Look no further, but MetLife Stadium may be starting to become something it’s rarely been in its decade or so: Giants Stadium.
The team is starting to gather a bit of a home advantage in the building, having won three right there for the first time since 2016. They have already matched their home win in total from last season (three) with two more to play and topped their home win total from 2017- 19 (two each of these years). More importantly, the Giants are 4-0 at home against division opponents since Joe Judge became head coach in January 2020.
It has come to the point that when co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch get their names mentioned – as they were during the Michael Strahan shirt’s retirement ceremony at the break last Sunday – there was only a bit of buh instead of the full contempt that Mara met earlier on the season when Eli Manning’s jersey was retired.
“I thought it was great, I really did,” Judge said of the mood for Sunday’s 13-7 win over the Eagles. “You wake up and suddenly the cold air hits your face. It feels a lot more like the football season, you know? You have people in the stands wearing their knit hats and heavy coats and stuff like that … That’s how it should be when you play one NFC East home game. That’s the way it should be. ”
Judge said in addition to the cold in the air, he also felt the fans’ passion and enthusiasm.
“We have to give the fans something to cheer about,” he said. “I’m proud we were able to move on and finish the match the right way and give the fans something to cheer about.”
The Giants are on track for the next two weeks, but they have two more home games this season, against Dallas on December 19 and Washington on January 9 in the regular season finale. They may not top 2016 when they were 7-1 at home, but if they can win the last two MetLife matches, they will post their second-best home record since winning 6-2 in 2012.
Notes and quotes: Security Logan Ryan was cleared from the COVID protocols and rejoined the team on Monday after a week and a half in isolation. The Giants will have to make a switch to activate him from COVD / reserve before Sunday’s match in Miami. . . The referee gave no update on cornerbacks Adoree ‘Jackson (quad) and Darnay Holmes (back) or linebacker Trent Harris (knee), who all left Sunday’s game with injuries. As for those who missed Sunday’s match – wide receivers Kadarius Toney (quad) and Sterling Shepard (quad) and tight-end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) – the referee said they made progress last week and will “be a part of the game plan [against the Dolphins] until we know otherwise. “