NFL Week 8: Giants vs. Dolphins, Game Notes

October 30, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants played the lowly Miami Dolphins today in another must-win game for Big Blue. This was not a fun game to watch at all for the fans. The Dolphins didn’t need to use all of the trick plays I thought they would employ, they simply drove the ball at will against the Giants defense. But the Giants did their thing in the 4th quarter as usual and pulled out the 20-17 win. They improve to 5-2 on the year and keep the Dolphins winless. Fans were expressing themselves on twitter LIVE during the game and I won’t repeat some of the things I heard on there. I can assure you it wasn’t good. I would have loved to stayed on and talked more with the fans but twitter said that I reached some ridiculous tweet limit during a LIVE football game and put me in “twitter jail” once again. It is really quite annoying and making me wonder if the aggravation is worth it.

Miami went into the locker room with a 14-10 halftime lead and seemed to have all of the momentum for most of the first half. They were not playing like a winless and pathetic ball club at all. They were moving the ball at will and beating the Giants defense to the punch on most plays. At the end of the day, I understand the only thing that matters is winning but tell that to the Giants Nation who have had to endure these close games each and every week. There is a lack of consistency that cannot be denied and quite frankly, it is becoming unnerving. The G-Men had way too many penalties again, finishing the game with seven and too many dropped passes by the WR’s and TE’s. The running game needs to pick it up and the defense has been giving up a lot of big plays. They will need to make some corrections before the elite teams come to town.

The Giants will play the Patriots in New England next Sunday at 4:15 PM EST. That gives the Giants one week to make the proper adjustments needed before the storm hits.

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

QB Eli Manning – Manning played an outstanding game today and got little help from his teammates that dropped passes. He finished with 349 yards 2 TD’s 0 INT’s.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw had a decent game and left for x-rays in the second half but still returned. He finished with 50 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a good game and finished with 68 yards 0 TD’s. He gets all of the attention from opposing DB’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – It seems like JPP gets a sack in every single game and today was no different. He got 1 sack late in the contest.

LB Michael Boley – Boley led the entire defense in tackles and continues to be a force on the field.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs did not have a very good “return from injury” game today. He finished with 10 yards and a fumble.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi has been making his presence felt on the field and finished with 1 sack today.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was all over the place today and finished with 1.5 sacks.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a very nice game today and finished with 63 yards and 1 TD.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle had his usual good game today but he also has some fans saying he gives up too many big plays.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a nice game today and is filling in nicely for Terrell Thomas while he is on the mend.

TE Jake Ballard – Big Jake is really becoming a fan favorite now and continues to produce on the field. He finished with 55 yards today.

WR Victor Cruz – You have to love this kid. Cruz went out and had another great game by leading all WR’s, finishing with 99 yards and 1 TD.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck made his return to the field today after missing a month to injury, he finished with a 1/2  sack.

CB Prince Amukamara – The rookie Prince was back at practice this week and should have his debut sometime in November.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie LB Jones had a solid game and finished second on the team in tackles.

OL Chris Snee – Snee was able to return to the field today after dealing with a concussion. It was good to see him back out there.

CB Corey Webster – C-Web had a terrific game and got the 4th quarter INT that sealed the win for Big Blue.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman put together another nice game and has fans exhaling about the punting group.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made both of his FG attempts and both of his extra point attempts. He is having a good year.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense did not play very well today. They allowed way too many yards and points to an inferior team. It was hard to watch this game.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was making plays but the running game was awful today. Manning was balling but the supporting cast kept dropping passes.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams is mediocre and will need some serious tweaking during the offseason.

What did you think about the Giants performance at home against the Dolphins?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants are Facing Possessed Miami Dolphins Team on Sunday

October 26, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants “experts” and most football fans believe that the G-Men will run all over the Dolphins on Sunday. My advice to all of those thinking this is an easy win is to remain quiet until after the game. The Dolphins have been disrespected and pushed around all year. The worst thing about this team is they have absolutely nothing to lose by playing crazy. By playing crazy I mean doing things out of the ordinary and making crazy plays like it was a meaningless Pro Bowl game. I think DC Perry Fewell needs to keep the players on their toes this week in practice and prepare them for some funky college-type madness.

The Dolphins are 0-6 so far this year and trust me, Coach Coughlin does not want to be the guy to give them their first win. He will have his team ready to play and the recent news of DE Justin Tuck, RB Brandon Jacobs, OL Chris Snee and rookie CB Prince Amukamara practicing is very encouraging. All four of them are returning from injuries. The G-Men will need all hands on deck to compete with the elite teams they face in the second half this year. Dolphins QB Matt Moore was banged up in last weeks game but is expected to play against the Giants this weekend. Still, the Dolphins went out and signed QB JP Losman to back him up in case the sack happy Giants knock him out of the game. Miami has not stopped tinkering with their roster for months now. This might be one of the reasons why they are 0-6. These players keep getting new blood rotated into the locker room and have no real chemistry with each other.

Miami has the 19th ranked overall offense and the 23rd ranked defense in the NFL. If not for their winless record, you would think they were a middle of the pack team (on the low end of course). Most experts have them ranked in the bottom three teams for the entire NFL. The Giants are ranked 11th overall for offense and 22nd for defense. After last weekends heartbreaking loss to QB Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, late in the fourth quarter, I fully expect the Dolphins to play like a possessed team this weekend. They have a lot of pride down there in Miami and will look to save face by beating Big Blue at home. If the G-Men beat the Dolphins and improve to 5-2 on the year, the next best thing that could happen would be the Eagles beating the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and knocking each other deeper into the middle of the pack of the NFC East. The Giants and Dolphins will play this Sunday at 1:00 PM EST at MetLife stadium.

What concerns you the most about the Giants playing the Dolphins this weekend?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Happy Halloween to all New York Giants Fans

October 31, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, everyone here at the nygreporter would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween! Even though Big Blue has their bye week this weekend, there will still be some great NFL games to watch when all of the kids are done trick or treating. The Jets will play the Packers for the 1 o’clock game, a game I think most football fans will be looking forward to. The Vikings will also play the Patriots in what should be a good game and the Saints face the Steelers. It won’t be the same as watching the G-Men play but at least were only half way done with the 2010 NFL season.

I hope that all of the kids who read our stories here remember to be safe today and look both ways when they cross the street. Also remember to have your parents help you check your candy and be sure to have an adult with you when you go trick or treating. And for anyone going to a Halloween party, I hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy the festivities of Halloween.

If you think you have an awesome costume and want to share what you will be this year, please feel free to leave us a comment below and tell us about your costume.

BOO!!!

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.

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