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    News, notes, rumors, and gossip: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    Fill-In Stevie Brown "Doing My Job" And Creating Big Plays For Giants

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Stevie Brown has made his head coach "the greatest cheerleader in the world."

    Tom Coughlin is not always one to gush. But Brown's performance in the Giants' 29-24 win against the Cowboys Sunday earned its due. The fill-in safety, who has started the past four games for the Giants, delivered three of his team's six takeaways.

    And let us know if you predicted that, eight weeks into the NFL season, the special-teams guy and castoff of three other NFL teams would lead the league with seven takeaways (five interceptions and two fumble recoveries).

    "It means I'm doing my job," said Brown, who this morning was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. "It's not something I'm too satisfied with."

    By doing his job, Brown has helped the Giants to a 6-2 record at the midway point of the season. While the Giants pass defense needs to tighten up after surrendering 437 yards in the air to the Cowboys, Brown has been a ball-hawking presence that has helped offset the absence of Kenny Phillips to an MCL sprain.

    It's a far cry from the last time Phillips was out of the lineup, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2009 season and the defense suddenly sprung a leak.

    C.C. Brown and Aaron Rouse were sub-par fill-ins, but this time around, Stevie Brown has earned praise from his teammates and coaches.

    "I would like to hope this could continue, because it's creating opportunities for us that are so difficult to get when it's simply on your own," Coughlin said. "He's been the guy who has been able to be on the spot and anticipate." Read more...


    Giants-Steelers Still In Line To Play Sunday, Despite Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "The Giants' bid for a fifth consecutive victory is still scheduled for Sunday afternoon, after early indications from the NFL that MetLife Stadium likely will be okay to host a game this weekend." Read more...

    With Giants Up Next, Tomlin Tries To Keep Steelers Focused

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "Mike Tomlin is too preoccupied with finding ways to stop Eli Manning to worry whether the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will affect Sunday's game in New York against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

    "I'm simply focused on the things that are in our control," the Pittsburgh Steelers coach said Tuesday.

    The weather not being among the items under Tomlin's domain. The massive storm brought record flooding and knocked out power to millions throughout the Northeast on Monday night, though even with the cleanup just getting underway the Steelers anticipate there being no changes to Sunday's scheduled 4:25 p.m. kickoff.

    "We're going to proceed with the plans and continue to do so until we hear otherwise," Tomlin said." Read more...


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    NY Giants' First-Half Report Cards: Surprise! Eli Manning Is Team's MVP

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...g-is-teams-mvp

    Excerpt: "The party was still going for the Giants on opening night when the Dallas Cowboys gave the Giants what Tom Coughlin called “a bite out of humble pie.” They embarrassed the defending Super Bowl champions on what should have been their night of celebration.

    Who knew that was exactly what the Giants needed back then?

    “It brings you right back down to earth,” Coughlin said that night. “There won’t be any more blowing smoke up their rear ends. Last year is last year. This year is this year.”

    This year, in fact, took off from there. The Giants have won six of their seven games since then, and came within a missed last-second field goal of winning them all. Eli Manning has played like an MVP at times. The running game has experienced a revival. The defense has had great moments and big turnovers throughout.

    And halfway through the season, the Giants have reasserted themselves as serious contenders to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

    Here are their mid-season grades:" Read more...

    Victor Cruz and NY GIants agree on "Structure" Of New Contract

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...f-new-contract

    Excerpt: "Victor Cruz's much-anticipated long-term contract apparently is close to becoming a reality.

    The Giants star receiver said in an interview on WFAN on Tuesday that his agent and the team have agreed on the "structure" of a new contract. Cruz didn't go into any further details, but it could be a sign that a deal could be done very soon.

    "From what I hear, they’ve just agreed on the structure right now,” Cruz said on WFAN. “And that’s all I’m at liberty to say.
    “Hopefully this leads to the right track and we’ll get it done sooner than later… I’m happy so far, so I can just relax and play some football."

    The 25-year-old Cruz has been seeking a new deal since the end of last season, when he came out of nowhere to set a franchise record with 1,536 receiving yards. He had little leverage though since he won't be an unrestricted free agent until March of 2014." Read more...


    Bondy: Super Snenaky Giants Don't Play Favorites

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1195012

    Excerpt: "This is probably a good time to remind Giant fans, and over-enthusiastic analysts everywhere, that the fortunes of pro football teams can change in the blink of a hurried third-down pass or an ill-timed firearms discharge. The Giants are not sure things for New Orleans, or even probable things.

    If there is another Super Bowl in their near future, it will arrive in its own due time, and likely reveal itself as another February surprise rather than a charted event.

    Boasters beware: The Giants generally don’t achieve Super Bowls in any linear fashion. They fare best when jumping out of the bushes.

    It was only 10 months ago, after all, that the Jets were considered the better team around here. Hard to believe now, considering the divergent paths. But going into their Christmas Eve game last December, the Jets at 8-6 seemed likely headed for a wild card berth after two successive AFC championship appearances.

    The Giants, meanwhile, were dead in the water at 7-7, having dropped five of their last six. Rex Ryan was still calling the Jets, “Kings of New York,” and a lot of us were taking him seriously." Read more...
    Giants - Steelers Game Still On For Sunday

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...-on-for-sunday

    Excerpt: "MetLife Stadium was apparently undamaged by Hurricane Sandy, and the Giants’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers scheduled for the Meadowlands on Sunday is currently still on.

    That could change, of course, due to the widespread destruction and flooding in the area, but as of now the two teams will kickoff as scheduled at 4 p.m. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email that the league will “stay in close touch with public authorities” just in case." Read more...


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    After Slow Start, Giants Might Be NFC's Top Team

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...ZxYaUUoD1o6ccO

    Excerpt: "Through the first three games of the season, the Giants were 1-2, had already lost two games within the NFC East and seemed to be creaking a bit under the weight of the post-Super Bowl experience. With a schedule that might be the most difficult in the league, nagging injuries cropping up all over the roster and a division that looked to be exploding with competition, it figured the Giants would have a long, grueling struggle to get in position to make one of their patented playoff surges.

    Five weeks after they disgusted themselves down in Philadelphia, blowing numerous chances in a 19-17 loss to the Eagles, the Giants are 6-2 and in control of the NFC East, opening up a 2 1/2-game lead on the Eagles and Cowboys and knowing after Sunday’s clash with the Steelers there is a bye week sitting there to rejuvenate them for the stretch run.

    Even though the Falcons are the only undefeated team in the league, it is a growing feeling the Giants can rule the conference since they can beat anyone, anywhere and, interestingly, in almost any manner. They are built to win a shootout or a slugfest, and are able to come from behind or play from ahead. Based on their pedigree and recent history, the Giants know how to fight their way out of a corner, with Eli Manning throwing his way out of it or the on-again, off-again pass rush powering its way through.

    A look back on what’s gone down:" Read more...

    Coughlin, Giants In Familiar Territory

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...cQcfBgAgVzt8bN

    Excerpt: "Here they are again, right back where they almost always are under coach Tom Coughlin, sitting at 6-2 at the midpoint of the season. The Giants, as usual, have positioned themselves for greatness while mindful that nothing is guaranteed and everything is possible.

    “There’s nobody looking at this than anything other than what it is,’’ Coughlin said yesterday as the Giants returned home early yesterday morning ahead of Hurricane Sandy after disposing of the Cowboys 29-24. “We’re very happy to be 6-2. We have a long way to go, we have a lot of work to do to be the team we want to be.’’

    The Giants sit atop the NFC East, holding a 2 1/2 -game lead on the Eagles and Cowboys — quite a cushion, considering they lost their first two division games. This is the third consecutive year and the sixth time in Coughlin’s nine seasons his team is 6-2 at the break. In the previous five 6-2 starts, the Giants went 4-4 or worse four times, including last season (3-5) and in 2007 (4-4). Of course, both those seasons ended in Super Bowl triumphs, making the second-half swoons far more palatable." Read more...

    After Sandy, NFL Preparing For Giants - Steelers Game

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...MNSV7GsbdVdbVL

    Excerpt: "The unprecedented weather that hit the area Monday could force the postponement of the Nets-Knicks opener on Thursday in Brooklyn because of public transportation concerns, but MetLife is more accessible by car and the hope is more public transportation should be restored by the weekend.

    The Giants beat Sandy home from their win in Dallas with a late-night flight on Sunday." Read more...

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    Giants' Report Card: Passing Game C - Minus

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...e_C-minus.html

    Excerpt: "Running game: C

    The Giants were stymied again for the most part by the Cowboys’ defensive front, which this time around also included All-Pro NT Jay Ratliff. Ahmad Bradshaw (22 carries, 78 yards) lost a key fumble that stopped the Giants’ momentum in the second quarter and the Cowboys were able to stem the tide and begin their comeback.

    Passing game: C-minus


    Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz were quick to laud Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for the schemes and coverage that took Eli Manning’s top two weapons out of the game. Nicks and Cruz combined for six catches and 69 yards while Manning did not throw a touchdown pass. A big 29-yard slant from Manning to Nicks on the second play of the fourth quarter led to a Lawrence Tynes field goal that put the Giants ahead to stay." Read more...

    Giants Look Ahead: Vs. Steelers On Sunday

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...on_Sunday.html

    Excerpt: "At MetLife Stadium

    Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

    TV: Ch. 2 Radio: WFAN-AM 660

    Early line: Giants by 3 1/2

    The Giants have seized control of the NFC East with four straight wins, including their last two in the division in heart-stopping fashion. But no one needs to remind Big Blue of their second-half struggles going back eight seasons to when Tom Coughlin took over. Of course, two of those seasons ended in Super Bowl victories. This is an interesting matchup pitting Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, a pair of two-time, Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. The Steelers are doing everything they can to reestablish their place as contenders in the AFC North and the conference." Read more...

    NFL: Steelers Limping Along

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...ing_along.html

    Excerpt: "The Pittsburgh Steelers could be without two starters in their secondary and more when they visit the Giants on Sunday.

    Free safety Troy Polamalu (calf) will miss his third straight game and fifth of this season, coach Mike Tomlin said. Strong safety Ryan Clark has yet to pass his NFL-regulated concussion tests and likely will not practice today, although he posted a Twitter message Sunday night saying he plans to face the Giants.

    In addition, right tackle Marcus Gilbert (knee) will miss his third game in a row, Tomlin said.

    Backup running back Jonathan Dwyer (quad), who has posted back-to-back 100-yard games, will not practice today but is expected to work Thursday. Starting running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) plans to work on the side today as does reserve Isaac Redman (ankle)." Read more...

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    Giants' Stevie Brown Names NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/31/...r-of-the-week/

    Excerpt: "Safety Stevie Brown was a main reason the New York Giants were able todefeat the Dallas Cowboys 29-24 on Sunday, and his effort did not go unrewarded as the NFL named him NFC Defensive Player of the Week for week eight.

    Brown accounted for three takeaways, including two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He also recorded eight tackles and defended two passes." Read more...


    Giants' WR Victor Cruz Will Practice & More From An Afternoon Tea With Tom Coughlin

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/31/...-tom-coughlin/

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants are 6-2 once again, but head coach Tom Coughlinwasn't interested in that as he took the podium for his weekly press conference. Instead, he was first focused on the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, wishing all well. Then, as you might expect, it was down to business.

    The pre-practice injury report included a variety of new faces: David Baas (ankle), Antrel Rolle (concussion), Victor Cruz (calf), Rocky Bernard (quad), Chase Blackburn (hamstring), Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), Bear Pascoe (ankle),Kenny Phillips (knee), Keith Rivers (calf) and Jacquian Williams (knee).Of the players listed, Bradshaw, Pascoe, and Rolle will not practice. The good news is that Phillips, Bernard, Cruz and Baas will.

    And in the event that Phillips is able to return this Sunday against thePittsburgh Steelers, what does that mean for safety Stevie Brown, who won NFC Player of the Week honors?
    "Stevie Brown has had an outstanding run here. We'll find ways to involve all [safeties]," Coughlin said." Read more...

    Giants' Mark Herzlich Expected To Start On Sunday Against Pittsburgh Steelers

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/31/...urgh-steelers/

    Excerpt: "With Chase Blackburn likely sidelined with a hamstring injury, the future is now for the New York Giants. The USA Today reports that Mark Herzlich isexpected to start at middle linebacker for Big Blue on Sunday when they face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Head coach Tom Coughlin all but admitted last week that #58 is being groomed for the starting role; that he's the middle linebacker of the future. However, he also made sure to note that he's learning from one of the smartest guys on the field.
    "I think Mark will be a good middle backer going forward because he’s learning from a good one," Coughlin said. Adding that Blackburn is "most difficult" to force out of the starting job. "His acumen is so sharp. He takes great pride in the communication part of it. Mark has learned a lot from Chase." Read more...


    Steelers' Troy Polamalu and Marcus Gilbert Out For Sunday Against Giants

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/30/...gainst-giants/

    Excerpt: "Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wasted no time revealing the status of both safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert (ankle) on Tuesday, announcing that each player will be out on Sunday against the New York Giants.

    For Polamalu, he will miss his fourth consecutive game, while Gilbert will be out for the third straight week.Tomlin also remained unsure of his running back situation heading into Sunday, as Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) was cleared for limited individual work, but is unlikely to practice until Thursday at the earliest." Read more...

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    NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Giants Near, Not At, The Top

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/3...-week-9-giants

    Excerpt: "Here is a summary of where the New York Giants stand in many of the prominent NFL Power Rankings that were released today. Of course, some of those prominent ones will belong to SB Nation.

    SB Nation New York's Ryan Jones has the Giants sitting at No. 2. Ryan asks:

    Any Giants fans get through this weekend without having a heart attack?

    In Ryan Van Bibber's latest power rankings for SB Nation, he has the Giants as the third-best team in the NFL:
    3. New York Giants (LW: 3, 6-2): Eli Manning has been winning in Dallas since the Cotton Bowl in 2004. He and the Giants own a 4-0 record at Jerry Jones' temple of sprawl." Read more...

    Giants' Roster Power Rankings: Rating The Giants From 1 - 53, Week 9

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/3...ants-from-1-53

    Excerpt: "Here are your New York Giants' roster power rankings for this week. Stevie Brown makes his first appearance in the top 10.

    1. Eli Manning -- He wasn't at his best against Dallas, but he is still the most important Giant. LW: 1

    2. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Moves back to the No. 2 spot after an excellent effort against Dallas. LW: 4

    3. Victor Cruz -- A non-factor Sunday. Probably dropped more balls than he caught. LW: 3

    4. Ahmad Bradshaw -- I truly believe the Giants need to lessen Bradshaw's workload. LW: 3

    5. Linval Joseph -- The guy plays well every single week. LW: 6

    6. Hakeem Nicks -- Still doesn't look like his old self, but he is getting closer.LW: 5

    7. Lawrence Tynes -- He is 24-of-26 and, right now, kicking like a guy who should go to the Pro Bowl. He has won the Giants a couple of games this season by being almost perfect when the offense hasn't been. LW: 12

    8. Stevie Brown -- I can't imagine that Brown stays in the top 10. After Sunday's two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and with what he has done subbing for Kenny Phillips, right now I have to put him in here. LW: 21

    9. Will Beatty -- DeMarcus Ware can make a lot of offensive tackles look bad. Beatty held his own. LW: 7

    10. Michael Boley -- He was the only Giants' defender to play every snap Sunday. That counts for something, right? LW: 8" Read more...

    Giants By The Numbers: Snap Counts, PFF Data

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/3...ounts-pff-data

    Excerpt: "Here is this week's look at the snap counts data and Pro Football Focus scores for the New York Giants. After looking at these I have a question. How did the Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys?

    Pro Football Focus numbers

    Offense (Best)


    Kevin Boothe (+2.7)
    Eli Manning (+2.6)
    Reuben Randle (+2.3)
    Chris snee (+1.2)

    Offense (Worst)


    Victor Cruz (-1.5) ... Targeted eight times, two catches, two drops.
    Sean Locklear (-1.8)
    Ahmad Bradshaw (-1.9) ... His rushing score was -2.5, which means PFF is saying he did not get the yardage that his blocking made available to him.
    David Baas (-3.5)
    Martellus Bennett (-4.1) ... PFF graded Bennett's run-blocking at a poor -3.9 for the day.

    Defense (Best)


    Chris Canty (+3.4) ... I know some of you want him higher in our weekly power rankings. Give it time, it will happen.
    Stevie Brown (+1.9)
    Chase Blackburn (+1.5)
    Jason Pierre-Paul (+1.5)

    Defense (Worst)


    Keith Rivers (-1.3)
    Michael Boley (-1.4)
    Linval Joseph (-1.4)
    Antrel Rolle (-1.5)
    Jayron Hosley (-2.6)
    Justin Tuck (-2.8)" Read more...


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    Giants' Antrel Rolle Going Through Concussion Protocol

    http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescri...l/Default.aspx

    Excerpt: "New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Antrel Rolle will need to pass the league mandated concussion protocol before he can return to the field after displaying concussion-like symptoms in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

    "We're hopeful, confident that he will pass, but we got that in front of us," Coughlin said of Rolle." Read more...

    Tomlin: Clark, Woodley Uncertain For Sunday, Mendenhall Cleared


    http://www.theredzone.org/BlogDescri...d/Default.aspx

    Excerpt: "The Steelers do not know if safety Ryan Clark or outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will be able to play Sunday against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Clark sustained a concussion against the Washington Redskins and Coach Mike Tomlin said he still has to go through a battery of tests this week before it is determined if he can practice or play against the Giants.

    "We will continue to monitor his progress," Tomlin saidtoday during his weekly news conference.

    Woodley aggravated a right hamstring injury against the Redskins that caused him to miss an Oct. 11 game in Tennessee. Tomlin said Woodley's injury "looks more promising" than the hamstring injury sustained by backup linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, whom he said is "questionable" to play against the Giants." Read more...

    Steelers' Anemic Pass Rush On Pace For Fewest Sacks Since 1988

    http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/...#axzz2AahjFhvm

    Excerpt: "There’s no need to think up any catchy sack-related nickname for these Steelers. Blitzburgh, it’s not.

    They suit up an average of 23 players on defense every week, but they have only 12 sacks in seven games. J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans has 9 1⁄2 sacks by himself.

    Jason Worilds (who played nine snaps Sunday against Washington) and Larry Foote lead with three sacks each.

    At their present pace, the Steelers will finish with 27 sacks, the fewest since they had 19 in 1988. The team low for a 16-game season is 18 in 1980.

    “We had only one sack (against the Redskins), but I think we did a great job of putting the pressure on,” outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley said.

    The Giants have 21 sacks, led by Jason Pierre-Paul’s 51⁄2." Read more...

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    Superstorm Does Not Damage MetLife Stadium

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...etlife-stadium

    Excerpt: "The New York subways are scheduled to be closed for the next several days. Airline travel in the northeast has been scrambled. But the Giants will hozst the Steelers on Sunday

    The NFL told the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano the game will be playedat MetLife Stadium as scheduled. There was no damage to the facility from Superstorm Sandy. Vacchiano added that the league will stay in touch with public authorities." Read more...


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    Cruz, Giants Close To New Deal - VIDEO

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8575884

    Excerpt: "Adam Schefter on the Giants and Victor Cruz having a structure in place for a contract extension." WATCH VIDEO

    Victor Cruz: Structure Agreed On

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...reed-extension

    Excerpt: "New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Tuesday that a structure is in place for a contract extension.

    "From what I hear, they've just agreed on the structure right now," Cruz said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN radio. "And that's all I'm at liberty to say."

    Cruz, 25, is making $540,000 in the final season of his current contract. He said last week that his preference is to secure a new deal before the season ends. If that doesn't happen, he will become an unrestricted free agent." Read more...

    Giants' 2012 Mid Term Report Card

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...ewing-big-blue

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants' title defense has gotten off to a strong, and perhaps fortunate, start.

    They are 6-2 at the halfway point and are riding a four-game winning streak. They have dominated at times, such as in their wins over Carolina and San Francisco.

    They've needed dramatic fourth-quarter victories against Washington and Dallas. They've had controversy, like the kneel-down episode with Tampa Bay, and they've also laid an egg, like they did in the season opener.The Giants look like a team that can win it all again, but they are definitely a team capable of lackluster starts and head-scratching losses.In other words, the Giants are where they usually are at this point in the season -- 6-2.The Giants believe they are a better team than what they've shown thus far. They'll certainly get a chance to prove just how good they will be with games remaining against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Washington, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore and Philadelphia.By the time the toughest schedule in the NFL is complete, we'll know just good the Giants really are."We've still got a long way to go," co-owner John Mara said. "And you earn your money in the second half of the season." Click here for Giants' midseason awards »
    Giants Look To Sack Second Half Funk

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...woon-6-2-start

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants are 6-2 yet again at the halfway point of the season.

    And Justin Tuck is worried. Not about how the defending champs are playing, but how they may play in these next few games, given that the history in the Tom Coughlin era hasn't been kind to the Giants after Halloween.
    "What I am worried about is what we have always done," Tuck said. "We've always been 6-2 at the break or 5-2 at the break."

    And then the Giants have a tendency to go into a midseason slump.

    Since 2004, when Coughlin took over, the Giants have started every season 5-2 or better. But they are 32-39 in games from November on.

    Last season, the Giants got off to a 6-2 start only to finish 9-7. They fell into a midseason funk, losing four straight games before waking up and turning their season around.

    Just don't mention anything about a midseason swoon to Coughlin. He grew agitated when asked about the Giants' problems during previous seasons after 6-2 starts and if he will talk to his players about them.

    "Here you go again with the problems that we've gotten into," Coughlin replied. "We're going to talk about the string of four games [losses] last year. We're going to talk about the losses.

    "I'm telling you like I told you before," he continued. "Throughout the course of those games, we played some very, very difficult opponents. We lost by a couple of points here and a couple of points there, with the exception of one game. There's nobody looking at this as anything other than what it is." Read more...

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    Week Eight Power Rankings

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    Excerpt: "[Editor's note: With eight weeks in the books and plenty of talk about midseason MVP, we decided it made sense to devote this weeks' power rankings to the identification of each team's MVP to date. Also, while the addition of Curtis Crabtree has expanded the pool of voters to six, Josh Alper lives in New York and had no power when it was time to tabulate votes.]

    1. Falcons (five first-place votes): Matt Ryan, because he’s the straw that stirs the drink.

    2. Giants: Eli Manning, even though in the first three quarters of some games he could drive a fan to drink.

    3. Texans: J.J. Watt, because he makes quarterbacks feel like they’ve been drinking.


    4. Bears: Jay Cutler, because he’s got the Superfans saying “Da Bears” again before taking a drink.


    5. 49ers: Frank Gore, because without him the offense would sputter.


    6. Packers: Aaron Rodgers, because without him playing well the offense does.


    7. Patriots: Tom Brady, because he’s still Tom Brady.


    8. Broncos: Peyton Manning, because he’s Peyton Manning once again.


    9. Ravens: Ray Rice, because if they don’t use him they are ordinary.


    10. Steelers: Troy Polamalu, because without him they are ordinary." Read more...
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    Steelers Planning On Business As Usual vs. Giants

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/steeler...3617--nfl.html

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    Mike Tomlin is too preoccupied with finding ways to stop Eli Manning to worry whether the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will affect Sunday's game in New York against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

    ''I'm simply focused on the things that are in our control,'' the Pittsburgh Steelers coach said Tuesday.

    The weather not being among the items under Tomlin's domain. The massive storm brought record flooding and knocked out power to millions throughout the Northeast on Monday night, though even with the cleanup just getting underway the Steelers anticipate there being no changes to Sunday's scheduled 4:25 p.m. kickoff.

    ''We're going to proceed with the plans and continue to do so until we hear otherwise,'' Tomlin said.

    Pittsburgh's preparation will not include safety Troy Polamalu, who will miss his third straight game and fifth overall this season due to a strained right calf. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will also sit out while recovering from a right ankle injury.

    The status of safety Ryan Clark and linebacker LaMarr Woodley is a bit more optimistic. Clark left last week's 27-12 win over Washington after sustaining a concussion in the third quarter while Woodley's right hamstring tightened up late in the game.

    Tomlin said Clark's status hasn't changed since Sunday but he will be monitored throughout the week before a decision is made. Woodley will be limited early in the week, as will Jonathan Dwyer." Read more...


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    Excerpt: "After a Week 1 statement-game against the New York Giants, the annual talk continued that maybe this was the year the Dallas Cowboys took the next step toward joining the upper echelon of teams in the NFC. Things haven’t gone as planned since that game as the Cowboys have been very much the same team marred by inconsistent play and untimely turnovers. The trend continued right from the start as they handed the ball to the Giants on three of their first four possessions, in addition to a fumbled punt. New York took advantage to the tune of a 23-0 lead, but the Cowboys battled back with 24 straight points of their own.

    The fourth quarter wasn’t short on drama as Dallas nearly pulled off the miracle upset with wide receiver Dez Bryant just missing a miraculous game-winning touchdown catch. After leaping over two defenders to snag the ball, he landed with a finger out of bounds (literally) and the Cowboys comeback ultimately fell short.

    New York survived the scare to further their stranglehold on the NFC East at 6-2, while Dallas continues its foray into mediocrity at 3-4 with a battle against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons looming next week.

    Let’s take a look at the performances that shaped this back-and-forth NFC East battle.

    Three Performances of Note—New York Giants


    Another Pass Rusher Emerges


    Perhaps lost amid the 6-2 record, the Giants pass rush has not been as dominant as their reputation suggests. The high-profile defensive ends have not provided consistent pressure, though New York has gotten surprising production from their defensive tackles and Chris Canty was the latest interior player to produce on Sunday. In only his second game of the season, Canty graded at +3.4, including +2.9 as a pass rusher. He hit quarterback Tony Romo four times while adding a sack on his 32 pass rushes. Left guard Nate Livings was Canty’s main victim as he surrendered three of the hits on Romo, before Canty beat him to the outside shoulder to finally notch a sack with 00:54 to go in the third quarter.

    Tough Return to Dallas


    It was not a memorable return to Dallas for former Cowboy tight end Martellus Bennett. After four years as TE Jason Witten’s backup, Bennett has enjoyed a strong first season as the top tight end in New York, and he’s already played more snaps (482) than he did all of last season (428). Usually known for his run blocking, Bennett was consistently beaten at the point of attack on Sunday (-3.9 run block). He had a particularly difficult time blocking outside linebacker Anthony Spencer who beat him on three different occasions to make tackles for short gains in the running game. In the passing game, Bennett caught four of the six balls thrown his way, but for only 29 yards with a long gain of only 12 yards. His drop on the goal line at the 14:33 mark of the second quarter cost the Giants potential points as they had to settle for a field goal.

    Grabbing in the Slot


    Playing 43 of his 50 snaps in coverage, nickel cornerback Jayron Hosley (-2.6) had a difficult time keeping up with Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin in the slot. In addition to the three catches on four targets for 50 yards, Hosley also held Austin two more times while picking up an illegal contact penalty as well. Both holding penalties came toward the end of the fourth quarter during the Cowboys’ comeback attempt. Though the first grab only negated a six-yard pass, it was the second holding call that was nearly a backbreaker for the Giants. On the first play after the two-minute warning, Hosley’s physical play went beyond the required five yards and his holding penalty negated a nine-yard sack by DE Justin Tuck, vaulting Dallas into New York territory." Read more...

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    Cruz is too much of a team player, not to come to a deal. Osi could learn something from this attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Giant View Post
    Cruz is too much of a team player, not to come to a deal. Osi could learn something from this attitude.

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    Good Read as always. Thanks.

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    Thanks bro.

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