Eli Manning, the franchise quarterback of the New York Giants, has been taking snaps for his team for more than ten years. During his time with the Giants, he has led them to two Super Bowl victories and in each game he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
That’s commendable and noteworthy. This season, after seven games, the Giants are in first place in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) with a Won-Loss record of 4-3. Many football analysts question whether the squad from “the Big Apple” is good enough to lead its division because its defense is porous and its offense is inconsistent.
The truth is that the “NFC East” is one of the weakest divisions in all of football and the team that plays its home games in New Jersey is in first place by default. In short, it is not a good team, but just the best of a very bad lot.
New York’s oldest team, a charter member of the National Football League (NFL) that can trace its origins back to the founding of the NFL, is visiting the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. This squad, from the deep South, plays football as a member of the South Division of the National Football Conference and is led by another Super Bowl winning quarterback, Drew Brees.
The Saints expected to contend for postseason play this season and hoped they could make it all the way to another Super Bowl. But poor play has given this team a Won-Loss record of 3-4 and an invitation to the playoffs seems unlikely.
The fact that both the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints have performed in a pedestrian manner on the gridiron this year takes some of the luster off of the “shooting match” between two top-tier signal callers.
And yet, because the Giants are a first place team and the Saints find themselves in third place, pundits are predicting “an easy victory” for the visitors. The fact is that there seems little to distinguish these teams from one another. The team from “fun city” has produced only one more victory than the team from “the Big Easy.”
More importantly, the home team Saints appear to have “righted their ship” in recent games. That is to say New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees have been playing better.
The first place New York Giants have managed to win one more game than they have lost, but have not looked dominant in any contest. Clearly, in this game between two NFC squads and two Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks, there is no clear favorite.
Pundits may believe that the Giants are the better team. They will have to prove it on the gridiron in New Orleans.
Courtesy of Rant Sports