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 –

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Giants vs. Cowboys, NFL Week 7: Game Notes

October 26, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants faced a dismal 1-4 Dallas Cowboys team on Monday Night Football in Dallas, what could be better right? Well, a win of course. Big Blue pulled out the victory 41-35 in a strangely close game at the end of the night. The first half was littered with silly mistakes and a couple of cheap INT’s on tipped balls by Big Blue. It was also one of the best first halves of football for comebacks that I’ve seen in a while. Big Blue was down 20-7 at one point but came back to take the lead 24-20 by the time the teams headed into the locker room. The Giants simply dominated the Cowboys, who looked like a deer in headlights.

The second half was much of the same. A complete dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys to push their overall record to 1-5 on the 2010 NFL Season. The game actually became embarrassing at one point during the second half. Then the turnovers started coming fast and the Cowboys were getting garbage TD’s late in the game. Enough to make me sit up in my seat but it wasn’t meant to be as the Giants ultimately crushed Dallas’ hopes.

The G-Men are now 5-2 on the year and have sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East. This was an incredibly fun game to watch for Giants fans and the Twitter bugs were exploding with joy. It’s good to be the King.

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

– QB Eli Manning collected himself after a couple of cheap INT’s to take over the game. One of the best performances I’ve seen from Manning this year. He finished with  306 yards 4 TD’s 3 INT’s.

– The Giants defense knocked out their 5th QB (Tony Romo) this season. Romo could be out for the rest of the season or 8-10 weeks.

– The Giants special teams are in dire need of some upgrades. They continue their subpar season giving up a TD on a return by rookie Dez Bryant.

– WR Hakeem Nicks just keeps on rolling with another huge game. He finished with 108 yards and 2 TD’s. He should make the pro bowl in 2010.

– The Giants offense nearly put up 500 total yards of offense, finishing with 497 total yards.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw is running hard and breaking ankles. He never takes a play off and can be counted on to make plays. He had 126 yards in this game.

– The Giants defense is just devastating. The Cowboys offense could not do anything when they had the ball. They had 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

– The Monday Night Football crew made a point of mentioning that Tom Coughlin is the oldest coach in the NFL at age 64.

– WR Steve Smith is still the silent assassin and still makes some huge catches. He finished with 101 yards and 1 TD.

– The Giants had way too many turnovers (5) in this game. They won the game tonight but they will not get far if they continue this trend of turnovers.

– WR Mario Manningham had a very nice game. He finished with 40 yards and 1 TD.

– CB Terrell Thomas lead the team in tackles and had a solid game.

– The Giants offensive line had another solid game, giving up only 1 sack. The Blue Wall does it again.

– Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs keeps getting more involved in the games. He finished with 75 yards and 1 TD 1 Fumble.

– The Dallas Cowboys made a stink about QB Eli Manning signing their wall after beating them in the first game ever at the new Cowboys stadium.

– K Lawrence Tynes made both of his FG attempts and all of his extra point attempts.

– The Giants won the time of possession game by nearly 7 minutes at 36:51 to 22:29. The Cowboys offense couldn’t do anything against Big Blue.

RD –