A quality that championship teams have is maturity, maturity not measured in years but in wisdom. The Giants lack of maturity has caused them to fail in two trap games this season and they face another against the Redskins. Some would call the first Redskin game a trap game but it doesn’t meet my definition of a trap game. I view a trap game as a game that is not given full attention because of their record, your team’s recent accomplishments and the perceived importance of an upcoming game and finally what happened to both teams in subsequent weeks. The Washingtong ame was the first of the season and the Giants were not viewed as a serious team due to preseason injuries and players lost to free agency. Plus they had two games each with “America’s Team” and the “Dream Team” in addition to games against the 49ers, Patriots, Saints, Packers, and Jets. Third in the division and a record of 8-8 was an often repeated forecast. Game one of the season was not a trap game.
Week 5; the 3-1 Giants are hosting the 1-3 Seahawks who have a certain quirk, they don’t travel to the East coast and win. Their frequent flier mile futility could be measured by a zero for nine record. Perhaps the Giants were looking past the powder puffs to the Patriot game, but they fell into the trap. The Giants recovered to win their next three including the Patriots game whileSeattlelost their next three.
Week 11; The Giants coming off a victory over the Patriots and a West coast game in which they dominated the 49ers and had a chance to tie in the final minute may have been looking past the Eagles and at the upcoming Saints, Packers, and Cowboys games. The Giants were sitting atop the Eastern Division with a 6-3 record and facing a team that they had already beaten on the road. The Eagles would be bringing their 3-6 record to MetLife Stadium. Trapped. The Giants followed with their worst loss of the year against the Saints before recovering. They followed the Saints loss with a loss to the Packers which culminated with Aaron Rodgers moving the Packers 69 yards in less than one minute and winning on a last second FG. Last week the Giants leap frogged the Cowboys to take over the top of the Eastern Division. The Eagles lost two before beating the 4-9 Dolphins who then fired their coach.
Week 15; the table is set and it is a familiar setting. The Redskins bring their 4-9 record to MetLife and the Giants are in a survival mode. The Giants just won their first “back against the wall” game and the Redskins have one win in their last nine games. Following the Redskins are games against the rival Jets which will be a survival game for both teams and the Cowboys on New Years Day, a game that will very likely send one team to the Division Championship and the other home. This game has Trapped written all over it.
Last week Giants pride beat the Cowboys; this week yogi says that a new found Giants maturity avoids the trap. Giants 31-16.