Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

The Giants opened the season in less-then-stellar fashion; in fact, they came out about as flat as a team could.

After barely mustering up an offense on one side of the ball, and getting burned deep by Dallas’ third option at wide-receiver on the other, Giants' fans looked weary of the run at repeat championship season.

When Week 2 rolled around, fans were looking for some of that magic from the team’s late 2011 run to the title, but in the first half found nothing of the sort.

The ground game looked less then average, Manning made mistakes reminiscent of his earlier years, and the defense seemed be lost looking for the quarterback which lead to defensive-backs either getting beat deep one-on-one or leaving huge holes in zone coverage.

The Giants' offense was moving the ball well the majority of the first half, especially after Amhad Bradshaw left the game with a neck injury, and backup Andre Brown gave the Giants a new style running attack, but costly interceptions from Manning held them off the scoreboard.

When the second half started, a determined Manning walked out of the locker room and took over the football game. A passing attack that earlier in the game seemed hesitant to throw the deep ball suddenly was ripping off passes left and right for huge gains.

The real game changer came on a 80-yard bomb from Manning to Cruz that really opened up the aerial in the forth quarter. The drives following that, Manning connected with Hakeem Nicks several times for long passes and Martellus Bennett for a 33–yard touchdown as well.

On the Giants final drive, in a play that reminded everyone of Ahmad Bradshaw’s Super Bowl touchdown, Andre Brown ran up the middle untouched and fell a yard shy of the end zone.  The following play Brown ran up the middle again untouched for a easy touchdown that put the Giants up by seven with 31 seconds left to play.

This was the same Giants team as last year a team that looked virtually identical to the team that made a miracle run to a second Super Bowl in four years. Fans can definitely be optimistic about their chances again for 2012, but would perhaps prefer a newer looking Giants that is capable of putting teams away early and often, instead of falling behind and making stellar comebacks. It wouldn’t be a surprising statistic if Giants’ fans had higher blood pressure readings then the rest of the NFL’s fans.



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