The Giants Defense: Why Success Will Occur on MNF

Brian BrennanContributor IOctober 10, 2008

The New York Giants defense is currently among the best in the NFL and last year they proved the old adage that defense wins championships. This week they will try and beat the fledgling Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football.


Looking at the schedule, its amazing to think the NFL would even think to make the Browns/G-Men game a Monday Night prime timer, but this will just be another game where Big Blue can show the rest of the nation that those of us in the NY metro area know. They're the best team in the league and this defense is one of, if not the best, in the league.


This week, I expect the great young cornerback Aaron Ross to have a big game. Against Seattle he had a great day. No picks, but in all honesty it didn't matter. He and Kevin Dockery (who HAD a pick) combined to completely shut down the Seahawks passing game (sans Burelsons 8 catches). James Butler and Kenny Phillips are 2 other kids in the secondary who have had good starts.

On the line, Mathias Kiwanuka (who missed the Super Bowl run last season after being injured in Detroit), Fred Robbins, Antonio Pierce, have totally stepped up
 for the loss of Strahan to retirement, Kawika Mitchell to free agency, and Osi to injury. They will all have big days. With the Browns passing game being in disarray (Kellen Winslow Jr. is in the hospital, Braylon Edwards has become Chuck Knoblauch in a football unifom) they will be forced to run. Jamal Lewis should suffer the same fate, in that case, that Stephen Jackson, Clinton Portis, and Julius Jones all had. Shut down completely.

I'm always a very nervous New York sports fan (it must be the Knicks constant failure) so I'm a little shy at making bold predictions but if the Giants play the way they have so far this year it will be a 5-0 start. I think this is the best team they've had since maybe '86, and that was without a doubt their best team ever. The '90 team was fantastic, but that was kind of like last year. They weren't really favored to beat the Niners or the Bills but they did and it was a beautiful surprise. Last year was kind of the same except that was just a brilliant run where everything came together perfectly.
We'll see though. Anything can happen. We saw it last year.