NFL Week 6: Giants vs. Bills, Game Notes

October 16, 2011

NEW YORK – I’ve mentioned how I truly felt this was a must win game for the Giants. I wrote an entire article about this a few days ago. The Giants must have read it because they were able to get the win today by beating the Bills 27-24 in a battle. After losing to the lowly Seahawks last weekend, the G-Men needed not only a moral victory this weekend but also another “W” in the standings to keep their playoff hopes within reach. The Giants were also without some key players today including RB Brandon Jacobs, OL Chris Snee and DE Justin Tuck, all sitting out due to injury.

This was really an entertaining game to watch. I thought I was going to have a heart attack at certain points in the game because it was filled with so much drama. The first half of the game was going back and forth. The Giants gave up two huge plays that made up the majority of the Bills offensive production. Still, both teams went into the locker room tied 17-17. The second half was equally entertaining and saw the game go back and forth once more with both teams being tied 24-24 with under two minutes left in the game. The Giants had the ball at the end of the game and drove down the field to the Buffalo 1 yard line. The Giants were unable to score a TD but K Lawrence Tynes knocked a FG through to give the G-men a 27-24 lead. That was all they would need to secure the victory and improve to 4-2 on the season.

The Giants definitely needed this win as they head into the bye week next weekend. The players need the rest and the team needed this win to keep up in the NFC. They are still committing too many penalties and will need to work on that during the break. Giants fans will have to endure the hated “bye week” and try to pretend they are interested in the other NFL games. They will be rooting for whoever plays the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins, you can count on that.

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

QB Eli Manning – Manning seems to be improving week to week. He had another solid game and finished with 292 yards 0 TD’s and 0 INT’s. His one TD pass was called back.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw is a beast and might have had the best game of his career today. He finished with 104 yards rushing, 26 yards receiving and 3 TD’s.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks led all receivers with 96 yards on 4 receptions. He was quiet most of the game but still contributed.

CB Corey Webster – Webster gets my defensive game ball for coming up huge in this game with 2 INT’s. Nice to see C-Webb playing well out there.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Who still thinks Osi isn’t worth elite money? You’re crazy! Osi had another good game and finished with 1 sack.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was balling today and had a solid game. He finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was all over the field as usual and making plays. Fans love this guy and I can see why.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a nice game and finished with 56 yards. He had a nice TD late in the game but couldn’t hold onto the ball.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – How do you Spell JPP? B-E-A-S-T! JPP had another great game and finished with 1 sack.

LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB had a quieter game then he normally does. He is still going to be a force in the NFL.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs had to sit out his second straight game due to a knee injury. Get well soon Brandon!

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz continues to make big strides and had another game where he saw extended playing time.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck had to sit out another game due to his neck injury. He will get the bye week next week to rest more.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is awesome and led all defensive tacklers for the G-Men. I love this guy!

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips got a bit banged up in this game but played through it. He had a solid game today.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard is quickly becoming one of Manning’s favorite targets. He had another great game and finished with 81 yards.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a good game and made some nice tackles out there today.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie LB Jones had another quiet game today as Big Blue was trying out a 4-2-5 defense.

C David Baas – Baas was able to return to the field this week after missing last weeks game against the Seahawks.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman continues to pay dividends after the Giants brought him on board. Great punter.

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

Giants Defense – Despite giving up some huge plays and a ton of yardage, the Giants finished with 3 sacks, 2 INT’s and 1 forced fumble.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense had a great game today. I really liked how they spread the ball around and made plays when they had to.

Giants Special Teams – The special teams played a pretty good game despite allowing a blocked FG attempt by Tynes.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Bills this weekend?

RD –

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The Giants Must Beat The Buffalo Bills on Sunday

October 13, 2011

NEW YORK – I know that some of our readers will say that I am out of my mind but I truly believe the game against the Bills this Sunday is a must win. The argument goes back and forth all the time about this subject of “must win” games. I was very vocal about the Giants needing five wins before the bye week in order to have a good shot at making the playoffs. There is no way they can do that now but getting four wins will help a lot more then going into the bye week at the 500 mark with a 3-3 record. Asking Big Blue to win at least seven of the final ten games is a huge task and very difficult to imagine with such a depleted roster due to injuries. I have faith in my team but that is a remarkably difficult obstacle to overcome.

What was once a “easy win” on the schedule has become anything but that. The Buffalo Bills are one of the hottest teams in the NFL this year and will give the G-Men a run for their money. I still believe the Giants have the talent to win this game but a lot of factors will need to come together in order to do so. The biggest thing the Giants must do is not turn the ball over. The Giants have so many players injured, that they may have to re-think their entire insurance policy for players or they could go broke. I get physically sick when I think about the past three years and the absolute dismantling of my beloved Giants due to injury. It has become a running joke among football fans and is truly embarrassing. You can save the whole “it’s a part of the game” speech when talking to me because I don’t want to hear it. Many fans feel like I do and don’t mind losing a game if our starters are on the field and they get outplayed. Losing a dozen guys within the first two weeks is simply horrible and absolutely effects a football team.

Everyone will be giving you their “expert” opinions and strategies for this game, so I will spare you my own opinion. The only thing I have to say to Big Blue is win the game. I don’t care how you do it but the team needs this win, the fans need this win and your playoff hopes need this win. I projected five wins for the Giants in the second half of their schedule before the season started. I am sticking to my prediction and hope that I am wrong. If the Giants enter the bye week at 3-3, I am going to say the chance of them missing the playoffs for a third straight year is about 75%. These are only my opinions and as I said, I hope that I’m wrong.

RD –

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Giants vs. Lions, NFL Week 6: Game Notes

October 17, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants played a desperate Detroit Lions team today in a game some were calling a trap game. Luckily for Big Blue, they beat the Lions 28-20 and improved to 4-2 on the season. This was a close game and I was actually nervous towards the end when the two minute warning came. The Lions played with a lot of heart and I take my hat off to them.

The Giants placed rookie WR Victor Cruz on the IR list (the 10th player added) and signed K Shayne Graham to the team after learning that K Lawrence Tynes was injured and would be inactive. Not a very good way to start the game considering all of the issues the special teams have had thus far in 2010. The good news is that the G-Men started this game with the No.1 defense in the NFL and the No.5 offense.

Former disappointing Giants safety CC Brown, made some comments about QB Eli Manning before the game. Not insulting comments but certainly judgmental. He seems to be all talk because he did not have a very good game and even appeared to try and cheap shot some of the players. A scary moment came in the second half when Lions LB Zach Follett was taken off the field on a cart, reports say he has movement in his arms and legs, Thank God. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The Detroit Lions have a lot of work to do in order to improve, I almost felt bad for them today. It’s hard to measure how good the Giants played today because the Lions are such a subpar team. A win is a win and I’m sure that nobody is complaining about it but it will be nice to see Big Blue lump up some tough teams.

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

– P Matt “Get Outta” Dodge turned the ball over on his first attempt. The fans officially have had enough of the rookie and I actually feel bad for the kid but he has to go.

– RB Brandon Jacobs has been quietly getting his mojo back and had another productive game. He finished with 2 TD’s on 35 yards.

– The Giants defense has been dominating the past three weeks and very fun to watch. DC Perry Fewell is a hit in New York.

– WR Steve Smith had a very good game. He led all receivers with 70 yards on 6 catches.

– QB Eli Manning had a very nice game and did not make any big mistakes. He finished with 177 yards and 2 TD’s 0 INT’s.

– DE Osi Umenyiora is beginning to get hot after his second consecutive two sack game. Osi also had two forced fumbles.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had another solid performance and finished the game with 133 yards.

– QB Eli Manning has passed for over 20,000 yards. His achievement today was only the second time (Phil Simms) in team history a QB has done so.

– LB MIchael Boley led all tacklers with eight for Big Blue. He is a big part of the defense and has been doing a good job.

– WR Mario Manningham got back into the mix with a nice TD grab in the 2nd quarter. He finished with 51 yards.

– The Giants defense knocked Lions QB Shaun Hill out of the game in the 2nd quarter. The 4th QB to be knocked out by the Giants this season.

– TE Kevin Boss had a good game and made a couple of big catches. He finished with 27 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle had a crucial INT in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. Great job Antrel!

– TE Travis Beckum scored a TD in the 3rd quarter. The young TE is still developing but has made strides so far.

– K Shayne Graham made all four of his extra point attempts in his first game as a New York Giant.

RD –

George Martin held his “A Journey for 9/11” Charity walk today and everyone here at the nygreporter hopes it was a huge success. We look forward to learning more about the event!