IT WAS again a tale of two halves this week, but a reverse of last week’s victory.
The G-Men steamrolled the Skins in the first half at NMS, putting up 21 points and conceding zero behind a running game which echoed back to 2008.
Big Brandon put up a mighty 103 yards on just eight caries and got to watch the entire second half from the sideline as he was given the rest of the afternoon off.
Unfortunately, the second half was relatively disappointing but by this stage the heavy lifting was already over with – thoughts at this stage were already edging towards next Sunday and a crunch match-with the dreaded Vikings.
I’d love to revel in today’s win but all it did was keep pace with the Eagles and I’ve already got my eye on the Purple People Eaters for next week.
As you’ll recall in the past few seasons, Minnesota has not been a happy stomping ground for Big Blue with deflating losses of 7-44 and 19-20 on the final day of the past two seasons.
You have to go all the way back to 2004 since the Giants last beat Minnesota (34-13, two TDs each from Tiki Barber and Mike Cloud)
There was the a one-sided loss in 2007 (17-41 in week 12) and a 21-24 defeat in 2005.
I’ll predict now that Favre will probably be kicked into the long grass from here on out, even if he is recovered in time for next week.
Tavaris Jackson put up ok numbers against the Giants in that last-second loss in 2008 (16/26, 239, 1TD, 1INT) and had a solid game today against the Bills (15/22, 187, 2TDs) so he should not be taken lightly
P:S: Much as it goes against the grain, it’s good to see the Cowboys playing well today. Let us hope this breeds confidence so they can do a number on Philly next week.