Excerpt: "When the calendar turns to November and the New York Giants lose football games, like they did Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the talk inevitably turns to the team's propensity under Tom Coughlin for struggling in the second half of the regular season.
You know the talk is coming -- in fact, we have already discussed it somewhat. Giants' players know it is coming. Tom Coughlin hates hearing about it, but he has to know -- and understand -- why it is coming.
The Giants have a forgettable November history, 13-19 now under Coughlin. Five of those November victories came in 2008, when they followed up with a 1-3 December. So, take away 2008 and the Giants 8-19 in those other seven Novembers.
So, yes, when the Giants lose their first game in November -- especially squandering a 14-point lead at home in the fourth quarter -- the ugly questions will again come to the forefront.
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York today addressed the question of what the 2012 New York Giants are. He asked:
Are they the team that dominated San Francisco and Carolina on the road? Are they the team that starts off slow and needs fourth-quarter comebacks, like they did against Tampa Bay and Washington? Or are they the team that struggles when defenses take away Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from Eli Manning and has difficulty scoring touchdowns in the red zone?" Read more...