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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Perry Fewell knew Cam Newton was a franchise quarterback in his first preseason game
Excerpt: "The Giants played the Panthers in their first preseason game last year. That was also Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's first live NFL action, and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell came away convinced that the 2011 No. 1 overall pick was a special player.
"We opened up with them, and after that game I said he was a franchise quarterback," Fewell said today.
"The reason I said that was because I thought he had great poise for a rookie quarterback. We pressured him a lot in that first preseason game, and he seemed to handle it, and he seemed like if he missed the pass, he knew what his read was, he knew where to go with the football, he just missed the throw. He was determined that he was going to make it right." Read more...
Giants dealing with key injuries
Excerpt: "With only three days between their Week 2 win against the Buccaneers on Sunday and their Week 3 date with the Panthers in Charlotte, there isn't much time for the Giants to recuperate. And they could sure use more time.
Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), Domenik Hixon (concussion) and David Diehl (knee) all didn't practice this week and although Tom Coughlin was short on details today he did indicate their chances of playing Thursday are slim.
"We're holding out against all odds that they're going to feel better, but we're taking it day-to-day," Coughlin said when asked about Hixon and Diehl's status." Read more...
A look back at the Giants 41 - 34 win against the Buccaneers
Excerpt: "The moment of relief came in the Giants’ post-game locker room.
They had just pulled off an impressive comeback in wild fashion
to defeat the Buccaneers, 41-34, and coachTom Coughlin
did not hide how proud he was of his players. He told them they could make the necessary corrections, as long as they keep playing with their hearts.
“The second half you did not believe you were out of it,” Coughlin said, via video posted on Giants.com
, “and you won a football game that most would have said was gone.”
And then, as his players came in to break down the huddle, he said, “We are 1-1, now. Thank God.”
There you have it. The defending Super Bowl Giants were on the brink of starting their season 0-2, until a brilliant fourth quarter in which Eli Manning
passed for 243 yards and the Giants scored 25 points. And yes, they were relieved." Read more...
Giants' Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon not practicing today
Excerpt: "Today is the Giants' only day of full practice before they travel to Charlotte tomorrow and four players aren't participating.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), RT David Diehl (knee) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) all left Sunday's game due to injury and the three weren't at practice during the portion open to the media.
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) was in attendance, but was riding a stationary bike. Nicks, who battled through obvious pain to catch 10 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only practiced once last week (Thursday) and will likely be limited between games for the entire season.
On Monday, Tom Coughlin couldn't provide any details on Bradshaw and Hixon because the players had just reported to the training room. And he could only confirm that Diehl had an MCL injury. We'll know more when Coughlin addresses the media after practice at about 1:30 p.m." Read more...
Giants are concerned their secondary is giving up too many big plays
Excerpt: "As the Giants accumulated a whopping 604 yards of total offense Sunday, second in franchise history, long pass plays came with ease. Eli Manning and his targets rattled off eight passes of 20 yards or more — five in the fourth quarter — fueling their 41-34 win against Tampa Bay.
But, there was a flip side.
“They certainly made their share of big plays as well,” coach Tom Coughlin said of the Buccaneers, “which is naturally a concern for us.”
The Giants pass defense, from the rush to coverage in the secondary, has been under the microscope through the first two weeks of the season. Up front, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul have just one sack and one hit between the three of them. On the back end, the secondary has been thinned by injuries and victimized by long pass plays." Read more...
Just the facts: A clcoser look at ELi Manning's first 500 yard game
Excerpt: "Sunday at MetLife Stadium, Eli Manning was elite -- especially in the end.
Prior to rallying the Giants for a 41-34 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a superlative fourth quarter, his day was frustrating at best. He had thrown three interceptions, one that was taken back for a touchdown, and the Giants trailed, 27-16.
Still, Manning responded with his ninth come-from-behind victory in the past two seasons, completing 31 of his 51 passes for a career-high 510 yards. Only twice before had Manning attempted more passes (53 in a 2005 loss at the Seahawks and a 2007 loss vs. the Redskins). And he has completed more passes only three times before (34 in 2010 vs. the Titans, and 33 twice).
His 243 passing yards in the final 15 minutes were more than Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Matt Schaub (Texans), Matthew Stafford (Lions) and Christian Ponder (Vikings) threw for in their Week 2 games." Read more...
Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, Domenik Hixon not practicing for Giants
Excerpt: "With a short week, the Giants held just a walk-through today and listed six players as non-participants.
Hakeem Nicks (foot) had 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers but he was also in pain down the stretch and came up limping after a couple plays. He's likely to see plenty of rest in the leadup to Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), David Diehl (knee) and Domenik Hixon (concussion) all were listed as not participating after leaving Sunday's game." Reda more..
Giants' Andre Brown practices more patience in career day against Buccaneers
Excerpt: "Andre Brown's patience has been relentlessly tested since the Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 draft.
He's dealt with a significant Achilles injury, numerous cuts from rosters and a stint on the Giants practice squad -- a dizzying journey through the NFL that he admits left him wondering if professional football was for him.
So it was fitting that his patience was tested yet again when he finally got an opportunity out of the backfield in a regular season game." Read more...
Corey Webster says Giants' DBs need to be more aggressive with receivers
Excerpt: "Cornerback Corey Webster hopes the Giants can eliminate some of the big plays they've been giving up on defense, including five passes of 20 yards or more in Sunday's 41-34 win against Tampa Bay
How do they go about doing that? Webster said he thinks it will help if the defensive backs play more aggressively at the line of scrimmage." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In Giants' lockerroom, confidence in Eli Manning is at an all time high
Excerpt: "The second the door was closed behind his players at halftime on Sunday, Tom Coughlin
began his pep talk. Normally he’d wait until halftime was almost over, but this time he wanted to jump on them early. This time he wanted to be sure.“
I wanted to make sure that everybody understood we were two scores down and we had overcome this before,” Coughlin said on Monday morning. “The chanting and the little chirping from the players all indicated that they felt that way. It’s not like we hadn’t been here before."
If there’s one thing Coughlin should know by now, it’s that nothing seems to fluster his resilient team. The players never feel out of a game. They never think the hole they’ve dug is too deep. They never feel like they’re not going to win until the moment the clock strikes 0:00.
They have been there before and they know they can get out of trouble.
That’s the confidence they get out of having Eli Manning
on their side.Just look at what the franchise quarterback did on Sunday afternoon as he rallied the Giants from a 14-point deficit to a wild, 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He shook off three horrible first-half interceptions — all of which resulted in Tampa touchdowns — and threw for 295 yards in the second half alone, 243 yards in the fourth quarter and an impossible 229 yards in the final 7 minutes and 41 seconds." Read more...
Even after win, Giants have secondary concerns
Before everything went so right for the Giants’ explosive offense in Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs, it had all gone so horribly wrong for Big Blue’s secondary.And on Monday morning, long after the euphoria of Eli Manning’s latest comeback victory had settled, all the breakdowns and errors and miscues were on the mind of Giants cornerback Corey Webster.
“I think we gave up too many big plays, and that’s what we tried to eliminate from opposing team’s offense,” Webster said. “I think we did a great job of trying to correct some of those mistakes, but we still have a long way to go.” Read more...
NY Giants, playing on three days rest against Carolina Panthers, pay the price of NFL Network's schedule expansion
Excerpt: "After the Giants Jekyll-and-Hyded their way to a 41-34 win Sunday, a reporter asked Tom Coughlin how frustrating his team’s September schedule is, including the quick turnaround to prepare for Thursday night’s meeting with Carolina on the road.
“Ask me Friday morning,” Coughlin answered.
All that hot air blown by Coughlin, and the media, at Bucs coach Greg Schiano for not calling the dogs off after Eli Manning went into the victory formation should be redirected at Roger Goodell and NFL owners for expanding their NFL Network schedule from eight to 13 games.
Fans may see these games as a tasty appetizer for Sunday’s main course, but the NFLN schedule compromises legitimate competition. For NFL executives and owners, this is a small price to pay in return for increased subscriber fees, enticing cable operators to carry NFLN and lifting the value of a network they are heavily invested in.
" Read more...Andre Brown, after breakout game against Buccaneers, looks to build on success with Giants against Panthers
Excerpt: "All along, Andre Brown said, he knew he just needed "a shot." And now that he's made the most of his first opportunity, the Giants tailback can't help but wonder if his next carry will come as a starting tailback in a homecoming of sorts.
The surprise rushing star of Sunday's come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Bucs said Monday that he would relish the chance to start when the Giants visit the Carolina Panthers on Thursday. He doesn't know if it will happen, but Brown certainly wouldn't mind.
"It would mean a lot," said Brown, who grew up in North Carolina and played his college ball at N.C. State. "I have a lot of family coming. But we'll find out Thursday." Read more....
Even after win, Giants have secondary concerns
Excerpt: "Before everything went so right for the Giants’ explosive offense in Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs, it had all gone so horribly wrong for Big Blue’s secondary.
And on Monday morning, long after the euphoria of Eli Manning’s latest comeback victory had settled, all the breakdowns and errors and miscues were on the mind of Giants cornerback Corey Webster.“I think we gave up too many big plays, and that’s what we tried to eliminate from opposing team’s offense,” Webster said. “I think we did a great job of trying to correct some of those mistakes, but we still have a long way to go.” Read more...
The Magic Mann does it again for the Giants
Excerpt: "Eli Manning. Wow.
I gave some consideration with just leaving my reaction to the game at that, because after nine seasons of covering him – and writing (and re-writing) a book on him – I don’t know what else there is to say. He looked horrible in the first half with those three interceptions. I was looking up the worst games of his NFL career for a chart we were going to run in Monday’s Daily News.
And then he throws for 295 yards in the second half. He throws for 243 of those in the fourth quarter – exactly the same amount Josh Freeman threw for the entire game. He threw for 229 of those in the final 7:41 on just seven completions and led three touchdown drives to turn a 14-point deficit into a 41-34 win. And he had to lead the Giants back twice.
Like I said, Wow.
Anybody got anything more than that?
“We’ve seen it before,” said defensive end Justin Tuck. “This team doesn’t panic being down. It doesn’t really rattle us much. (Manning) is going to stay in there and throw that ball.
" Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST
Giants' coach "hoping against all odds" Diehl, Bradshaw and Hixon can play
Excerpt: "Cornerback Prince Amukamara practiced Tuesday and said he expects to play Thursday, but the bigger story for the Giants was who didn't make it on the field.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks rode an exercise bike on the sidelines as he nursed a sore foot, while offensive tackle David Diehl (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and wideout Domenik Hixon (concussion) all were missing as the Giants held their only full practice of the week before the trip to Carolina for Thursday night's matchup with the Panthers." Read more...
With cousin's guidance, Giants' Andre Brown caps journey with stellar Big Blue debut
Excerpt: "More than 500 miles south of MetLife Stadium, at a Buffalo Wild Wings in North Carolina, a grown man sat with his family on Sunday watching the Giants play the Buccaneers on a big screen television and weeping.
Wesley Studivant was watching a reserve running back for the Giants named Andre Brown make his first significant NFL carries — after more than three years of living a vagabond existence in the league — and it moved him to tears because that running back was his cousin, kid brother and son all wrapped up in a 6-foot, 227-pound frame.
Eleven years ago, Studivant, as a 21-year-old college junior at East Carolina, became Brown’s guardian when Brown was 14. Brown’s single mother thought her son would have a better life away from the mean streets of Baltimore, where she lived." Read more...
Big Blue getting comfortable as comeback kids
Coach Tom Coughlin stood in the center of the Giants locker room Sunday, surrounded by his players after their improbable 41-34 comeback win over the Buccaneers, and told them: “You went out and won a football game that most would have said was gone. We are 1-1 now. Thank God.’’
Giants fans everywhere likely knelt before their beds Sunday night and gave thanks to the victory in a game that, well into the third quarter, looked like the Giants had no business winning.
Sure, the Giants have been 0-2 before and prospered. History will remind you they were 0-2 at the start of the 2007 season and went on to win the Super Bowl that year. Fresher in everyone’s minds is the 7-7 hole they were mired in last year before mounting their Super Bowl run." Read more...
Giants' secondary concern
If the Giants needed a wake-up call after their victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday, they likely got it when they turned on the film of the Panthers’ 35-27 triumph over the Saints.
What they saw was Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, whom they will face Thursday night in Charlotte, throwing for 253 yards and running for a career-high 71 to spark an offense that generated 463 total yards. They also saw wide receiver Steve Smith needing just three pass receptions to gain 104 yards, an average of 34.7 yards per catch.
Those numbers have to be cause for concern because, as much as the Giants felt good about outlasting the Buccaneers 41-34 at MetLife Stadium, they can’t be happy with a secondary that looks vulnerable to Newton’s big play antics." Read more...
"Miracle" man Herm: In a close game, all bets are off
Excerpt: "Always play to the whistle. That was the mantra of Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano on Sunday, which led to his team bull-rushing the Giants on the game’s final play, when Big Blue was simply trying to kneel with the ball and kill the rest of the clock in its 41-34 triumph.
Giants fans of a certain age vividly remember the afternoon of Nov. 19, 1978, when “The Fumble” suddenly and immediately became one of the darkest chapters in team lore. In a game the Giants were about to win, having only to kneel on the ball to secure a victory over the Eagles, quarterback Joe Pisarcik instead attempted to hand the ball off to Larry Csonka. The ball hit Csonka’s hip and popped loose, and was picked up by Eagles defensive back and future Jets coach Herm Edwards and returned for a stunning touchdown and an equally-stunning 19-17 Philadelphia win at Giants Stadium." Read more...
Coughlin remains peeved at Schiano
One night’s sleep later, coach Tom Coughlin remained steamed at Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano for ordering his players to bust up the Giants’ end-game kneel-down “victory formation’’ on the last play of Sunday’s 41-34 win.
When informed the obvious — the NFL’s confirmation neither Schiano’s order nor the execution of the bull-rush of the unsuspecting Giants’ offensive line was illegal — Coughlin said, “That’s up to the NFL. I said what I said and I believe it to be accurate with regard to the number of years I’ve been in this league. I’ve said my piece about it.’’
ESPN'S Jaworski: Giants should stop "whining" over final play
Tom Coughlin owes Greg Schiano an apology,” ESPN analyst and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski said on ESPN this morning.
“I’m disappointed in the response. The Giants mantra has always been ‘Finish, Finish, finish’ . . . I don't want to hear Eli and Coughlin whining.” Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Giants' report card: Week 2
Excerpt: "Running game: B-plus
After some early hiccups, including the reconfiguration of the offensive line following RT David Diehl’s first-quarter knee injury, the Giants found their way on the ground. Even more impressive was the fact that Andre Brown (13 carries, 71 yards, TD) stepped in for Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and provided the type of north-south running this team has been missing for a while. Rookie David Wilson dropped a pass early and only got two carries. FB Henry Hynoski played well again in protection." Read more...
Week 2: Giants' replay
Star of the game
Remarkable how quickly Eli Manning went from goat with three first-half interceptions to hero with two touchdown passes in the game’s final 6:48 to lead the Giants back from a fourth-quarter deficit to victory for the 23rd time. The two-time Super Bowl MVP finished 31-for-51 with three scores and 510 yards, 3 yards less than Phil Simms’ club single-game record set in 1985." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Banged up: Giants joined by Cowboys and Redskins at injury parade
he New York Giants
added David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon to their list of injured players, but Big Blue's division rivals have some injury concerns of their own with big names like Brian Orakpo,Jeremy Maclin
and Gerald Sensabaugh leading a long list of injured Dallas Cowboys
Redskins andPhiladelphia Eagles
We've talked about how the Giants will replace Bradshaw and Diehl (and we'll have more on Hixon later today) in the short-and-maybe-long-term, but let's take a look around the division at other team's key injuries. There are big names and not-so-big names, but each team has their share of problems." Read more...
Giants' secondary having trouble early, but all is not lost
Excerpt: "The New York Giants secondary has had its fair share of troubles through the first two weeks, allowing Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to put up 307 yards and three touchdowns in the air in Week one and a pair of 41-yard touchdowns to Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Perhaps the Giants thinnest position given the health concerns and lack of experience, there's still hope. Ever the optimists, we here at Giants 101 have five ways the Giants pass defense can improve." Read more...
Poor Eli Manning: NFL regular season week 2
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.
In Sunday's 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Manning threw for a career-high 510 yards and notched yet another 4th quarter comeback win. He also tossed three touchdowns and completed 61% of his passes, but his three first half interceptions are what dug the Giants a huge hole in the first place." Read more...
Giants vs. Buccaneers: NFL week 2 game analysis
Excerpt: "In arguably the most thrilling game of the young 2012 NFL season, the New York Giants dug themselves out of a huge halftime hole led by Eli Manningand improved to 1-1 with a 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eli Manning threw for an eye popping 510 yards after throwing three first half interceptions. In classic Eli Manning fashion, he once again shook off a rough start and absolutely dismantled the Tampa Bay secondary in the second half, capping the game with a four play, 80 yard touchdown drive to put the Giants ahead for good.
It's as simple as that. Even after the pick six Eli Manning threw right before the half, there was a sense, a feeling that the game just was not over. Not with Eli Manning at quarterback, not when the Giants are playing. Tom Coughlin has instilled fight to the finish with this football team, and you just knew Eli Manning was going to make some kind of run down the stretch. And the run the Giants made overwhelmed Tampa Bay. Good response from the defense, and an even better one by Manning and the Giants passing attack. Also credit Andre Brown who made some big runs to get the Giants offense going in that second half. " Read more...
NY Giants' news and notes: Movin' on to Carolina edition
Excerpt: "Good morning, .New York Giants' fans! Here are sine links." Read more...
Domenik Hixon injury opens up[ early opportunity for Randle, golden one for Barden
Excerpt: "For the New York Giants, one of the worst parts of Sunday's 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the concussion suffered by Domenik Hixon. Hixon missed practice on Monday and while we have no update other than that he's "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers, we'd presume the short week means it's unlikely he'll play.
And as is our unfortunate duty around here, let's take a look at how the Giants patch the hole. Next two guys up: Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle." Read more...
Banged up: Giants will look for silver lining in injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl
Excerpt: "The New York Giants watched a gaggle of players limp from the field during their 41-34 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, key among them Ahmad Bradshaw (strained neck) and David Diehl(MCL), whose injury sounds like it will cost him a few games at there very least while Bradshaw is likely to miss at least Thursday night's matchup with Cam Newtown and the Carolina Panthers.
The old blessing in disguise may be a long running joke around Giants 101, but the Giants may have a chance for just that in Bradshaw and Diehl's replacements. No one is saying the Giants are better off without these guys – they're certainly light years better than the guys you'd sign off the street or practice squad to replace them – but things started clicking when Andre Brown and William Beatty entered the game against the Bucs. Which begs the question:
Are the backups capable of better production right now?" Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Giants vs. Buccaneers , game rewind
As you guys know, the NFL has now made 'All-22' coaches film available via its 'Game Rewind' package. So, each week we will try to review the All-22 film and see if it leads us to any different impressions than we had in 'Kudos & Wet Willies
,' or if we notice anything else interesting.
Gi8ants - Panthers Injury Report
A caveat. I am a writer, not a full-fledged NFL analyst. I didn't play college football and I won't pretend to be able to break down film like an NFL coach or analyst paid to do that for a living. What I can, and will, do is use the All-22 and the Pro Football Focus data to try and give you a better understanding, from my vantage point, of what might be going on with the Giants." Read more...
Excerpt: "The New York Giants
are facing a long list of injuries and a short week heading into their Thursday night game with the Carolina Panthers
. RB Ahmad Bradshaw
(neck) and WRHakeem Nicks
(foot) were among the Giants who did not participate in practice on Tuesday. Nicks was likely just resting his sore foot and is expected to play, but the status of Bradshaw and OT David Diehl
, who also sat out practice is unknown. CB Prince Amukamara
(ankle) was a limited participant in practice and the Giants hope he can see his first action of the season on Thursday in Charlotte.Full injury report from Tuesday below:" Read more...
NFL power rankings, Giants, mostly, in top 10
Yes, I know. NFL Power Rankings mean about as much to you guys as, well, as whatever you want to fill in the blank with. And keep that to yourself, incidentally! But, here is a quick roundup of where the New York Giants
stand in power rankings released from SB Nation and a variety of other sources.
[Related: Eli Manning New York Player Of The Week]SBNation.com has the Giants ranked No. 9 this week, actually falling three spots. Joel Thorman explains:Yes, they drop three spots after winning a game because I had them ranked a little too high to begin with. Eighth is a good spot for them. Good but not consistently great this season.SB Nation New York has the Giants at No. 11. Which is a lot better than 17, where they were a week ago.Other rankings from around the Inter-Google:" Read more...
The top 5: NY Giants single-game passing yard leaders
Excerpt: "Eli Manning had a game for the ages in the New York Giants' 41-34 win over theTampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. He is only the 13th quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 500 yards. Those quarterbacks only went 7-6 in those games, which is not too surprising since teams are usually losing if they have to throw that much. What may be a little surprising, though, is the fact that the Giants, who have mainly been known for their defense and power running game, are the only team to have as many as three quarterbacks in the 500-yard club. Here are the Top 5 passing-yard games in Giants history:" Read more...
Andre Brown: How big a role going forward?
What should the New York Giants
make of the excellent -- and surprising -- work by running back Andre Brown
in Sunday's 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pressed into duty when Bradshaw suffered a sprained neck, Brown had the game of his career -- 13 carries, 71 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
"He did well," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "He ran hard, he ran fast, he really had a chance to break a couple. I thought maybe he was coming out there with one of them and he caught the ball out of the backfield well and knew to get north and south and took care of the ball and I think for the first time he's had that kind of exposure and play time, I thought he came through it well." [Full transcript]Question is, was this a cameo for Brown? Was it a one-time, feel-good performance for a guy who has had a vagabond career since the Giants drafted him in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and had amassed one career carry prior to Sunday? Will he just recede into the background again once Bradshaw is healthy and as first-round draft pick David Wilson develops? Or, was it a sign of things to come? Was it an indication that the 6-foot, 240-pound 25-year-old is finally ready to really help the Giants? Could he really play a key role?" Read more...
NY Giants' roster power rankings: Rating the players form 1 - 53
Here are your weekly 2012 New York Giants' Roster Power Rankings. We started this a week ago, and it seems like it was well received, so we will keep doing it.
After the jump you will see a good bit of shuffling. Including some moves up and down the board that seemed pretty unlikely before Sunday's game."
1. Eli Manning -- Maybe you were ready to argue about this after his three-interception first half on Sunday. Now? After a career-best 510-yard passing performance in a rousing 41-34 come-from-behind victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers there is no argument. LW: 1
2a. Hakeem Nicks -- After a 10-catch, 199-yard performance that showcased determination as well as raw ability Nicks moves up the ladder. LW: 5
2b. Victor Cruz -- In all honesty you can't really separate Cruz from Nicks. They help each other, and they help Manning and the Giants. An 11-catch, 179-yard game for Cruz on Sunday re-affirmed how special he is. LW: 3
4. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Didn't so much move down this week as Nicks and Cruz moved up. LW: 2
5. Antrel Rolle -- The play he made knocking the ball out of Mike Williams' hands toward the end of the game Sunday might have been a game-saver. LW: 9" Read more...
Tom Coughlin: Giants vs. Buccaneers conference call
The day after the New York Giants
defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, 41-34, Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not back off his post-game criticism of Buccaneers' coach Greg Schiano over the game's final play.
"It's up to the NFL. I said what I said and I believe it to be accurate with regards to the number of years that I've been in this league and I've said my piece about it," Coughlin said.Here is more from Coughlin's Monday conference call:" Read more...
Giants vs. Buccaneers: Learning from the snap counts
Excerpt: "Here are a few things we can note from the snap counts data now provided by the NFL as part of the Game Book summary.
Giants offensive plays -- 84
Buccaneers offensive plays -- 53
OffenseMartellus Bennett (83) -- Missed only one of the Giants' 84 offensive plays.Will Beatty (70) -- Took over at left tackle after David Diehl went down with a knee injury.Andre Brown (53) -- That's mroe snaps than he had played in his NFL career up to that point. He will get more.Ramses Barden (47) -- Clear choice for the No. 3 receiver spot once Domenik Hixon went down with a concussion. Reuben Randle played only three snaps on offense.David Wilson (6) -- Umm, he might be "a little bit" out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse. But, he is still on a very short leash. And dropping an easy pass that pretty much killed a drive won't help." Read more...
Ahmad Bradshaw does not practice Tuesday
Eli Manning: "I guess certain teams you might say 'hey watch out for the cheap shot'"
Excerpt: "New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was furious at Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano on a cheap shot at trying to get the ball back during a kneel down in last Sunday’s match up. Tampa went low on the Giants offensive linemen in an attempt to put a hit on quarterback Eli Manning. In NFL circles, there is a code for conduct. You don’t smack the back of a losing coach in celebration (Jim Harbaugh), or run up the score (Bill Belichick), or try to force a fumble when a team is about to close out the game on a kneel down. Coughlin is as old school as it gets, so he knows the unspoken rules of engagement. However, hot shot newbie Schiano wants to start a new set of rules: “Guard your grill at all times,” Coughlin barked at the first year head coach. Manning talked about the situation on WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa:" Read more...
Giants-Bucs: Hits, Misses, and Musings
Excerpt: "The Giants’ comeback against the Bucs was certainly inspiring, but not as inspiring as the comeback of running back André Brown.
Think about it for a moment. There are so many talented people out there who are just itching for a chance, but who never really get it because either they don’t know the right people or there’s someone more established in front of them.
But if you believe in yourself, and you take advantage of the opportunities you do get, good things can happen to you, as Brown found out this week.
Here is a former fourth round draft pick who, in his rookie season, suffered a torn Achilles. He bounced around the league, stopping with four teams before landing back with the Giants. And even then, there was some question about his ability to grasp an NFL playbook after he was inconsistent during spring practices.
But Brown was patient. He put in hard work on the practice squad, and although he was never called upon last year, even as the running game struggled, he waited. And this week, his big opportunity came up and lo and behold, a star seems to have been born.
It’s only one game and there’s a chance that Brown, if he starts, could go back to obscurity if the Panthers figure out a way to stop the Giants’ run. The point is that if you’ve ever doubted yourself in a situation where you know you had the goods to get a job done, but the opportunities to show people just weren’t coming for you, by having a little patience and sticking to your craft, eventually something is going to go your way." Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Nicks ready for homecoming
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks is still dealing with some soreness in his right foot, but, if it's up to him, the nagging injury won't keep him from the field Thursday.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Nicks said. "I just have to keep taking it day by day and (Wednesday) should feel a little bit better and then Thursday will be game time."
Thursday will also be a homecoming of sorts for Nicks, who grew up in Charlotte and played college football at North Carolina.
He'll play his first career regular season game in Carolina, and expects to have several family members at the game. He says he grew up a Panthers fan, looking up to diminutive wideout Steve Smith for the heart Smith showed on the field.
Nicks is eager to play against his childhood idol and in front of friends and family on Thursday night." Read more...
Howard: Giants pass rush missing in action
They spoke about starting this season as devastatingly effective as they ended last season -- back when the three of them were finally healthy, just in time, and they became the most awesome thing about the Giants' startling Super Bowl run besides Eli Manning
. But now, with two weeks already gone in this new NFL season and elusive Carolina Panthers
quarterback Cam Newton
looming next on Thursday, the Giants' defense is stuck asking itself the last question it expected to have to confront: Where in the world has their pass rush been?
Or, even more specifically than that, how much longer is their Pro Bowl defensive-end threesome of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul going to be held in check?" Read more...
Prince optimistic about playing this week
Excerpt: "Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara hopes to suit up this Thursday against Carolina.
After sitting out Sunday's win over Tampa with a high ankle sprain, Amukamara's status for the Giants' Week 3 matchup against the Panthers is up in the air.
"I'm very optimistic (about playing)," the second-year CB said. "I hope this is the week but, if not, we have another break at the end of this week."
Amukamara participated in Tuesday's practice on a limited basis. The Giants will hold a walk-through on Wednesday before they fly to Charlotte, so his availability may be a game-time decision.
Rookie Jayron Hosley started in place of Amukamara while also handling slot receivers on three-wide sets against Tampa.
Amukamara said he's been splitting reps with Michael Coe and Hosley in practice. Coe was limited on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. " Read more...
Giants' Justin Tuck rips Tampa Bay Buccaneers knee ploy
Excerpt: "New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said he would not dive at an opponent's knees on a victory formation kneel down even if he were ordered to by his coach.
Tuck won't forget what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did when they tried to rush and cause a turnover as the Giants were kneeling down at the end of their 41-34 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday."I am trying to be politically (correct)," Tuck said Tuesday. "I thought it was a classless play. That is how you get guys hurt. I have been in this league for eight years and that is the first time that I've ever seen that. There have been guys that's been in here a lot longer than I have and that is the first time they have seen it." Read more...
Giants' Tom Coughlin argues Tampa Bay Buccaneers Greg Schiano's cheap shot at Eli Manning
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin got heated with Greg Schiano after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
' first-year coach told his players to knock Eli Manning
to the ground as the franchise quarterback took a knee on the final play of the game.
Coughlin sought out Schiano on the field following the New York Giants' 41-34 victory and yelled at the former Rutgers coach.
"I don't think you do that at this level," Coughlin said after the game. "You don't do that in this league. You don't jeopardize the offensive line, you [don't] jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn't get anybody hurt, that I know of, a couple of linemen were late coming in [after end of game]." Read more...
Drive of the fame, Barden, Brown step up
Excerpt: "The Giants mounted plenty of memorable drives Sunday against the Buccaneers -- particularly in the fourth quarter, when they put up 25 points.
But in choosing the Drive of the Game, we had to go with the final one -- which delivered the game-winning points in a 41-34 victory.
It wasn't a time-consuming drive, that's for sure. The Giants started on their own 20-yard line with 1:58 remaining in regulation. Eli Manning immediately hooked up with Ramses Barden -- filling in for the injured Domenik Hixon -- on a 24-yard completion.
Following a false start penalty on Sean Locklear, Manning then connected with Hakeem Nicks on a 50-yard catch and run, taking the Giants all the way down to the Tampa Bay 11. " Read more...
Giants' Brown savors new stardom
Excerpt: "On Sunday morning, Andre Brown
arrived at MetLife Stadium preparing to play special teams.
By Monday morning, the New York Giants running back found himself on a conference call, talking to reporters about his 71-yard rushing performance in place of the injured Ahmad Bradshaw.
"Me on the phone with you guys, it's still like, 'Wow,'" Brown said. "I'm still taken aback by all of it."There's a chance that on Thursday night, Brown could make the first start of his NFL career against theCarolina Panthers. The Giants don't have much time before their next game. Considering the Giants kept Bradshaw out for most of the game against Tampa Bay with a neck injury, Bradshaw might not be able to play Thursday, although he did watch the rest of the game on the sideline." Read more...
Coughlin: Wait and see on Prince
Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin said Prince Amukamara still had "some issues" last week with his high ankle sprain but is hoping the cornerback can help on Thursday against Carolina.
Coughlin said Amukamara will have to show in practice on Tuesday that he is a little stronger and he might have to play through some pain. Amukamara has been sidelined by a high ankle sprain since Aug. 24.
"We'll see," Coughlin said. "He did work last week, as everybody knows, and he did have one really good day ... (and) a couple of days where we had some issues, so we'll see how he is having been able to rest here.
"Hopefully he'll be a little bit stronger," Coughlin added. "Maybe perhaps play with a minimal amount of pain. We'll just have to see." Read more...
NFC East Spin Cycle: Week 2
Excerpt: "After successful Week One games, both the Redskins and Cowboys fell back to earth in Week Two. The Giants roared back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter behind You Know Who and avoided an 0-2 start before a quick turnaround this Thursday. And the heart-attack Eagles won yet another strange one-point game in the fourth quarter.
What we learned: No game is ever over when Eli Manning is on the field. The game’s most clutch fourth-quarter QB until proven otherwise, Manning led a furious, 14-point comeback by throwing for an insane 243 of his career-high 510 yards and producing 25 points in the final 15 minutes. He has two of the game’s best wideouts in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, who combined for 378 of those yards and two TDs in a stirring comeback against a game Buccaneers team that controlled the action most of the first three quarters. It’s too soon to sound alarm bells about the Giants’ defense because starting slowly has been their modus operandi in several of the past few years, and they have two Super Bowl titles during that span. We’ll reserve judgment for now.
What’s in store next: The Giants have a quick, somewhat nasty turnaround at Carolina on Thursday and could be doing so without RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), ORT Dave Diehl (knee) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion). Facing Cam Newton and the Panthers’ diverse run game, coming off a banner afternoon against the Saints, is no easy task. The Giants must prepare for the read-option series (with two days to practice against it), and the ends probably can’t fire off the line looking to make up for the fact they have one combined sack in two games. Offensively, it could be Andre Brown doing the running again; he provided a spark in Sunday’s win with several of his 71 rushing yards coming after contact.
What the heck? After a wild game that came down to the final minute, all anyone is talking about is the final play of the game and aftermath. With the Giants taking a final kneeldown to effectively end the game, the victory formation turned into a pushing match. The Buccaneers, believing the game was not over, tried to force a bad snap or fluky fumble by shoving the Giants’ front, which had given itself up at that point and Manning was knocked to the turf. Tom Coughlin did not like it at all, despite no one getting hurt from it, and he told Bucs head coach Greg Schiano as much during the postgame greeting. Nothing, it appears, is automatic in the NFL anymore. Schiano wasn’t apologizing afterward; he told the media this is how he coaches his teams to play. This story won’t go away." Read more...
NFL has looked at victory formation in the past, could look at it again
Excerpt: "Greg Schiano’s plan for crashing the victory formation party falls squarely within the rules. And it’s clear that the rules currently permit a defense to pin their ears back when the quarterback otherwise plans to pin his knee to the turf.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has considered in the past possibly revising the rules to prevent defenses from teeing off in such situations. It was determined, however, that it was impossible to draw lines between when the game is truly over from the perspective of a coach or a player. Though in many respects it’s a “know it when you see it” proposition, in other situations (like when the defense can take the lead or tie the game with one score), the game truly isn’t “over” in the Yogi Berra sense of the word." Read more...
NFL tells Vilma: Williams confirmed you put a bounty on Favre
Replacement refs embarrass NFL on Monday Night Football
Redskins' LB Orakpo, DE Carriker out for season
Eagles lose center Jason Kelce at least 4-6 weeks
Jets turn backs on game that slipped right through their hands