Super Giants Handle Business

This was as efficient a victory as the Giants are likely to have in 2009. That's not all that surprising considering the opponent – Tampa Bay – will probably turn out to be the absolute worst team the Giants will have faced all season, if not the worst team in the entire National Football League when all is said and done.

But all you can do is play who's on the schedule. And the Giants played the awful Bucs – and they played them awfully well. This was the type of game that only a handful of enormous gaffes could have led to the Giants losing. However, New York played a tremendously disciplined game and never allowed the Bucs any legitimate hope that they belonged on the same field as Big Blue. Even a disappointing end to a ridiculously dominant first half didn't provide the hapless Bucs any momentum.

As always, this game started on the shoulders of Eli Manning. It wasn't exactly the greatest day to have Manning as your fantasy quarterback, but Tom Coughlin's fantasy is a mistake-free afternoon basically by his entire offense – and he got it. Manning used the play-action pass as well as always, but pretty much just handed the ball off and let the talented tandem of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs do the rest. The Giants built up such a nice cushion that backup QB David Carr also received some valuable snaps as he finished up the game, playing the balance of the fourth quarter.

New York lost two of its starting five offensive linemen during the contest. Fortunately neither injury seemed all that serious at the time. But with rookie Will Beatty stepping in for Kareem McKenzie at RT and Kevin Boothe spelling Rich Seubert at LG, the line hardly missed a beat. Bradshaw, through three contests, has been the more valuable of New York's rushers, but Jacobs certainly chipped in mightily as well, including ridding the Giants of their green-zone ineptitude by carrying the ball in from the 6 for the game's first points.

At receiver, the two new breakthrough stars continued their very, very solid play. Steve Smith and Mario Manningham are in their third successive week of making everyone forget about Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. And for as lousy as Tampa Bay's roster is, they do have some legit talent in the defensive backfield, led by Ronde Barber. Speaking of the Pro Bowl CB, your heart goes out to him, having to play with this sad sack of mates in what's expected to be his final season. Talk about going out on top personally but just the opposite from a team standpoint.

It was also nice to see Sinorice Moss get into the end zone. That was a sweet jumping grab he made, doing a great job of making sure to come down in bounds. It was not only Moss' first catch of the season, but affirmation of him making the roster against all odds. With all the receivers the Giants had in Albany this summer, it seemed highly unlikely that Moss would have any chance to stick. Yet he posted a killer preseason finale in New England and not only made the final 53 but has been contributing as well. After a so-so '09 debut returning kickoffs last week in Dallas, Moss only had one chance in Tampa, due to the Bucs' offensive woes.

Defensively, it appears the Giants handled the Justin Tuck situation as well as they possibly could have. He didn't start but entered the contest in key, obvious pass-rush situations. Now he has another week to rest up and heal up until the Giants head to Kansas City looking to complete the road trip hat trick.

The affect of the loss of Aaron Ross has been limited by the solid play of Terrell Thomas. He made a heads-up interception of an errant, rushed Byron Leftwich pass that really turned this game in the Giants' favor. While there's no doubt the Giants are going to need to get healthy and have all hands on deck, it sure is nice to see that most of the depth that Jerry Reese and Co. have acquired can also do the job when called upon.

And the best thing that you can say about the Giants starting debut of safety C.C. Brown, who was filling in for the recently-IR'd Kenny Phillips, was that you really didn't notice him out there. He seemed to hold up just fine.

As did the entire team. This would have been a very easy game for the Giants to come out flat; however, with Tom Coughlin at the helm and the veteran leadership on this club that's a very unlikely occurrence. Which is exactly why you'd have to figure they're going to trek out to Kansas City next weekend and dispose of another of the NFL's also-rans with relative ease.

Easy pickings: Anyone who didn't see the Lions ending their lengthy losing streak against the Redskins a mile away should be ashamed of themselves.

Final word: This classic comes to us from TGI good friend Chris McWilliams of Westford, Mass, who sent in this wonderful summation of the Week Two victory in Dallas.

Newest (Most expensive) stadium in NFL: $1.2 billion

Tony ("Mr. Clutch") Romo's contract: $56 million

Ticket (Most expensive in NFL) to game: $176

Losing "Grande Opening" to Giants on a walk-off field goal: Priceless

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