A couple years ago, we got the Jets and Britney Spears for opening day. The Giants, being the NFL’s favorite team (for evidence I point to the 9 home games they received a few years ago and the fact that the team is in the same city as the league HQ), get an upgrade to Usher, Keith Urban, and Natasha Bedingfield. Being no fan of country music or bad British pseudo pop stars, I’m not real thrilled with the entertainment but one cannot deny the star power and Usher is great.
Oh wait, there’s a football game, too? You bet. And a good one.
I’ll dispense with the normal drama and tell you at the beginning I think we’re going to win. 21-10. Why bust the drama? Because given the putrid display of the last two games, I felt like you guys could use some optimism.
Consider the following: With the exception of one bad quarter, the Skins outscored last year’s Super Bowl champ version of the Giants 41-20.
The Giants lost 38% of their sack production with the retirement of Strahan and the injury to Osi Umenyiora.
They’ve lost 5 starters on a defense that wasn’t that good to begin with. They gave up 21 pts/per game despite being second in the NFC in yards allowed.
The last two times the Giants won the Super Bowl, they failed to have a winning record the following season.
The Giants have no idea how to game plan for JZ and his new offense.
All of this spells a perfect first game for our new offense to get their feet wet in. The scores of the last two preseason games make it look like the defense was as bad as the offense, but this isn’t really true. They were victims of turnovers. Had the O not constantly turned the ball over and gone 3 and out the defense would not have been on the field long enough to grow beards.
If you buy that the offense is going to be good enough to allow the defense normal rest, then you have to buy that this team has a chance to win.
Tomorrow, I’ll give out the game plan for just how that is going to happen on offense.