Last week nobody had high expectations for the New York Giants heading into the season. A week later, people are talking about the buzz that could come if Big Blue should move to 2-0 for the first time in seven years.
Hence is the life for football in the Tri-State area. The Giants enjoyed a thrilling 21-20 victory at Tennessee last week, a game highlighted by Saquon Barkley’s 164-yards on the ground, and a gutsy decision by Head Coach Brian Daboll to go for a two-point conversion after his Giants scored a touchdown in the final minute of the ballgame.
The question now is what can the Giants do for an encore? With the Carolina Panthers limping into town after Baker Mayfield’s “revenge” game against the Cleveland Browns went bust in Cleveland’s 26-24 victory, things on paper are looking up. Emphasis “on paper.”
Should Barkley have a big day running the football and quarterback Daniel Jones protects the football, and the Giants find their way to 2-0, the entire Tri-State area will explode. New Jersey/New York sports fans have been waiting to cheer for something on the football field for a long time. The Giants haven’t been to the playoffs since 2016. The Jets haven’t played serious January football since 2010.
Outside of the Mets and Yankees there isn’t much to feast off of from the Major sports teams in town.
A win Sunday, the Giants can change the narrative. Now are the up to the task?