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    Giants' Chris Canty is "absolutely" ready to return to practice next week

    Excerpt: "Up this week for the Giants is a rematch of the NFC Championship Game, a contest with the San Francisco 49ers that promises to be a tough, physical game.It's

    the kind of game for which defensive tackle Chris Canty longs to be on the field.

    "To have the opportunity to go into that type of environment and compete on that stage against that level of competition, I mean any competitor worth his salt wants the opportunity to do that," he said. "That’s kind of a bummer that this one is not a week later."

    Canty has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Canty said his knee feels "great," and he will "absolutely" begin practicing as soon as he is allowed to, which is after this week's game at San Francisco." Read more...

    Giants' Andre Brown diagnosed with concussion, Ramses Barden cleared to practice

    Excerpt: "Concussions have become a significant concern in the NFL the last couple years and the Giants are now dealing with another one.

    Today, Tom Coughlin confirmed Andre Brown was diagnosed with a concussion on his kick return with 10:03 remaining in the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Browns. Brown took a hit from Tank Carder." Read more...

    Giants' Will Hill suspended for 4 games for substance abuse

    Excerpt: "One Giants safety is returning from a league suspension, and another one was just handed one.

    Will Hill was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced today. Tyler Sash, who just completed an identical four-game suspension, takes Hill's spot on the 53-man roster.

    According to the Giants, Hill was suspended for using Adderall -- the same substance that led to Sash's suspension. He will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster Nov. 5, the day after the Giants' home game against the Steelers.

    Hill, who signed with the team after a tryout at the rookie minicamp in May, said in a statement through the Giants that he received a doctor's prescription for Adderall before signing with the team. He went undrafted out of Florida in 2011 and has played nickel corner the past two weeks, in addition to making plays on special teams, like a forced fumble against the Browns." Read more...


    Browns' post-game reaction following 41 - 27 loss to the Giants

    Excerpt: "Here is some postgame reaction from the Browns following their 41-27 blowout loss to the Giants on Sunday. What started out so well – the Browns jumped out to a 14-0 lead – deteriorated quickly as the Giants piled on 27 unanswered points to pull away.

    Running back Trent Richardson

    On whether he came out more determined because the Giants called him out a little bit this week after his comments…


    "Oh no, I don’t listen to people calling me. I play my game, I play like I’ve been coached, and I play like I’ve always played my whole life, so people calling me out, I don’t hear that stuff." Read more...

    Browns' Bradon Weeden "ticked off" as Browns remain winless

    Excerpt: "It all began so very well for the Browns Sunday afternoon. A quick fumble recovery on the first play from scrimmage. A 7-0 lead two plays later. A few minutes later it was 14-0 and, though early, the Browns were threatening to go on the road and defeat the reigning Super Bowl champion.

    Then it all fell apart. By halftime the Giants had a 27-17 on the way to a 41-27 win.
    Browns' Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden isn't happy. He's "ticked off," actually. Starting your career off with five straight losses can do that. Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Weeden took blame for the loss – the Browns' eleventh straight dating back to last season -- after the team's hot start. His two interceptions, the first to Stevie Brown on 3rd-and-1 at the end of the first half and the second to Chase Blackburn in the red zone, proved to be backbreakers. And he knows it: "I've got to change something. I've got to do something to give this team a chance to win." Read more...

    Politi: Anger drove Bradshaw to a career day for Giants

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw was running angry, and it wasn’t just his fumble on the first play that raised his temperature, either.

    Oh, that was a big part of it, of course.

    Here were the Giants, facing a bad team at home in one of those games that always seem to bring out their worst, and he collided with lineman Chris Snee on his first carry and coughed up the ball.

    Two plays and a minute later, the winless Cleveland Browns had a 7-0 lead that soon became 14-0.

    No, the word angry doesn’t begin to sum up the mood in MetLife Stadium, nor was this emotion exclusive to the Giants’ starting running back.

    “I stayed hard on myself after the fumble,” Bradshaw said. “I wanted to use it when I had the ball in my hands. I just ran angry today. I was mad at myself for starting the game like that.” Read more...

    Giants' Martellus Bennett, Chris Snee play through injuries in win over Browns

    Excerpt: "Two Giants starters, tight end Martellus Bennett and right guard Chris Snee, played through injuries in today's 41-27 win against the Browns.

    Bennett suffered a hyperextended knee in the first quarter, when he said he "(freaking) slipped on the (darn) turf." He was able to return after doctors examined him on the sidelines, making three catches for 30 yards.

    "Most people don’t go back in, but like I was saying earlier, to be an elite player on the team and in this league, you've got to play through injury," Bennett said. "Ahmad (Bradshaw) was like, 'I need you out there blocking' or whatever, so I just try to come through and do the best I can."

    Bennett wasn't sure if he should be worried about his injury, but would know more once he woke up tomorrow morning. He found ways to compensate in today's game." Read more...

    Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw run over Browns for 41 - 27 victory

    Excerpt: "A fumble on the first play from scrimmage. A 14-0 hole in the first quarter. Boos from the homefield crowd.

    That was how the Giants began their Sunday afternoon against the Browns. It's all a distant memory now.

    Fueled by two takeaways at the end of the first half, the Giants (3-2) pounced on the Browns (0-5) with 27 unanswered points to take a 34-17 lead and not look back in their 41-27 win at MetLife Stadium.

    After fumbling on the first offensive snap of the game, Ahmad Bradshaw bounced back. Running with authority and decisiveness, Bradshaw rushed 20 times for a career-high 200 yards and a touchdown. With Andre Brown sidelined most of the game due to a head injury, it was necessary. Rookie David Wilson even got in the act, scoring his first career touchdown from 40 yards out." Read more...

    Despite early deficit, Giants never doubted they'd be able to come back against Browns

    Excerpt: "Don’t be misled by the Browns’ winless record, Tom Coughlin had said all week. Start fast, was Eli Manning’s pre-game message to his teammates.

    A two-touchdown deficit, less than five minutes into this afternoon’s game, was hardly what either had in mind.

    “But we did talk about finishing, too,” Coughlin said, “and we did finish.”

    The Giants’ uncanny ability to summon their past experience clawing out of tough spots might not always work — see: last week’s loss at Philadelphia — but today they were up to the challenge. The result: a 41-27 victory that tied them with the Eagles at 3-2 atop the NFC East standings.

    How did they do it this time?"

    You grade 'em: Giants vs. Browns

    Excerpt: "Giants fans, here's your chance to grade Big Blue in their game against the Cleveland Browns.Assign your grades in the polls below, and then drop down and leave a comment explaining your thinking." VOTE



    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw makes up for early fumble with 200 yard rushing performance against Browns

    Excerpt: "
    The Day started in the most ignominious fashion for Ahmad Bradshaw. He fumbled on the very first offensive play, the ball coming out after his arm collided with guard Chris Snee and whipped around as if he was throwing a behind the back pass in a basketball game.

    Cleveland recovered the ball at the Giants’ 22-yard line, where the Browns needed just two rushes from rookie running back Trent Richardson to make the Giants pay for Bradshaw’s miscue. Richardson, who runs the ball like a starving man making his way to a buffet table, scored on a 15-yard run up the middle with Giants defenders flailing around him.

    As is often the case with Bradshaw and the Giants, it is not how they start, but how they finish that matters most. And so it was on this day that the Giants (3-2), despite falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, decided to stick with the running game and allowed Bradshaw to make up for his early mistake." Read more...

    Giants' Victor Cruz end zone celebration may change his trademark salsa dance

    Excerpt: "
    Victor Cruz is thinking about spicing up his salsa.fter a career-high three touchdowns, each celebrated with his trademark end-zone dance step, the receiver feels maybe the salsa is getting a bit mild.

    “Stay tuned,” Cruz said after the Giants’ 41-27 win over the Browns at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. “I am not quite ready to let the cat out the bag, but there might be a little something.”Every time you looked up, it felt like Cruz was dancing in the end zone as his three of his five catches went for six points. He scored on receptions of 3, 7 and 28 yards.“

    This goes pretty high up there,” Cruz said of the three TDs in terms of personal accomplishments. “I am just happy to be out there, just to be somebody Eli (Manning) can count on, that I was able to come through with some big plays.”

    For Cruz, the big plays have been harder to come by. After setting the Giants’ single-season receiving yards record last season he has become the focus of defenses, especially with the injured Hakeem Nicks out for the past three weeks." Read more...

    Giants rookies show their worth on offense

    Excerpt: "All they could talk about was special teams.

    Over the last three weeks, rookies David Wilson and Rueben Randle could not get on the field with Eli Manning and the Giants’ loaded offense. So the two players would hang out after practice and analyze their roles as return men.

    “We were like, ‘I guess we’re the return guys,’” Wilson said. “We didn’t talk much about offense.”

    After Sunday’s 41-27 win over the Browns, that may change. Both rookies may have played their way into expanded roles.

    Randle caught six passes for 82 yards, just one week after TV analyst Cris Collinsworth suggested that the Giants were disappointed in the rookie’s work ethic. Wilson scored his first career TD, darting through a gaping hole and going 40 yards untouched in the fourth quarter.

    “There you go,” Tom Coughlin said of Wilson. “Little by little. He broke some arms, and was gone before you could blink an eye.” Read more...

    Osi plays through son's health scare

    Excerpt: "Umenyiora’s 5-year-old son, Tijani, was hospitalized with an asthma attack. So as soon as the game was over, the defensive end bolted from the MetLife Stadium locker room. Tijani was released later in the day, the Giants said." Read more...

    Brown shows what he can do

    Excerpt: "
    First, Stevie Brown made a mistake. But boy, did the Giants’ backup safety atone.

    For much of the first quarter of the Giants’ 41-24 rout of the Cleveland Browns, Brown found himself frustrated by his critical mistake just minutes into the first quarter. Barely five minutes had passed when Brown crept too close to the line of scrimmage while defending a second-and-5 from the Cleveland 38. That allowed rookie wideout Josh Gordon to get deep, scoring an easy 62-yard TD.

    “It was my fault,” said Brown. “I took the bait.”

    It was hardly the debut Brown had hoped for. The veteran was doing his best to prove that he could serve as a steady safety for the Giants, who will be without Kenny Phillips (knee) for a few weeks. And he’d already made a mistake. So he waited for a chance to atone, saying he wanted to “fix things.”

    Brown needed just two minutes to do that in the second quarter. Four minutes before halftime, he stepped in front of Brandon Weeden’s short pass to Gordon and intercepted the pass, racing back to the Giants 14 and setting up Ahmad Bradshaw’s game-tying four-yard TD." Read more...

    Blue hears boos, then blows out Browns

    Excerpt: "
    Less than five minutes into the game, the Giants were losing by two touchdowns to a winless opponent. It was shaping up to be their annual Meadowlands meltdown.

    Then they finally started playing like the defending Super Bowl champs.

    After enduring the boos from their home crowd, the Giants woke up and went on a 41-13 run, turning a near disaster into a 41-27 rout over the still-winless Cleveland Browns. They got career-high 200 yards from a rejuvenated Ahmad Bradshaw and a career-high three touchdown catches from receiver Victor Cruz." Read more...



    Giants' Hill suspended four games, Sash returns

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants gained one safety and lost another on Monday and the prescription drug Adderall played in part in the return and departure of both players.
    Will Hill, the promising first-year safety who made a big play on special teams in the 41-27 victory over the Browns on Sunday and was a growing presence on defense, has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same violation that forced another safety, Tyler Sash, to miss the first four games of the season after he was suspended by the league.
    Sash on Monday was added to the 53-man active roster, taking the place of Hill.
    In both cases, the same drug was used. Both Sash and Hill had prescriptions for Adderall, which is a banned substance." Read more...


    Giants' Blitz

    Excerpt: "HERO

    Eli Manning shrugged off an awful start in which he underthrew and overthrew receivers while the Giants fell behind 14-0 in the first five minutes of the game. But it was the crisp drive Manning led the Giants on after they were behind 14-0 that changed everything as he went 6-for-6 for 61 yards. Manning finished 25-of-37 for 259 yards and 3 TDs." Read more...

    Giants' Report Card

    Except: "OFFENSE

    Ahmad Bradshaw came into the game with 133 rushing yards all season and finished with a career-high 200 on 30 carries, plus a TD. Did he come back from fumbling on his first touch, or what? Great blocking. David Wilson showed what the fuss is about with jet-quick 40-yard TD. Welcome-to-NFL game for Rueben Randle (6-82). Oh yeah, almost forgot Victor Cruz’s three TDs and Eli Manning’s pinpoint accuracy. A+" Read more...

    Eli hits Cruz control when it matters most to Giants

    Excerpt: "The sky was falling on the Giants, but it never rained panic. It was Browns 7, Giants 0 within a minute, and then Browns 14, Giants 0 within five minutes, and all it meant was that Eli Manning still had 55 minutes to bring Big Black and Blue back.

    “I was [ticked],” Hall of Famer Harry Carson said. “You don’t just come into a defending Super Bowl champion’s house, and score a touchdown ... just like that. And then score another touchdown ... like that. I was fearing the worst.”

    Have no fear, Eli and Victor Cruz are here.

    “I’m nervous, obviously, and upset about how we’re playing,” Giants owner John Mara said. “But with Eli, you’re never out of a game. Because he believes that, so he makes the rest of us believe it too.” Read more...

    Giants' Rueben Randle catches chance in stride

    Excerpt: "Well, Rueben Randle certainly looked “NFL-ready’’ yesterday.

    In his fifth NFL game after a very quiet first four, Randle, the Giants’ second-round pick, backed up the draft night prognostication of general manager Jerry Reese, who called him “NFL-ready’’ and added, “I think he’s going to be a quick fix.’’

    With starting receiver Hakeem Nicks out again because of his foot injury and Ramses Barden also out, the Giants needed a quick fix from Randle, who had produced only one catch in the first month but was going to play a lot against the Browns.

    And the kid delivered, catching six passes for 82 yards in the Giants’ 41-27 win. Randle had five of those catches for 78 yards in the first half and played a big part of igniting a Giants offense that looked asleep on its first couple of possessions." Read more...

    Giants' rookie Wilson flips switch on first TD run

    Excerpt: "Chris Snee was not on the field when rookie David Wilson in the fourth quarter took a handoff and motored 40 yards for his first NFL touchdown, but he felt the impact.

    “I could literally hear him run by,’’ said Snee, who started despite a hip injury that’s reported to be a partially-torn labrum. “It sounded pretty fast. ... He came over, thanked us all. I said, ‘Hope that’s one of many.’ ’’

    The Giants were itching to get Wilson involved on offense after his breakout showing last week on kickoff returns in Philadelphia. Wilson got two rushing attempts in Sunday’s 41-27 victory over the Browns, gaining four yards on the first and not stopping until he got into the end zone — and celebrated with a back flip — on the second.

    “I just looked through it, two of the defensive players had an angle but I knew my God-given ability would get me through it and I just lifted my knees up and the next thing I knew I’m standing in the end zone,’’ Wilson said. “It was electric. It was a lot of fun.’’ Read more...

    Giants' Safety Brown makes up for early miscue

    Excerpt: "Say this for Stevie Brown: He makes good on a promise.

    The way the day began for Brown Sunday, it looked as if it might be one he’d like to forget. Instead, it turned into one he’ll savor forever.

    Just four minutes and 57 seconds into the Giants’ 41-27 victory over the Browns, the Giants reserve safety went brain-freeze vapor-lock on a simple coverage and was responsible for a 62-yard Brandon Weeden touchdown pass to Josh Gordon that gave Cleveland a stunning 14-0 lead.

    His mistake left 6-foot-3, 242-pound linebacker Chase Blackburn futilely chasing speedy Gordon in a clear mismatch. Everywhere, angry Giants fans were screaming into their TV sets: “A linebacker on a receiver? What are they thinking?’’ Read more...

    Bradshaw's performane quite the rush for Giants

    Excerpt: "Someone asked Chris Snee if Ahmad Bradshaw was obligated to buy the offensive line some sort of trinket after paving the way for him to gain a career-high 200 yards rushing in the Giants’ 41-27 dismissal of the Browns yesterday at MetLife Stadium.

    Such a display of gratitude would seem appropriate for a unit that dominated the line of scrimmage after the Browns took an early 17-7 lead. But the pleasure of the remaining three quarters was all theirs. No reciprocity needed.

    “We owed him that,” Snee said. “It’s been tough sledding for a while. It was nice to see him finally break though.” Read more...

    Chase's on when it counts for Giants' Defense

    Excerpt: "It seems like every season — heck, every game — there is a hue and cry from Giants fans who want middle linebacker Chase Blackburn replaced, with somebody younger, faster, different.

    And after witnessing Browns wideout Josh Gordon pulling away from Blackburn for a 62-yard score yesterday at MetLife Stadium, the hue and cry got louder.

    Then Blackburn went out and reminded them just why he is so important for Big Blue. His pressure on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden forced the rookie’s second-quarter interception and he came up with a fourth-quarter pick in the end zone that sealed the Giants’ 41-27 come-from-behind win.

    “Big plays, momentum-changing plays, that’s what this game’s about — college level, high school level, NFL level, it’s just the way it is,’’ said Blackburn, who joked, “It’s almost like we like the fans to boo first before we get going. It kind of gets us motivated.’’ Read more...

    Cruz's three TDs, Bradshaw's 200 yards lead Giants over Browns

    Excerpt: "Victor Cruz danced behind the Cleveland Browns in the end zone, while Ahmad Bradshaw showed his best footwork all over the field.

    Cruz made a career-best three touchdown catches and Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200 as the New York Giants kept Cleveland winless, 41-27 Sunday.

    Eli Manning hit Cruz for scores of 3, 7 and 28 yards, prompting Cruz’s trademark salsa after each touchdown. Bradshaw added a 4-yard run as he darted inside and outside and frequently broke feeble tackle attempts.

    Bradshaw’s yardage on 30 carries easily beat the 132 he had heading into the game." Read more...

    Tight End Bennett back for Giants after injuring knee

    Excerpt: "New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett returned in the second quarter of Sunday’s game with Cleveland after suffering a left knee injury." Read more...



    Giants' Replay: Stevie Brown comes through

    Excerpt: "Turning point

    The Browns led 17-10 and had driven the ball to the Giants’ 25-yard line, where they faced a third-and-1. But Brandon Weeden badly overthrew Josh Gordon and safety Stevie Brown wound up with an easy interception, returning the ball 46 yards to set up the tying touchdown.
    Star of the game

    Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw shook off his fumble on the game’s first play from scrimmage to rush for a career-high 200 yards – the first time he’s topped 100 yards since gaining 104 in a 27-24 win over the Bills on Oct. 16, 2011." Read more...
    Giants' Notes: Dancing Day

    Excerpt: "WR and Paterson native Victor Cruz set a career high by doing his salsa celebration three times in the Giants’ win over the Browns on Sunday afternoon.

    OK, the important high is three touchdown catches. No matter, it marked Cruz’s third multi-touchdown performance in two seasons and his first since hauling in two scores against the Saints in a 49-24 loss at New Orleans on Nov. 28.

    "It goes pretty high," Cruz said when asked where Sunday’s performance ranked in his career. "I was just happy to be out there and be somebody Eli [Manning] could count on and was able to come through with some big plays. So it felt good."

    Cruz, who finished with five catches for 50 yards, caught touchdown passes of 3 and 7 yards in the first half, and a 28-yarder on the Giants’ first possession of the second half." Read more...

    Giants rally for 41 - 27 win over Cleveland Browns

    Excerpt: "The Giants couldn't afford another letdown, not with their schedule becoming decidedly tougher the rest of the season.

    So despite spotting the winless Browns a two-touchdown lead, the Giants rallied for a 41-27 win Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium as Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a career-high 200 yards on 30 carries and Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to Victor Cruz.

    It marked Bradshaw s first 100-yard game since Week 6 last season.

    The Giants (3-2) are at San Francisco next Sunday for an NFC Championship Game rematch against the 49ers before facing the Redskins and Cowboys in successive NFC East games." Read more...







    Giants defeat Browns, 41 - 27

    Excerpt: "The Giants started in a hole but came back to defeat the Browns, 41-27, Sunday at home

    Those interested in knowing how the Giants fared Sunday against the Cleveland Browns could have done so by monitoring the weather here.

    It was dark and rainy at game time and the Giants’ performance matched the gloom as they fell behind by 14 points early. But as the skies brightened, so did the Giants. A 20-point second quarter propelled them to a halftime lead and on to a 41-27 triumph over the Browns in MetLife Stadium.

    The Giants improved to 3-2 with an NFC Championship Game rematch in San Francisco looming next week. Cleveland fell to 0-5." Read more...
    WR Rueben Randle showcases talents

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin said it.
    Eli Manning texted it

    Sunday would be ’s Randle's opportunity.

    A high probability all week, there was little surprise when injured wide receivers and were officially ruled out of Week 5’s contest against the Browns due to injuries. Thus the Giants had time to prep players who were waiting in the wings. Players like the rookie Randle.

    Manning took it a step further and set up a one-on-one film session with him on Thursday. It was the first time the two had met like that.

    “He texted me,” Randle recalled of the meeting which he said took about a half hour. “He said he was going to be watching film and I should come join him so I said I would be in there with him. We went in there and watched a lot of their blitzes and third down, things like that just to be on the same page.” Read more...

    Postgame milestones and stats

    Excerpt: "Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

    *The Giants improved to 3-2 and moved into a first-place tie in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost inPittsburgh

    *The Giants have won their last eight games against the AFC, including Super Bowl XLVI. Their last loss to an AFC team was to Tennessee on Sept. 26, 2010.

    *This was the 10th time the Giants scored at least 41 points in the nine-year Tom Coughlin era.

    *The Giants scored 27 points in the first half, their highest total in the first two quarters since Nov. 7, 2010, when they scored 35 in a victory in Seattle. ." Read more...

    GIANTS 101

    Giants' Chris Snee playing through partially torn labrum injury

    Excerpt: "Like teammate Andre Brown, New York Giants guard Chris Snee left Sunday's 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns a little early. Unlike Brown, it wasn't a concussion that forced Snee to the sidelines, it was a hip issue that had been bothering him since the Philadelphia Eagles game in week four. A hip issue that has now been revealed to be a partially torn labrum.
    "I was in pain on Sunday night in Philly, but I felt relatively good [Sunday]," Snee said. "I came out because I am a seasoned veteran. At that point in the game I made it through and didn't injure myself anymore." Read more...

    Giants' Monday Morning Hangover: Plenty to nitpick after 41 - 27 win over Browns

    Excerpt: "Yes, the New York Giants beat Trent Richardson and the Cleveland Browns in what turned out to be sort of a blowout yesterday, a 41-27 victory that featured great games from Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning,Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle. And sure, it elevates the team into a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East division lead.

    But let's be honest, the Giants have beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3), the Carolina Panthers (1-4) and the (0-5) Cleveland Browns…and they messed the bed both times they faced a decent team (who both happened to be division rivals as well). Yeesh.

    So in an effort not to again make the mistake we (and apparently the Giants) made after throttling the Panthers, we're not going to sit around and congratulate the team over the shellacking they gave a winless team. Instead, we're going to drink our coffee and commiserate about the weaknesses the Giants are still displaying as a far tougher and more important slate of games roll onto the schedule.

    Among our chief concerns is this: while the Giants offensive line finally showed yesterday that they are capable of controlling the line of scrimmage, the defensive line has yet to show they can come remotely close to doing the same. They failed to register a sack yesterday and Brandon Weeden had way too much time most of the day." Read more...

    Giants' Martellus Bennett suffers hyperextended knee in win over Browns

    Excerpt: "Like fellow teammate Andre Brown, who left Sunday's 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns with a possible concussion, New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett suffered an injury early in the first quarter and was forced to the bench. While engaging in a block, Bennett's knee appeared to hyperextend and he went down in obvious pain. Unlike Brown however, Bennett would eventually return.

    "Most people don’t go back in, but like I was saying earlier, to be an elite player on the team and in this league, you've got to play through injury," Bennett said after the game. "Ahmad [Bradshaw] was like, 'I need you out there blocking' or whatever, so I just try to come through and do the best I can."

    Bennett added that his injury was a result of "slipping on the damn turf." And although he was able to play through the pain and finish the game, he was really feeling it as the adrenaline of the day wore off.

    "My [knee] hurts though," Bennett tweeted. "I feel like two panda bears have been chewing on my knee while sitting on my thighs." Read more...

    Giants go from ugly to studly, beat Browns 41 - 27

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants found themselves down by two touchdowns to the Cleveland Brownsbefore most fans were comfortable on their couches, but the taste ofAhmad Bradshaw’s early fumble and Brandon Weeden’s long touchdown bomb didn’t last long as Big Blue went on to seal a 41-27 victory behind 200 yards of Ahmad Bradshaw running and three touchdowns from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.

    The Giants defense looked all sorts of disorganized and, honestly, seemed to be lacking energy early, although opening the game defending deep in their own territory thanks to a Bradshaw fumble didn’t exactly help. But they stiffened and giving up only two field goals the rest of the way before a garbage time touchdown. Timely interceptions from Stevie gave and Chase Blackburn shut down any hope for the Browns offense, as the Giants own offense had quite a field day, umm, on the field." Read more...



    Tom Coughlin: Defense is a concern

    Excerpt: "
    New York Giants' coach Tom Coughlin admitted Monday that he is concerned about the team's defense. The Giants did not have a sack ofCleveland Browns' quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday, and after the Browns had scored on their first three possessions the Giants had given up scores on eight straight possessions.

    Cleveland running back Trent Richardson had 81 yards on 17 carries one week after LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles gashed the Giants for 123 yards rushing.The Giants' vaunted pass rush has generated only eight sacks in five games, 24th in the league.
    "Strategy or not it (lack of pass rush) has definitely slowed us down a little bit. We've gotta look hard at how we can get this thing resolved and get some more pressure on the quarterback. We're gonna try to do that," Coughlin said." Read more...

    NY Giants' news and notes: Monday morning headlines

    Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Monday morning notebook, which is filled with more reaction to Sunday's 41-27 victory over theCleveland Browns." Read more...

    Giants vs. Browns, "Kudos and Wet Willies" Review

    Excerpt: "
    It is time for this week's 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review of Sunday's 41-27 victory by the New York Giants over the Cleveland Browns.

    This week I think the various honors and dishonors are pretty cut and dry. See if you agree." Read more...

    Giants 41, Browns 27: Game changing sequence

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants were trying to dig themselves out of an early 14-0 hole in the second quarter, but things were not looking good. The Giants had fought back within 17-10, but the Browns were slicing up the Giants' defense and had driven to the Giants 25-yard line with 4:41 left in the half.

    The Browns faced a third-and-one at that point, and then they did a curious thing. They took running back Trent Richardson, who had been having his way with the sieve-like Giants' run defense out of the game, and decided to throw the ball.

    Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a horrible ball high and behind wide receiver Josh Gordon and Giants' safety Stevie Brown made a terrific interception, returning the ball to the Cleveland 40-yard line. Two plays later, the Giants tied the score on a 4-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw." Read more...

    Tom Coughlin's post-game reaction to Giants' 41 - 27 win over Browns

    Excerpt: "
    Less than five minutes into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns the New York Giants trailed 14-0 and head coach Tom Coughlin had that familiar 'what the heck is going on out there' look on his face. As the saying goes, though, all's well that ends well,' and the game ended well for the Giants, a 41-27 victory that moved them to 3-2.
    "It didn't start out the way we wanted to, but along the way it got a lot better," Coughlin said during his post-game remarks. "We don't plan on it [starting slow]. We talk about starting well, starting fast and that's what the idea was. But we did talk about finishing, too, and we did finish."

    Here are Coughlin's thoughts on some of the other developments during the game. [Full Coughlin transcript]
    The running game, fueled by Ahmad Bradshaw's career-best 200-yard game:
    "What was really impressive was the running game and thank goodness we got that going. That was a big part of us today. Bradshaw had a big day, but he walked into the locker room and gave credit to the offensive line, which did a really outstanding job." Read more...

    Giants 41, Browns 27: Career day by Ahmad Bradshaw carries Giants

    Excerpt: "
    Who knew that Ahmad Bradshaw's fumble on his very first carry of the day would be the beginning of the best individual day of his career? Brashaw ended up carrying 30 times for 200 yards, both career highs, as the New York Giants defeated the Cleveland Browns, 41-27, Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

    The fumble, which occurred when Bradshaw bumped into guard Chris Snee, set up a Cleveland touchdown and the winless Browns (now 0-5) stunned the Giants by jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes." Read more...

    Rueben Randle comes through after criticism of work ethic

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants philosophy of "next man up," seems to continue to work for them. Last year it was Victor Cruz. So far this year Ramses Bardenand Andre Brown have had success stepping in when other players went down. Sunday, it was rookie wide reeiver Rueben Randle with an opportunity to come through in that role and he did, getting 82 yards on six receptions which were both team highs.

    "It felt pretty good. I just came in and did my job. It wasn't anything special, just an opportunity came that I could take advantage of," Randle said." Read more...

    Giants 41, Browns 27: Post game quotes

    Excerpt: "
    Here are some of the reactions following the New York Giants' 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

    David Wilson
    on his first career touchdown, a 40-yard run: [Full transcript]

    "I just saw it open up. Any time I get to use my speed, I'm going to use it. The offensive line and my fullback did a great job, and I just cut off my fullback, Henry (Hynoski). Next thing you know, I'm in the end zone." Read more...

    Giants 41, Browns 27: The game in GIFs

    Excerpt: "Here is a look back at the New York Giants' 41-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday in GIFs. This is not every great play or every highlight, but a few things put together by the SB Nation video crew throughout the day. What we have tells a good chunk or the story, and it's pretty enjoyable." Read more...







    Giants' DLine making headlines, but not plays

    Excerpt: "For the last few years, one thing has been the mainstay for the New York Giants. A brutal, athletic and punishing front seven, with their defensive line leading the way.

    But, this year it hasn’t been so. The Giants defensive front, which was a crucial part in their run to a super bowl last season, has been virtually non-existent on gameday, although they haven’t had problems with headline-making quotes during the week.

    This past week, in response to Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson saying he thought the Browns might be able to run the ball along the outside of the Giants defense, defensive end Osi Umenyiora said, “If he looks on tape and he thinks he sees some candy, he can come try and get it,” according to the New York Daily News.

    That’s coming from the same player that prides himself on his ability to rush the passer, and he has just two sacks through five games this year. Umenyiora made headlines over the summer, when he wished Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy a happy mothers day on twitter. McCoy answered by calling the Giants defensive end a “ballerina in a Giants uniform,” last week as Philadelphia topped the Giants, 19-17, on Sunday night." Read more..." Read more...



    Giants crush Browns, 41 - 27

    Excerpt: "The Giants roared back from spotting the Cleveland Browns 14 first-quarter points within the game’s first five minutes en route to a 41-27 win at MetLife Stadium.

    The mistake filled-first quarter saw the Browns jump out to a 14-0 lead within four and half minutes before both sides of the ball eventually settled down and played Giants football.

    "It’s obviously not the way you want to start, but we never get down or frustrated or start to panic,” said quarterback Eli Manning. ”We didn’t force things and took what the defense had given us. The defense got us some turnovers and special teams got us a turnover. We were able to take advantage of that and get touchdowns, and guys made some big plays for us.”

    Those big plays included two by safety Stevie Brown, who started in place of the injured Kenny Phillips. The first was an interception of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden’s pass intended for receiver Josh Gordon which Brown returned 46 yards to set the stage for a drive ending with a four-yard touchdown run by running back Ahmad Bradshaw." Read more...

    Private meeting with Eli Manning helped Rueben Randle get on right track

    Excerpt: "The question last week about his work ethic seemed to catch rookie second-round draft pick Rueben Randle by surprise. But rather than show any anger about it, he did what any mature NFL player would do.

    He kept his mouth shut, went to work with his quarterback, and proved his critics wrong.

    For those who might have missed it, a mini firestorm began to surround Randle last week when during the Sunday night football broadcast of the Giants-Eagles game, NBC commentator Cris Collingsworth mentioned that there was a concern inside the Giants’ organization about Randle’s work ethic.

    That concern, as it turned out, was not about how hard the rookie out of LSU worked, but rather, how efficiently he went about his business. Moreover, it was a concern that apparently flipped a switch on inside of Randle’s head as he finished as the Giants’ leading receiver with 82 yards on six catches, including a long of 36 yards." Read more...







    Rueben Randle credits Eli Manning for big Giants' game

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants waited a month for second-round draft pick Rueben Randle to make an impact.

    Randle -- who entered Week 5 with one reception all season -- stepped up during the Giants' 41-27 winover the Cleveland Browns with six catches for 82 yards.

    NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth had said a week earlier that theGiants were privately unhappy with the rookie's work ethic. Did Collinsworth's words motivate Randle?

    "All we worry about it is what is going on inside the building," Randle said Sunday, via "What is said on the outside can't really affect us. We are one team and as long as we know what is going on around here I think that's all that matters."

    Randle instead credited Eli Manning for having him prepared against the Browns. The quarterback and wide receiver met privately going over what they might see." Read more...

    Osi's son out of hospital

    Excerpt: "UPDATE

    Umenyiora's son suffered an asthma attack Sunday morning and was taken to the hospital in the afternoon, The Associated Press confirmed. The boy was later released." Read more...





    Howard: Giants now and offensive jugernaut

    Excerpt: "
    Coach Tom Coughlin spoke early in the week about sleeping on his office couch, because his role in the Giants' last-second loss to the Eagles last week was "killing" him. And the Giants' All-Pro defensive ends dominated the conversation later on, admitting they're not playing up to par or having much fun. Then Sunday's game began shakily for the Giants against the Browns, and it soon became clear that focusing on that all week, along with the 13 players the Giants had on the injury list, was all wrong.

    The Giants again proved Sunday that they have the sort of offense that can lift them over just about anything. Slow starts. No sacks. Early deficits. Shocking fumbles.

    Against the Browns, they rallied behind Eli Manning, a career rushing day from Ahmad Bradshaw and a depleted receiving corps that could've been called Victor Cruz and the Replacements, and came roaring back from a 14-0 hole to knock aside the Browns 41-27 at MetLife Stadium.

    Everywhere you looked, someone on the Giants' offense -- both the headliners and the bit players -- was making a contribution." Read more...

    Giants' road gets rockier from here

    Excerpt: "
    Tom Coughlin was still savoring a 41-27 victory over theCleveland Browns when a question came about the New York Giants' next opponent.

    "Let's enjoy this one," Coughlin pleaded. "San Francisco is a very good team and we will have to be at our best."
    Forgive Coughlin if he wanted to soak this one in before peeking ahead. The Cleveland Browns are the only cupcake on the Giants' schedule this season. And the toughest schedule in the NFL is about to get nasty.

    The Giants (3-2) now start the hardest stretch of their season with their remaining 11 opponents being either a division foe or a playoff team from last year.
    They'll take a major step up in competition next Sunday when they go from the hapless Browns to an NFC Championship Game rematch in San Francisco and a reunion with former Giants Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham." Read more...
    Career games for Cruz, 3 TDs, Bradshaw 200 yards against Browns

    Excerpt: "
    Victor Cruz danced behind the Cleveland Browns in the end zone, while Ahmad Bradshaw showed his best footwork all over the field.

    Cruz made a career-best three touchdown catches and Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200 as the New York Giants kept Cleveland winless, 41-27 Sunday.

    Eli Manning hit Cruz for scores of 3, 7 and 28 yards, prompting Cruz's trademark salsa after each touchdown. Bradshaw added a 4-yard run as he darted inside and outside and frequently broke feeble tackle attempts. Bradshaw's yardage on 30 carries easily beat the 132 he had heading into the game.The Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more." Read more...

    Bennett shows guts returning from injury

    Excerpt: "It was sometime in the first quarter when Giants tight endMartellus Bennett hyperextended his left knee on the turf at MetLife Stadium. The Giants hadn’t completed their comeback yet, and Bennett knew if there was any way he could stay on the field, he would.

    “I think to be an elite player in this league, especially a tight end, you have to play through injuries and go out there for your team,” Bennett said. “So I was able to bounce back -- fortunately enough it wasn’t too bad where I couldn’t bounce back.

    “A lot of pain throughout the whole game but I was able to do some things for us.” Read more...

    Victor Cruz has 3 TD, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 200 yards

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw got furious at himself, and took it out on theCleveland Browns.

    Bradshaw fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, setting up a Cleveland touchdown. After that, he was unstoppable, surpassing his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-best 200 yards in a 41-27 victory Sunday.

    "I was angry at myself for the fumble and I just used it," Bradshaw said. "I was disappointed with the fumble, but you put it out of your mind. I knew I was cool. We knew the running game was there, we were confident."The passing game was there, too. Victor Cruzmade a career-best three touchdown catches. Eli Manning hit Cruz for scores of 3, 7 and 28 yards, prompting Cruz's trademark salsa in the end zone after each touchdown." Read more...

    Giants' RB Andre Brown concussed

    Excerpt: "
    New York Giants running back Andre Brown has a concussion, a source confirmed to

    Brown was ruled out of Sunday's 41-27 win against the Cleveland Browns after suffering the injury while returning a kickoff during the first quarter.

    "Everything is OK," Brown tweeted after he was taken into the locker room for evaluation by the team's medical staff.

    Brown's in-game tweet is against NFL rules, which state that players can only tweet up to 90 minutes before kickoff, and postgame after media interviews. It is unknown if there will be any consequences." Read more...

    Bradshaw has best day of his career

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw’s day couldn’t have started out any worse.

    On his first carry, Bradshaw ran into guard Chris Snee’s shoulder and lost a fumble. Two plays later, the Browns were on top 7-0.

    Bradshaw’s day only got better from there. Infinitely better.

    The 26-year-old running back finished with a career-high 200 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries, and the Giants climbed out of a 14-0 hole, rolling past the winless Browns 41-27 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

    “I was mad at myself,” said Bradshaw, who also caught four passes for 29 yards, and scored from four yards out to tie the game at 17 with 2:52 left in the first half. “I was angry at myself for fumbling, and I just used (that anger) when I was running the ball.”

    Bradshaw came into Sunday’s game with just 133 yards rushing on the season. " Read more...

    Giants shut up Browns' Trent Richardson

    Excerpt: "Perhaps Trent Richardson got his candy, as Giants defensive endOsi Umenyiora would say.

    After talking about potentially having success on the edges against the Giants, the Browns' rookie running back finished with 81 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon -- a fine effort, for sure.

    To Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, though, that didn't matter much in the end.

    "We won the game," Kiwanuka said. "End of story."

    Richardson finished with 128 total yards against the Giants, and averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry. But the Giants contained him enough to come away with a comfortable win." Read more...

    Sunday Blitz: Browns-Giants recap VIDEO

    Giants keep Browns winless VIDEO

    Rapid Reaction" Giants 41 - Browns 27

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants hadn’t even broken a sweat yet and found themselves down 14-0 to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. But once the defending champs got warmed up, they routed the winless Browns 41-27.

    What it means: The Giants took care of business and won a game they had to have with a brutal schedule ahead of them. The Giants are 3-2 through their first five games, but their final 11 games will be against division foes or playoff teams from last year.

    Bottom line: The Giants had to win this one, and they got the job done with several key starters or contributors out for the game. " Read more...











    Cruz, Bradshaw lead Giants past Browns

    Excerpt: "Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests Sunday in leading the Giants to a 41-27 victory over the winless Browns.

    Cruz caught three touchdown passes from Eli Manning covering 3, 7 and 28 yards, while Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200. He had 132 entering the game.

    The Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more.

    New York (3-2) also forced three turnovers, including Chase Blackburn's interception in the end zone midway in the fourth quarter to clinch it. That led to rookie David Wilson's first NFL touchdown, a 40-yard scamper." Read more...



    PFF Snap and State Report

    Excerpt: "There’s been a clamoring for it, so each week the Pro Football Focus team is going to be reacting to your insatiable need for snap counts and stats in a live blog-style piece.

    So, welcome to the inaugural Snap and Stat Report!

    Now, before you think we’re being too generous, we’re not going to be giving away all of our precious snap count (and snap role) data, nor all of our statistics. To get this information you’ll need aPremium Statistics subscription, and if you want to use the numbers to destroy the fantasy competition, you’ll need a Fantasy Gold membership.

    But if you’re not inclined to pay quite yet, don’t think you don’t mean anything to us as this report will give you plenty to whet your appetite. So keep checking back — this page is going to be constantly updated all day long!

    Browns 27 – 41 Giants (last updated 12:16)Snap ShotBrowns Offense: The 85% of offensive snaps Trent Richardson was involved in represented a seasons high. His use is on the up.Browns Defense: Did the Giants see the zone blitz coming? The Browns twice dropped Frostree Rucker while overloading the Giants right side with a safety (T.J. Ward) and linebacker (Scott Fujita). Both times Manning had already audibled and hit his tight end in stride for decent gains.Giants Offense: Receiver Reuben Randle saw a career high 38 snaps (50%) where he ran 28 routes to help him to a total 3.15 yards per route run.Giants Defense: The entire starting secondary played every snap, but no other player did with the Giants using a heavy linebacker rotation that saw five players get double digit snaps.Stat AttackBrowns Offense: Maybe its time to get Jordan Norwood more involved the offense. He caught 9-0f-9 balls thrown his way at a healthy 9 yards per catch.Browns Defense: Poor old Buster Skrine. In addition to giving up two penalties (it should have been three) he allowed six receptions on nine balls into his coverage for 58 yards and a score.Giants Offense: The excellent Eli Manning completed 8 passes over 10 yards in the air, with one pick that really should have been called a pass interference.Giants Defense: Chase Blackburn walked away with a big interception, but that was about the only thing he was able to hold onto. He got his hands to Trent Richardson four times, only for the Browns running back to force a missed tackle (one was nullified by a penalty)." Read more...





    NFL Roundup: Steelers rally to best Eagles
    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 10-08-2012, 06:54 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 Roanoke!

    great comeback win yesterday! at least it wasnt a last second comeback so my blood pressure is normal today. lol.


    • #3
      Originally posted by BigBlue1971 View Post
      thanks for the news Roanoke!

      great comeback win yesterday! at least it wasnt a last second comeback so my blood pressure is normal today. lol.
      It was fantastic. Now we get ready for a really tough outing in SF.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
        It was fantastic. Now we get ready for a really tough outing in SF.
        always "fantastic" when winning!

        yea SF will be a real tough game! but they also know the Giants are road warriors and are coming in feeling good about their game!

        hopefully the G-Men can build on this momentum. i hope and think they can edge out the 9ers on Sunday!


        • #5
          Thanks RF, do you know if the NY-SF game will be nationally televised as Americas Game of the Week? I wish they'd move it to SNF. I live in NC so I pray to God that the Minesota Washington game isn't televised here but it probably will be.


          • #6
            Originally posted by NYGfanNC View Post
            Thanks RF, do you know if the NY-SF game will be nationally televised as Americas Game of the Week? I wish they'd move it to SNF.
            the game is the FOX double header game so it should be nationally televised except in markets where their teams are playing at the same time!


            • #7
              Thanks bro.

              It's gonna be a good week around here.

              “Basically just stay with your man,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said. “Follow him everywhere you go. Even if he goes to the bathroom, follow him.”


              • #8
                Thanks Roanoke!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
                  Thanks bro.

                  It's gonna be a good week around here.
                  As well it should be
                  “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 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


                    • #11


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ashleymarie View Post
                        Not a bad ending after a OMG start lol
                        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                        • #13
                          That was good for everyone's morale.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
                            That was good for everyone's morale.
                            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1