Even with Odds Stacked, Don't Bet Against the New York Giants

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystOctober 8, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws against the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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You know at this point I'm beginning to wonder if maybe they're doing it on purpose.

Once again the New York Giants dug themselves into an early hole Sunday, turning the ball over and falling behind the Cleveland Browns 14-0. And once again the Giants responded with a charge, outscoring the winless Browns 27-3 the rest of the first half en route to a 41-27 win.

The G-Men were led by over 200 total yards from running back Ahmad Bradshaw and three touchdown receptions from wide receiver Victor Cruz, who told CBS Sports that he and the rest of the Giants aren't about to turn tail just because of a slow start.

"We showed how resilient we are," said Cruz, who entered the game leading the NFL with 32 receptions and added five for 50 yards. "We started off rough, getting behind the 8-ball a bit, but we were able to keep our wits about us. We understand we'll be able to make some plays offensively."

These comebacks are becoming old hat for the Giants under Eli Manning. In three of the Giants' five games this season, New York has found themselves trailing by double digits, and in two of those games the Giants were able to stage a comeback and win the game, including a furious fourth-quarter rally against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few weeks back.

Never mind the Giants' two Super Bowl wins under Manning, both borne of fourth-quarter, game winning drives against the New England Patriots.

The thing is, however, that as thrilling as those comebacks are to watch, it's a bad habit, one that one day will almost certainly cost the G-Men in the end.

Against the one team this season that the Giants have gone down 10 against that has at least a .500 record (the Dallas Cowboys, who have problems of their own), the Giants comeback came up short, and if you spot the San Francisco 49ers or Atlanta Falcons a double-digit lead then you're going to be in trouble.

However, I did say it would almost certainly cost them, as Big Blue seems to play at their best when they're backed into a corner.

Even if they do much of the backing up themselves.