Manning Bowl II Game Day Chatter, The Long Wait

September 19, 2010

NEW YORK – Good morning Giants fans! I suggest you enjoy your breakfast, go for a jog or maybe get some shopping out of the way. Why do I suggest staying busy? Because it is going to be a very long day waiting for the 8:20 PM EST kickoff. I am writing this article to give you a few minutes of entertainment about Big Blue, as you watch the clock slowly grind the minutes away until kickoff.

This is going to be a good game. I give this game a ninety percent chance of living up to the hype. If you read our previous article, then you know I am taking brother Eli to win this game. I see the Giants winning by three points and I would not be surprised at all if this turned into an instant classic. These two love each other but when Peyton and Eli get on the field, trust me, they want to beat each other. Fans continue to read about how their parents are going to have a hard time watching this game. I’m sure they will be on hand to console whichever brother losses and one thing for certain is that there will be a winner and a loser, no ties here my friends.

Their father Archie (aka the luckiest father in the world) Manning should get one of those split jerseys with half Giants and half Colts sewn together (they might have already thought of this) to show support for both of the brothers.

Some of the recent news about the Giants include the fact that they have some players ruled out for today’s game. Those players include TE Kevin Boss, LB Chase Blackburn, OL William Beatty and LB Phillip Dillard. There are also some players who are questionable, they include WR Hakeem Nicks and DE Osi Umenyiora. CB Aaron Ross will play today and could this be the game where we see WR Victor Cruz gets his first game time logged? The G-Men also signed OL Dennis Landolt to the practice squad after releasing LB Bryan Kehl (a move I do not agree with). They also activated TE Bear Pascoe from the practice squad, due to TE Kevin Boss’ injury.

There are a few players that I expect will have a very good game, this is for all of you fantasy football players out there. Those players include DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Kiwi is going to explode today, 2 sacks minimum), WR Steve Smith, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, QB Eli Manning. I expect WR Mario Manningham to have an above average game and I believe RB Brandon Jacobs will get a goal line TD today as well. There is a reason why this game is being aired on prime time. Enjoy the game! Go Giants!

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION (AGAIN)

New York Giants – 41

Indianapolis Colts – 38

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Ranked No.7 Offense, No.5 Defense

September 17, 2010

NEW YORK – With week two rapidly approaching, I decided to let the fact that the Giants have the No.5 best total defense in the NFL (not surprised) and the No.7 best overall offense. Should I be getting excited about this? You can check these facts at NFL.com if you wish. Not a bad way to start the season at all. Big Blue is 1-0, got their first home win ever at the new stadium, beat a good team in the hated Panthers (sorry Coach Fox) and now have a second difficult test facing them in Indianapolis. The Colts have the No.2 best total offense in the NFL and the 23rd ranked defense.

Where do you think the G-men will rank defensively after the Colts game? This is a game that can go either way in my opinion. Both of these teams are capable of putting up 30 points by halftime if they get on a roll. This will no doubt be the battle of the Manning’s. QB Eli Manning is going to win this game. I’m going to say Eli throws for 300 yards and 3 TD’s. Running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs need to play mad and take some yardage from the weak Colts D. Look for WR Steve Smith to have a big game.

The Giants beating the Panthers by ten points was my pick of the week last weekend. This weekend is much more difficult to predict, come back on Sunday but I feel like Easy Eli is going to win. Setting up the final game in the Manning series, Manning Bowl III a few years down the road. Both brothers with one win under their belts and playing for the tie breaker. Of course, the old gunslinger prevails over his little brother and rides off in the sunset. Eli Manning will end his career five years later with more Super Bowl rings (3) then big brother Peyton (they are tied with one ring each now).

Rumor has it that in the future, Eli wears all three rings to Thanksgiving dinner every single year until dad Archie puts an end to the nonsense. That was a joke by the way. Can you imagine what it must be like to have Thanksgiving dinner with the first family of NFL quarterbacks. Both of the brothers have off Thanksgiving night, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they all got together.

Who wins the big game Sunday night at Manning Bowl II? I’m going to take the Giants to win by three points.

FINAL SCORE PREDICTION:

New York Giants – 41

Indianapolis Colts – 38

RD – nygreporter.com

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