboys fell back to earth in Week Two. The Giants roared back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter behind You Know Who and avoided an 0-2 start before a quick turnaround this Thursday. And the heart-attack Eagles won yet another strange one-point game in the fourth quarter.
What we learned: No game is ever over when Eli Manning is on the field. The game’s most clutch fourth-quarter QB until proven otherwise, Manning led a furious, 14-point comeback by throwing for an insane 243 of his career-high 510 yards and producing 25 points in the final 15 minutes. He has two of the game’s best wideouts in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, who combined for 378 of those yards and two TDs in a stirring comeback against a game Buccaneers team that controlled the action most of the first three quarters. It’s too soon to sound alarm bells about the Giants’ defense because starting slowly has been their modus operandi in several of the past few years, and they have two Super Bowl titles during that span. We’ll reserve judgment for now.
What’s in store next: The Giants have a quick, somewhat nasty turnaround at Carolina on Thursday and could be doing so without RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), ORT Dave Diehl (knee) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion). Facing Cam Newton and the Panthers’ diverse run game, coming off a banner afternoon against the Saints, is no easy task. The Giants must prepare for the read-option series (with two days to practice against it), and the ends probably can’t fire off the line looking to make up for the fact they have one combined sack in two games. Offensively, it could be Andre Brown doing the running again; he provided a spark in Sunday’s win with several of his 71 rushing yards coming after contact.
What the heck? After a wild game that came down to the final minute, all anyone is talking about is the final play of the game and aftermath. With the Giants taking a final kneeldown to effectively end the game, the victory formation turned into a pushing match. The Buccaneers, believing the game was not over, tried to force a bad snap or fluky fumble by shoving the Giants’ front, which had given itself up at that point and Manning was knocked to the turf. Tom Coughlin did not like it at all, despite no one getting hurt from it, and he told Bucs head coach Greg Schiano as much during the postgame greeting. Nothing, it appears, is automatic in the NFL anymore. Schiano wasn’t apologizing afterward; he told the media this is how he coaches his teams to play. This story won’t go away." Read more...