Pump the Brakes Giants Fans!
by John Jastremski
Nov 20, 2018 | 9431 views | 0 0 comments | 554 554 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2018 season hasn’t given Giants fans many reasons to cheer.

A 3-7 record with unfulfilled offensive performances and a follow up to a dud of a 2017 season has left a good majority of the fan base frustrated and full of questions surrounding the direction of the franchise.

A good amount of those questions are fair and totally justified. In fact, they are questions that have been brought up in recent columns and shows I have been on over the year on WFAN and SNY.

The Giants have been so lousy for the last two years, basically you are at the point where you are searching for any reason to believe that you can have a football game worth watching.

After the dismal 1-7 start to the season, the Giants have won back-to-back games. It’s the first time they’ve won back-to-back games since December of 2016.

It shows just how bad the franchise has been over the last two seasons, but the hope is that brighter days are ahead.

The Giants have a long way to go to regain the trust of the fan base, that is obvious. But the best way they can regain that trust is continue to win ballgames.

A few weeks ago, Odell Beckham Jr proclaimed that the goal for this Giants team was to run the table, and flip their season from 1-7 to 9-7.

It’s the sort of mentality that you want players on your team to have, but it was the sort of proclamation that was viewed as a punch line.

From 1-7 to 9-7, from the outhouse to the penthouse? I think it’s fair to say that you would’ve preferred your chances of winning the lottery as opposed to thinking the Giants could win eight straight games.

Well, since Beckham proclaimed his goal for the Giants, they’ve won back-to-back games.

That’s great, except for the fact that the two wins were against two of the worst teams in football.

The Giants have a lot more work to do before I’m going to believe in their newfound resurgence.

Even as the Giants have solved many of their early season offensive woes, it’s still an offense that hasn’t fully earned your trust.

Combine that with the fact that the Giants defense gave up 30-plus points and 500 plus yards of offense in their win over Tampa Bay, and it’s difficult for me to believe this team is capable of rattling off win after win after win.

However, the Giants have seen the NFC East turned upside down over the last few weeks.

The division-leading Redskins lost starting quarterback Alex Smith for the season. The Eagles look very much the part of a team in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

And the much-maligned Cowboys, who as of three weeks ago appeared destined to fire their head coach, have now taken the role of division favorite after their own back-to-back wins.

It’s a mediocre division to be sure, but the Giants dug themselves a massive hole.

Yes, they’re playing better. Yes, they’ve shown a pulse, but I need a lot more than back-to-back wins over the Niners and Bucs to think this team can make a run at this bad division.

Beat the Eagles on Sunday and the Bears in two weeks, then maybe we can have that conversation.

Until then, Giants fans and Odell Beckham can dream on.

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• Cleveland +3

• Dallas -7.5

• Green Bay +3.5

• Carolina -3.5

• Baltimore -10.5
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