NFL Week 9: Giants vs. Patriots, Game Notes

November 6, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants went into this game today without a few of their star players (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas). This would have been a tough game even at full strength with the way New England has been playing. The Giants really needed this win to create more of a separation from the pack in the NFC East. Not only did the Giants beat the Patriots 24-20, they did it in dramatic fashion with only 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. This game was without a doubt the greatest game to watch all season for Giants fans so far. My heart was in my throat for most of the game and the final drive nearly gave me a stroke. The Giants improve to 6-2 on the season and continue to hold onto first place in the NFC East.

The first half of this game was a defensive battle. Nobody expected these teams to go into the locker room at halftime with the score tied 0-0. Even I was wrong about the shoot out that I predicted would happen. There wasn’t any scoring but it was a fun defensive battle to watch with lots of turnovers in this game. The second half was a completely different story, with all 44 combined points scored in the second half. The special teams performance for both teams was atrocious today. There was also too many penalties once again but a win is a win. The G-men took care of business and will face another tough opponent next week when they play the 49ers in San Francisco at 4:15 PM EST.

There is a reason why the TV networks called this the “Game of the Week”. Both of these teams fought hard the entire contest and it truly could have gone either way in those final seconds of the game. I’m glad the Giants were able to beat the Patriots today because it is deeper then the surface stuff. This was New York versus Boston to a lot of people, so put another notch on the win belt for the Greatest City on Earth! 18-1.

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

QB Eli Manning – Eli Manning is an elite quarterback in the NFL, period. He finished the game with 250 yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull stepped up today and ran the ball hard. He finished with 72 yards rushing, 28 yards receiving and 1 TD.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP was able to play today and came away with another sack. This guy is a machine.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario stepped up today and finished with 33 yards and 1 TD.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is simply a beast and has become one of my favorite players on the team. He led all tacklers and had 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi had a solid game and was in on a bunch of key plays. He was also in a fight with Patriots player Matt Light.

WR Victor Cruz – This Jersey Kid is stepping up each and every week. He lead all WR’s and finished with 91 yards.

LB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB had his work cut out for him today and handled himself very well.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard is quickly making a name for himself throughout the entire NFL. He continues to move up the TE rankings and finished with 67 yards and 1 TD.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle left the game for a while but returned. He had a solid game and continues to ball on opponents.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw did not play in this game and is nursing a broken bone in his foot. Get well soon AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks did not play in this game because he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Get well soon Hakeem!

C David Baas – Baas missed another game due to injury and really put Manning in a tough spot. Get well soon David!

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips was the second leading tackler on the team and had another great game.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck made his presence felt on the field and knocked Brady down a few times.

WR Ramses Barden – Barden was taken off the PUP list and got involved today finishing with 22 yards.

CB Deon Grant – Grant was simply making plays all over the field today. He finished with 1 INT.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi was playing like a man possessed today and finished with 1 INT.

CB Prince Amukamara – The rookie CB will have to wait at least another week for his debut.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had an outstanding game today. He is a bright spot on special teams.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made his 1 FG attempt and all 3 of his extra point attempts. He has played well this year.

Giants Defense – The Giants D came up huge in this game. They finished with 2 sacks, 2 INT’s and 1 forced fumble.

Giants Offense – For a squad that lost 3 key starters (Nicks, Bradshaw and Baas) before game time, they did an outstanding job today.

Giants Special Teams – This group still needs a lot of work and the returners had a horrible day dropping a couple of kicks/punts.

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

RD –

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Giants Playing Without Their One Two Punch

November 6, 2011

NEW YORK – Someone make this ride stop, I want to get off. When I heard that WR Hakeem Nicks, RB Ahmad Bradshaw and C David Baas would sit against the Patriots, in the most important game of the year, all I could do was shake my head. When are the New York Football Giants going to play a game at full strength? When is this madness going to end? Why are New York Giants players dropping like flies? What changes need to be made to the staff to prevent this epidemic from spreading beyond this season? The Giants have lost their number one running back and number one wide receiver for the New England game. How long will they be out and how does this change QB Eli Manning’s game plan? I don’t know but I do know the G-Men better focus on the middle of the field when Brady has the ball in his hand.

Some good news has been announced about rookie CB Prince Amukamara and WR Ramses Barden both returning from their respective injuries. I guess fans should be grateful to get a couple of guys back but there is still that word, injury. How much these guys will play is another story entirely. As a Giants fan, I have been anxiously awaiting the debut of Prince and look forward to seeing what he can do on the field. The Giants secondary can certainly use the help after losing a bunch of guys to, well you know, injury. Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is going to need a solid game plan to counter the Patriots genius head coach. I expect the Patriots short passing game to be a huge factor as I’ve mentioned already. There will be three or four bomb plays thrown in to keep the balance but the middle of the field is going to be attacked often. Some football “experts” are talking about a lot of no huddle offense being used and it would make sense if you’re using the short game. I predict the Giants leading tackler will be a linebacker in this game.

I am going to remain positive and predict a Giants victory in a shoot out between QB Tom Brady and QB Eli Manning. I expect a high scoring game with the final being 35-33. Everyone knows the Patriots defense isn’t very good, so the G-Men should be able to put up a bunch of points on them. I am very concerned about the Patriots using those TE’s and stopping them will be the difference between victory and defeat for Big Blue in my opinion. WR Wes Welker is the biggest threat but those TE’s could kill us. I guess there is nothing left to say but 18-1! Go Giants!

Who do you think will win the game between the Patriots and Giants?

RD –

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Giants Face Biggest Test of the Year Versus Patriots

November 1, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants have compiled a respectable 5-2 record so far this year and sit in first place in the NFC East. Some are very surprised by this fact because the G-men have been playing sub-par football during the first half of the year. I mean no disrespect to Big Blue by saying that, it is simply a fact for fans to see on television each week. True Giants fans know the team can play much better then they have been thus far. The Giants will need to step their game up on Sunday when they play the red hot New England Patriots in the Boston area. The Patriots will forever have a bad taste in their mouths for the Giants because New York beat them thoroughly in Super Bowl XLII. They will play extra hard versus the G-Men every single time they do battle because New York ruined their perfect season. The phrase “18-1” has become synonymous with choking big time in the sports world.

This is without a doubt the toughest game of the year so far for Big Blue. This will be a game in which everyone expects the Pats to win by a couple of touchdowns. I think those football “experts” will be surprised when they see an offensive shoot out going back and forth. I have less confidence in the Giants defense (I haven’t said that in years) then I do in the offense. Still, the offense had some key players get banged up against the Dolphins including RB Ahmad Bradshaw and WR Hakeem Nicks. Another issue could be the fact that RB Brandon Jacobs didn’t do much when he got back on the field and it makes you wonder if he is fully healthy yet. The Giants will need all of their weapons on the field to give the Pats a real run for their money. Something else the fans are pondering about is the debut of rookie CB Prince Amukamara, will it be this weekend? QB Eli Manning is an elite NFL QB, so I’m not concerned about him one bit and never was. All of you sports “experts” are awfully quiet now that Easy Eli is balling on a top 5 QB level. Man up and admit you were wrong or lose credibility.

The Giants defensive backs will be the deciding factor in this game. There is no doubt in my mind that the Giants defensive ends can get to QB Tom Brady early and often. CB Corey Webster and CB Aaron Ross will need to bring their A-game on Sunday and hold down the backfield. Safeties Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle will also be held accountable and must prevent giving up the huge plays opposing offenses have enjoyed this season. The Patriots utilize their TE’s more then most NFL teams, so it isn’t just the WR’s the G-Men need to worry about. If the Giants DB’s do their job and the running game can get it going, I truly think the Giants can squeak out a victory by 1-3 points in a close game. I’ll predict a final score of 35-33 with the Giants win.

What do you expect from the Giants this weekend versus the Patriots?

RD –

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