2011 Preseason Game 4: Giants vs. Patriots, Game Notes

September 2, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants played their final game of the preseason last night against the Patriots. The game looked like it would be a blowout early in the 1st quarter as the Patriots first team players jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead within the first six minutes. Of course, the Pats were playing against the Giants second string players, because the first string guys never saw the field. The first half saw a lot of sloppy play and even the 3rd quarter was a bit slow but you could feel the momentum shifting. But then in the 4th quarter, the Giants starting working into a groove and were able to pull out the comeback victory by the score of 18-17.

The Giants were getting beat in most areas of the game and all over the field for the first half of football. It was very difficult to watch, as many fans expressed on twitter last night. They went into the locker room at halftime with the score 17-3 and fans were expecting it to be a long night from that point on. But there were two rookies who brought them back from the ledge by scoring a TD and 2-point conversion in the second half. RB Da’Rel Scott scored on a huge 65 yard TD and WR Jerrel Jernigan who pulled down a tough 2-point conversion in the 4th quarter. It was a crazy up and down game but the Giants finished strong, which is exactly what the fans, coaches and players needed. I am very glad that these young players pulled themselves up from being down and pulled out a huge moral victory. The game also saw LB Clint Sintim go down with a bad knee injury. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

The Giants Tweet-Nation was out in full force last night and anxious to discuss the game LIVE with other Giants fans. The G-Men continued their program of letting fans have their tweets show up on the TV during the LIVE game (Fans be sure to add #GiantsGame to your tweets for a chance to have them show on TV) and some of the faithful were lucky enough to find social media glory. Congrats to all of you who were on TV last night!

I would be lying if I did not admit that the first three preseason games were mostly disappointing even thought the G-men outscored their opponents 54-50 and had a nice win against the Bears. The biggest area of concern has become the special teams. They are simply atrocious. I expect big changes to be made with this group before the regular season starts in 9 days. If not, I predict the team will lose no less then two games because of the poor play on the special teams. I understand that injuries have effected the team (for three straight years in a row now) but that does not excuse the absolute collapse of the Giants special teams group. I cringe during each and every special teams play during the games now. Mark my words about losing no less then two games because of special teams. I do not think they should use WR Jerrel Jernigan as a returner anymore either, keep the kid on the roster as a WR and lets see what he can do.

The Giants must be down to their final 53 man roster by tomorrow and will face the Washington Redskins next Sunday (9/11/11 at 4:15 PM EST) for their first regular season game. Playtime is over!

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

QB Eli Manning – Manning and the rest of the starters sat out this game in order to rest up for the regular season, which starts in 9 days on 9/11/11.

RB Da’Rel Scott – Scott is simply electrifying and he gets another game ball from me for his performance. He finished with 114 rushing yards and 1 TD and 2 receptions for 20 yards.

S Tyler Sash  – Sash once again led the defense in tackles and also caused a forced fumble. I think he has earned a spot on the roster from my perspective.

QB David Carr – Carr had a shaky night but still managed to finish with 116 yards 0 TD’s and 1 INT’s. He should be fine in his backup role this year.

WR Domenik Hixon – Hixon put in some work at WR and finished with 33 yards. I would like to see him take over the returner duties in 2011.

RB Andre Brown – Brown had a very nice game and is deep into the RB competition for a roster spot in a crowded backfield. He played hard last night.

LB Jacquian Williams – I would like to introduce you all to the rookie Mr. Williams who had a huge game. He was all over the place and finished with 3 sacks on the night.

CB Brian Jackson – It was good to see Jackson back on the field and I hope this kid gets a real shot at playing time. He had a nice game and a forced fumble.

WR Devin Thomas – Thomas led all WR’s with 42 yards on the night as he continues to fight for a roster spot like many others. He also returned 4 kickoffs.

QB Ryan Perrilloux –  This rookie saw limited playing time but did go 3/4 for 22 yards when he was in the game.

CB Michael Coe – Coe is going to be a big part of the cornerback rotation this year and he had a nice game last night.

K Rhys Lloyd – The Giants continued to try and use Lloyd as a FG kicker, which he is not. He finished 1/3 on FG attempts for the night.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie Jones had a very nice game and finished with a sack to boot.

S Derrick Martin – The veteran Martin scored a TD on a fumble late in the 4th quarter. He was brought in to the team after the G-men lost 4 DB’s in a matter of weeks.

WR Jerrel Jernigan – Jernigan is not the answer for the return game in my opinion. He does however deserve at shot at WR. He scored a big 2-point conversion when given the chance to play WR.

P Matt Dodge – Dodge had another decent game and will learn his fate over the next 48 hours about his roster spot.

LB Clint Sintim – Sintim went down late in the game with a knee injury and had to be carted off the field. Another huge blow to the already depleted roster. Get well soon brother!

LB Mark Herzlich – The birthday boy Herzlich got a sack on his big day and continued to play very good football. This kid earned a roster spot.

DT Dwayne Hendricks – This big fellow and New Jersey native had a really good game and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

The Giants Defense – This group finished the game strong, which is all you can ask for. They finished with 8 sacks, 0 INT’s and 3 forced fumbles.

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

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2011 Preseason Game 3: Giants vs. Jets, Game Notes

August 29, 2011

NEW YORK – The battle for New York is always a fun game to watch. This matchup has really heated up in recent years with the resurgence of the Jets over the past three or four seasons. They have become a good team but cannot seem to keep their mouths shut. It is this reason which has added some spice to a rivalry between two teams in the same city but not in the same conference or division. The Jets made the bigger plays tonight when it counted and won the game 17-3. Even though they won this game, the Giants will always be the big brother to the Jets. Everyone in the Tri-state area knows this, including the Jets fan living in denial. So after a crazy weekend where Hurricane Irene pushed back the start of the game, these two sons of New York went on the field and battled.

The first quarter was really slow. Both defenses were playing very well which caused the low scoring first half to end with a 7-3 Jets lead. QB Eli Manning had two interceptions before halftime which was surprising. He hasn’t seemed himself throughout the preseason so far. The Jets really couldn’t do anything against a tough Giants defense the entire first half. The Jets got a lucky return for a bunch of yards and a TD on a short field. Other then that, they really didn’t do much and the first half stats prove it. The Giants special teams had their worst game of the preseason so far and that is really saying something. I hate to say this but I think the Giants might have the worst special teams in the NFL. Another blocked FG and a couple of dropped balls by the rookie Jernigan are only a few of the things that went wrong. This group is the Giants achilles heel without question. The second half of the game was all Jets and the Giants could not score a TD to save their lives. They had a few opportunities to get the ball into the endzone but fell short each time. Brandon Jacobs getting thrown out of the game for fighting did not help. Especially just before a crucial drive from the Jets 1 yard line. The second half was no fun to watch at all and some fans were extremely vocal about their disappointment in the Giants performance. The Giants defense had no sacks or interceptions against the Jets tonight as well.

The Giants are a team that has no cheerleaders for a reason, they want to focus solely on football. So, it was strange to see Snoopy out on the field standing next to a Snoopy trophy which was the prize for the winner tonight. My how times have changed. Snoopy of course is the mascot for MetLife, who recently purchased the naming rights to Giants stadium for the next twenty years. I’m sure it is all in good fun but they may need to get a better trophy next year. These are grown men sacrificing their bodies on the football field and not cartoons out there. The Giants will play the New England Patriots next for their final preseason game on Thursday at 7:30 PM EST and will need to cut down to the final 53 man roster by Saturday. Hold on tight Giants fans, the regular season is right around the corner.

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

QB Eli Manning – Easy Eli just doesn’t look like himself this year. I’m not sure why. He finished the game with 200 yards 0 TD’s 2 INT’s and was also sacked twice.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks played much more in this game tonight then he has so far in the preseason. He had a good game and finished with 5 receptions for 71 yards.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw is simply the spark plug for the entire Giants offense. He had another good game and finished with 34 yards.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was his usual force to be reckoned with before leaving the game with a burner. He is said to be fine.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon provided a spark for the offense but also got himself kicked out of the game for fighting. He finished with 51 yards.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips had a very nice game and it was good to see him around the ball so much tonight.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a nice game and finished with 36 yards. I expect a breakout season from him in 2011.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – I think I am more excited about seeing JPP play in the real games then any other player. This guy is exciting to watch and had a good game.

QB David Carr – Carr played a lot less tonight since the starters stayed in the game longer. He finished with 36 yards 0 TD’s 0 INT’s for the night.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was having a very nice game before leaving with a minor groin injury.

S Tyler Sash – The rookie led the entire defense in tackles and is earning his spot on the roster this preseason.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross did a pretty good job tonight and will need to stay healthy in order to really help the team out in 2011.

WR Jerrel Jernigan – This kid had a long night and I really felt bad for him. Nothing seemed to go right for him as a returner. Keep your head up!

K Rhys Lloyd – Lloyd made one 34 yard FG and had another 42 yard FG attempt blocked. He is a kickoff specialist and should be used as such.

P Matt Dodge – Dodge is still having an up and down season but he seems better then last year for sure.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi is still on the mend from recent surgery and did not play in this game.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes did not play in this game as he is still on the mend from an injury suffered in the first preseason game against the Panthers.

What did you think about the New York Giants performance against the Jets?

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Giants to Play Panthers, Bears, Jets and Patriots This Preseason

April 13, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants learned what their preseason schedule will be. They still haven’t gotten the times or dates 100% correct but we do know they will play the Bears in East Rutherford on Monday Night Football in late August. It’s the 2nd game of the four. That should be a battle between the defenses and a nice look at the rookies for game two. I enjoy going to a preseason game just as much as I enjoy a regular season game. I know that sounds strange but it’s true. These new players are a part of the Giants family now and I want to see what they can do on the field. I can name a ton of players that I have watched during preseason games or training camp and knew they would be stars. It’s a cool feeling to know that before the general public and a lot of fun to track their careers from day one.

Let’s take a look at the 2011 opponents. The Carolina Panthers were atrocious in 2010 and have the number one pick overall in this years draft. The Bears had a much better season and quite frankly surprised the heck out of me. I did not expect them to play as well as they did in 2010. The Bears have the 29th pick in the draft this year. The Jets have gone deep into the playoffs the past two years and should be good again in 2011. The Jets have the 30th pick in this years draft. The Patriots are not the Patriots of old. They have not won anything significant since 2004 (8 years) but yet continue to win a nice handful of games each year. Their legacy was forever stained (18-1) by the G-Men in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants beat the undefeated Patriots in convincing fashion and took home the Lombardi trophy. It seemed to be destiny for Big Blue following an amazing 2007 season where they were dubbed “The Road Warriors”.

On a direct note to the NFL. We the fans know that you milk every event or action to the maximum and we are OK with that. However, let me share something with you that annoys fans. Please do not tell us that you are releasing a preseason schedule, then not include dates and times. I’m sure that fans would rather wait until you have all of the information to share before this annoying tease. We understand that things could change schedule wise and that dates and times are always subject to change. All we ask is that you give us a few days notice if possible to make arrangements to attend or watch the game on TV. You have the 2011 NFL Draft coming up in 2 weeks and should have plenty of information to share with the fans on that subject. Release the “complete” schedule after the draft or prior to it with a tentative date and time.

2011 NFL Preseason Games: New York Giants

Week 1 – Giants @ Panthers – Date/Time: TBA

Week 2 – Giants vs. Bears – 8/22/11 @ 8:00 PM EST

Week 3 – Giants vs. Jets – Date/Time: TBA

Week 4 – Giants @ Patriots – Date/Time: TBA

Have you ever attended a Giants preseason game? Will you be attending any preseason games this year?

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New York Giants Preseason Finale is Tonight

September 2, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, the preseason ends tonight for Big Blue as they face the Patriots in New Meadowlands stadium at 7 PM EST. I’m truly surprised how quickly this preseason went by. It seems like it took forever to arrive and now it will all be over by midnight. The next time the Giants get on the field it will be in a regular season game against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants will be playing their first ever “real” game at the New Meadowlands stadium. This is a game that fans will want Big Blue to win and win convincingly. Giants fans have started to hate the Panthers on a level that could rival their division foes. It seem that the Panthers have had the Giants number for the past five years or so. The Giants Nation will not want to lose this game to them.

But for now, let’s get back to the game at hand tonight against the Patriots. This is the fourth and final preseason game so don’t expect too much from the players. At this point, all they want to do is stay healthy for the regular season and the coaches would adamantly agree with them. The team has already placed five players on season ending injured reserve and one player on the PUP list. Not to mention the fact, that a handful of players are playing banged up. Still, the first quarter should be entertaining with the starters in the game, as the team gets in their final tune up before the real deal the following weekend.

The Patriots still remember the thorough beating they suffered at the hands of Big Blue in Super Bowl XLII. It was the greatest upset in Super Bowl history with the greatest play in Super Bowl history, both accomplished by the New York Giants. The Patriots are getting old and I expect them to miss the playoffs in 2010. There is a new glamour team in their division called the Jets and just like the failing Boston Red Sox, the Patriots will need to rebuild if they have any chance at the post season in the near future. Not that it matters but I will take the Giants to win over the Patriots tonight by two touchdowns.

Who do you think will win the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots tonight at 7 PM EST?

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New York Giants Make Roster Moves 8/31/10

August 31, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, the team began the process of trimming their roster down on Tuesday by making some moves. Some of them are a bit surprising to me and other Giants fans but we will need to have faith in the front office and trust that they know what they are doing. The Giants got down to the 75 player limit by making these moves and have until this Saturday by 6 PM to cut down to the league limit of 53 players.

The G-men placed three players on season ending IR today. Those players include QB Jim Sorgi (shoulder), who was brought in to be QB Eli Manning’s backup once QB David Carr bolted the team in search of a starting role elsewhere. WR Sinorice Moss (hernia) was placed on IR and this might be the most suspicious move of them all. Moss is a heck of a guy, let me make that perfectly clear but his on field production just has not been there since he arrived in New York. How he continues to be on the team is nothing short of a miracle at this point. Finally, the last player to be placed on IR is rookie LB Adrian Tracy (elbow). Both Moss and Tracy have already had surgeries and will be on the road to recovery over the course of the 2010 season.

The final two moves involved the G-Men cutting rookie WR Nyan Boateng and placing OL Kevin Boothe on the PUP list. Boothe should be able to return by week six if everything turns out to be fine with his injury (torn pec). It will be interesting to see who makes the final roster come Saturday. One thing is for sure, the fans will go atomic if rookie WR Victor Cruz does not make the final cut. The Giants play their final preseason game this Thursday at 7 PM EST against the Patriots in New Meadowlands stadium.

Are you starting to get concerned about all of the injuries plaguing Big Blue so early on in the 2010 NFL season?

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Giants vs. Ravens Preseason Game Notes 8/29/10

August 29, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The G-Men played the Ravens last night in Baltimore. The Giants lost 24-10 in a game that just continued to leave questions unanswered. The defense looked great throughout the game, even though the score would make the reader think otherwise. The Giants are having injury issues already. This is something that could make me physically sick if it continues into the regular season. Giants fans had to endure this stuff in 2009 and I do not know very many fans that would like to go through that again.

The biggest issue seems to be the offensive linemen. The team has three of the starting five linemen banged up. This is not good and could put QB Eli Manning’s iron man streak is serious jeopardy if they cannot protect him. I cannot begin to explain how frustrating it is to see nine or ten players on the injured list in week three of the preseason. At some point you have to look at the trainers and say “What the heck is going on?” Why does the team have a rash of groin and hamstring injuries? I’m not sure if it is just a bad luck streak or if there really is someone to blame, all I know is that I can’t take another injury plagued season.

Let’s take a look at some of the notes form last nights game.

– QB Eli Manning looked rusty and seems to need more playing time to get into a rhythm.

– WR Victor Cruz lead all wide receivers with 76 yards and a TD. He should be a lock to make the team.

– The G-Men are still dealing with multiple player injuries and had a few who could not play last night.

– S Antrel Rolle lead all tacklers on defense with seven. His signing with Big Blue this year is huge for the team.

– The defense as a whole looked very good last night despite the score. They had 5 sacks and 1 INT.

– RB Brandon Jacobs lead the team in rushing with 41 yards on 6 carries.

– Backup QB Rhett Bomar looked good once again and I feel much more comfortable with him as the backup QB. He threw for 140 yards and a TD.

– DC Perry Fewell through everything but the kitchen sink at the Ravens. I think Fewell will end up being just fine.

– The middle of the field seemed to be very open for opposing receivers last night. The zone coverage needs more work.

– S Kenny Phillips had a good game and made a few hard hits on Ravens players. it was good to see that.

– Head Coach Tom Coughlin looked like he would explode as he paced along the sidelines. I’m sure the team got an earful after the game.

– The offensive line is starting to become a problem. Once the strength of the team, it is now a question mark.

– K Lawrence Tynes hit a 42 yard FG and made his extra point kick. He has been very good this preseason.

The Giants will play their final preseason game against the New England Patriots on September 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM EST at the New Meadowlands stadium.

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Giants vs. Steelers Preseason Game Notes 8/22/10

August 22, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

This is going to be difficult to say but the Giants lost their first ever home opener in the new stadium to the Steelers last night 24-17. I thought the team looked a lot better as a whole, then they did against the Jets last week. The defense seemed to be getting in the backfield at will. Backup QB Rhett Bomar did a nice job handling the starter duties. The special teams still need improvement but I would give the team a B- grade for this game.

The Giants will travel to Baltimore for their next preseason game against the Ravens on August 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM EST. Ray Ray is still down there doing his thing and remains a very dangerous man on the field. Most Giants fans still have a bad taste in their mouth about the Ravens beating the G-Men in the Super Bowl back in 2000. Real Giants fans want to beat the Ravens every single time they play them. This is a category that the Carolina Panthers have also now fallen into and hey look at that, the Giants play them in week one.

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

– WR Hakeem Nicks got into a fistfight with Ike Taylor in the first quarter. Both were ejected. Coughlin said cooler heads must prevail in those situations.

– DE Justin Tuck had a sack (shared with Kiwi) and played a great game. He looked very fast and light on his feet last night.

– CB Corey Webster had an interception against Big Ben in the game.

– Can we please stop using CB Aaron Ross as a returner (my second request).

– DE Mathias Kiwanuka had a terrific game and seemed to be in on every play, even if he wasn’t the one who got the tackle credit.

– RB Brandon Jacobs was a late scratch from a neck injury he suffered while lifting weights (he was doing shrugs).

– Rookie WR Victor Cruz had another good game with 2 receptions for 30 yards (15 yard average).

– Backup QB Rhett Bomar had a decent game under the circumstances and is clearly not afraid to run the ball. He was 13/26 for 167 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT in the air and had 3 rushes for 21 yards on the ground.

– RB Andre Brown had an up and down game but finished strong with 61 yards and a TD on 13 carries.

– RB DJ Ware was injured early in the game and was carted off.

– Rookie LB Adrian Tracy lead all tacklers with nine on defense.

– LB Keith Bulluck and S Kenny Phillips saw their first action last night.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored a TD early in the game and had 28 yards on 6 carries.

– K Lawrence Tynes hit a 42 yard FG and made both of his extra point attempts. He has been having a good year so far.

– The special teams still need a lot of work. This is going to be crucial now that there are only two more preseason games remaining.

– Giants DC Perry Fewell had a solid game plan and was making the right calls during the game.

– Backup QB Jim Sorgi will most likely miss the remainder of the Giants preseason games.

– DE Osi Umenyiora had a very good game and seemed to have his burst back. If he is healthy, he should be starting opposite Tuck.

– The secondary still seemed a bit disorganized back there but they turned things around by the end of the game.

– WR Steve Smith lead all receivers with 53 yards on two receptions and also had the play of the game for Big Blue.

– The time of possession was pretty close with Big Blue grabbing 28:25 of the game.

– The Giants defense gave up 412 total offensive yards to the Steelers.

– The New Meadowlands stadium is amazing when lit up in Giant Blue.

Did you watch the Giants play the Steelers last night? What did you think about the game?

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