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    Giants' LB Chase Blackburn IS Back Where He Always Belonged - On The Team

    Excerpt: "The feel-good rent-a-linebacker story was heartwarming. The Giants struck gold when they re-signed Chase Blackburn off his couch after Week 12 of the 2011 season, and he went on to become a Super Bowl hero.

    But Blackburn entered the offseason a soon-to-be 29-year-old free agent. The Giants had younger options lurking at middle linebacker, including Mark Herzlich, who suffered the season-ending ankle injury that forced the Giants to call Blackburn in desperation and start him days later against undefeated Green Bay.
    Blackburn re-signed, but regaining the starting spot he had earned was far from an automatic this season when the Giants entered training camp. Eight weeks into the regular season, that is no longer the case.

    “Chase is really the key to our success because he’s the quarterback of our defense,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “He gets everyone lined up. He gets everyone on the same page and makes sure they have the proper coverages and getting the guys up front doing the things they should be doing.” Read more...

    Giants' Defensive Line Looking To Counter Tony Romo's Quick Release

    Excerpt: "The Giants’ defensive line left MetLife Stadium on Sept. 5 a frustrated group. The defense had registered just two sacks on quarterback Tony Romo, unable to solve the Cowboys’ plan of having Romo get rid of the football as quickly as possible.

    Osi Umenyiora wasn’t surprised the pass rush was neutralized, and believes it had to do more with the Giants’ failure to react than the Cowboys’ execution.

    “Anybody can neutralize us if they execute that game plan,” said Umenyiora, who has three sacks this season. “I mean, it’s easy, if you’re going to throw the ball in one second, nobody’s going get there.

    ``That’s just the way it is. So we weren’t surprised. It might have looked like that on tape, but when we looked at it on tape, we saw what they were doing, and hopefully we can counteract that this week.” Read more...

    Doug Flutie Shares Thoughts On "Amazing" Eli, "Ignorant" Sanchez Critics

    Excerpt: "Doug Flutie was at MetLife Stadium Friday to help lead adiscussion on fatherhood with a group of self-described "dad-bloggers".

    As the group wandered out onto the field, Flutie spoke with to share his thoughts on his current interests in the game, recent NFL rule changes and New York's quarterbacks.

    Here are some excerpts from the interview.

    On Giants quarterback Eli Manning:

    "Eli - phenomenal, unbelievable job. It's amazing. He keeps getting better. its amazing. His first couple years he competed and he did ok. And its just grown and grown. And Tom Coughlin is a great coach. He has all the tools." Read more...



    Bradshaw Limited in Practice, Questionable For Sunday

    Excerpt: ''
    It wasn’t a full practice. But for Ahmad Bradshaw, it was still progress.

    After an entire week spent watching from the sidelines, Bradshawfinally participated in practice on Friday, working a limited session. The Giants’ starting tailback did not do much during the portion of practice that was open to the media, watching from the sidelines for the start of 11-on-11 drills.

    But Bradshaw’s partial practice was still enough to impress coach TomCoughlin. The Giants have listed Bradshaw as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with the Cowboys in Dallas, but Coughlin seemed optimistic about the runner’s chances.

    “He did OK,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see how it goes, but based on thattype of thing (Friday), I’m confident.”

    Bradshaw stretched with the team, but he spent the majority ofindividual drills watching from the sideline, helmet in hand. His left ankle and foot were heavily taped. Still, none of this is true cause for concern. Bradshaw practiced just once last week as well, then started and handled 12 carries in last Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins.

    He spent the majority of last season practicing once or twice a week and then starting games on Sundays." Read more...



    Giants' Bradshaw: I'm Playing

    Excerpt: "Ahmad Bradshaw’s ailing foot forced him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday and limited him on the field Friday. The Giants running back, though, said he is set to suit up Sudnay at Dallas.

    Coach Tom Coughlin was optimistic as well.

    “He did OK,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see how he goes. But based on that type of thing, I’m confident.”

    Bradshaw, who said he came through practice OK, is listed as questionable.

    Osi Umenyiora
    explained the Giants lacked a pass rush against Dallas in Week 1 because Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo did not wait long to throw the ball.

    “A lot of quick passes, quick throws. I think that’s basically the extent of it,” Umenyiora said. “It wasn’t so much the double teams. It was just the way he was getting rid of the ball really quick.

    “Anybody can neutralize us if you execute that game plan. It’s easy if you’re gonna throw the ball in one second, nobody’s going to get there. That’s just the way it is.”

    The Giants had two sacks in the opener, one apiece from defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard. Asked if he thought the Giants would be more successful at getting to the quarterback, Umenyiora said, “I have no idea. I don’t know what their game plan is going to be. But if we have the opportunity to, I think we will.” Read more...

    Cowboys' Coordinator: Giants Didn't Give Team Proper Credit

    Excerpt: "Big Blue is full of bull.

    That was Rob Ryan’s profane message for the Giants and his own team yesterday when the Cowboys’ blustery defensive coordinator — and twin brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan — was asked to recall the aftermath of Dallas’ 24-17 win over their NFC East rivals at the Meadowlands last month.

    With comments sure to liven up the rematch tomorrow afternoon at Cowboys Stadium, Rob Ryan described the Giants’ reaction as “a bunch of bulls--t” because they didn’t give his defense enough credit for throttling Eli Manning & Co. in the season-opener for both teams.

    The 5-2 Giants were held to just 269 total yards that night — a figure that remains by far their smallest yardage output of the season.

    “I understand we played the Giants before and the only reason we stopped them was their lack of execution, that it had nothing to do with our players or our scheme,” Ryan said yesterday during his weekly media session, his voice dripping with sarcasm. “That’s been well documented. That was said.

    “They give a lot of credit where credit is due, and it’s just because of their lack of execution. We got the message, we understand that. That’ll be great. We’re looking forward to that challenge. They’re the Super Bowl champs. We’ve given them nothing but respect. They’ve hung a million yards up on us before. Then when we played them the first game of the year, they just had a bad day.”

    Asked where he had heard the Giants faulted themselves instead of crediting the Cowboys, Ryan said: “I hear it. I got big ears, and I heard things after the game and I was like, ‘That’s a bunch of bulls--t.’ But it’s OK. We’ll find out [tomorrow].” Read more...

    Brown Providing Depth In Secondary

    Excerpt: "This past offseason, free agent safety Stevie Brown visited the Giants, meeting with team executives, coaches and players. They all made an impression on him of authenticity, camaraderie and singular focus.

    “Everybody seemed genuine and everybody had each other’s back and everybody had one goal, and that was to win,” Brown recalled yesterday. “That’s why I wanted to come here.”

    Brown likely will start his fourth straight game at strong safety for the Giants tomorrow, and he will be looking to stay perfect — Big Blue are 4-0 in Brown’s four starts. The under-the-radar acquisition, designed to provide safety depth behind starters Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips, has been superb since replacing the injured Phillips in Week 5. The Giants have beaten the Browns, 49ers and Redskins, and Brown has helped deliver three turnovers during the stretch.

    Against Cleveland, he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Then against Washington, he picked off another pass. Each of his interception returns have been for at least 40 yards.

    “He has really come through for us in a big way,” coach Tom Coughlin said after last Sunday’s 27-23 victory over the Redskins. “Stevie finds the ball or the ball finds him, one way or the other.” Read more...

    Giants' Bradshaw Practices, "No Question" He'll Play

    Excerpt: "After missing practice on Wednesday and yesterday with a foot injury, Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the field today, albeit in a limited capacity. But the Giants running back said he’s good to go for Sunday’s divisional tilt against the Cowboys in Dallas.

    “No question,” Bradshaw said.

    Bradshaw said he came through practice okay, and Tom Coughlin expressed optimism about his feature back for the game.

    “He did okay,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see how he goes. But based on that type of thing, I’m confident.”
    VIDEO: Vaccaro Says Giants' Manning Most Valuable Right Now

    Excerpt: "Is Giants quarterback Eli Manning the MVP of the NFL if the season ended right now? New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro doesn’t see anyone else more valuable in the league heading into Week 8.
    In this video below, Vaccaro and Mark Hale discuss that and the Giants’ game Sunday with the Cowboys." WATCH VIDEO


    Giants' Henry Hynoski A Good Fit At Fullback

    Excerpt: "Henry Hynoski is tempted every once in a while to break out his highlight film from college or even high school, just so some of his closest friends on the Giants never forget he knows how to run the football.

    “When we’re all hanging out and joking around, and guys pop their tapes in, I like to remind them there used to be highlights of me, too,” Hynoski recalled with a laugh.

    Hynoski might not be at the center of many of those highlight packages nowadays, but the Giants’ second-year fullback usually has a hand in creating them.

    Long gone are the days when a varsity standout now nicknamed, “The Hynocerous” rushed for more than 7,000 yards, scored 113 touchdowns and averaged more than 10 yards per carry for Southern Columbia Area High School in Pennsylvania.

    Hynoski still is dealing out punishment, however, and at the highest level of football, although most of it ultimately benefits the rushing yardage of somebody else.

    And that’s perfectly fine for the 23-year-old former undrafted free agent from the University of Pittsburgh, especially since he has carved out a niche for himself in the Giants’ backfield and has garnered a lot of respect 27 games into his NFL career." Read more...

    Vinny DiTrani's NFL Picks For Sunday, October 28th

    Excerpt: "Last week's bookend games make us wonder why we continue this practice in futility. First, a yellow flag falls from heaven to apparently give us a Thursday night win. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declines the penalty and safety, so we wind up with a push. On Monday night, the Lions score with a half-minute left to make us half-point losers. In between, however, we did a little better than we have recently.

    So we will march on with our Week 8 selections.

    Worth watching

    Giants over *Cowboys, giving 1 1/2 — Losing Sean Lee is a blow to the Dallas defense. Plus the Giants don't want Jerry Jones' preseason boast to play out." Read more...







    Giants vs. Cowboys Game Preview

    Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle didn’t require a visual aid to recall the details of the Giants’ opening-night loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

    “I remember that game quite well,” Rolle said this week. “I don’t need the film to remember those games. It just wasn’t a good game. I think the first half we came out pretty good and the second half, we just stunk up the whole entire second half. So we definitely need to change as a defensive unit and we will.”

    They’ll get the opportunity for payback Sunday afternoon, when they meet Dallas in the rematch in Cowboys Stadium. This is the first time since 1990 the Giants and Cowboys will conclude their season series before November 1. Despite the early date, this is a critical game that will almost certainly have implications in the NFC East race in December.

    At 5-2, the Giants lead the division by 1.5 games over both Dallas and Philadelphia. But the advantage is not as great as it appears, because the Giants lost to both the Cowboys and Eagles in September. They did defeat Washington last week for their first NFC East victory. But with head-to-head matchups and division records so important in determining tiebreakers, the Giants can afford neither another loss to Dallas nor one in the larger division picture.

    “(The game is) very important,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “It’s an opportunity, of course, to win in the division, to go back to 2-2 in the division, to give ourselves an opportunity last week against Washington and this week against Dallas to get back in good standing.”

    “It’s a big opportunity for us to take over the division,” said tight end and former Cowboy
    Martellus Bennett
    . “That’s the number one thing for us trying to create a path for ourselves to get to where we want to be, which the ultimate goal is the Super Bowl. So this is a big step. They’re in the way, so we’ve got to go down there and go through them and make sure we come back with a win.”

    Players To Watch vs. Cowboys

    Excerpt: "1) TE Martellus Bennett
    The significance of the first meeting between the NFC East rivals this season was two-fold for Bennett. Not only was it his Giants' debut, but it was also the first game against his former team. While Bennett’s Giants tenure began with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, the tight end said he has nothing to prove against the Cowboys in his first trip back. He’s a Giant now.

    “All my emotions are to this organization and to the things that we’re trying to build and relationships I’m trying to build with these guys here, so I have nothing to show them,” Bennett said. “I have nothing to show to anybody else outside this organization and myself.”

    2) DT Chris Canty
    Activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list for last week’s game, Canty played 20-25 snaps in the win over Washington and notched four solo tackles. A former Cowboy himself, Canty hopes to continue his progress.

    “You could tell he was a little rusty on some of the plays and some of the blocks he was getting,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said of Canty's performance last week. “I think you’ll see him get much better quicker because he’s a veteran and he knows how to play.”

    Giants' Injury Report: 10/26/2012

    Excerpt: "NEW YORK GIANTS


    LB Jacquian Williams (Knee - DNP)

    DT Rocky Bernard (Quadriceps - LP)
    S Kenny Phillips (Knee - LP)

    RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Foot - LP)

    C David Baas (Ankle - LP)
    WR Hakeem Nicks (Knee/Foot - FP)


    C Phil Costa (Ankle - DNP)
    S Matt Johnson (Hamstring - DNP)
    DT Sean Lissemore (Ankle - DNP)
    RB DeMarco Murray (Foot - DNP)

    RB Felix Jones (Knee - LP)

    C/G Ryan Cook (Hamstring - FP)
    LB Anthony Spencer (Shoulder - FP)
    LB DeMarcus Ware (Illness - DNP)

    GIANTS 101

    Giants' 2012 Schedule Not As Daunting As Previously Thought

    Excerpt: "After the New York Giants beat theDallas Cowboys for the second time last season and clinched the NFC East title, Big Blue fans were jubilant that their team was going to have a chance to compete for a fourth Lombardi Trophy. However, not many people discussed that the Giants Week 17 victory guaranteed them the toughest 2012 NFL schedule of any team. At least, that's what we thought.

    The Giants have seven playoff teams from 2011 on this year's schedule, not to mention their six annual divisional bouts. However, so far through seven games, Big Blue has only beaten one team (San Francisco 49ers) with a winning record. With that, matchups against the Cowboys, Saints, Ravens, and even the Bengals do not look as tough as pundits predicted in the preseason.

    Let's take a look at every game remaining on the Giants schedule and give short analysis of where that team stands so far though seven weeks." Read more...

    Giants vs. Dallas Insider Report: Turmoil And Hope In Dallas

    Excerpt: "This week's pivotal matchup between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys will have a huge role in deciding whether Tony Romoand the 'Boys get back into the mix of things in the NFC East, or whether the Giants take a stranglehold on the division behind Eli Manning. As usual, we're turning to our boys at to get the scoop on what's going down in Dallas.

    But we're doing it a bit different this week. We're just going to turn it over full throttle to Nicholas Sharp from DC101 who had a lot of fun with this. It's a longer read than normal, but it's in-depth and enlightening and a bit funny (our favorite line: "And then there's Doug Free. Ohhh Doug Free).

    Suffice to say, things are not all roses and rainbows in Dallas. Let's turn it over to Nicholas." Read more...



    Perry Fewell Says Giants' Defense Should Keep Getting Better

    Excerpt: "New York Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell believes his group is much better now, entering a Week 8 match-up with the Dallas Cowboys, than it was when the Giants lost to the Cowboys in the season opener by a 24-17 score.

    "In the season opener, we went in and had some guys who had missed a lot of camp. When we looked at the game, and after the game, when we looked at the game this week, there were guys that played and didn't execute their techniques properly," Fewell said on Thursday. "You could see some rust on the guys that didn't play because a lack of time at camp or missing time in practice, etc. We just did not play good football in that first game."

    Cornerback Prince Amukamara missed that game with a high ankle sprain. Defensive tackle Chris Canty spent the first six week of the season on the PUP list as he recuperated from off-season knee surgery. LinebackersMichael Boley and Jacquian Williams played against Dallas although each had limited preseason practice time due to injuries. Michael Coe and Justin Tryon played significant snaps at cornerback, which Coe leaving the game due to injury. Rookies Jayron Hosley and Markus Kuhn were making their NFL debuts.

    "I think we are more in-sync," Fewell said. "We still have a couple of guys on the sideline that we'll get back in the next one or two weeks. We are getting healthier. I expect us to play better as the time goes on." Read more...









    Folger's Forecast: Giants @ Cowboys

    Excerpt: "“Payback” is the Giants’ rallying cry this week. Dallas beat the Giants on Opening Night and it left a bad taste. We don’t think the Giants are playing their best ball just yet, but they seem to be improving. The Giants have two games left before their bye. Winning this week would give them a pretty good stranglehold on the division.

    Dallas has struggled since their fine showing on Opening Night. Despite their spotty record they remain dangerous because their defense is solid and their offense still has plenty of weapons, albeit inconsistent ones. Injuries to RB DeMarco Murray and MLB Sean Lee really hurt. This game is much more of a must-win for Dallas than the Giants.

    Giants on Offense

    We were a bit surprised that last week’s game plan was so pass-centric, despite Washington’s vulnerability in that area. Tom Coughlin so often preaches balance, which we suspect he’ll return to this week since Dallas’ pass rushers are much more dangerous than Washington’s.

    The challenge against Dallas is blocking that defensive front. We’re worried about David Baas, who had a tough pass-blocking game reacting to stunts and who has a bum ankle to boot. His two guards will have to be really alert to repel Dallas’ interior attacks on that perceived weakness.

    The tackles will have their hands full on the edge with DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, who played well last week. They will need plenty of help. The best way to slow down all these pass rushers is to run the ball, which we suspect would make Ahmad Bradshaw absolutely giddy.

    With Andre Brown back in the mix, David Wilson did not touch the ball on offense last week, but we hope the coaches continue to try to get the ball in his hands. Wilson’s electrifying kickoff returns have whetted our appetite to see more of this exciting rookie.

    The Giants’ passing game is getting better each week, which is coinciding with the gradual return to health of Hakeem Nicks. With Martellus Bennett having shaken off his knee problems, it looks like Manning will have all his weapons available. Attacking the Dallas safeties seems like the best strategy as their corners are playing well.

    Dallas will sorely miss Sean Lee (foot), their leading tackler and best short and intermediate pass defender. Replacement Dan Connor is a rather steep drop-off. Lots of doublewide formations will keep Connor on the field which is the smart thing to do; however, that will take away some of what Manning does so well, which is throwing to three wides out of the shotgun. It will be interesting to see which direction the coaches decide to go." Read more...











    Brown Succeeds In Place of Phillips

    Excerpt: "As Stevie Brown struggled to make a name for himself in the NFL the past two years, the 25-year-old safety never lost confidence in his abilities.

    Oakland cut him, as did Carolina, and he had limited playing time in Indianapolis. But the seventh-round draft pick out of Michigan waited for his chance to prove himself.

    “I knew once I got on the field I was not going to try to come off,” Brown said.

    This season, Brown is finally making it hard for the coaches to take him off the field. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants, playing quite well since taking over for the injuredKenny Phillips the past three weeks. With Phillips doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, it looks like Brown will be making his fourth straight start.

    “I’d say I’ve done my job,” Brown said. “I haven’t caused the team any harm. As long as I don’t do that, I feel like I’m doing my job.”

    Brown was originally drafted by the Raiders in 2010 and played in 15 games for them that year, but was waived three times before being awarded to Carolina on waivers a year later. He lasted three days with the Panthers, and then latched on with the Colts. This offseason he had offers from other teams, including the Bengals, but ultimately decided to sign with the Giants. " Read more...

    Next Level Preview: Giants @ Dallas

    Excerpt: "The Giants will head to Arlington, Texas, for their second meeting of the season with theDallas Cowboys. In Week 1, the Cowboys defeated the Giants and are now looking to sweep the season series for the first time since 2007. However, since the new Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009, Dallas is 0-3 at home against Big Blue.

    The Giants are coming off a thrilling 27-23 win over the Redskins on Sunday. The Cowboys, meanwhile, beat the Panthers 19-14 on the strength of four Dan Bailey field goals and a 26-yard Miles Austin touchdown reception.

    Here are four areas to watch for Sunday:

    Eli Manning has been impressive at the new Cowboys Stadium, leading the Giants to a perfect 3-0 record. Manning has a Total QBR of 87.6 in those three games, easily his highest on the road against any NFC East opponent since the start of the 2009 season. Over the last four seasons, all other opposing quarterbacks have a combined Total QBR of 52.2 at Cowboys Stadium.

    Manning has been especially good in the fourth quarter, amassing a Total QBR of 88.7 and leading the Giants to two comeback wins in Dallas since the new stadium opened. " Read more...

    OHM: Giants Must Keep Foot On The Pedal

    Excerpt: "Justin Tuck tried to stay off Twitter this week.

    The flat screen television at the Tuck household also didn't spend much time, if at all, on SportsCenter or any other sports shows or news networks.T

    he defensive captain did his best to avoid any and all talk about the New York Giants. The defensive end didn't want to hear, read or see anything about how the Giants are playing as well as any team in the NFL or how they're 3-0 at Jerry Jones' palatial stadium entering their showdown in Dallas this weekend.

    "We try not to listen to that," Tuck said.

    Tuck knows what happens more often than not when there's hype surrounding the Giants or even worse - prosperity. The Giants don't always deal well with that. They are much better when everything around them appears to be crumbling and the apocalypse is near.

    The Giants are far from that at the moment, having won three straight games. They are coming off an exciting divisional victory over Robert Griffin III and the Redskins and now head to Dallas, where they always seem to make the big plays and stick it to the Cowboys.

    A victory over Dallas would not only even the season series at 1-1 and avenge a poor season-opening loss, but it would also give the Giants (5-2) an early cushion over the Cowboys (3-3), Eagles (3-3) and Redskins (3-4) in the overall NFC East standings." Read more...

    No Decision On Beckum

    Excerpt: "The Giants have not decided whether to activate tight end Travis Beckum off the PUP list before Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

    They have a three-week window to do so that began this week, and would have to decide by Saturday afternoon if they hope to have him against Dallas. Beckum is trying to return after tearing his ACL in last year's Super Bowl.

    "He looked OK," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Beckum, after practice on Friday.

    Beckum started practicing this week, and per PUP list rules, the team has three weeks to determine if they want to activate him, and then make a corresponding roster move if they choose to do so. If they decide not to activate Beckum, they will either put him on injured reserve or release him.

    Beckum is in his fourth year with the Giants, and has caught 26 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his career. " Read more...

    Osi & Co. Look To Bring Heat vs. Cowboys

    Excerpt: "
    It didn’t surprise Osi Umenyiora that he and his fellow defensive lineman were mostly neutralized in the season-opening loss to Dallas. With the Cowboys using quick slants frequently in that contest, the Giants pass rush was almost helpless at times to pressure quarterback Tony Romo as they fell, 24-17.

    “Anybody can neutralize us if they execute that game plan. It’s easy if you’re going to throw the ball in one second, nobody is going to get there. That’s just the way it is,” Umenyiora said. “We weren't surprised. It might have seemed that way on tape, but when we looked at it on tape we saw what they were doing and hopefully we will be able to counteract that this week.”

    Sunday, the Giants will try to get more pressure from their defensive line when they head to Dallas for a pivotal NFC East battle. The Giants had just two sacks in that game, both by defensive lineman, and Romo was able to pick apart the secondary.

    “I have no idea (if the Giants will get to Romo better). I don’t know what the game plan is going to be,” Umenyiora said. “If we have the opportunity to, I think we will.” Read more...

    Giants' Bradshaw Questionable Against Cowboys

    Excerpt: " New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a foot injury.

    Bradshaw only practiced once this week, on Friday in a limited capacity, but said he's "good" as the Giants prepare to face their NFC East rivals.

    Bradshaw also practiced just one day last week and was questionable for the Giants' game against the Redskins, but ultimately played. In his career, Bradshaw has often been able to practice little during the week but suit up on Sundays.

    "He did OK," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think he'll be, we'll see how he goes, but based on that type of thing, I'm confident."

    Bradshaw said Thursday he didn't want any setbacks that could keep him from playing Sunday, so he planned on practicing just once this week and pushed that day of practice back from Thursday to Friday. He added that his foot isn't problematic when he's playing in the games." Read more...

    Coordinators Ready For Dallas

    Excerpt: "Each Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell speak with reporters.

    Here are some highlights from this week's sessions:


    • Gilbride was asked about the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1, and if Dallas didn't see their best football back then:

    "I hope so. I certainly hope so. I think we’re a little healthier. I think we can play better. I think we played better as the game went on, unfortunately we got started slowly.

    "I think they’re very good. I think they have an outstanding pass rush; they went out and spent a lot of money to get two terrific corners. They’ve got a lot of athletes that match up well against us and in fact, their design was to effectively keep us in check. It’s going to be a challenge."


    • Fewell was asked if his defense is more in sync than it was in the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys:

    "Oh definitely. I think we are more in sync. We still have a couple of guys on the sideline that we’ll get back in the next one or two weeks. We are getting healthier. I expect us to play better as the time goes on."

    • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has just 4.5 sacks through the first seven games of the season, after collecting 16.5 a year ago. But Fewell said the numbers don't tell the whole story.

    "JPP plays at a very high level. When we watch him every week, he plays at a pretty high level every week. For him to have the numbers ... to produce those numbers consistently, that’s a little bit unrealistic. He has the capability to do that. When I look at the tape, I see him just dominate, and it might not show up in the statistics, but it shows up on the coaches tape where he just dominates a football game." Read more...

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Giants - Cowboys

    Excerpt: "The NFL Live crew makes their picks for the New York Giants at Dallas" WATCH VIDEO



    PTFS Week Eight Picks

    Excerpt: "Week Seven was a very lucky week for yours truly. With an unlucky 13 games on the schedule, I got 12 of them correct, with only a late comeback from the Titans blocking an unprecedented piece of perfection.

    More importantly, MDS and I disagreed on three games. Thanks to the Cowboys, Saints, and Colts, my two-game season-to-date lead has been extended to five games.

    For the year, I’m now 67-37, and MDS is 62-42.

    MDS will join Thursday’s PFT Live to discuss this week’s picks. There will be no gloating.

    At least not by him.


    MDS’s take
    : Completing a season sweep of the Giants would go a long way toward getting the Cowboys into playoff contention, but I don’t see it happening. The Cowboys’ defense will miss linebacker Sean Lee, Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have a big day, and the Giants will improve to 4-0 all time at Cowboys Stadium.

    MDS’s pick
    : Giants 31, Cowboys 20.

    Florio’s take
    : The Cowboys aren’t nearly as good as they were in Week One, when they beat the Giants in New Jersey. The Giants are the same, but this time they won’t get complacent.

    Florio’s pick
    : Giants 35, Cowboys 27."











    3TFO: Giants @ Cowboys, Week 8

    Excerpt: "The first NFC East rematch of the year finds the New York Giants traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. After sweeping their division rivals in the last month of the 2011 season, the Cowboys were again able to upset the reigning Super Bowl Champions on opening night seven weeks ago.

    The Cowboys own a 3-3 record and have not played another divisional opponent yet. They, like many teams around the league, have suffered some devastating injuries (including stud linebacker Sean Lee). There’s also been problems that have plagued Dallas before this season, including clock management issues that helped them walk out of Baltimore with a lose despite rushing for over 225 yards.

    The Giants are much better off, with a 5-2 record, but those two losses came against the Cowboys and another divisional rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. They were able to finally win an NFC East game last week at home versus the RG3-led Washington Redskins, but they needed a 77-yard TD pass — where two DBs inexplicably let Victor Cruz run by them untouched — to secure that victory.

    Both defenses usually suffer when Eli Manning and Tony Romo faceoff. Thus, expect an entertaining and high-scoring affair this Sunday." Read more...





    Ron Cries Foul Over Rex Story

    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 10-27-2012, 12:37 PM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    thanks ro


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      Originally posted by derekunion28 View Post
      thanks ro
      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


      • #4
        Thanks bro.

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


        • #5
          Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
          Thanks bro.
          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
            I try to avoid personalities in posts, but Rob Ryan is a blowhard.

            Thanks and hoping for a solid performance tomorrow.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
              I try to avoid personalities in posts, but Rob Ryan is a blowhard.

              Thanks and hoping for a solid performance tomorrow.
              You are being too kind
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


              • #8
                thanks as always Roanoke!


                • #9
                  1 more day...
                  "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
                  You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GameTime View Post
                    1 more day...
                    Can't wait. I am hoping Nicks/Cruz breaks their back
                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                    • #11
                      Thanks Roanoke, think its going to be a great game!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Captain Chaos View Post
                        Thanks Roanoke, think its going to be a great game!
                        Here's hoping
                        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                        • #13
                          Thanks RF !
                          " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by G-Men Surg. 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