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    Giants' Justin Tuck on Eagles' rivalry: "We don't forget anything"

    Excerpt: "The Giants and the Eagles have a hotly contested rivalry, with the next installment coming Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

    As much as players often say the past is not a factor, defensive end Justin Tuck conceded history plays a role when the teams face off.

    "We don't forget anything. I'm sure they don't, either," Tuck said today at the kickoff of his fifth annual R.U.S.H for Literacy initiative at Scholastic Books' headquarters. "They don't forget the 12-sack game against McNabb, because they've tried their best to block the crap out of us since then. And we don't forget McNabb going to the sideline picking up the phone, (DeSean Jackson) tossing the ball at Perry (Fewell), all different things. We'll handle that on Sunday night." Read more...


    Giants' Ahmas Bradshaw guarantees he'll play against Eagles; calls repalcement ref situatoin "a circus"

    Excerpt: "On Monday, Ahmad Bradshaw tweeted that he received great news and was cleared to return to practice after suffering a neck injury in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.

    Today, the running back called the neck injury "a minor setback" and guaranteed that he'll be on the field against the Eagles Sunday night.

    "You can guarantee it, man," Bradshaw said in an interview on ESPN Radio this afternoon. "You can guarantee I'll be out there fighting with my team."

    The question now becomes how Bradshaw will be re-incorporated in the Giants gameplan after Andre Brown rushed 33 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns over the last six quarters in Bradshaw's absence.

    Bradshaw said he hasn't heard from coaches that his role will be modified." Read more...

    Giants' Antrel Rolle says referees made wrong call in Seahawks - Packers game, will test knee Wednesday

    Excerpt: "Add Antrel Rolle to the long, growing list of NFL players who don't agree with how last night's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers ended.

    "I think last night, I just think they made the wrong call," the Giants safety said in a radio interview on WFAN today. "After watching the review, it was obvious that the guy from Green Bay came down with the ball and I just think it was the wrong call. But I think throughout the game I think there were calls that could've went either way, but I just don't think that was one of them."

    Rolle continued on to say that Golden Tate should've been penalized for offensive pass interference after pushing Sam Shields down as he jumped up to try to make the catch on the throw from Russell Wilson. For Rolle, it was another example of how the replacement referees are missing calls." Read more...

    Eli Manning, Giants enjoying the benefits of multi-dimensional offense

    Excerpt: "Eli Manning was four days removed from beating the Buccaneers with a 510-yard air show, and he could tell the Panthers defense last Thursday night was wary of being defeated by big pass plays.

    The Giants quarterback, as he does so well, knew how to take advantage.

    When Carolina lined up on the fifth play from scrimmage in a coverage with two safeties splitting the deep field — designed to take away options in the air — Manning got the Giants into a run play at the line. The result? Andre Brown barreled downfield for 31 yards.

    “It seemed like they were going to force us to try to run the ball and try to say, ‘Hey, they’re not going to hit the big plays,’” Manning said Monday. “So, if that’s the case, we went to some runs, had some success doing that, got them to drop to single-high (coverage), and we were able to throw it into good looks.” Read more...

    Giants' Victor Cruz says he would not have taken credit for Golden Tate's catch

    Excerpt: "The football community is buzzing this morning after last night's controversial touchdown call gave the Seahawks a victory over the Packers on Monday Night Football.

    Seattle rookie quarterback Russ Wilson heaved a Hail Mary pass into the end zone as time expired. Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings looked to come away clearly with the interception, as signaled by one official, but another official signaled the play a touchdown catch by receiver Golden Tate. After a review, the touchdown stood.

    Giants receiver Victor Cruz, in an interview this morning on ESPN's "Mike & Mike," said he does not think he would have taken credit for the touchdown catch in post-game interviews, as Tate did.

    "Probably not. I would have been honest," Cruz said. "Obviously, the film shows, the video shows that I obviously didn’t catch the football. I wouldn’t have owned up to catching it, if I didn’t catch it." Read more...

    Giants' Justin Tuck says he's surprised Michael Vick has been able to take so many hits.

    Excerpt: "Justin Tuck watched parts of the Eagles' loss to the Cardinals Sunday "as a fan," without doing much analyzing. He and the Giants were to get to that today. But one thing he did notice – and it was hard not to – was the beating quarterback Michael Vick continues to take.

    And he's surprised Vick has been able to.

    "Yeah, I am because he's not that big of a guy, but he's a tough one," Tuck said. "He keeps getting up and making plays so hopefully we can have the success other teams have had against him as far as getting him on the ground. I think that's going to be a huge factor in the game and if we're able to do that there's definitely a better chance of winning than we do if he's upright all game."

    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw cleared to practice

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw has been medically cleared to return to practice after suffering a neck injury against the Buccaneers in Week 2.

    Bradshaw wrote on his Twitter account this afternoon, "Great news! Thanks everyone for (your) thoughts and prayers. But (you don't) understand, I'm Ready to rock." A person with knowledge of his status confirmed that he has in fact been medically cleared.

    Coach Tom Coughlin said earlier today he was hopeful Bradshaw would be cleared after a trip to the Hospital for Special Surgery. He said Bradshaw is still working through some physical issues from the injury, the specifics of which have not been disclosed yet." Read more...



    McCoy resorts to name calling in Osi spat

    Excerpt: "Osi Umenyiora's favorite "Twitter gangster" is at it again, just in time to spice up the Giants-Eagles game on Sunday night.

    Eagles running back LeSean McCoy re-lit the fuse on his explosive feud with Umenyiora by blasting him as "a ballerina in a Giants uniform" and calling him the fourth best defensive end on his team. He made his comments on E:60, a special on their long-running feud that will air on ESPN on Tuesday night.

    And though their feud has included some laugh-out-loud moments, "Shady" McCoy insists that it's "real".
    "Yeah this is for real — like I don't like Osi," McCoy said in comments released by ESPN prior to the show. "I don't know how he feels. He might think it's a game, but I don't play them type of games. So every time on the field I would say stuff to him like 'You is a bum … You are the third best defensive lineman on the defense.' Which I didn't lie."Wait, I did lie. He's the fourth now, so I actually did lie." Read more...


    Giants' Andre Brown will likely play behind Ahmad Bradshaw, who returns from injury this week

    Excerpt: "Andre Brown may have revived the Giants’ rushing attack over the last two weeks, but
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    is now ready to take his job back.

    Bradshaw was cleared by doctors on Monday to return to practice this week, according to a source familiar with his situation. Bradshaw missed the Giants’ win in Carolina on Thursday with a sprained neck that he suffered early in the Giants’ win over the Buccaneers on Sept. 16.

    Since then, Brown has more than adequately filled in for Bradshaw, rushing for 184 yards on 33 carries and an impressive 5.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Bradshaw is averaging 4.3 yards per carry (22 carries, 94 yards), though that average was boosted by a 33-yard, garbage-time run on opening night." Read more...
    Nicks says he "definitely" expects to play Sunday

    Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks missed the game he badly wanted to play last week. But thanks to that, he’s almost certain to play in a far more important game this Sunday.On Monday, the Giants wideout said he “definitely” anticipates suiting up against the Eagles. Nicks, who continues to battle pain and soreness after breaking his right foot in May, should be well-rested for the pivotal NFC East division clash, after missing Thursday’s blowout win over the Carolina Panthers.“The body is feeling pretty good right about now,” Nicks said." Read more...

    Eagles' coach Andy Reid refuses to give QB Michael Vick a vote of confidence before game against Giamts

    Excerpt: "Michael Vick has been a thorn in the Giants' side since he became the Eagles starting quarterback late in the 2009 season. They would sure enjoy the chance to pluck him out, once and for all.

    They may get the chance on Sunday night in Philadelphia now that Eagles coach Andy Reid has refused to give the struggling Vick a vote of confidence as his starter. Reid didn't exactly say he was pondering a quarterback change, but he sure did leave the door wide open when he was asked if he was.

    "Right now, we're with Michael and that's what we're doing," Reid told reporters in Philly on Monday. "We'll evaluate it as we go." Read more...



    Hubbuch: Giants - Eagles previeew

    Excerpt: "
    The Post's Bart Hubbuch and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane preview Sunday night's NFC East tilt between the Giants and Eagles.

    Both teams come into the game 2-1."

    McCoy calls Osi "ballerina in Giants' uniform"

    Excerpt: "
    Maybe when they are retired, Osi Umenyiora and Eagles running back LeSean McCoy will take their show on the road. Until then, these two premier players continue to contribute to the greater good with their obvious and often entertaining dislike for each other.

    The most recent salvo, coming days before Sunday night’s Giants-Eagles clash in Philadelphia, was fired by McCoy.

    “Yeah this is for real, like I don’t like Osi!’’ McCoy said on ESPN’s E:60, which airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. “I don’t know how he feels, he might think it’s a game but I don’t play them type of games so every time on the field I would say stuff to him like you is a bum… you are the third best defensive lineman on the defense, which I didn’t lie. Wait, I did lie, he’s the 4th now so I actually did lie…" Read more...


    Giants ready for anything vs. Eagles

    Excerpt: "
    All bets are off when the Giants face the Eagles.

    Two years ago, the Eagles’ comeback from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit ruined the Giants’ season. Last year, in a Week 3 game at Philadelphia, Victor Cruz — who entered the game with two career catches — exploded for 110 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive Giants win.

    “I think that’s one of the reasons why you’ve got to love playing [the Eagles],” Justin Tuck said yesterday. “You never know what’s gonna happen. It’s one of those games where you’re going into it and knowing that you’ve got to play your best game to win it. I think they feel the same way about us.” Read more...

    Hakeem Nicks nervous watching Giants without him

    Excerpt: "
    He viewed the game, alone, accompanied only by the high-definition images bursting forth from his 90-inch TV. Hakeem Nicks, the coolest Giant of them all, owns a couch, but it went largely un-sat-upon, even though he admitted, “It was definitely an easy game to watch.’’

    There was virtually no intrigue created by the Giants on Thursday night as they scored early and often and battered the Panthers 36-7, a completely angst-free game for their fans. Nicks, of course, is no fan and thus he could not simply grab a cold one and relax.

    “I was up, walking in circles, talking to the TV,’’ Nicks told The Post yesterday. “I was just up in front of the TV calling the plays out. When I heard [Eli Manning] say audible, I was guessing the plays, visualizing the plays." Read more...

    Hixon on way back to Giants

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants’ offense should get one more weapon back tomorrow, when wide receiver Domenik Hixon is expected to return to practice. He sat out Big Blue’s blowout win at Carolina with a concussion, and can only recall parts of the play that left him that way after being hit by Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster in Week 2.

    “Do I remember the hit? Yeah, I remember parts of it. ... Painful parts,” said Hixon, who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit from Foster after a 12-yard catch to the Buccaneers’ 4.

    Foster was fined $21,000, but Hixon wouldn’t call it a dirty play from his offseason training partner.

    “My helmet coming off, that wasn’t a good part either,” he said." Read more...

    Giants' Bradshaw cleared for practice

    Excerpt: "After missing a game and a half with a sprained neck, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was cleared to practice Monday

    The Giants are off Tuesday, so their next practice will be Wednesday. If Bradshaw’s back on the field and survives the week in good enough shape, he would line up to play in Sunday night’s divisional tilt in Philadelphia against the Eagles." Read more...

    Hosley, Coe sit out practice, Webster participates

    Excerpt: " Two of the Giants’ three ailing cornerbacks – Jayron Hosley and Michael Coe – did not practice Monday, and their status for Sunday remains to be seen.

    “Both of those guys did not work,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’re a little bit better but a little bit compared to what? So we’ll see.”

    Hosley and Coe are both dealing with hamstring issues, while Corey Webster is also battling a broken right hand. Hosley said he feels “a lot better” and expects to play in Sunday’s rivalry game against the Eagles in Philly, but it’s still unknown if that will happen. As for Coe, who missed last week’s game against the Panthers, he labeled himself “hopeful.”

    “It’s coming along,” he said. “Slowly but surely.”

    Webster, meanwhile, was on the field working, even catching passes one-handed. He’s wearing a cast on his right hand." Read more...



    Giants' notes: Big cast for Corey Webster

    Excerpt: "CB Corey Webster practiced Monday after breaking a bone in his right hand Thursday night at Carolina.

    He wore a large protective cast that coach Tom Coughlin described as "cumbersome."

    "That’s because [team doctors] are overboard with the safety issue as far as practice goes," Coughlin said. "I’m expecting that it won’t be quite that way at game time. The cast will be smaller."

    Coughlin said he wasn’t sure how long Webster would have to wear the cast in practice. His teammates see it as a mark of his toughness.

    "Corey has always been tough," DE Justin Tuck said. "He just hasn’t had to prove it because he’s been pretty healthy all his career." Read more...

    Giants' Nicks, Hixon point toward Sunday night return

    Excerpt: "If Monday is any indication, the Giants will have two of their top wide receivers back in the lineup for Sunday night's crucial NFC East game at Philadelphia.

    Domenik Hixon (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing after missing the Giants’ 36-7 win at Carolina on Thursday and is expected back on the field Wednesday. The Giants do not practice Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, Hakeem Nicks (right foot) is expected to resume his once-a-week practice schedule and be available against the Eagles after sitting out the win over the Panthers.

    “It’s feeling a lot better,” said Nicks, who underwent foot surgery in late May and has 14 catches for 237 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. “The time off definitely helped it. Thursday was just too quick a turnaround for me to compete at the highest level. I’ll be ready for the Philly game.” Read more...






    GIANTS 101

    Poor Eli Manning: NFL regular season week 3

    Excerpt: "
    "Poor Eli Manning” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans aboutNew York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII & XLVI MVP Eli Manning.
    Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to theNew York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.

    Eagles' Trent Cole: A deer is a better athlete than ELi Manning

    Excerpt: "It's now week four of the NFL season, and that means the first matchup between the New York Giants andPhiladelphia Eagles is on tap. It also means that the back-and-forth chit-chat is due to begin, and Eagles defensive end Trent Cole wasted no time in firing the first shot.
    While appearing on "Eagles Unscripted" -a Saturday night show on PHL 17- Cole was asked which would be easier to catch and release: a deer or Giants quarterback Eli Manning?Well, the obvious answer is a deer, so the attempt at humor truly failed. However, Cole took it a bit further and didn't miss his opportunity for a swipe at Easy-E.
    Eli Manning vs. a deer?” Cole replied, “I can tell you the deer would be a better athlete.”

    In terms of trash talk, this is about as tame and ridiculous as it gets. But hey, who hasn't seen a deer evade a sack and toss a bomb to David Tyree on third-and-five, extending the drive that would eventually win Super Bowl XLII?" Read more...

    Giants' Tom Coughlin hopes to have Bradshaw and Diehl back soon

    Excerpt: "
    As the New York Giants returned to practice following a three day layoff, neither running back Ahmad Bradshaw or tackle David Diehl were on the field with the team. However, head coach Tom Coughlin feels Diehl is recovering nicely from the sprained MCL he suffered in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and hopes to have him back as early as this week.
    "I hope we can see some progress and maybe have him this week," Coughlin said.

    Depending on the degree of the MCL sprain, recovery could take anywhere form three weeks to eight weeks. For a grade one sprain, most athletes are able to return to the field in week three. For Diehl, a return on Sunday against thePhiladelphia Eagles would mean a return after only two weeks, so perhaps Coughlin is being uncharacteristically optimistic. Or perhaps Diehl's sprain was of the most minor variety." Read more...



    Giants prepare for Eagles knowing every game is important

    Excerpt: "
    Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is entering his third season as the starter for the team, and the Giants have grown accustomed to what damage he can do on the field. Last year Vick dealt with injuries, but defensive end Justin Tuck still views Vick as a dangerous quarterback to not take for granted.

    "I saw some plays in [the Arizona Cardinals] game where [Vick] still looked the same and he got out of the pocket and started running," said Tuck. "I think he's had some injuries on the O-Line and he's getting some clean shots at him and obviously that's going to take a toll on any player, not only him. I think he's still one of the most dangerous people on the football field." Read more...


    Michael Vick: Quarterback controversy in Philadelphia?

    Excerpt: "
    Could there really be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia?

    After the Philadelphia Eagles were drubbed by the Arizona Cardinals, 26-7, on Sunday, Eagles head coach Andy Reid gave starter Michael Vick what amounted to little more than a lukewarm endorsement.

    "Right now we're with Michael," said Reid. "That's what we're doing. We'll evaluate it as we go." Read more...

    NY Giants' power rankings: Rating the giants from 1 - 53, Week 4

    Excerpt: "
    Here are this week's New York Giants' roster power rankings. Just like around the Big Blue View house in general, there are some significant alterations this week.

    1. Eli Manning -- Anyone really want to argue? LW: 1.

    2. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Back to the second slot. LW: 4

    3. Victor Cruz -- LW: 2

    4. Hakeem Nicks -- I'm not moving him down all that much after missing one week. The guy is too good. LW: 2

    5. Andre Brown -- After two terrific weeks I feel like I have to put him here. He can't stay this high, can he? He started the season at No. 45. LW: 15" Read more...

    NY Giants' news and notes: Hakeem Nicks expects to play

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans! It is, as you can see, a new day here at Big Blue View. While you get used to the new place here is an old staple to make you feel more comfortable -- your morning news and notes." Read more...

















    LeSean McCoy takes feud with Osi Umeytiora to ballerina level

    Excerpt: "The feud between Osi Umenyiora and LeSean McCoy will be renewed on Sunday night when the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles meet again.
    Perhaps at some point, Umenyiora may respond to McCoy's assertion that the Giants defensive end is "a ballerina in a Giants uniform."

    During an interview that will air Tuesday night on "E:60," McCoy discusses the beef between himself and Umenyiora."Osi, to be honest, he is a good player," McCoy said. "I think he thinks that he is better than what he really is. I think he is a ballerina in a Giants uniform. Other than that, that is all I got to say about Osi." Read more...



    Excerpt: "PFT Week 3 Power Rankings
    1. Texans (five first-place votes): Like the SIjinx and the Madden curse, being at the top of this poll has led to three losses (Packers, Patriots, 49ers) in three weeks.2. Ravens: The field goal was good. The team is very good.3. Falcons: They still won’t be taken seriously until they win a game in January. This year, they could win a game in February, too.4. 49ers: Randy Moss needs to change his trademark saying to “I play when they want me to play.”5. Giants: Every team says “next man up.” Few teams have the depth to pull it off." Read more...










    NFC East spin cycle: Week 3

    Excecrpt: "The Giants and Eagles, who are both 2-1, will meet in Week Four, but they are heading in opposite directions, it appears based on what we saw this past week. The Redskins might lead the NFL in scoring, but the defense has become a major problem, and the Cowboys scratched out a narrow win in Dallas that answered few questions about the viability of this team.

    What we learned:
    You can’t count the Giants out. They might lose a head-scratcher game at some point in the next few weeks, and you know they will have to face some major adversity again at some point. But Thursday’s exclamation victory at Carolina — down three offensive starters, plus another key contributor — shows just how dangerous Eli Manning, this defense and a Tom Coughlin-led Giants squad can be. Reserves Andre Brown and Ramses Barden were the heroes in this game, but what we’ve learned under Coughlin is that “next man up” truly does pertain to almost anyone residing on the 53-man roster. They count on every one of them.

    What’s in store next:
    It’s a big week, heading to Philadelphia in a showdown of 2-1 division-leading teams. The Giants took a big step forward with the victory over the Panthers, their second in a row after the season-opening loss to the Cowboys, while the Eagles were losing their first game — a blowout at the hands of the Cardinals — after a pair of one-point victories to start the season. Eagles-Giants is always a slugfest ripe with emotion; expect little different this time. It will be a big week for the health of the wide receivers, as we find out if the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks (foot) and the Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin (hip) are good to go for this Sunday-night game.

    What the heck?
    The Giants struggled to defend the pass the first two games of the season. They were getting some pressure (four sacks) but not as much from the defensive line. So how did they come up with a plan to maximize their pass defense against the Panthers? They blitzed with a specific plan in mind. It wasn’t a breakneck, blitz-at-all costs approach at Carolina, but rather a smart, calculated attack of Cam Newton, who struggled to find his primary reads and get loose for his signature runs. The same approach has to be in the offing against the Eagles’ Michael Vick. He was hit 13 times Sunday by the Cardinals, sacked five times and lost two fumbles, and the numbers show that pressure has gotten him off his game. If the Giants’ rushers can be vigilant and maintain contain vs. Vick, they could put the opening two games’ memories tucked away deep in their banks." Read more...







    Sullivan: With Darrelle Revis gone, so it Jets' identity

    Politi: Roger Goodell must bring back the real referees before someone gets hurt

    Bill Belichick boils over, grabbing replacement ref after Raven's comeback win over Patriots

    Eagles' turnover troubles catch up to them in blowout loss to Cardinals

    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 09-25-2012, 08:17 PM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Thanks for the news RF!
    If they can score like they did aganist the Panthers, I am not that worried.
    Got to prepare for Vick no matter what Reid says. They maybe looking at the Giants as their breakout game.


    • #3
      Thanks RF!!!
      "...Running from Taylor makes you run into Banks..." - Pro Football Weekly, 1988/89

      "But wait, theirs mooore!!!" - Osi Umenyiora


      • #4
        Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
        Thanks for the news RF!
        If they can score like they did aganist the Panthers, I am not that worried.
        Got to prepare for Vick no matter what Reid says. They maybe looking at the Giants as their breakout game.
        We will soon see if we have it all together
        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


        • #5
          Originally posted by Sanntee31 View Post
          Thanks RF!!!
          You're welcome
          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


          • #6
            thanks rf for the read


            • #7
              Originally posted by derekunion28 View Post
              thanks rf for the read
              Looking forward to the Eagles' game
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


              • #8
                Thanks Roanoke!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Captain Chaos View Post
                  Thanks Roanoke!
                  You're welcome
                  “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
                    Looking forward to the Eagles' game
                    any game and a positive win i em happy ...doesnt matter who it is cowboys and eagles just make my heart go crazy