NFL Week 14: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

December 12, 2011

NEW YORK – The game last night was something to see. It was hands down the best and most exciting game of the year for Big Blue. The Giants pulled out the win 37-34 in a battle. There were a ton of lead changes and despite the horrible calls by the refs, the Giants found a way to win. They are now in first place of the NFC East and control their own playoff destiny. The G-Men will need to win one of the two upcoming games against the Redskins or Jets and then they need to win the final game of the year against the Cowboys in MetLife stadium. Actually, all three of their final games will be played in MetLife stadium (Giants stadium), even though the Jets game is considered a home game for Sanchez and company.

The first half was up and down with both teams scoring at will. They went into the locker room with Dallas leading 17-15. The Giants got a rare safety for 2 points and those were the first points on the board for either team. The second half was much of the same with both teams scoring a lot and taking advantage of the depleted defensive squads. The heart attack Giants won this game in the final two minutes and Manning notched his sixth 4th quarter comeback victory of the season. Dallas had a chance to send the game into overtime but a blocked FG by Jason Pierre-Paul put an end to all of that.

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

QB Eli Manning – Easy Eli had a terrific game once again and has eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for a third straight year. He finished with 400 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT. He should make the Pro Bowl.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull was playing like a mad man last night. He finished with 101 yards and 2 TD’s. Nice job Brandon!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a great game too and was pulling down everything thrown his way. He finished with 157 yards 0 TD’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – I’m convinced that JPP is not from earth. He gets my game ball and single handedly saved the Giants season. He finished with 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked punt. He also led the entire defense in tackles. Wow!

LB Michael Boley – Every time I saw a Cowboys player get rocked, I saw Boley bouncing up from the ground. The guy is awesome and finished second on the team in tackles.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario made his presence known with 62 yards and 1 TD. Way to go Mario!

S Antrel Rolle – The hard hitting safety was making plays out there and doing his best against the speedy Dallas WR’s.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB was shut down for the first half for a team violation. He finished with 12 yards. Well below my prediction of a big game. He will be fine and ready to go next week.

DT Chris Canty – Canty’s return to Dallas wasn’t a warm and fuzzy reunion. He made some plays out there and finished with 1 sack.

LB Jacquian Williams – I saw this kid making a lot of plays out there. I saw him miss a few too but he is outstanding for a rookie thrown into the fire. He has a bright future in New York.

CB Prince Amukamara – Prince is still learning the system and getting his feet under him. He finished third on the defense in tackles.

TE Jake Ballard – Big Jake is the real deal and Manning’s favorite safety valve. He finished with 52 yards and 1 TD.

S Deon Grant – The crafty veteran had a solid game once again and finished with 1 fumble recovery.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi is fast for a guy his size. You don’t realize how big he is from the way he flies around on the field. He had a great game.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz finished second on the team in receiving and had 82 yards. That’s a good game by most standards.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross continues to do his best while filling in for Terrell Thomas. He made some plays out there against Dallas.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck left the game in the first half with an injured toe but returned. He had a decent game but can play better.

P Steve Weatherford – This guy is Mr. Consistency. Fans are glad this is one area of the team that is no longer an issue. Good job Steve!

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a good game and finished with 2 FG’s. He also made all 3 of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The offense had a great game and won the shoot out against the Cowboys. Eli Manning is playing out of his mind right now.

Giants Defense – It’s no secret that the injury riddled Giants defense has become the achilles heel. They are doing their best with who they have.

Giants Special Teams – The special teams blocked a FG that gave the G-men the win. I would say they did a good job in this game.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Cowboys?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants vs. Vikings, NFL Week 14: Game Notes

December 14, 2010

NEW YORK – What a weekend for the Giants! In one of the most bizarre situations in recent memory, the Giants faced the Vikings last night in Detroit for a re-scheduled game due to a severe blizzard in Minnesota that caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. If you haven’t seen the video of that roof collapsing, I suggest you do a search for it because it was crazy. The Giants beat the Vikings 21-3 at Ford Field among Lions fans who were given free tickets to the game.

It was a game that had fans up in arms over the fact that the game wasn’t aired on TV in national markets. Some FOX markets showed a message pre-game that said “Due to blackout restrictions rules with ESPN, the game cannot be aired tonight” followed by an apology to the fans. This is disgusting and something the NFL needs to take a long hard look at. The other Monday Night football game on ESPN last night was the Ravens vs. Texans. I cannot remember there ever being two Monday Night football games on at the same time, that was a first for me. Why the football fans had to suffer under these extremely unusual circumstances is beyond me. Have we really become so thoughtless in society, that TV stations are more concerned about the amount of eyes watching their commercials, then they are about the people who pay their salaries with viewership? Last night was a unique situation and should have been handled differently. How about letting FOX stream the game LIVE on their internet website? Something. Anything. But the only thing that happened was, Nothing.

The Giants beat the Vikings in a historical game for both of the starting QB’s. QB Eli Manning had his 100th consecutive start, while QB Brett Favre had his consecutive starts streak end at 297 by a shoulder injury. Easy Eli has the second longest consecutive starts streak in the NFL, he only trails big brother Peyton. It is incredible that the No.1 and No.2 men on the Iron Man list are brothers.

The G-Men were no doubt mentally exhausted from all of the drama over the weekend, so I applaud the team for not complaining about it and going out to do work. They were a little rusty in the first quarter but then turned it on by scoring two TD’s in the second quarter. The 9-4 Giants are on a three game winning streak and face the hated Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at New Meadowlands stadium in a a battle for NFC East supremacy. The game starts at 1 PM EST and should be the game of the week, if both teams play like their seasons depend on a victory (which they do).

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

– QB Eli Manning had a mediocre game and finished with 187 yards 1 TD 2 INT’s.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game and ran hard all night. He finished with 116 yards and 1 TD.

– TE Kevin Boss was making plays and finished with 23 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Hakeem Nicks returned to the field and made his presence known. He finished with 96 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle led all defensive tacklers last night and continues to be a vocal leader on defense.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw continues to play like a man possessed. He finished with 103 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Steve Smith saw some action on the field after missing a few weeks and finished with 12 yards. He left the game with a injury.

– WR Mario Manningham left the game early with an injury and did not return. He finished with 1 yard.

– The Giants defense smothered the Vikings all night and knocked out their 6th QB of the year. They finished with 4 sacks and 1 INT.

– DE Justin Tuck had a decent game but got banged up and played hurt the rest of the game.

– LB Clint Sintim was injured in the second quarter and did not return. It looks like a torn ACL and the IR list for Sintim.

– DE Osi Umenyiora attacked the QB all night and finished with 1 sack.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul was active for a good portion of the game and continues to improve.

– The Giants offensive line gave up only 1 sack last night, the first in the last six games. These guys are awesome.

– The Giants special teams was atrocious once again and their see-saw season continues.

– K Lawrence Tynes made all 3 of his extra point attempts and had no FG attempts.

– P Matt Dodge should receive a one way ticket to palookaville at the end of the season.

– WR Derek Hagan finished the game with 10 yards.

– DC Perry Fewell is the most significant pick up for Big Blue since Coach Spags. He is a beast.

– OC Kevin Gilbride needs to shake things up a bit and stop with the conservative play calling.

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Are Stuck in the Twilight Zone

December 12, 2010

NEW YORK – The Giants are having one heck of a weekend. The best Hollywood screen writers could not have made up a better story line, then the one that is still developing for the contest between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants were supposed to have an early afternoon game today, just a few hours from now in fact. But something happened on the way to Minnesota that changed the plans permanently. A winter blizzard struck the midwest, pounding Minnesota among other cities and dropping about 20 inches of snow on the area before midnight. Not so bad right? Just wait, the story gets better and still isn’t over by the way.

The Giants, who were traveling during this storm, found themselves stranded in a Kansas City airport and unable to continue their journey due to the foul weather. The team manned up and locked down hotel rooms for the entire team and staff. Rumors began to swirl immediately about the possibility of NFL commish, Roger Goodell, pushing the game back to a later time. Mr. Goodell realized the strange situation was caused by mother nature and obliged by making the game a Monday Night event and changing the start time to 8 PM EST. You made the right call there Mr. Goodell and I applaud you.

Almost immediately after learning of the game change, fans began to voice their displeasure with the news that the game would only be aired in the market cities of New York and Minnesota on FOX. The NFL is working on trying to get the game aired in more markets but no news has come out about the progress. As if all of this weren’t enough, reports came out early this morning about a false alarm being set off at the hotel where the Giants were staying (if true, someone needs to check Brett Favre’s cell phone bill). OK, at this point, the Giants have officially entered the Twilight Zone and find themselves in a situation unlike anything I can remember in my adult life. This is a unique and bizarre scenario that would be comical, if it weren’t so true.

And the cherry on top? Breaking news came out earlier about the Metrodome stadium roof in Minnesota, collapsing under the weight of the heavy snowfall overnight. Apparently, the roof collapsed sometime in the early morning hours around 5 AM EST. So now the question isn’t when will the Giants play the Vikings anymore, since the NFL moved the game to Monday night. The question now becomes, where will the game be played?Speculation has already started first thing this morning that the stadium will not be ready in time for the game tomorrow night. There is no way to know what will happen during this developing story but I can honestly say this is the most bizarre turn of events I have ever witnessed concerning a Giants game.

Stay tuned Giants fans…

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The New York Giants to Invade Minnesota Sunday

December 8, 2010

NEW YORK – The Giants have had an up and down month. They lost two games they should have won to division rivals Dallas and Philadelphia, then turned things around and won their last two games against the Jaguars and Redskins. It is hard to measure how good New York is at this point in the season but if last week was any measurement, they are ready for the playoffs right now. Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs? I sure am. The Giants are 8-4 and tied for first place (with the Eagles) in the NFC East with week 14 approaching. If there was ever a good time to start talking about the playoffs, it would be this week.

I fully expect the Giants to invade Minnesota on Sunday and come out with the win. I have said repeatedly that the G-Men will need to win half of their remaining four games in order to have a good shot at making it back to the post season with a 10-6 record. This is a very realistic possibility considering the remaining four games which are the Vikings, Eagles, Packers and Redskins. The obvious two games the Giants should win out of these four are the Vikings and Redskins. But I fully expect them to give the Eagles another tough game after losing to them a couple of weeks ago. The Packers are the toughest team out of the the four and they were my pick to make the Super Bowl prior to the 2010 NFL Season. They have been on a roll as of late and should be a very tough opponent.

But one thing at a time here. Big Blue will need to focus on beating the Vikings this weekend, the Vikes are having a rough season and seem hungry to finish their season strong. They still have Adrian Peterson, a banged up Brett Favre and a fully rested Sydney Rice, who had a monster game last week. Their defense is respectable and they will be playing at home. The Giants are still missing key offensive players, who could return within the next week or two and should help their playoff run. Let’s not forget, the numbers don’t lie. The Giants have the No.2 overall defense in the NFL and the No.4 overall offense. You don’t get that type of balance as a team unless you have a deep team and well coached players. The Giants achilles heel so far this season has been their special teams corps. If the special teams can catch up with the offense and defense, then this would be a Super Bowl contender no doubt.

The Giants game plan for the remainder of the season is simple. Play smart football and stop turning the ball over, keep the penalties to a minimum, keep the play calling aggressive on both sides of the ball and simply stay healthy and have fun. If the Giants can do these things, they will absolutely find themselves beating the Vikings on Sunday and making it back to the playoffs. I predict a Giants victory over the Vikings by the score of 28-20.

RD – nygreporter.com

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