"At the beginning of the season, I'd have been happy to be 1-1," Landry said. "This [the Giant game] isn't something that surprises me. We've got a long way to go."
With 52 seconds left Sunday, the Cowboys got the ball on their 26-yard line. They had their regulars in, and they were throwing passes out of the shotgun and calling time-outs to stop the clock, but on the sideline the Giants had already begun celebrating.
Carson went around with a bucket of water and a sponge, anointing teammates, coaches, everyone. He gave Par-cells a dousing. The coach laughed. Carson laughed. The bitterness of last month was forgotten. That's what it means to be 2-0, to have won two-thirds of your total victory production of '83—before autumn even officially begins.
The big difference in the Giants is the offensive line. The juggling that produced four position switches seems to be paying off. Simms is getting time to throw, and he's putting up big numbers. The team is capable of sustaining a ground game, especially at the end of a contest. The Giants ran the last 5:37 off the clock to shut down the Eagles in their opener. They held the ball for 5:29 on a fourth-quarter drive against Dallas.
They've won their first two games for the first time in 16 years, and when Carson was asked how it feels to be in first place in the NFC East, he shook his head and said, "First place? Throw first place back in my face with two games left in the season and I'll tell you."