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09-05-2012, 07:55 AM



GAMEDAY VS. DALLAS COWBOYS; 8:30 P.M., CH 4, 660 AM (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/giants_gameday_vs_dallas_cowbo.html)

Excerpt: "3 matchups to watch

1. Giants’ defensive ends vs. Cowboys’ offensive tacklesDoug Free spent the last two seasons protecting Tony Romo’s blindside at left tackle. Opposite him last season was rookie Tyron Smith at right tackle. This year, the Cowboys decided to flip them and each admitted the adjustment has been a process. Their first test? Arguably the league’s premier group of pass-rushing defensive ends. Justin Tuck is listed as the Giants’ starting left end and Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora are both at right end, but the Giants frequently give offenses different looks. One of those looks is the NASCAR package in passing downs when all three — Tuck and Pierre-Paul sometimes at tackle — are on the field. Tony Romo has unpleasant memories against the healthy trio: He was sacked six times in the Giants’ NFC East-clinching 31-14 victory in the 2011 regular season finale." Read more...

POLITI: DON'T MENTION THE WORD "DYNASTY", AROUND GIANTS' CO-OWNER JOHN MARA (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/politi_dont_say_the_word_dynas.html)

Excerpt: "John Mara would rather slip a sliver-and-blue Tony Romo jersey over his shoulders than use the “D” word in a conversation about his football team, and given its history, that’s understandable.
He remembers 1987, when the Giants had all the makings of a dynasty ... before a players’ strike and an 0-3 replacement team took care of that." Read more...
He remembers 1991, when the Giants had another chance to make history ... before an overwhelmed new coach named Ray Handley and a mishandled quarterback controversy ended that.

GIANTS RE-SIGN WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON COLLINS TO PRACTICE SQUAD (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/giants_re-sign_wide_receiver_b.html)

Excerpt: "The Giants (http://www.nj.com/giants) signed wide receiver Brandon Collins to their practice squad this afternoon. To make room, they released offensive guard Stephen Goodin.

Collins, an undrafted free agent from Southeast Louisiana who began his college career at Texas, impressed in the spring but didn't flash too much in camp and during the preseason. In fact, Collins didn't record a reception in three preseason games before being waived when the 90-man roster was cut to 75." Read more...

JOHN MARA: GIANTS HAVE NO ILL FEELING FOR JERRY JONES (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/john_mara_giants_have_no_hard.html)

Excerpt: "Giants co-owner John Mara will attend a corporate event Wednesday morning with his Cowboys counterpart Jerry Jones, and yes, he said the playful offseason banter between the two teams will continue right up to game day.

“I’m going to have a little fun with him, believe me,” Mara said in the days leading up to the season opener between the NFC East rivals. “There’s that new Papa John’s commercial where he’s rapping – that might get mentioned once or twice.” Read more...

FORMER GIANTS' LB ANTONiO PIERCE SAYS GIANTS ARE BEING OVERLOOKED, BUT PICKS PACKERS TO WIN SUPER BOWL (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/former_giants_lb_antonio_pierc.html)

Excerpt: "Antonio Pierce is aware of the predictions circulating on the eve of the NFL upcoming season. The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and a number of other teams are discussed as Super Bowl favorites ahead of the Giants. Well, you can add Pierce to the list.

"I think you got really have to look at the Packers," the former Giants linebacker said at an autograph signing in Manhattan this evening. "I think them picking up Nick Perry and some guys that they picked up in free agency and the draft will help them. Hell, they did have a 15-1 record last year. I don't think their defense will be last again. I think they'll be better, kind of where they were in their Super Bowl year." Read more...

GIANTS' JASON PIERRE-PAUL THINKS HE HAS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/giants_jason_pierre-paul_think.html)

Excerpt: "A few hours before the Giants took the field for their first training camp practice in Albany this summer, Jason Pierre-Paul, wearing a spotless white Super Bowl XLVI Champions hoodie, was asked how much room there was for improvement in his game.
The third-year defensive end answered with an assertion that left reporters scratching their heads and opposing offensive coordinators surely shaking theirs.“I am about 50 (percent),” Pierre-Paul nonchalantly calculated. “I am still learning. That is the good thing about it. I want to come out here and learn and keep on improving.” Read more...

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REPEAT AFTER US: GIANTS BEGIN AGAINST COWBOYS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/repeat-giants-plot-sequel-season-super-ending-article-1.1152033)

Excerpt: "There are 13 current Giants who remember running out of the tunnel as defending champions in 2008 and they know how invincible that team felt for most of the season. So many others had viewed their Super Bowl title eight months earlier as a fluke.

They saw it as a beginning.

Four years later, nothing has changed. While the world seemed to spend the offseason trying to knock Big Blue off its championship pedestal, the Giants found their solid footing instead. And beginning on Wednesday night, when they open their defense against the Dallas Cowboys at the Meadowlands, they’ve got a message for all their doubters:

You haven’t seen anything yet."

JONES FIRES BACK AT KIWANUKA...SUBTLY (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/09/jones-fires-back-at-kiwanuka-subtly)

Excerpt: "Jerry Jones can admit it. Mathias Kiwanuka was “right” to point out that the Giants have owned the Cowboys in recent years.

But the Dallas Cowboys owner believes something else, too: America’s Team could easily have been where the Giants were last season. When Jones was asked on a Dallas-area radio show about Kiwanuka’s scathing critique of the Cowboys earlier this week, the one in which the linebacker pointed out that the Giants have been “whupping (Jones) *** for a long time,” he agreed, and then subtly fired back." Read more...

NICKS, BOLEY, KIWANUKA AMONG QUESTIONABLES (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/09/nicks-boley-kiwi-among-the-questionables)

Excerpt: "The Giants listed seven players as questionable on their final injury report before their Opening Night game, though almost all of them are expected to play."

For the Cowboys, NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) is out, TE Jason Witten (spleen) is doubtful, CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is questionable, and WR Miles Austin (hamstring), WR Dez Bryant (knee), C Phil Costa (back), RB DeMarco Murray (wrist) and LB DeMarcus Ware (hamstring) are probable." Read more...

GIANTS, DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPS, GET TO TURN CRITICS INTO CHUMPS (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-defending-super-bowl-champions-turn-critics-chumps-wednesday-metlife-stadium-article-1.1152177)

Excerpt: "The Giants have a precious opportunity Wednesday night to deliver a strong message to the entire NFL: Shut up.

The defending champs have heard Clay Matthews say the Packers’ playoff loss to the Giants last season was an aberration. They’ve heard Jerry Jones invite fans “to watch us beat the New York Giants’ ***, OK?” And they’ve heard the NFL community question whether the team with the worst record to ever win the Super Bowl is actually the worst team to ever win the Super Bowl.

With players and coaches around the league watching Wednesday night, the Giants can make their own statement at MetLife Stadium in the NFL season opener. They can shut up Matthews, they can beat the Cowboys’ “***” and they can let all doubters know they are picking up where they left off in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

“That’s the team we know we are,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said." Read more...

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(http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/giants_face_cowboys_as_season_kicks_ut0rESVHXNFk0W VUOh8OvJ)
Excerpt: "The Giants do not get dragged back into such a pleasant reminiscence. They go eagerly, because who among them doesn’t want to relive the glory?

There will be reminders galore tonight for the Giants, starting with a pregame ceremony honoring all four Super Bowl titles, especially, of course, the championship that secured the newest and shiniest Lombardi Trophy, attained just seven months ago. It is impossible to view these Giants and not consider the magnificent closing run that ended with more confetti, more Patriots’ angst and once more Eli Manning driving away with another MVP ride.

HEY, Eli: YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/hey_eli_you_know_what_you_need_to_8ws8AvSikaHvlGfx Y3BjzN)

Excerpt: "You had them in stitches on Saturday Night Live, proved to the world that you were an elite comedian. But tonight it’s Wednesday Night Live against the Cowboys, you on one side, Tony Romo and Jerry Jones and DeMarcus Ware on the other side, trying to take what’s yours.

You are the two-time Super Bowl MVP of the New York Giants and you are about to try to build the bridge to New Orleans and become the first Giants quarterback to win three rings, so no more joking around.
Against all odds, you brought it home last February.
Now keep it home.

No Giants team has successfully defended a Super Bowl championship." Read more...

WINNING SECOND STRAIGHT CROWN A GIANT TASK (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/no_easy_repeat_mZqQH6bMIfcyuDf5U1myJP)

Excerpt: "The first New York City team to repeat as world champions also went by the name of “Giants” and they, too, had to contend with an outsized personality sharing their territory. The year was 1922 and the city belonged to John McGraw’s crew, even as the larger-than-life fellow named Ruth began to steal so much of the city’s baseball thunder.

Remember how proud you were to be wearing blue last Christmas Eve, when the football Giants began their mystical journey from 7-7 to the Canyon of Heroes by putting the Jets in their place, by shutting up Rex Ryan and stepping on the Jets’ necks and rendering them a battered footnote?" Read more...

SERBY'S SPECIAL Q & A WITH JUSTIN TUCK (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/serby_special_with_justin_tuck_EkQKuCOl6yCgimc9HEJ yrM)

Excerpt: "Giants defensive end Justin Tuck took a timeout for a Q&A session with Post columnist Steve Serby before tonight’s season opener vs. the Cowboys.

Q: Why are there so many naysayers regarding this team, and what would you say to those naysayers?

A: I don’t have anything to say to ’em, or about ’em. I think what we need to do as a New York Giants football team is get back to talking with our pads — play the game, talk is cheap. They can talk all they want to, but just be ready to play when we come to town." Read more...

TUCK: "PIN EVERYTHING" ON ROMO, LIMIT DALLAS' RUNNING GAME (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/tuck_pin_everything_on_romo_limit_6jgJG2hTin4Bi8er IT5PdN)

Excerpt: "The best way to dominate the Cowboys offense, Justin Tuck figures, is to make sure Tony Romo doesn’t have a running game to use “as a crutch,’’ as the Giants want to “pin everything on him.’’ In order to put the onus on Romo, Tuck and his mates tonight need to limit the threat posed by running back DeMarco Murray.

After a record-breaking career at Oklahoma, Murray was an immediate sensation with the Cowboys, breaking the franchise record with a 253-yard outburst against the Rams in late October. The Giants, though, never really got a taste of what Murray can do. After only five rushing attempts (for 25 yards) early in the first meeting between the two teams, he broke his ankle and went on injured reserve." Read more...

WITTEN DOUBTFUL FOR DALLAS (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/witten_doubtful_for_dallas_8oYihYwIKufA5bS9gZvslI)

Excerpt: "The Cowboys likely will be a wounded team in at least a couple of very key places when they visit the Giants Wednesday night.

Jay Ratliff — whom Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan this week labeled “the best nose tackle in football” — was ruled out for the season opener Tuesday because of a high ankle sprain, and Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten is being listed as doubtful with a lacerated spleen.

Witten practiced three consecutive days leading up to the game but appears unlikely to play as a precaution. He flew to New York yesterday, but reportedly on his own and not with the team so he could have his spleen examined by specialists." Read more...

CORBOYS HOPE MURRAY CAN BECOME AN ELITE RUNNING BACK (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/rush_to_succeed_UydzuXhgFiHt4s2QxdWUSI)

Excerpt: "Because of the Giants, the Cowboys still don’t know what they have in DeMarco Murray.
Is the young running back their next Emmitt Smith, like Murray suddenly showed during an incredible four-game stretch last season?

Or is the former third-round pick from Oklahoma just another flash in the pan at an NFL position that is full of them?
The answer to that pressing question was put in a holding pattern last December, because of a broken ankle Murray suffered early in an eventual 37-34 Giants victory at Cowboys Stadium, but his long wait — and the Cowboys’ — ends tonight under the bright lights on the national stage." Read more...

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FIVE KEYS TO GIANTS' SEASON (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/168574016_Five_keys_to_Giants_season.html)

Excerpt: "1. Can the offensive line – especially changes at tackle – protect Eli Manning?
The two-time SB MVP took a beating down the stretch and somehow kept getting up. LT combo of Sean Locklear/Will Beatty must step up on blind side and David Diehl moves to right side where stability is important following vet Kareem McKenzie’s departure." Read more...

GIANTS' MATCHUP: WEEK 1 AGAINST DALLAS COWBOYS (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/168574246_Giants_matchup__Week_1_vs__Cowboys.html)

Excerpt: "At MetLife Stadium
Today, 8:30 p.m.TV: Ch. 4; Radio: WFAN-AM 660Line: Giants by 3 1/2

Giants: A new challenge beckons as the reigning Super Bowl champions look to "Build a Bridge" – Tom Coughlin's new slogan – and recapture the dominance with which they played over the last six games of last season. The Giants have beaten the Cowboys in five of their last six meetings, including twice in the final month and for the NFC East title in the regular season finale. Eli Manning dominated Dallas in 2011-12 with two spectacular performances, finishing 51-for-80 for 746 yards, five TDs and one INT. The wide receiving tandem of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz torched the Cowboys as well, combining for 25 receptions, 491 yards and two TDs in those games. Nicks (foot) is expected to start despite missing practice Sunday and Monday. The Giants' defensive line has overwhelmed Tony Romo, and DEs Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are all healthy and ready to go after the quarterback. CB Michael Coe will get the start opposite Corey Webster with Prince Amukamara (ankle) declared out." Read more...

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GIANTS' SECRET WEAPON NO LONGER (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/sports/football/receiver-victor-cruz-is-giants-secret-weapon.html?_r=1&ref=football)

Excerpt: "The biggest difference between last September and this one for Victor Cruz is not his endorsement deals with soup and soda companies. It is not his occasional encounters with models like Kate Upton while dashing about town, nor is it the increase in celebrities’ numbers, including President Obama’s, that he now has saved in his cellphone." Read more...

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GIANTS' 2012 PRESEASON PREVIEW (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/05/2012-new-york-giants-season-preview/)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/) are set to kick off their 2012 campaign tonight against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium and hope to start the season the way they finished the last one, as the defending Super Bowl champs aim at a 1-0 start in the division and on the season.

New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) had yet another one of the most thrilling playoff runs in NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) history, led by Eli Manning (http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/) and capped off with their second victory over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. This year, much has been made of the Giants brutal regular season schedule and how it will affect their chances to defend their NFC East crown as well as their Lombardi trophy.
Today, we take an in-depth look at the Giants upcoming season." Read more...

GIANTS RESTRUCTURE CONTRACT OF RG CHRIS SNEE (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/04/new-york-giants-restructure-contract-of-rg-chris-snee/)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/) announced on Tuesday that they have restructured right guard Chris Snee (http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-snee/)'s six-year, $41 million deal. As recently as yesterday, it was reported (via Adam Schefter) the team was over the salary cap by approximately $700,000. However, in light of this restructuring, the Giants have now freed up around $3 million in cap space that will not only allow them to play Wednesday night's season opener under the cap, but allows some flexibility in terms of potentially brining in another veteran.

To make it simple, General ManagerJerry Reese (http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerry-reese/) basically took $3 million of guaranteed money off of Snee's $5.2 million base salary this season, and spread it out over the remaining two years of his deal. For the Giants, this means more cap flexibility in 2012, but barring another restructuring, the Giants will be paying a veteran right guard over $7 million for the next two seasons." Read more...

GIANTS VS. COWBOYS: WEEK ONE GAME PREVIEW (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/04/new-york-giants-vs-dallas-cowboys-week-one-game-preview/)

Excerpt: "It's officially time for the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) Giants to defend their Super Bowl championship, as the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) season is set to kick off with a big time divisional matchup between Big Blue and the Dallas Cowboys (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas-cowboys/).

The Giants beat the Cowboys twice in December last season, including the season finale which decided the division and started the Giants thrilling run through NFC heavyweights on their way to their second Super Bowl victory under Tom Coughlin (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/) and Eli Manning (http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/).

Now, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) looks to get their season started on the right note – with yet another showdown with one of their biggest rivals on opening night. " Read more...

STEPHEN A. SMITH, SKIP BAYLESS UNLOOAD ON GIANTS' TE MARTELLUS BENNETT (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/04/espns-stephen-a-smith-skip-bayless-unload-on-new-york-giants-te-martellus-bennett/)

Excerpt: "For tight end Martellus Bennett (http://www.giants101.com/tag/martellus-bennett/), signing with the New York Giants (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/) was like being given a second chance. After years of limited action behind Jason Witten (http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-witten/) -admittedly one of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s best- the fifth-year veteran finally has the opportunity to prove himself in the world's largest media market. And hehasn't been shy (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/13/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-get-used-to-seeing-89-do-great-things/) about his excitement over that opportunity. Unfortunately for the Black Unicorn, that confidence has not been well-received (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/02/dallas-cowboys-jason-garrett-feels-giants-te-martellus-bennett-is-complimentary-player/) by many.

During a Monday episode of First Take on ESPN (http://www.giants101.com/tag/espn/), both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless unloaded on Bennett for some of his recent comments (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8327385/new-york-giants-martellus-bennett-ready-break-season) about finally being given an opportunity to shine." Read more...

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NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: SEASON OPENING EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/9/5/3293405/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-season-opening-edition)

Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)' fans! Lots and lots of links today to keep you busy while you wait for Wednesday's season-opening game between your defending champion New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys). Here we go." Read more...

GIANTS' ROSTER MOVES: PRACTICE SQUAD CHANGES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/9/4/3292373/new-york-giants-roster-moves-practice-squad-change-brandon-collins-stephen-goodin)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) have yet to play a game, but the practice squad musical chairs have already begin. Amazingly, Tuesday's move does not involve the re-signing of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109743/ryan-perrilloux), released over the weekend. Perrilloux was bounced on and off the team's practice squad 13 times a season ago." Read more...

GIANTS VS. COWBOYS, INJURY REPORT AMUKAMARA, AUSTIN, BREWER OUT (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/9/4/3291741/giants-vs-cowboys-injury-report-amukamara-austin-brewer-out-for-giants-jason-witten)

Excerpt: "Cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain), offensive lineman James Brewer (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130992/james-brewer) (back) and defensive tackleMarvin Austin (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130945/marvin-austin) (back) are listed as out for the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) on Wednesday as they open the season against the Dallas Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys). Tight end Jason Witten (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3446/jason-witten) of Dallas is listed as doubtful as he recovers from a lacerated spleen.

Here is the full injury report:"

FACTS ABOUT WEDNESDAY NFL GAMES (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/9/4/3291856/facts-about-wednesday-nfl-games-new-york-giants-dallas-cowboys-nfl-kickoff)

Excerpt: "How unusual is it for the NFL to play regular-season games on a Wednesday, which it will this week when the New York Giants open the season against the Dallas Cowboys? Well, really unusual, since it hasn't been done in almost 64 years. The last one was Sept. 22, 1948, when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Setriot Lions 44-7." Read more...

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MATHIAS KIWANUKA: JASON PIERRE-PAUL CAN GET 30 SACKS (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000058442/article/mathias-kiwanuka-jason-pierrepaul-can-get-30-sacks)

Excerpt: "New York Giants (http://www.nfl.com/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (http://www.nfl.com/player/jasonpierre-paul/496843/profile) had a breakout performance in 2011, finishing his second season in the National Football League with 16.5 sacks, which ranked fourth in the league.

Pierre-Paul feels he's just scratching the surface (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/09/giants_jason_pierre-paul_think.html) of what he's capable of, writes Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger." Read more...

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GIANTS OUT TO ABATE THE HATE IN 2012 (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8338183/new-york-giants-abate-hate-defend-super-bowl-title-2012)

Excerpt: "The New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants) have heard it for most of the offseason.

Even as they picked up their championship rings at Tiffany, the Giants heard how some believe they got lucky or caught fire at the right time.Clay Matthews (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12438/clay-matthews) said the Green Bay Packers (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/gb/green-bay-packers) beat themselves and that the Giants were just the beneficiaries during their NFC playoff matchup last season. (http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/8247319/justin-tuck-new-york-giants-thanks-green-bay-packers-matthews-gift-playoff-victory)

Whether it was a so-called expert or one of their peers, the Giants have their share of doubters who are all-out." Read more...

GIANTS' STRENGTHS: THINGS WE;RE CONFIDENT ABOUT (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/16704/giant-strengths-three-things-were-confident-about)

Excerpt: "The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champs, with almost every key player from last season back in the fold. So there's plenty of reasons to feel confident, Giants fans.

Here are the three biggest reasons why you should like your team's chances heading into the 2012 regular season:

1. The pass rush. The easiest way to stop an opposing offense in today's NFL? Get to the quarterback. And few teams, if any, are better at doing so than the Giants. They were tied for third in the league in sacks last year, with 48. And they should be even better this season.

Why? Well, Jason Pierre-Paul (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13256/jason-pierre-paul) -- fourth in the NFL in sacks in 2011 with 16.5, in just his second season -- is still getting better as he learns the nuances of playing his position. Justin Tuck (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8488/justin-tuck) is healthy, after battling through injuries a year ago. And Osi Umenyiora (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4514/osi-umenyiora)participated fully in training camp this summer, and is playing for a new contract." Read more...

GIANTS' WEAKNESSES: THREE THINGS THAT CONCERN ME (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/16707/weaknesses-three-things-that-concern-me)

Excerpt: "There's plenty to be excited about when it comes to the Giants' strengths this season.

My colleague Kieran Darcy will write about three Giants things he is confident about (and I am likely confident about as well) heading into the season. But there are also three things that have me slightly concerned entering the season opener for the defending champs.

I think the positives -- such as Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning) and his playmaking receivers, the daunting pass rush and championship experience -- outweigh the negatives for the Giants.

But here are three concerns that are on my radar for the Giants:

Left tackle/offensive line: The Giants are going to start Sean Locklear (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5609/sean-locklear) at left tackle and he has been solid all preseason long there while Will Beatty (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12610/will-beatty)'s back acted up.

But the Giants envisioned Beatty as their starter, and we have no idea how his back is going to hold up the whole season. I don't have to tell you how important it is to protect Eli's backside. So until we see how Locklear does in the regular season and how Beatty's back progresses, left tackle is a question mark. ButKevin Gilbride liked what he saw (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/16635/state-of-the-offense-hixon-starts-at-3wr) from Locklear so much so that he stopped considering moving David Diehl (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/4618/david-diehl)back to left tackle.

The offensive line has much to prove this season. It has to protect Manning and jump start a running game that finished last in the NFL last season. The line had its good and bad moments running the ball in the preseason. An effective running game will only make Manning and his playaction that much more dangerous." Read more...

SITE LINK (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)


SITE LINK (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/19/jets-reportedly-plan-to-use-tim-tebow-as-red-zone-quarterback/related/)



SITE LINK (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/new-york-giants/67056?q=new-york-giants)


SITE LINK (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/)

SITE LINK (http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news)

SITE LINK (http://www.profootballfocus.com/)


SITE LINK (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/)


DALLAS COWBOYS: LOOKING AROUND TEH NFC EAST (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/04/dallas-cowboys-looking-around-the-nfc-east/)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: LOOKING AROUND THE NFC EAST (http://www.giants101.com/2012/09/04/philadelphia-eagles-looking-around-the-nfc-east/)

THE POST'S NFL PREVIEW (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/the_post_nfl_preview_l8mdREmmfzaT91kiIOFNNN)

MICHAEL STRAHAN MAKES DEBUT AS "LIVE WITH KELLY" CO-HOST (http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/michael-strahan-debut-live-kelly-co-host-months-searching-kelly-ripa-taps-ex-giants-star-seat-article-1.1151349)

2012 - 2013 NFL SCHEDULE (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19872086/2011-12-nfl-calendar-released)

Excerpt: "On Wednesday, the NFL released a calendar of its most important dates of the 2012-13 season. Without further ado, here it is (feel free to bookmark and return as often as you need).

Notice that the trade deadline is still in Week 6 (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19870802/nflpa-doesnt-approve-changes-to-trade-deadline-ir-process-) and not in Week 8 like the NFL originally wanted (I guess, at this point,all hope has been lost (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19778272/la-canfora-nfl-hasnt-given-up-hope-on-inacting-new-trade-ir-rules-for-2012) for 2012).

September 4 -- Deadline at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club's 2012 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.

September 5 -- At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.

September 5 -- Deadline for Clubs to submit written request to receive up to $1.5 million in additional Salary Cap Room for the 2012 League Year, in accordance with CBA Article 11, Section 5(e)(ii).

09-05-2012, 08:23 AM
thanks Roanoke!

JPP only 50% of his potential??!!!! opponents better watch out.

09-05-2012, 09:47 AM
Thanks RF!


09-05-2012, 11:07 AM
Thanks RF!


I hope we get to Romo early and often

09-05-2012, 11:07 AM
Thanks RF!


AMEN to that

09-05-2012, 11:13 AM
thanks Ro.....

Old Giant
09-05-2012, 01:30 PM
I hope they are ready. The Cowboys are damn tired of losing to the Giants on primetime and we got to deal with the replacement refs also.
I know I am ready-living room is decked out in Giant Blue.

Thank you Sir!

G-Men Surg.
09-05-2012, 05:25 PM
Thanks RF ! Enjoy the Game ! GO GIANTS !