OK - you're going to think I am nuts, or an unreasonably optimistic Giants fan, but despite all the negative aspects from the Cowboys game, the Giants actually had chances to make some plays and to win the game. They did not miss by much. I reviewed the video of the game and it wasn't as bad as it seemed watching it live Sunday night. When the Giants were down 14-3, they pinned the Cowboys inside their own 5 and forced a 3rd and 12. They sacked Romo for a safety and got the ball after the free kick in fairly good field position. They moved the ball well into Cowboy territory. Then Eli threw a perfect ball to Toomer that should have been a first down inside the 10 yard line. Toomer was blatantly interfered with but Giants did not get the call. On the next play, Eli threw another perfect pass on a go route to Hixon. Hixon was 2 steps behind the CB and the ball was over the DB's head and hit Hixon right in his hand. Hixon did not look back early enough and did not locate the ball otherwise it was an easy TD. As it was he got one hand up in the air and the ball deflected off his hand. If they score a TD there, it is a 14-12 game and the Giants just need to get a stop and a FG to win the game.
I'm not now looking at the world through rose colored glasses and claiming that the loss against the Cowboys was bad luck and a very close game that could have gone either way. After all, the Cowboys did sack Eli 8 times. I'm just saying that the OL doesn't forget how to block in two weeks after doing a great job for the better part of 12 games. As important as Burress is to the offense, the other WRs are decent and can make some plays even without this important player. Giants have to make some adjustments to handle this press coverage and aggressive run stuffing defense, but they have capable personnel and should be able to handle it. And - I am saying that despite getting hammered by the Cowboys pass rush all night, Giants still were a play or two from winning the game and those plays were within their reach.