Happy Veteran’s Day to our Military Around the World

November 11, 2011

NEW YORK – On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to say Happy Veteran’s Day to our readers, Giants fans and our military stationed all over the world. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country and may God bless you always. It is an honor to write this article for the warriors who continue to fight for our country and remembering those who have fallen in battle. Coming from a military family, it is easy to see why I have such a high respect for our troops and soldiers. I hope you will all take a moment to say a little prayer for the veterans who protect this nation each and every day and for the fallen. If you see someone in the military today, stop them and shake their hand and thank them for all they do. You are not forgotten!

Another person who has done tremendous things for our military is Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. Coach Coughlin seems to be involved in at least one project every year that is military related, he has also flown overseas to spend some time with the troops. The Giants won’t be flying overseas this weekend but they will be flying across the country when the visit San Francisco on Sunday to have a battle of their own. I expect this is be a very good game between two teams that are riding high early on this year. I don’t think there are many fans who are taking this game lightly, the Giants are going to need some of that old school, tough football on the field to walk away with the victory.

The Giants might have a tough time running the ball but the way Manning has been playing lately, it might not effect the outcome of the game. Last weekend, I thought fans would see a shoot out between Brady and Manning and for the most part, it didn’t happen. This week, I expect a defensive battle to occur. We will have to wait and see if that prediction comes to fruition. Then we have the news about 49ers star RB Frank Gore who might not play, that would be a welcome advantage to Big Blue, since Gore is a stud and can run for a ton of yards. That might also balance out the loss of Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw, if he can’t play on Sunday. WR Hakeem Nicks is also questionable for Sunday. Either way, I expect both ground games to suffer and this game to be won using the air. I predict a Giants win 17-13.

I would like to say, God Bless & Thank You to our military once again! R.I.P. Uncle John, U.S. Army.

How do you plan on honoring the military on Veteran’s Day? Do you think the G-Men will beat the 49ers on Sunday?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants vs. Cowboys, NFL Week 10: Game Notes

November 14, 2010

NEW YORK – What a crazy night it was in New Meadowlands stadium. Nobody could have predicted some of the craziness that occurred in this game. The Giants were expected to man handle the Cowboys tonight but that did not happen. Instead, we saw a Dallas Cowboys team fighting for their lives and taking chances on big plays because they had nothing to lose. The Giants lost this game 33-20 to the Cowboys.

The Giants defensive backfield gave up a couple of big plays to the Cowboys early in the first half and Dallas got some points from them. It was 19-6 at halftime but could have easily been worse then that, if the Giants defense hadn’t held them to FG’s a couple of times. I was surprised by how little the Giants defense seemed to get to backup QB Jon Kitna in the game. I expected Kitna to be on his back for most of the game but it never happened.

Most Giants fans will tell you that the team did not look like themselves tonight. It was a very strange game to watch and the Cowboys looked like they were the team that was 6-2 and not 1-7. The Giants had a lot of players injured for this game and even some of the second stringers got hurt during the game. It’s not an excuse but it certainly adds to the issues the team had. This was a game that the Giants should have won and the fact that they lost to an atrocious Dallas team, leaves a big question mark on how they will fair against solid teams for the rest of the season. They will need to regroup quickly because they face the Eagles next Sunday night in Philadelphia and have four more divisional games left in the season.

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

– QB Eli Manning had a decent game but it wasn’t entirely fun to watch. He finished with 373 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

– Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride’s play calling was awful in the first half. It was even worse in the second half.

– There was a power outage at New Meadowlands stadium that delayed the game for a short period of time.

– The Giants offensive line held together nicely despite the injuries by not giving up a single sack in the game.

– WR Hakeem Nicks had another great game and has become an elite NFL WR. He finished with 82 yards.

– The Giants had a lot of penalties against them and some of them were bogus. They finished with 8 penalties for 69 yards.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran hard all night and finished the game with 73 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving.

– The Giants special teams had another poor game in my opinion, Will Blackmon’s performance not included.

– WR Mario Manningham has a nice game filling in for WR Steve Smith. He finished with 91 yards and a TD.

– TE Kevin Boss had a very good game, finishing with 81 yards and a TD.

– Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell could not do anything against the big plays Dallas was getting all night.

– K Lawrence Tynes made all of his FG and extra point attempts tonight and continues to have a great year.

– WR Ramses Barden left the game with an injury in the second half and did not return. He finished with 34 yards.

– Safety Kenny Phillips led all tacklers for the defense and safety Deon Grant had the lone INT.

– The Giants defense had a poor game by their standards. They finished with 1 sack and 1 INT.

– The Giants won the time of possession battle by having the ball for 37:51 minutes of the game.

RD – nygreporter.com

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Can the Giants Make it Six in a Row?

November 9, 2010

NEW YORK – I’m still spinning with joy from the beating Big Blue dished out to Seattle this past Sunday. That was such a great game to watch and I’m glad I can check the Seahawks off of the revenge game list. We owed them and paid them back tenfold. Now that the Giants have won their 5th straight game, the next question naturally becomes, can they win their 6th in a row? Since the Giants play the lowly Dallas Cowboys (that feels good to say) at home this Sunday, the answer is YES!

I have no doubt that the G-Men can and should beat the Cowboys this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys are having their worst season in almost twenty years and their owner Jerry Jones, just fired embattled head coach Wade Phillips yesterday. Not to mention, the Giants have already beaten the Cowboys this year, in Dallas. The Boys sit in the basement of the NFC East at 1-7 and have become one of the worst teams in the NFL. Oh yeah, the Giants also knocked QB Tony Romo out of the game and most likely for the rest of the 2010 NFL season. Romo was the 5th NFL QB knocked out of a game by the ferocious Giants defense. The G-men do not play dirty, rather they have been on this strange streak for reasons beyond our comprehension.

I do not believe the Cowboys will be able to overcome all of these issues on Sunday when they play the red hot Giants at home. I fully expect Big Blue to dominate the game and get to backup QB Jon Kitna early and often. The Giants are just the better football team at this point and experts have said the best team in the entire NFC. I agreed with the experts for once when they said that. The Giants have had a top 3 offense and defense for most of the season and they seem to get better each week. Everything just seems to be coming together for them in every area of the game.

The only issue with this team is the amount of turnovers they have given up this year. This is something Coach Coughlin will undoubtedly work on in practice. That is something the team can work on and correct but the injuries that have been piling up can’t be corrected so easily. The recent news about OL David Diehl’s torn hamstring, sends another solid player to the sidelines. With ten players already on the dreaded IR list, it is crucial to keep the remaining players healthy by any means possible.

The Giants are coming off a nice mid-season bye week, in week eight, that surely helped them rest up for a solid push into the playoffs. There is no doubt they have a tough schedule to close out the year with five divisional games but they are up to the task and should end the season at 11-5 or 12-4 from my estimations. As for the upcoming Cowboys game, I expect the Giants to win by 2 TD’s minimum and put on an exhibition of what a strong defense looks like.

Who do you think will win the Giants vs. Cowboys game this Sunday? What is your prediction for the final score?

RD – nygreporter.com

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