NFL Week 7: New York Giants, Bye Week

October 23, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants had their bye week this weekend and hopefully the players are getting healthy with their time off. News of players returning to their home towns or vacation homes were all over the news this week. For example, safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips made it perfectly clear they would be heading down to Miami during the break. Other players headed to Massachusetts like LB Mark Herzlich and others went to small towns all across America. I’m glad the guys will be getting a much deserved break before the hard part of the schedule begins. Many fans are very excited to see rookie CB Prince Amukamara get on the field for the first time. The secondary could use a boost of talent and Prince might be able to provide a spark.

The two most important scores I will be giving you today are the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys scores. The Giants needed both of these division rivals to lose to keep a solid pace in dominating the NFC East and making it back to the playoffs. The first game up today was the Redskins game. The Panthers came through for Big Blue and beat the Redskins 33-20. QB Cam Newton is the future of football and runs like a big Mike Vick who can actually throw the ball too. Washington now falls to 3-3 on the year and stays in second place in the NFC East.

The second game on today was the Cowboys game. Unfortunately, the Cowboys didn’t oblige Giants fans this weekend, they beat the Rams thoroughly 34-7 and improved to 3-3. It seems like the Redskins were playing better then their 3-3 record and the Cowboys were playing much worse then their 3-3 record. In reality, they are both only one game out of first place. You can bet the Giants will be doing everything in their power to hold onto first place and keep both of these teams at bay.

It will be nice to see Big Blue get back to work next weekend (10/30/11) when they play the Miami Dolphins at 1:00 PM EST. I expect the Dolphins to play like a bunch of crazed dogs (Thank you Mr. Taylor) after another heartbreaking loss to the Broncos and QB Tim Tebow today. Congrats to Tebow on winning his first NFL football game as a starting QB.

Are you relieved that the Giants bye week has now officially come and gone?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Bye Week Survival Tips

October 21, 2011

NEW YORK – We here at nygreporter understand how difficult it can be for a true blue Giants fan to endure the dreaded bye week. It seems like it becomes much harder each year to sit out a weekend and root for whoever plays our rivals. So I thought we would give you some tips on how to make it through the worst week in the NFL season for Giants fans. Some of you may have read our article called New York Giants 2011 NFL Lockout Survival Kit and this article will be similar to that one. Try to stay sane and remember that it is only one week.

The first thing we will look at, is the opponents of our division rivals and who Giants fans will need to root for this weekend. The two teams that Big Blue fans need to root for this weekend are the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams. The Panthers play the Redskins on Sunday at 1PM EST and the Rams face the Cowboys at 4:15 PM EST. We need both of these teams to lose so the Giants continue to lockdown the NFC East. The final team in the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles, are also on a bye week this weekend and probably “dreaming” about making the playoffs this year. Hopefully, QB Cam Newton will ball on Washington and knock them down a peg because believe it or not, the Redskins are a bigger threat to Big Blue this year.

I still say every Giants fan should own a copy of Super Bowl XLII on DVD for an occasion like this. Having copies of the glory days in 1986 and 1990 wouldn’t hurt either. Sitting down and watching those games is extremely uplifting and something that should be done once per year anyway. Check out the Giants shop for merchandise and gear. You can find a link to the Giants store on the sidebar of our website here. I know that some of the items there are expensive but they also have some reasonable prices on other items. Buying a piece of Giants merchandise might make you feel better. You can also hit twitter and talk Giants football with other fans. There is nothing better then having a good conversation with Giants fans who know what they are talking about. You can also go to Giants.com and check out any contests they may be running. This would be a perfect week (bye week) to hold an annual fan contest, don’t you think Giants? wink wink

Another possibility for this weekend is to get out of the house with your family or friends and take in some of this fall weather before it gets too cold. Once the boys get back on the field, it is unlikely that die hard fans will miss a single game. So take advantage of the break and go have some fun. Take your kids to the park or out for lunch. Take your girl to the mall. Take your man out to shoot some pool or go bowling. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself and figure out what suits you the best. I hope our readers find this helpful and I hope you enjoy your off weekend.

What will you be doing during the bye week?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Bye Week Blues

October 29, 2010

NEW YORK – I know that the title of this story sounds a bit misleading, so let me explain. The Giants don’t have the bye week blues, it is I who has the blues. The Giants are rolling into the bye week as the best team in the NFC and they also have sole possession (5-2 record) of 1st place in the NFC East. I’m happy about their productivity but I have the blues because now we have to wait an extra week before we can see them play again. Sounds selfish I know but they way that Big Blue has dominated the past month gives me reason to want to see more.

After a shaky start to the 2010 NFL season, the G-men seem to headed back to the playoffs. Everything is clicking on defense and the offense has been moving right along but the special teams is the achilles heel of the team this year. The defense has been outstanding and new DC Perry Fewell needs to be recognized for coaching the Giants to the No.2 overall defense in the NFL. This group has been playing like a bunch of mad men. They are 2nd in the NFL against the pass and 3rd in the NFL against the run. What a difference a year makes, huh Giants fans? If this group can stay healthy and continue playing at this high level, they should finish the season as a top 3 NFL defense.

The offense is nothing to overlook either. The Giants own the No.1 rusher in the NFL in RB Ahmad Bradshaw and have the 4th best rushing team in the NFL. They are 9th best in the NFL in passing. QB Eli Manning has had some tough breaks with cheap INT’s going against him via tipped balls but other then that he has been great. A big reason for Manning’s productivity is the emergence of WR Hakeem Nicks, whom I predicted would make the pro bowl before the season started. The offensive line has survived numerous injuries and come together in a big way. RB Brandon Jacobs has been playing team ball since becoming the No. 2 RB and Bradshaw has been lights out. The rest of the WR group has been contributing exactly how we thought they would be. This is an impressive offense that can be lethal when they get in the zone.

I hope the team can get their players healthy and back on the field for the second half of the season. They are going to need every man they can get to make it back to the playoffs and to make a serious run at the Super Bowl. Even with all of the success the team has had, they still placed 10 players on the injured reserve list so far this year and seem to be turning the ball over way too much. There were some serious names on the IR list including OL WIlliam Beatty, DE Mathias Kiwanuka and WR Domenik Hixon just to name a few. This is the second consecutive year that injuries have played a role in effecting the Giants game plan. It must be frustrating for Coach Coughlin but it is nice to see the depth that GM Jerry Reese has put in place finally paying off. I fully expect the Giants to make it back to the playoffs and continue to roll to a possible 11-5 final record. Big Blue will travel to Seattle when they get through with the bye week to face a tough Seahawks team.

RD – nygreporter.com

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