Just a few short weeks ago I counted this team out. I also called for the firing of it's coaching staff. Who could blame me? This team was spiraling and it had become a pattern.The last time I felt this way, I called out Eli for his terrible performance against the Vikings in 2007. Then something changed.....
.....and something is very different about this team now as well.. Eli was forced to carry this team from the start of the season and the experience he has gained from this has transformed him. He matured......He is elite and he'splaying like it.
......but that's not the only thing. The defense has an identity now.It has swagger.Our pass rush is scary good again, and it's making our secondary look lights out. 3 key players returning to the defense was the thing that got this jump started: Osi, Boley and Blackburn.
The Giants are the most balanced team left in the playoffs and they are peaking at exactly the right time....so here is what I think will happen:
As long as we bring the same intensity we have been playing with...we continue to steamroll over the competition. SF has not played THIS Giants defense and we are going to shut down the run andforce Smith to throw it. He threw it well against asoft NO defense...he won't do so well against NY and that pass rush. Smith is going to get hit A LOT.
NO turned the ball over 5 times and STILL racked up over 400 passing yards and hung 32 points on that defense.We have too much talentto cover. Eli is going to sling it against them and it will open up the running game later. The keys here will be hanging onto the ball and protecting Eli. If we do those 2 things....it's a blowout.