Week 10 Twitter Throwdown: Patriots vs. Giants Edition
The reason the Giants have been the only team to truly best the Patriots over the last fifteen years is uncomplicated: they respect them and they don't fear them. It's that simple, and yet it's clearly much easier said than done. Much of that can be attributed to the old school football culture that Tom Coughlin has maintained in his long tenure with the Giants; a culture that was adopted and adapted to near perfection by co-Bill Parcells mentee Bill Belichick.
Coughlin's dogma is also on display in star players like Odell Beckham Jr., who doled out a healthy dose of honesty when asked this week about the Patriots.
“I’ve loved-hated the Patriots for a long time,” Beckham Jr. told Newsday.com Thursday. “I respect everything that they’ve done and everything they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league. They get the job done, they win championships. But on the other end, they’ve beaten all the teams that I like.”
The competitive young wideout went on to make it clear that despite his respect for what they've done, he's not about to bow down to a team he largely despises.
“You hate them because nobody was really beating them, and you love them because no matter what they go through, even what they’ve gone through this year [with DeflateGate] to see how they’ve come out, they play football,” Beckham said. “There’s something about it I admire. But it’s still one of my least-favorite favorite teams of all time.”
It's hard to get a a quote that wellspoken from the most eloquent coaches in the league, let alone a young and impressionable kid on the rise that has been smack dab in the middle of the Patriots' chaos just by being a player in the NFL.
So can this fluxuating, defensively struggling Giants team beat the full steam ahead Patriots? Hell yes, they can. That doesn't mean they will, but they certainly can; and Giants fans should have no reason to think otherwise.
The Tom Brady-era Patriots have played the Eli Manning-Era Giants four times. The first meeting was in Week 17 of the 2007, when the Giants had a chance to upset the first ever 16-0 regular season. The didn't do it, but they came damn close with a final score of 38-35. They met again just over a month later in the Super Bowl, and we all know how that turned out. Almost four years later, the two teams met again in Week 9 of the 2011 season and the Giants handed the Patriots a very rare loss at home in Gillette Stadium. Just over two months later, the Patriots lost to them again...in the Super Bowl.
It may only be a four game sample, but those four games have been critically important to the overall legacy of Brady and the Patriots; as well as for Manning, Coughlin and the Giants. So far, every time Brady and Eli Manning have met in the regular season, they have met in the Super Bowl. There is no such thing as an easy game against the Giants for the Patriots, and there is no reason to believe that this game will be any exception.
Of course, the Twitter isn't the place for calm and rational conversation. It's the place for shit talking, so with all of that said, let's see what the fans are actually thinking and saying about this matchup.
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