The New York Giants do not like the Tennessee Titans. There are a number of reasons for this. Today’s 29-10 victory for Tennessee is probably the biggest reason. The other reasons? There are many (after the jump):
1. The New York Giants do not like Michael Griffin. The former pro bowl safety regressed last year, but continued his recent trend of making big plays. Griffin set the tone early with a big hit on Giant receiver Steve Smith, and forced a fumble when the Giants were on the Titan 5 yard line. But the biggest reason the Giants have for not liking Michael Griffin is because of his special teams play. In particular, Griffin downed a punt on the Giant 1 yard line that ultimately led to a Titan safety. The safety proved to be the deciding points in the game.
2. The New York Giants do not like Cortland Finnegan. In fact, they really, really do not like Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan was all over the field and was an instigator as usual. While he usually mixes it up with the opposition’s best receiver, today Finnegan spent the majority of his time talking to the Giant offensive line. The strategy paid off, as David Diehl committed a costly 15 yard penalty when he ripped Finnegan’s helmet off. The penalty came after Griffin’s forced fumble and gave the Titan’s offense some much needed breathing room.
3. The New York Giants do not like Vince Young. Young made the Giants look silly back in 2006 when he pulled a Houdini and made an impossible escape from defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka. Young didn’t have the same luck today, as Kiwanuka took him down for an early sack, but Young ended up getting the last laugh. The Titan quarterback responded to last week’s benching by playing a smart, mistake free game. He completed 10/16 passes, committed no turnovers, and 80% of his completed passes went to wide receivers. This means Young is growing more confident in his ability to get the ball downfield.
4. The New York Giants do not like costly turnovers, and the Tennessee Titans know how to generate them. The Titans forced 3 turnovers today, 2 of them in the red zone. The Titans seem to be taking more chances on defense this season, frequently sending more than 4 rushers at the opposing quarterback. The gamble has paid off so far, as is evidenced by today’s final score.
Overall, the Titans outsmarted, outplayed, and executed a better game plan than the Giants, prevailing in a game that featured 19 penalties. The victory will provide a temporary answer to any questions the coaching staff had about Vince Young. Head coach Jeff Fisher commented on the situation:
“He’s expected to bounce back. It was a difficult week a week ago and difficult feel of the ballgame. He bounced right back early in the week and got the game plan and that’s where I thought he would be, he’s a great pro.”
Next week the Titans look to continue their strong play when they host the Denver Broncos.
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