The 1-6-1 Houston Texans are coming into MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the 6-2 New York Football Giants. I think I can speak for all Giants fans when I say that I’m happy the bye week is over. Although the Texans own a poor record and the Giants are 5.5 point favorites, the Texans should not be taken lightly. These 2 teams 2006 matchup proves just that.
Similar to their game on Sunday, the Texans were coming into Giants Stadium in 2006 with a 2-5 record whilst the Giants were 5-2. Despite the difference in records, this would be proven to be a hard fought battle. The Giants would jump out to an early 7-0 lead after Tiki Barber, playing in his final NFL season, would rush for a 16-yard score. This would be the last touchdown the Giants would score until the 4th quarter. Heading into the halftime, the Giants would lead 7-3. Early in the 3rd, the Giants had an opportunity to make the lead 10-3, but a muffed snap by the Giants special teams would eliminate that opportunity. Late in the 3rd, future Giants quarterback David Carr, would rush for a 2 yard score, topping off a 8 minute drive and giving the Texans a second half lead. The Giants would rally back in the 4th quarter though. Eli Manning would hit tight end Jeremy Shockey for a 3-yard touchdown, giving the Giants a 14-10 lead. Still, the Texans had a chance. Late in the 4th quarter, Houston fullback Jameel Cook would fumble the ball after a Gerris Wilkinson hit and the ball would be recovered by New York corner, Corey Webster. Following this, the Giants were able to drain out the rest of the clock, and edge out a 14-10 victory.
Coming off of their bye, it is crucial the Giants win this game. For one of the only times this season, the Giants are favorites. It’s important for that not to get to anyone’s heads, and these 2 teams meeting in 2006 proves that it’s very easy for an upset to happen.
They say anybody can beat anybody on any given Sunday, let’s just make sure that isn’t the Texans day on Sunday.
(Photo: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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