Happy Holidays, Giants Nation!
‘Tis the season to be jolly! And for the most part, Giants fans can be merry and bright as this season winds down. Since when does a 5-9 record feel so good? Well, since 2016, at least. And since the NY Football Giants are still playing for a division title.
The Giants found their Head Coach and true team voice in Joe Judge. The team has two challenging games left in the 2020 regular season.
In the spirit of the season, here’s a list of “gifts” that would brighten up any Giants fan’s holidays…
1) Win the Next Two Games
Yes, this is a quest for immediate gratification, sort of like a scrumptious holiday dinner. But a 7-9 record for the 2020 regular season will be better than most pundits’ predictions.
Then, there is the wish for one hiccup by the Washington Football Team. And voila! A Division Championship and a home playoff game for the Giants. What better way to finish Joe Judge’s first season as Head Coach.
3) Keep the Giants’ Defense Intact in 2021
The Giants defense had another solid game against Cleveland’s #3 rushing attack, holding the Browns to 3 yards per rush for just the third time this season. Their season average is 4.8 yards per rush.
Clearly, the best unit in the 2020 season has been the Giants’ defense. And best of all, this is a very young group of fast, tough, and aggressive players.
4) Sign Them All!
Three BIG player decisions loom for the Giants management: 1. Logan Ryan, 2. Leonard Williams, 3. Dalvin Tomlinson. Logan Ryan has been everything the Giants could have hoped for as a player and leader for this young defense. All three players have been keys to the success of this defense. But large contracts could force fans to settle for less than all three.
5) Keep the Giants Offensive Line intact in 2021
This is another young, talented group with depth at every position. Veteran Kevin Zeitler leads the way. The 2020 rookie class of Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Matt Peart, and first-time center Nick Gates join Will Hernandez as the future front line for years to come.
The only contract decision looming is Nate Solder, who is on the COVID-19 opt-out list.
6) A Healthy Recovery for Saquon Barkley
Can you imagine a one-two punch of Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman behind this growing and ever-improving offensive line?
Without Saquon, the Giants are still averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season. That’s better than respectable in the NFL; that’s ball control.
7) One or Two Talented Wide Receivers
Ones that can gain some separation for Daniel Jones. DJ needs to stay healthy, of course. But he is the franchise QB for the Giants. We believe in Sterling Shepard as the possession receiver.
We believe in Darius Slayton as a potential deep threat. But another serious threat would be really nice. That would open up a passing attack to rival the rushing attack.
Enjoy the rest of the 2020 season.
Let’s go, Giants!!
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