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RoanokeFan
12-06-2011, 12:06 PM
<font size="4"><font size="3">GIANTS ARE TEAM TO BEAT IN NFC EAST (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/12/05/giants-are-team-to-beat-in-nfc-east)



"</font></font><font size="3">D</font>espite losing four games in a row, the Giants, not the Cowboys, appear to be the
most balanced and dangerous team in the NFC East race right now. Balance might
appear to be a funny choice of words, given the team's defensive problems of
late and their 32nd ranking running the ball.
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However, Sunday's loss to the Packers showed that the Giants have the
firepower to battle the NFC heavyweights in the playoffs and to march into
Dallas next week and make a claim for the division title.</p>


The PFW Spin</p>


On the surface, the Giants have lost four in a row and appear to be in
playoff peril at 6-6. But the rest of the division has done the Giants a favor —
including the giant Cowboys slip-up in Arizona on Sunday — by playing mediocre
football. Now only a game down heading into the Cowboys game in Dallas in Week
14, the Giants can get into a tie for first place. If they play the way they did
in Week 13, matching the Packers blow for blow, the Giants most certainly can
run the table.</p>


"We played hard and did a lot of good things but we didn't win," Giants head
coach Tom Coughlin said. "There is no hanging your head. It is a tough business
and you have to do the things you have to do to win the game."</p>


The connections to the Giants' last battle with an unbeaten team this late in
the season is obvious. The Giants knew in 2007 that they could match up with the
vaunted Patriots, and that confidence buoyed them through a string of upsets in
the playoffs. As then-Giants QB coach Chris Palmer (now the Titans' offensive
coordinator) told PFW last week, "In December (the assistant coaches) were
brushing up our résumés. We thought it was a one-year thing. Two months later we
were champs. Tom (Coughlin) made us believe we could win it all."</p>


In fact, it was Coughlin's finest coaching job, and he still might have
similar tricks up his sleeve for this playoff run. There is plenty to manage,
however, with an offensive line in flux, a shaky CB situation with Prince
Amukamara (with three weeks' practice time) and Will Blackmon (signed off the
street last week) rotating and playing heavy roles and a pass rush that
alternates between hot and cold with injuries and ineffectiveness playing roles
to that end.</p>


What has remained constant has been the excellent play of QB Eli Manning.
Amid all the trouble running the ball and faulty protection, Manning has had his
most consistent and explosive season to date. He has helped turn Victor Cruz
into a bona fide No. 1 option much in the way Manning previously fed Steve
Smith, who now languishes on the Eagles' bench. Manning also has had faith in
previously trivial TE Jake Ballard and opened Sunday's scoring fest with a bomb
to Travis Beckum, the lost man in the equation this season, for a career-long
(by 38 yards) 67-yard reception and tone-setting TD catch.</p>


It's the mark of great quarterbacking to adapt to adversity, much in the way
that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers continued to target receivers who dropped passes
Sunday (as well as he did in Super Bowl XLV), and Manning has done it all season
long. He has shown fourth-quarter heroism, and though Manning hasn't been able
to finish them all off perfectly, close losses to the 49ers in San Francisco and
to the unbeaten Packers have shown that the Giants are not to be trifled with.
They are to be feared down the stretch, just like in 2007."</p></div></div>

Rusty192
12-06-2011, 12:18 PM
Giants are the team to beat in the NFCE



Sadly thats not saying much

Gianthunter
12-06-2011, 12:19 PM
[:^)]

MikeIsaGiant
12-06-2011, 12:24 PM
NO NO NO, cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC east, and it starts this weekend!!

plc
12-06-2011, 12:29 PM
If I remember correctly GB was the wild card last year and needed a break to make the playoffs.They started their run late last year.I truly believe we can and will do the same this year.Go Big Blue,beat dallas and the jesters.This is going to be fun to watch as we blow up the cows and j-e-s-t-s

rainierjef
12-06-2011, 02:37 PM
The problem is that the giants, dont come off the start firing down the field the way they did in the greenbay game, it seems like whenever they wany too make a statement. Look for gilbride to make conservative calls against the cowboys, we all know the cowboys secondary is super suspect damn sure no way as good as greenbay, I think re establishing the running game against greenbay is going to hurt us going forward cause gilbride is gonna wanna establish the run, and just cause it looked good one game dont mean its going to consistent. Too me beating the cowboys relys on letting manning spread the field then run the ball when the safties are back

thomsoad
12-06-2011, 02:39 PM
This year the NFC East has become the NFC LEAST! Thought I would never see our division so pathetic. We are officially the NFC West of last year.... Just sad to see how pathetic this once great division has become.

Rusty192
12-06-2011, 05:38 PM
This year the NFC East has become the NFC LEAST! Thought I would never see our division so pathetic. We are officially the NFC West of last year.... Just sad to see how pathetic this once great division has become.Honestly, I don't give a crap. I hope it sucks, except for us of course. Having our rivals suffer gives us a better chance at the playoffs. Besides, I hate every team in the East and want them to suck.

I don't understand this divisional pride thing that some folks have.

fourth&forever
12-06-2011, 05:56 PM
They HATE the turds. They'll be up for this one.

giantsforce
12-06-2011, 07:14 PM
They HATE the turds. They'll be up for this one.I thought they hated the Eagles more and look what happened! If you expect a good performance next week, you will be disappointed.

gmen46
12-06-2011, 07:16 PM
This year the NFC East has become the NFC LEAST! Thought I would never see our division so pathetic. We are officially the NFC West of last year.... Just sad to see how pathetic this once great division has become.Honestly, I don't give a crap. I hope it sucks, except for us of course. Having our rivals suffer gives us a better chance at the playoffs. Besides, I hate every team in the East and want them to suck.

I don't understand this divisional pride thing that some folks have.


I don't either.

You never see an asterisk beside a championship team that says "this team played in the best--or worst-- division", as if that qualifies the quality of a Super Bowl ring.

Just as "a win is a win", a Super Bowl win is a Super Bowl win. The "toughness" of the winner's division is complete and irrelevant nonsense.

fourth&forever
12-06-2011, 07:57 PM
They HATE the turds. They'll be up for this one.I thought they hated the Eagles more and look what happened! If you expect a good performance next week, you will be disappointed.fixed for you

I HATE the turds. I'll be up for this one.

ToomerFORtheBomb
01-01-2012, 11:51 PM
bump