Excerpt: "It's Tuesday, which means the Giants won't practice today, but preparations are well underway for what will be their stiffest test this season. The 49ers have a blemish on their 4-1 record, but they are perhaps currently playing the best football in the league. San Francisco is coming off wins over the Jets and Bills by a combined score of 79-3.

The offense, with the additions of former Giant Mario Manningham and Randy Moss on the outside, has improved substantially since the Giants last faced them in last season's NFC Championship Game. Last week against the Bills, they accumulated 621 yards of total offense. In addition to Manningham, running back Brandon Jacobs may return from a knee injury he suffered in the preseason to take on his former team.

Then there's the stout, physical 49ers defense, which boasts perhaps the league's best front seven and sacked Eli Manning six times in the NFC title game in January.

We'll get into some storylines from out in the Bay Area in this space today and for the rest of the week." Read more...