Smith: Coughlin & Co. Looking For Another December To Remember
Excerpt: "The calendar has turned from November — which is the cruelest month for the Giants — to December, when NFL champions are forged.
If there is a move to be made, this is the month that Big Blue typically puts it all together and starts to shift into overdrive. There is no better time than Monday night against the Redskins for the Giants to solidify their hold on the NFC East and certify their championship credentials.Here is where the Giants (7-4) make it easy for themselves down the stretch. A victory over Washington (5-6) gives them a three-game lead in the division with four games remaining, and puts the Redskins and the Cowboys further in the background.
Before their bye week there were all kinds of questions trailing the Giants after they dropped back-to-back games against Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Questions about the health of quarterback Eli Manning’s arm, about the lack of pass rush by the vaunted defensive front, about the coverage.
The first practice after the bye week the receivers were raving about Manning’s return to form, the zip and accuracy of his passes. The defensive front vowed to step up its game. And then the Giants went out and put it all together against a blazing hot Packers team. Manning found his receivers, the offensive line made holes for Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown, until Brown went out with a broken leg. The defense chased down Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and clamped down on the Green Bay receivers and running backs.
Everyone saw it, but there is still that little bit of lingering doubt as to whether there is still some holdover from the November malaise.
That is why the Giants, in this up-and-down year in the NFL where “any given Sunday” is spread over Monday and Thursday, have to go out and do it again. Stymie another sizzling hot quarterback, Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III, and bottle up another punishing rusher in rookie running back Alfred Morris.
“Last week you saw us play New York Giants football and that’s not just defense, but in our offense and special teams as well,” said defensive tackle Chris Canty. “When we were all playing together like that and we have that enthusiasm and we’re able to feed off each other this team is something special.” Read More...