Would You Trade the Giants First Round Pick in the Draft?

April 11, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, I was thinking about the draft and wondering what type of scenario would be acceptable when it came to trading away the 1st round pick. I think getting a 1st round pick and 3rd round pick in 2013 might be worth it. Maybe getting a 2nd round pick this year and 1st round pick in 2013 might be worth it too. It looks like Big Blue is trading away the 5th round pick this year for that Bengals LB Rivers. I have to read up on him but have heard he’s had injury issues. They also know they have two 4th round draft picks, because of the compensation pick. Once that news becomes official about LB Rivers, we can look at the draft board again.

The Giants are working on the offensive lineman and linebacker positions via free agency, just like we thought they would. Very smart move by Giants GM Jerry Reese and the front office. I love how this team is coming together already. Can the Giants strike gold late with a running back? Will the Giants draft for offense or defense with the first pick? Who will be the Giants 1st round pick? Will the G-Men trade their 1st round pick?

Let me just say that I do not think GM Jerry Reese will trade away any other draft picks, if he gives up the 5th round pick for LB Rivers. I’m starting to lean towards drafting the best available player in round one. I know this sounds strange because I keep adjusting to the new moves Big Blue makes. They are locking down an offensive lineman with veteran OL Sean Locklear and linebacker Keith Rivers via free agency. That means a cornerback or wide receiver in round one would not surprise me, since they are both very athletic positions. The Giants drafting the best available player would surprise me even less. They are squared away pretty good right now and still have time to work before training camp. The team looks deceiving until you realize how much talent is returning from injury. Some very good players will be back stronger then ever and ready to play some football. The Giants truly look like they are building a dynasty in New York.

What are your thoughts about having the final pick of round one? Is it worth holding onto or would you trade it away for more picks next year?

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The Blue Knight Rises, Gotham’s G-Men Building Dynasty

April 6, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, it’s been a while since the last article. I have been basking in the Super Bowl XLVI victory a bit more then usual. It’s fun talking to friends you’ve known your entire life when your team is one Super Bowl win away from being a dynasty. If the Giants win another Super Bowl within the next 3 years, they are a dynasty. To be even more specific, the Giants have until 2017 to win another one, which would give them 3 Super Bowl rings in a single decade. I honestly believe the Giants and QB Eli Manning are going to do it. Manning is elite, Manning is a Pro Bowl QB, 2x Super Bowl MVP, 2x Super Bowl Champion and has an Iron Man streak for most consecutive games without missing a start going. The guy is simply a winner and a family man. It’s hard not to like him and root for him.

The team is going to have a lot of players returning from injury this year. Some of the more important names to keep an eye on are CB Terrell Thomas, OL William Beatty, WR Domenik Hixon, TE Travis Beckum, TE Jake Ballard, TE Martellus Bennett, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Clint Sintim, DT Marvin Austin, RB Da’Rel Scott and S Chad Jones. All of these players had injuries last year or have had a major career move. The G-Men need to avoid the rash of injuries that has plagued them since the 2009 season. If they can avoid loading up the injured reserve list and play at full strength one season, they have a nice chance of making it back to the big game and winning it again. Big Blue has proven how deep the team really is.

The 2012 NFL Draft is coming up in a few weeks and there seems to be a mix of areas that fans think are important. I don’t think the Giants will take a RB in the first round but you never know. A linebacker, offensive lineman or tight end could be on the top of the list. I would not be surprised to see them take another defensive back in round one since DC Perry Fewell is a DB guru. I like the extra pick the Giants will get in the fourth round as a compensation pick. Of course, if the best available player on the board is too good to ignore, they will draft him, no matter what the position. Even if it is another defensive end you say? Yes, I do. Nothing surprises me anymore with the Giants drafts. I really want to see the Giants invest in protecting QB Eli Manning this year. I want to see a few new big guys on the roster to contribute to the rotation. I’m convinced this is the year to invest heavily on offensive linemen in the draft and free agency. Surely it’s on both GM Jerry Reese and HC Tom Coughlin’s mind.

What do you think about the Giants roster moves thus far?

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NFL Week 17: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

January 2, 2012

NEW YORK – Happy New Year everyone! The Giants played the division rival Cowboys in a big game last night for the NFC East Championship. The G-Men and fans were looking to QB Eli Manning to take over the game and get the victory at MetLife stadium. The Giants would not disappoint as they beat the Cowboys 31-14 on a rainy night in New Jersey to make it back to the playoffs. The G-Men dominated this game from the very beginning and all that Giants fans had to do was sit back and enjoy the show. I wasn’t concerned for a moment throughout this entire game and the Giants never gave up the lead. This was a fun game to watch.

The Giants dominated this game the entire first half. It was almost sad to see how badly the Cowboys were playing. The G-Men took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and they were playing so well that I doubt there was anything to talk about. They came out for the second half and seemed determined to win the game. The Cowboys put up a better fight in the second half but could not do enough to keep the game within reach. Giants WR Victor Cruz is simply a beast and he is doing things out there that elite WR’s do. It is impossible to overlook this young man anymore. The Giants end the 2011 regular season with a 9-7 record and will play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1:00 PM EST in East Rutherford.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had one of his best games of the year. He finished with 346 yards 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Can you say elite?

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB ran the ball hard and finished with 57 yards and 1 TD. He also had 12 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a solid game and finished with 76 yards and 1 TD. The emergence of Cruz is overshadowing the Giants No.1 WR.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was causing trouble all over the field and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is a beast. He led all defensive tacklers and had another outstanding game.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips also had a solid game and was the second leading tackler for Big Blue.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – I have never seen Kiwi play like he did last night. He was in the zone and all around the ball.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is a Pro Bowler and he played like it last night. He finished with 1 sack but was all over the place.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz gets my game ball again. This young man is simply frightening to opposing defenses. He finished with 178 yards and 1 TD. Good luck trying to stop this Salsa machine!

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn has done a great job since returning to the Giants. He was making plays again last night.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs contributed what he could but this game was all about passing. He finished with 16 yards.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was out there banging with the Cowboys and finished with 1 INT. Nice job Antrel!

TE Bear Pascoe – Pascoe got a couple of balls thrown his way as the team tries to fill in for the injured TE Jake Ballard.

CB Aaron Ross – I have to take my hat off to Ross who was thrown into the starting lineup by Terrell Thomas’ injury. Great job Aaron!

DT Chris Canty – The big dude in the middle had a great game against his former team. He finished with 1 sack.

CB Corey Webster – Webster had a tough task covering those Cowboy WR’s but he held his own and has had an outstanding season.

OL David Baas – Baas was having a tough time with the Dallas front but held his own and did a good job.

S Deon Grant – Grant hits like a Mack truck out there and last night was no different for the veteran. Solid game for Deon.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi returned to the field after missing a month and made himself useful with 2 sacks. Osi is a beast.

FB Henry Hynoski – The rookie FB had his best game of the year at the right time. He finished with 31 yards but was knocking people to the ground with his blocking.

CB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB was third on the team in tackles and finished with 1 sack. Watch out, he is going to get better next year.

P Steve Weatherford – Once again, the Weatherman had a solid game and will surely see a new contract in the near future.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes missed a FG and made one. He also made all four of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was potent and deadly last night. A solid game all the way around.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense was smothering and finished with 6 sacks, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble. They wanted this win.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams still needs work but they are getting better as the year goes on.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Cowboys?

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12/23/11 Christmas DAC Day 23, 2012 NFL Draft

December 23, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I know it seems way too early to start talking about the draft but it is in fact only 4 months away. The NFL will hold the draft in April 2012 at Radio City Music Hall as usual and fans will be giving their expert advice, all month long, to anyone who will listen. I will be no different on here, telling you what I think and what is needed. The first area of need continues to be the offensive line. They need more depth at this position and protecting Eli Manning is worth the first round pick. Manning is having a career year and they need the blue wall up to protect his NFL Iron Man streak. I would start the entire draft by picking up a 10 year beast in the middle. I have been talking about grabbing a first round offensive lineman for two years now. With Manning getting into his 30’s, this investment makes sense now more then ever. What do you think?

The next area I would focus on is the running back position. I love the guys we have on the team but injuries have forced me to look at the Giants depth. Drafting a young and strong RB to keep in the stable would be a smart move right about now. If anyone can find the diamond in the rough in round two, it’s Giants GM Jerry Reese. I know it may seem odd that I would use the first two picks on offense, when the defense was so decimated by injuries this season. But The offensive line is what allows the offensive machine to get into sync and the RB situation was illuminated when both Jacobs and Bradshaw missed time. Ware and the rookie Scott were the only two options remaining and the Giants rushing attack is ranked at the very bottom of the list. The numbers simply don’t lie.

I honestly would not be surprised to see Big Blue draft a OL, RB or LB in round one. I’ve narrowed it down to those three positions. Now things can certainly change with transactions and trades as the draft gets closer. So this is strictly a pre-pre-pre-draft analysis for our readers. I think when the team gets back all of those injured players and you see them on the field, what I’m saying now, will make more sense. The G-Men are stacked at a bunch of positions but it has been so long since fans have seen these guys play together, they actually forget the squad. I wouldn’t mind seeing them bring back the Andrews brothers either, Shawn and Stacy as a real insurance policy for the offensive line.

These are my early draft assessments for the New York Giants. I will list the Giants area of need and show seven rounds by position. You are all welcome to write your own in the comment area and if you know of specific names, that is even better. I love checking out players that our readers inform us about. Remember these are just my opinions, so don’t rip my head off if you disagree with me. I’ve added a few player names for you to check out on your own, name and college.

DAC Analysis

New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Needs by Position.

1. Offensive Lineman – Barrett Jones or DJ Fluker, both from Alabama maybe?

2. Running Back – Chris Polk from Washington?

3. Safety – Ray Ray Armstrong from University of Miami or Trumaine Johnson from Montana.

4. Linebacker – Keenan Robinson from Texas or Bobby Wagner from Utah State. 

5. Offensive Lineman – Alex Hurst from LSU or maybe Xavier Nixon From Florida?

6. Cornerback – Greg McCoy from TCU or Tashaun Gipson of Wyoming.

7. Kicker – Randy Bullock from Texas A&M, Caleb Sturgis from Florida or Quinn Sharp from Oklahoma State are all good prospects.

What are some of the needs you see on the Giants and what positions are in the most need?

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12/3/11 Christmas DAC Day 3, Justin Tuck Football Camp

December 3, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, would you like to meet Justin Tuck and get some valuable football knowledge from the man himself? I might be able to help you out with that. I have a very cool opportunity for some of you Giants fans out there. I’m sure that most of our readers saw the article I wrote about a week ago concerning Justin Tuck’s ProCamp football camp for kids. It looks like they are doing something special for the holidays and offering some upgrades at a reduced price. I think this is an excellent chance for parents to treat their kids to a once in a lifetime opportunity.

All of the information is available on their website Justin Tuck including schedule and pricing.

I remember getting to meet the New York Giants at Giants stadium for some trip we took as kids while playing local football. I was in the 8th or 9th grade in school but it still feels like yesterday. Tis’ the season to be jolly and I’m getting this for my Godson as a stocking stuffer. He is really into sports and will love this. Please remember, the dates have not yet been determined. You will be notified of the camp dates, which will be in 2012. If it happens to rain on one of the days you’re attending camp, all kids and parents will be brought to a nearby indoor facility and they will hold camp there. There will also be a camp store for snacks, drinks and merchandise nearby. You can pre-order a ‘camp bracelet’ for the kids which is basically a lunch bracelet for an additional $10. The bracelet includes 2 sports drinks, lunch and 1 snack, each day. The price for the 2-day camp itself is $149 per kid, which is basically dinner and a movie these days for couples with children.

Welcome to DAC Day 3!

The Justin Tuck Football Camp Holiday Promotion includes a camp spot and $80 in FREE Upgrades:

-2012 Camp registration

-FREE Access to the School of the Legends Training Online Video of your choice

-A Personalized Commemorative Certificate

-Moisture-Wicking Camp T-shirt

-Personalized Greeting Card

-FREE Shipping

Holiday offer ends on December 9, 2011. Regular orders still taken after.

Camp will be held in Mahwah, New Jersey.

At the camp itself, kids go home with a few other things, such as:

– Autographed team photo with Justin Tuck

– Contests with prizes

– 2 days of expert instruction

– Experience of hanging out with Justin Tuck

DAC Fact:

Justin Tuck has played his entire career with the New York Giants since being drafted by them (3rd round, 74th overall) in 2005. The Notre Dame product is a 2-time Pro Bowl player and Super Bowl Champion. He was born in Kellyton, Alabama. Tuck is also heavily involved with charities and community programs.

This special holiday offer ends on December 9, 2011, so fans would need to act fast! Again, for more information and to purchase The Justin Tuck Football Camp Holiday Gift, fans can visit the link below:


Be sure to check out this special opportunity and have fun.

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Giants Still Rolling at Halfway Point of the 2011 Season

November 8, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants are 6-2 and in first place of the NFC East. Things could not be going any better for them at this point in the year, they are coming off an emotional win against the New England Patriots and facing the elite teams on their 2011 NFL schedule during the next few weeks. I am very pleased to see them winning games. They are winning games even when they are not playing very well or fielding their best players. I have tremendous confidence in the G-men and most of our readers could confirm that fact. But even I thought the Giants would be having a much tougher time then they seem to be having. I never lost faith but was very concerned about the depleted squad. The Giants have made believers out of everyone, including the haters.

Some of the football “experts” will say the Giants haven’t played any elite teams yet or the level of competition has been subpar. My message for those people is to just be quiet, take a look at every single NFL team schedule and you will see a balance of good and bad teams. People need to start giving the Giants credit for what they have done with a completely decimated roster. I’m sick of the New York bashing that fans have to endure with these television programs, who give too much personal opinion and not enough factual accounts of the events that take place. Even the haters out there cannot deny the fact that Big Blue is in first place and cruising through their schedule. I’m not being egocentric but simply stating the facts of the Giants current situation. It was nice to see Archie Manning come out and voice his displeasure with the Joe Buck and Troy Aikman FOX Sports pairing, that can’t seem to help bashing the Giants at every possible opportunity. Fans have been extremely vocal about their displeasure with this situation and Papa Manning validated what we were all thinking.

I am here to report that the state of the New York Giants is strong heading into week 10. The Giants have four difficult opponents coming up starting with the revamped 49ers this weekend. This is a game that Big Blue can absolutely win. The 49ers have a very good defense but so do the Giants. If it comes down to the quarterbacks having to win the game, which I think it will, I’d take Eli Manning and wouldn’t look back. I’m not taking San Francisco lightly because they are a good football team but I still think the Giants “shock and awe” road tour will continue with another victory. My final score prediction is Giants 19 – 49ers 13.

What are your thoughts about the Giants performance at the halfway point of the 2011 season?

Side Note: I would like to say RIP to a boxing legend, Joe Frazier. One of the greatest boxing champions in history!

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NFL Week 9: Giants vs. Patriots, Game Notes

November 6, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants went into this game today without a few of their star players (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas). This would have been a tough game even at full strength with the way New England has been playing. The Giants really needed this win to create more of a separation from the pack in the NFC East. Not only did the Giants beat the Patriots 24-20, they did it in dramatic fashion with only 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. This game was without a doubt the greatest game to watch all season for Giants fans so far. My heart was in my throat for most of the game and the final drive nearly gave me a stroke. The Giants improve to 6-2 on the season and continue to hold onto first place in the NFC East.

The first half of this game was a defensive battle. Nobody expected these teams to go into the locker room at halftime with the score tied 0-0. Even I was wrong about the shoot out that I predicted would happen. There wasn’t any scoring but it was a fun defensive battle to watch with lots of turnovers in this game. The second half was a completely different story, with all 44 combined points scored in the second half. The special teams performance for both teams was atrocious today. There was also too many penalties once again but a win is a win. The G-men took care of business and will face another tough opponent next week when they play the 49ers in San Francisco at 4:15 PM EST.

There is a reason why the TV networks called this the “Game of the Week”. Both of these teams fought hard the entire contest and it truly could have gone either way in those final seconds of the game. I’m glad the Giants were able to beat the Patriots today because it is deeper then the surface stuff. This was New York versus Boston to a lot of people, so put another notch on the win belt for the Greatest City on Earth! 18-1.

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

QB Eli Manning – Eli Manning is an elite quarterback in the NFL, period. He finished the game with 250 yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull stepped up today and ran the ball hard. He finished with 72 yards rushing, 28 yards receiving and 1 TD.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP was able to play today and came away with another sack. This guy is a machine.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario stepped up today and finished with 33 yards and 1 TD.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is simply a beast and has become one of my favorite players on the team. He led all tacklers and had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi had a solid game and was in on a bunch of key plays. He was also in a fight with Patriots player Matt Light.

WR Victor Cruz – This Jersey Kid is stepping up each and every week. He lead all WR’s and finished with 91 yards.

LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB had his work cut out for him today and handled himself very well.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard is quickly making a name for himself throughout the entire NFL. He continues to move up the TE rankings and finished with 67 yards and 1 TD.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle left the game for a while but returned. He had a solid game and continues to ball on opponents.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw did not play in this game and is nursing a broken bone in his foot. Get well soon AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks did not play in this game because he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Get well soon Hakeem!

C David Baas – Baas missed another game due to injury and really put Manning in a tough spot. Get well soon David!

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips was the second leading tackler on the team and had another great game.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck made his presence felt on the field and knocked Brady down a few times.

WR Ramses Barden – Barden was taken off the PUP list and got involved today finishing with 22 yards.

CB Deon Grant – Grant was simply making plays all over the field today. He finished with 1 INT.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was playing like a man possessed today and finished with 1 INT.

CB Prince Amukamara – The rookie CB will have to wait at least another week for his debut.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had an outstanding game today. He is a bright spot on special teams.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made his 1 FG attempt and all 3 of his extra point attempts. He has played well this year.

Giants Defense – The Giants D came up huge in this game. They finished with 2 sacks, 2 INT’s and 1 forced fumble.

Giants Offense – For a squad that lost 3 key starters (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas) before game time, they did an outstanding job today.

Giants Special Teams – This group still needs a lot of work and the returners had a horrible day dropping a couple of kicks/punts.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Patriots?

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Giants are Facing Possessed Miami Dolphins Team on Sunday

October 26, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants “experts” and most football fans believe that the G-Men will run all over the Dolphins on Sunday. My advice to all of those thinking this is an easy win is to remain quiet until after the game. The Dolphins have been disrespected and pushed around all year. The worst thing about this team is they have absolutely nothing to lose by playing crazy. By playing crazy I mean doing things out of the ordinary and making crazy plays like it was a meaningless Pro Bowl game. I think DC Perry Fewell needs to keep the players on their toes this week in practice and prepare them for some funky college-type madness.

The Dolphins are 0-6 so far this year and trust me, Coach Coughlin does not want to be the guy to give them their first win. He will have his team ready to play and the recent news of DE Justin Tuck, RB Brandon Jacobs, OL Chris Snee and rookie CB Prince Amukamara practicing is very encouraging. All four of them are returning from injuries. The G-Men will need all hands on deck to compete with the elite teams they face in the second half this year. Dolphins QB Matt Moore was banged up in last weeks game but is expected to play against the Giants this weekend. Still, the Dolphins went out and signed QB JP Losman to back him up in case the sack happy Giants knock him out of the game. Miami has not stopped tinkering with their roster for months now. This might be one of the reasons why they are 0-6. These players keep getting new blood rotated into the locker room and have no real chemistry with each other.

Miami has the 19th ranked overall offense and the 23rd ranked defense in the NFL. If not for their winless record, you would think they were a middle of the pack team (on the low end of course). Most experts have them ranked in the bottom three teams for the entire NFL. The Giants are ranked 11th overall for offense and 22nd for defense. After last weekends heartbreaking loss to QB Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, late in the fourth quarter, I fully expect the Dolphins to play like a possessed team this weekend. They have a lot of pride down there in Miami and will look to save face by beating Big Blue at home. If the G-Men beat the Dolphins and improve to 5-2 on the year, the next best thing that could happen would be the Eagles beating the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and knocking each other deeper into the middle of the pack of the NFC East. The Giants and Dolphins will play this Sunday at 1:00 PM EST at MetLife stadium.

What concerns you the most about the Giants playing the Dolphins this weekend?

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Giants Become King of the Mountain in NFC East

October 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have done what they needed to do before the bye week. They have won more games then they’ve lost and have entered the bye week on a high note. They are in first place in the NFC East and face the lowly Dolphins (0-5) upon their return to the field in two weeks. Only three teams in the entire NFC have a better record then Big Blue (Packers, 49ers and Lions) which will help them out with their playoff hopes down the line. Other NFC East teams like the Cowboys and Eagles will find it extremely difficult to make it to the playoffs this year with their pitiful records. The Redskins have played surprisingly well this year including beating the G-men in week one. The Giants will have an opportunity for some payback in week fifteen when they face the Redskins again at home.

Enough about the future for now, let’s enjoy the fact that New York is in first place and playing pretty good football considering they lost 1/5 of the team to injury. Even Coach Coughlin couldn’t help himself in a press conference this week by saying he hopes to get some of his guys back after the bye week. Don’t we all Coach! We have to give credit to these rookies and second string players who have really stepped up and made a difference. Rookies like LB Jacquian Williams, LB Greg Jones, S Tyler Sash and LB Mark Herzlich have really made an impact. RB Da’Rel Scott has shown flashes of what he can do when given an opportunity. Other players like CB Aaron Ross, P Steve Weatherford, WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard have also helped out tremendously. With week six behind us, the Giants find themselves ranked the 12th best offense in the NFL and the 20th ranked defense. Keep in mind, the defense took a particularly brutal hit with injuries that decimated their secondary and linebacker corps.

The Giants will get an entire week off to rest and then get back to work next week for the remainder of the season. I hope the players get a much deserved rest and come back ready for the fight of their lives. Giants fans will have to wait out the bye week to see their team play but it may be prefect timing. You never want your bye week to arrive too early or too late in a season. Having a week seven, eight or nine bye week is preferable to the week five or eleven bye weeks. So in that sense, the G-men were lucky. I really believe the Giants have a good shot at winning the NFC East this year. They will need to win six of their final ten games to have a shot at doing that and a shot at making it to the playoffs. Winning seven games would be even better but for now, the G-Men are King of the Mountain. The Giants next game will be October 30, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife stadium.

Do you think the Giants can continue their winning ways after the bye week and the beginning of their brutal schedule?

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NFL Week 5: Giants vs. Seahawks, Game Notes

October 10, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants needed to beat the Seahawks in order to start the season at 4-1 and gain some serious ground in the NFC. They were not able to do this and lost 36-25 in a heartbreaker. Everyone expected the Giants to win this game, even though the Seahawks statistically had a better defense then Big Blue. The achilles heal for Seattle was the fact that they also had the worst offense in the NFL, ranked dead last at 32. The Giants drop to 3-2 on the year and have to figure out how to recover from losing to the worst offense in the NFL.

The Giants defense had been a bit shaky in the backfield so far this year and I thought the Seattle game plan would be to continually throw the ball back there and see what happens. I was correct and a 2nd string QB took us to town. I mean the Seahawks couldn’t do worse then being dead last right? So they had nothing to lose by playing “Hail Mary” football. My pre-game advice for the Giants was to concentrate on the defensive backfield and let the defensive ends do their thing. The game was going back and forth like a playground ride and the players went into the locker room at halftime tied 14-14. I was sure the Giants would come out fired up for the second half but it never panned out that way.

In the end, it looked liked the Giants would prevail but then the wheels came off in the 4th quarter. It is hard to describe how it all went down because it was such a confusing game to watch. The turnovers and penalties did nothing to clear the fog of war from my eyes either. It was another sloppy game for both teams and really annoying to watch on TV. The Giants will need to instill some discipline in their game plan before the second half of this brutal schedule starts. Elite teams will capitalize off those errors and run up the score on Big Blue. I’m sure Coach Coughlin will be preaching discipline in their next practice session.

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

QB Eli Manning – Manning had a better game then the final stats show. He finished with 420 yards 3 TD’s and 3 INT’s. Two of those INT’s were not his fault.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw had a good game and finished with 58 yards on the ground and 27 yards receiving.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks was quiet most of the game but still finished with 65 yards and 1 TD.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck did not play in this game and is on the mend from a recent injury.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle had his usual hard hitting day and finished second on the defense in tackles.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a good game and finished with 56 yards and 0 TD’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP continued his monster season by finishing with 2.5 sacks. The guy is a beast!

LB Michael Boley – Boley had a great game and was all over the field as usual.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard was balling and finished with 72 yards and 1 TD. This guy has come a long way.

C David Baas – Baas missed playing in this game due to injury and boy did the team see a difference. There were a bunch of botched snaps in this game.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi has been on fire since returning to the field and finished with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB led the team in tackles once again this week and seems to be the steal of the draft for Big Blue thus far.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz had a break out game by finishing with 161 yards and 1 TD. He has come along nicely since being injected into the starting offense.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was lining up all over the field and finished with 1 sack. It’s fun watching this guy play the game.

S Deon Grant – Grant had a nice game and was administering some hard hits out there. He also finished the game with 1 sack.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs had to sit this game out due to injury and I think the team missed him in the running attack.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie Jones had a quiet day but still seems to be improving week to week.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross and the backfield had a rough day but Ross still managed to grab 1 INT.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made 1 FG and both of his extra point attempts. No complaints from me about his season so far.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had another good game and continues to be a bright spot on Special Teams.

Giants Defense – The Giants let the worst offense in the entire NFL beat them and put 36 points on the board. If you look at their final stat line, it wouldn’t appear that way. They finished with 6 sacks, 1 INT and 2 forced fumbles.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was having a tough time putting points on the board and their running game seemed non-existent. They had a decent game that could have been better.

Giants Special Teams – The achilles heel of Big Blue did the best they could once again. Still coming up short of acceptable game play.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Seahawks this weekend?

RD – nygreporter.com

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