Posted by Will Brinson
No one's gonna talk about the Giants, even though they just won their fifth game of the year, and even though they're absolutely one of the three best teams in the NFC (we'll also accept arguments for the Eagles or Falcons).
That's because the national media's got its hands full burying the Cowboys over the next week. Not only does Dallas totally deserve it, but the Giants probably don't care, preferring to quietly go about their business with a team that suddenly screams shades of their Super Bowl winning team in 2007.
Seriously, they've got a pretty similar defensive setup (Michael Strahan and Antonio Pierce are gone, of course, but their defensive line depth is ridiculous), a stout offensive line and, in case you hadn't noticed, maybe the best receiving corps in the NFL.
Laugh at that all you want, but Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith (2) and Mario Manningham are all young, talented and only getting better. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs probably need to spend their bye week handing out Butterfingers to the kids on Halloween so they don't bring any back to the field, but those guys are up there in terms of tandem backs in the NFL.
Eli Manning might be overrated by his peers, but he's plenty good; if his name was "Alex Smith" or something with less football-holy implications than "Manning," he'd be praised on a weekly basis and probably criminally underrated.
Sure, the Cowboys coughed that game up after the Giants gave them 21 points to start things off, and maybe a better team doesn't give New York that chance, but the Giants don't have to leave the mediocre confines of the NFC for the rest of the season, which means every single game from here on out is winnable.
In fact, take a look at the scores this year -- outside of their Manning Bowl spanking in Indy, the Dallas game on Sunday was the closest game they've played, and if you spent any time watching the game, you realize that it was probably a lost cause when Tony Romo went down with a broken left clavicle.
And yeah, I realize that if the onsides kick bounces the right way, we're not saying that, and yes, yes, I realize that there's no logic behind Phillips not kicking the field goal and then going for the two-point conversion, but that's just more proof that this team wasn't going to win Monday, much less play the Super Bowl at home.
But right now, the Giants are coming out every week, taking care of business handily, and not worrying about the fact that everyone's either to focused on Dallas' collapse or the total parity in the NFC to worry about a team that's quickly gelling and looking like an absolute contender.
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