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Big Blue Monday

By: Michael Strom

The New York Giants went from Champs to Chumps in just 2 weeks time. They were breezing their way through the NFL's toughest schedule and looked like the team to beat. Then Plaxico went and shot himself in the leg. You can debate how that and the events that followed have affected the team. But what you can't debate is that since then, they have lost 2 straight to divisional rivals and have looked terrible doing it.
Last night's debacle in Dallas was the most recent disappointment in what was once a promising and stress-free season for Giants fans. But losing to the talented, albeit dysfunctional, Cowboys at Texas Stadium I can accept. Losing to the resurgent and desperate Eagles the week before, even at home, I can accept. But sometimes it's not that you lost, it's how you lost. And there lies the problem. The Giants are looking like the team that lost to the Browns in a Monday Night stinker, not the G-Men that have been running through a tough schedule with ease and confidence. They certainly do not look like defending Super Bowl Champions. And certainly not like this season's NFC East Champs.
Even though a win is a win and a loss is a loss, there is a way to do both. See the overused sports cliche "winning ugly". But while winning ugly gets you a win, losing ugly just means more cause for concern. All that being said, just ask the Cowboys how much a win helps turn a team's world upside down. And if the Giants come up big next Sunday in primetime against the Carolina Panthers, these last 2 weeks will be but a distant memory. And if the Giants go out and lose their 3rd straight and 2nd straight at the Meadowlands? Well, I might have to accept that the Giants are not going back to the Super Bowl afterall.

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