|Posted by Radatz on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
What's left of the once-fabled MNF can be hard to take. First, you have to expose yourself to adding to the ratings of the 4-letter network. Second, you have commentary such as that from their resident officiating expert, who explained just how the finger that was propelled into Stafford's eye by an onrushing lineman with his arm straight out during an aborted pass-turned-fumble was really 'incidental contact', not hands-to-the-face. And of course there's Chucky, who seems a bit of a toady lately. Ok, a complete toady.
But this time it was fun anyway. Well, for me. Despite the game's sometimes excruciating pace, it's always fun watching the Giants take it up... I mean on the chin. And take it they did. Eli was sacked 5 times, but you'd have sworn it was more like 10 or 12. NY couldn't seem to sustain any offense. The Immortal Beckham, returned to save the team, caught 4 passes for 36 yards and tipped a pass to a defender. Had he done what he gets paid to do, the outcome may have been in doubt. May have. NY rushed for a measly 62 yards all night. A week after putting up 3 on Dallas, they returned with their main excuse in tow and put up 10 on the Lions. At home.
Meanwhile, the Lions were --- ready? --- efficient and nearly mistake-free. Stafford threw for a mere 122 yards, but pulled a 117.6 QBR. They ran for 138. Paltry totals, but the offense and defense worked in harmony for what was a methodical win. When's the last time you put the words "Lions" and "methodical" together?
It's early, but we seem to have some data now, at least for these teams. The Lions look like a different team. The Giants do too, though not in a good way. NY is in trouble. Detroit may actually be on the verge of good things with two solid and methodical wins over projected contenders. Can it be?
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