By Josh Kramer
It is no secret that the New York Giants defensive linemen have never been shy with their words. Guys like Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck will always talk a big game. Generally, they will also back it up too. For the past decade, the G-Men have always been known to have a great pass rush. Despite winning their final six games last year and taking home their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history, the Giants have received hardly any attention from the national media. Eli is probably wondering where the love is. Ironically, their crosstown rival has received the majority of the limelight, despite missing out on the playoffs.
Go figure. There have been two main instances when the Giants have received some national attention. One instance was when Osi “the chatterbox” Umenyiora spoke in a positive manner about Tim Tebow and a negative manner regarding Robert Griffin III. Instance number two was yesterday, when Justin Tuck shot back at Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for some comments made in a recent Yahoo! Sports interview.
Matthews said, “The fact is, (the Giants) didn’t beat us; we beat ourselves. We need to play our best ball when it counts. This year, I expect us to be right back where we should be.”
In response, Justin Tuck said, “Thank you for giving us the game, Clay. I appreciate it a lot.”
Tuck went on to say, “It is football, it is a funny game. Talk is cheap. Play the game. We will see Green Bay again this year so we will see who lays down that week.”
Don’t forget that following the Giants shocking Super Bowl victory in February, many felt the Patriots blew the game. Is it me, or do the Giants never receive credit for their triumphs? The fact of the matter is, back on Sunday, January 15, the Giants went to legendary Lambeau Field and beat the Packers into submission. They outplayed the Cheeseheads in ever facet of the game from start to finish (never trailed). The key was the turnover margin. Green Bay had four costly turnovers while the G-Men only had one. Aaron Rodgers was under constant pressure all afternoon from Tuck, Umenyiora, and the rest of the infamous Giants defensive line, hitting the deck for four sacks and countless hurries.
I still remember the game well, as I am sure Clay Matthews and the rest of the Packers do. Green Bay did not play their best football that afternoon. They were the overall better team than the Giants all season long. On that particular day though, the Giants beat the Packers. In actuality, they destroyed them. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
As Justin Tuck said, talk is cheap. This back and forth between Tuck and Matthews not only is getting the Giants a little much-deserved national media attention, but it is also adding to the hype of the rematch set to take place on Sunday, November 25, at MetLife Stadium.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.