After coming into the season with high expectations, this fanbase was quickly humbled.
Losing 40-0 to your division rival will do that to you. The good news (I know, hard to believe) is that the Giants get to play the Cardinals next.
The Cardinals are expected to be the NFL’s worst team this season.
That said, with the way the Giants played last week, they shouldn’t underestimate anyone.
To get ready for what is hopefully a bounce-back win, let’s take a look back at the Giants and Cardinals’ week 12 meeting in 2000.
The Giants came into this game needing a win to get their season back on track. They were coming off 2 straight losses and posted a 7-4 record. They traveled to Arizona to face a 3-8 Cardinals team that was missing their starting QB, Jake Plummer. The Giants would jump out to a quick lead when a long opening drive ended in a Kerry Collins touchdown pass to tight end Dan Campbell (yes, that Dan Campbell). The Giants would increase their lead to 21-0 after 2 touchdown runs from the Thunder and Lighting duo of Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber.
The Cardinals’ only score of the game would come in the 3rd quarter. Their lone touchdown was a result of a Dave Brown (yes, that, Dave Brown) touchdown pass to Michael Pittman (yes, Michael Pittman’s dad). The Giants put the final 2 nails in the coffin on an Amani Toomer end around for a touchdown and a Brad Daluiso field goal.
This made the final Giants 31, Cardinals 7. After this, the Giants would not lose another game until Super Bowl 35.
We all know what happened there.
Back in 2000, the Giants went to Arizona and beat a poor Cardinals team to get their season back on track. While yes, it’s only week 2, make no mistake about it: this is a must-win for the Giants. They have a tough schedule ahead and need to get every win they can.
Not to mention, the morale of this team and fanbase needs a boost after the piss poor performance they had last week.
Highlights of this Classic:
Do as you did in 2000 and beat a poor Cardinals team to get your mojo back, Giants.
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