Mike Garafolo Gives nygreporter a Shout Out on NJ.com

December 9, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans and our nygreporter readers. I have a short story to tell you about something that happened to me on Sunday. If I happen to be home watching the football games on Sunday, I like to go on twitter and talk to my fellow Giants fans and writers about the upcoming game. It has become a fun little thing to do on game days. This past Sunday, Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger (big New Jersey newspaper) asked all the Giants fans on twitter to predict the final score of the game against the Redskins. Just something to add a little spice to the day, so I decided to give him my pick which was 31-10. As you all know the final score was 31-7 in a game where the Giants played like they were in the Super Bowl. To make a short story shorter, I had the closest prediction and I won the contest.

So Mike sends me a message asking me to email him, which I do. He then offers to give a shout-out on my behalf, during his video series this week for winning the prediction of the final score. Well, Mr. Garafolo kept his word and you can find the short 6 minute video below, which he ends with a shout-out from us here at the nygreporter. Thanks Mike for keeping your word and making me laugh my butt off when I watched the video and thanks to the Star-Ledger, a great paper for local Jersey news. I’m looking forward to winning the contest again this weekend, when the Giants take on the Vikings in Minnesota. What do I win for back to back winning weeks? Stay tuned and find out next week Giants fans. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!

My final score prediction for this Sunday is a 28-20 Giants victory against the Vikings. Check out the video below!

http://bcove.me/88waminfThe video link

RD – nygreporter.com



Championship Momentum

December 8, 2010

Championship Momentum

By Andrew D. Griffin

The Giants have developed a Championship momentum.  We have had several quality wins.  We have made adjustments that were necessary to make. We have run the ball effectively.  We have simplified the offense to Players coming off the street.  The approach has been a professional one nonetheless.  Players are coming out with a vendetta with a swagger with something to prove.

Derek Hagan and Devin Thomas have made Jerry Reese look like possibly the Executive of the Year.  Reese and his team have been very reliable and responsible. The response by the players has been exceptional.  Reminded the Giants fans, with me included, that the Front Office knows what they are doing.  Coach Pat Flaherty has also reminded us that coaching is more important than millions paid.

Players aren’t soldiers. However, competitive professional athletes perform and prepare like they are preparing for Combat.  Big Blue plays like its war on the field.  So many Giants deserve Purple Heart mention.  Playing while they are hurt and giving it all that they can on the field.  Purple Heart players strive to improve in the medical room to get back on the field.  The medical staff monitors their healing, the players self-medicate with taking mental reps and attending meetings.

We will face the Vikings this coming Sunday Afternoon.  We need this game and we need to sustain our momentum.  We should get a few pieces to our Combat Performance Team on the field.  Hopefully Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith will grace us with their presence once again on the field.  Hopefully David Diehl will return to bulk up the offensive line and provide depth.  They seem eager to get back which is a plus. A New York Giants game can never come soon enough in the week.  Let’s Go Big Blue! Another game! Another victim!

“Heaven Yeah”

Andrew G. – nygreporter.com

New York Giants Unconquerable Goliaths

December 8, 2010

Where should I begin? Should I begin with the Offense, Defense, or Special Teams? We have injuries. Yes! But we also have an abundance of talent left on our roster as well as a great coaching staff. I have developed a newborn perspective after reviewing the Big Blue roster and analyzing the timetable for the return of injured players.

A new concept caught my eye. It was keen in fact, just as much my formulated insight. Devin Thomas stood out. Still young and a talent the Giants scouted very highly. He has had some bumps in the road. Some even questioned his dedication, preparation, and professionalism. The Giants have an esteemed reputation for great coaching and positive motivation. I strongly believe this is a great fit for a player like Devin Thomas. I believe with the addition of Clayton and Thomas, the WR Corps can be dangerous. Dangerous because their march is unseen. This move maybe a blessing in disguise. It gives them positive reps with the JetBlue Big 2 out with injuries.

Boss and Beckum are still under the radar. Boss has solidified himself as a down the field threat. However, the game plan doesn’t always utilize is potential for production. The key for the Giants coaching staff is UTILIZATION. I can foresee in the next coming weeks the Giants giving opposing defenses fits with an empty backfield. Think about it. Imagine Having Manningham, Nicks, Smith, Clayton, and Thomas lined up in a 5 WR set. The word to me that comes to mind is Indomitable.

The backfield should yield defenses. DJ Ware couldn’t have arrived at a better time. I would quit using him as Punt/Kick returner. It will give him more playing time and also allow him to adjust to the game speed of the NFL. Also it would allow Jacobs to continue being the Battering Ram that he is. As long as he maintains a North/South mentality instead of East/West. Bradshaw will always be a Cheetah with power seduced with endurance. Keep in mind; both these backs also have the ability to line up in the slot.

The Chemistry of our defensive line will only get better. They are starting to gel while embracing the schemes of Coach Fewell. I strongly believe they can get stronger and better with 4 games left to play. We all know that’s plenty of football. JPP will continue to progress as long as big brothers Tuck and Osi continue to mentor him as he gains confidence. The only concern I have which seems to be traditional for the Giants is the play of our secondary. Poor tackling and mental mistakes will keep us from making a trip to Dallas in early February 2011. Accountability on third and longs can be a short term cure for what has been a long term problem.

Special teams would be a dream if we can stop putting opposing offenses in good field position. Down field tackling definitely needs work. P Matt Dodge is more of a mystery than the Big Bang Theory. He is young and has shown flashed of being able to get the job done. However, inconsistency will keep any player unemployed in the NFL regardless of talent. We cure our tackling and punting issues and the Giants, in my eyes, can be Super Bowl winners not Contenders. Let’s get it Big Blue!

“Heaven Yeah”

Andrew G – nygreporter.com

The New York Giants to Invade Minnesota Sunday

December 8, 2010

NEW YORK – The Giants have had an up and down month. They lost two games they should have won to division rivals Dallas and Philadelphia, then turned things around and won their last two games against the Jaguars and Redskins. It is hard to measure how good New York is at this point in the season but if last week was any measurement, they are ready for the playoffs right now. Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs? I sure am. The Giants are 8-4 and tied for first place (with the Eagles) in the NFC East with week 14 approaching. If there was ever a good time to start talking about the playoffs, it would be this week.

I fully expect the Giants to invade Minnesota on Sunday and come out with the win. I have said repeatedly that the G-Men will need to win half of their remaining four games in order to have a good shot at making it back to the post season with a 10-6 record. This is a very realistic possibility considering the remaining four games which are the Vikings, Eagles, Packers and Redskins. The obvious two games the Giants should win out of these four are the Vikings and Redskins. But I fully expect them to give the Eagles another tough game after losing to them a couple of weeks ago. The Packers are the toughest team out of the the four and they were my pick to make the Super Bowl prior to the 2010 NFL Season. They have been on a roll as of late and should be a very tough opponent.

But one thing at a time here. Big Blue will need to focus on beating the Vikings this weekend, the Vikes are having a rough season and seem hungry to finish their season strong. They still have Adrian Peterson, a banged up Brett Favre and a fully rested Sydney Rice, who had a monster game last week. Their defense is respectable and they will be playing at home. The Giants are still missing key offensive players, who could return within the next week or two and should help their playoff run. Let’s not forget, the numbers don’t lie. The Giants have the No.2 overall defense in the NFL and the No.4 overall offense. You don’t get that type of balance as a team unless you have a deep team and well coached players. The Giants achilles heel so far this season has been their special teams corps. If the special teams can catch up with the offense and defense, then this would be a Super Bowl contender no doubt.

The Giants game plan for the remainder of the season is simple. Play smart football and stop turning the ball over, keep the penalties to a minimum, keep the play calling aggressive on both sides of the ball and simply stay healthy and have fun. If the Giants can do these things, they will absolutely find themselves beating the Vikings on Sunday and making it back to the playoffs. I predict a Giants victory over the Vikings by the score of 28-20.

RD – nygreporter.com



Giants vs. Redskins, NFL Week 13: Game Notes

December 5, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants faced their old division rival Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. The Redskins came into the game with the worst defense in the entire NFL (ranked 32nd overall) and the G-Men had won four in a row against them. New York entered the game ranked with the No.2 overall defense in the NFL. The G-Men also had the No.3 overall offense in the NFL. This game should have been a stepping stone game to get the Giants through week 13 and focused on some better talent down the road. In other words, they needed to beat a team they were expected to beat. The Giants answered the call and got the victory, beating Washington 31-7.

The Giants played an awesome first half of football and dominated the Redskins on both sides of the ball. The Giants went into the locker room at halftime with a 21-0 lead. The Big Blue rushing attack was particularly impressive in this game and seemed to be the number one offensive option for the majority of the contest. It is possible that the windy conditions in New Meadowlands stadium had something to do with OC Kevin Gilbride’s strategy and the wind even helped Big Blue with pushing a FG attempt by Washington wide left. The team finished the game strong in the second half and continued to do whatever they wanted on the field. This was an extremely fun game to watch and the Giants players had smiles on their faces from the first quarter until the end of the game.

The Giants will play the Vikings next Sunday in Minnesota at 1PM EST. The Vikings have had a poor season by their recent standards but should still be considered a dangerous team filled with star players. Big Blue have four games left and will need to win half of them to make the playoffs in my opinion. It looks like the Giants and Eagles (both 8-4) will be the final two teams battling it out for the NFC East Champions title.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from this afternoons game.

– QB Eli Manning didn’t do much on this windy day but hand the ball off. He finished with 161 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran hard the whole entire game and finished with 97 yards and 2 TD’s. He also topped 1,000 yards for the year.

– DE Justin Tuck had a very nice game and finished with 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles.

– WR Mario Manningham was mostly non existent the entire game and finished with 36 yards.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game as the starting RB and finished with 103 yards and 2 TD’s.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul had another solid performance with limited playing time. He finished with 2 sacks again for the second straight week.

– TE Kevin Boss got a few passes thrown his way and finished with 28 yards.

– DT Barry Cofield led all defensive tacklers with 7 and had another solid game for the G-Men.

– DE Osi Umenyiora had a nice game and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

– WR Derek Hagan had a surprisingly busy day and finished with 65 yards.

– The Giants defense continued their stellar season with an awesome game and finished with 4 sacks, 2 INT’s, 6 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.

– The Giants offensive line set a franchise record for consecutive games (five) without giving up a sack.

– The Giants special teams even got into the action today with a good game. They blocked a punt and had some good kicks and punts.

– K Lawrence Tynes made his only FG attempt and all 4 of his extra point attempts.

RD – nygreporter.com