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    News, notes, rumors, and gossip: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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    Practice Notes: Nicks, Phillips Lead No Shows

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...-lead-no-shows

    Excerpt: "Nobody expected Kenny Phillips (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (knee) to practice on Wednesday. Tom Coughlin had already said Phillips would be rested through the bye week, and he'd already announced that Nicks wouldn't work.

    But that was just the start of the Giants' injury issues. G Chris Snee (ankle) also did not practice, although he was seen in the weight room, and Jacquian Williams (knee) was nowhere to be found.

    Meanwhile, LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), who missed last week's game, worked off to the side. He seemed to have solid range in his hamstring, able to backpedal and then push off on one drill, but it was hard to tell how much he was truly exploding off his injured hamstring." Read more...


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    Tom Coughlin "Had A Nice Conversation" With Eli Manning; Is Confident He'll Turn it Around

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

    Excerpt: "Eli Manning admitted he didn't play well against the Steelers Sunday and the numbers support that; it was his worst statistical performance since the 2008 season.

    The struggles come after Manning was off to the best start of his career and Tom Coughlin said the two spoke at length on Tuesday, though he added that a Tuesday visit to the quarterback room while Manning is studying film is customary.

    "We talked. We've talked. Yesterday, we had a nice conversation," Coughlin said. "Most of the time it's about fundamentals and about us getting going, and what can I do to help. And little things that I could do to tweak in terms of practice that may help us. He's been very responsive with regard to that. we've been down this road before. He's going to get this thing right, get our offensive team going again and get us on track. I fully believe that and have great confidence in his ability to do that." Read more...



    Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Calls His Defense "Soft"

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

    Excerpt: "In a sport predicated on physicality, it is a word no football player, unit or team ever wants to become associated with.

    Soft.

    But that was how coach Tom Coughlin described the middle of the Giants’ defense for portions of their 24-20 loss to the Steelers Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

    “It was soft, no question,” Coughlin said matter-of-factly Monday.

    “It was soft early. We came back and played a little bit better and then they had their breakout there at the end of the game.”

    Defensive end Justin Tuck said the Giants were “mushed” around by the Steelers offensive linemen, as third-string running back Isaac Redman gashed the defense for a career-high 147 yards on 26 carries with a straightforward running style that lacked flash.

    “Not to the point where they were more physical than us,” Tuck asserted. “But to the point where you got a guy in the gap and Redman was just behind his guard, behind his guard, and a guy jumps out of his gap trying to get around to get to Redman and he kind of like filters forward for three more, four more yards, and that’s just us got to do a better job of escaping blocks and getting to the ball carrier.” Read more...


    A Look Back At The Giants' 24 - 20 Loss To The Steelers


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

    Excerpt: "After the dust had settled on the Giants’ 24-20 loss to the Steelers, here was one bit of good news for the team: The entire NFC East lost this week, so the Giants did not lose any ground in the division.

    But the talk in the locker room Monday was about the “pain of regret,” over a missed opportunity this week -- on one level, to uplift the region after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and on a different level, to close out a game that the Giants had within their grasp.

    The Giants were on Pittsburgh’s 4-yard line late in the third quarter, with the chance to take a 14-point lead. Instead, their red-zone concerns popped up again, and they settled for a field goal.

    "It could’ve been 24-10," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That might not have been enough, but it might have changed the way the game was played as well." Read more...


    Giants To Donate $500,000 To Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims

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

    Excerpt: "The Giants couldn't deliver a win against the Steelers on Sunday for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, but the organization is making a more significant impact off the field.

    Today, the Giants announced that they are donating $500,000 to aid victims of the superstorm. The contribution will be divided evenly between the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

    “The New York metropolitan area sustained extensive and devastating damage to its infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy,” Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint statement released today by the team. “The Giants want to do everything we can to assist our neighbors, fans and friends. Toward that end, after careful consideration, we have decided to make donations to these two very worthy funds. We are in this for the long haul and will continue to assist relief efforts in our hard-hit region.”

    Established by Governor Chris Christie in the aftermath of the storm, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is dedicated to rebuilding the devastated Jersey Shore.

    The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is identifying immediate aid needs, including food, water, and hygiene supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration efforts." Read more...


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    Giants' History Of Bad Regular Season Second Half Is In Their Heads And There's No Hiding It

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1197728

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin was right when he said that no one had a problem with the way last season ended for the Giants. The same was true for the 2007 season. Both ended with the Lombardi Trophy in their hands.

    That, of course, is not what the Giants are worried about as they stumbled again at the start of another second half. As good as they’ve been in the first half under Coughlin (53-19), they’ve been just as dismal in the second (27-38). They’ve turned too many stretch drives into unnecessary fights to the finish.

    You can be sure that in the Giants locker room their history of second-half collapses is in their heads.

    “I’m trying not to (talk about it) but you can’t hide it. It’s been there,” said defensive end Justin Tuck. “I wish I could sit here and say this team is going to be different from that, but I can’t tell the future. All I can tell is we’re aware of it and we’re trying our darnest to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

    Tuck admitted to thinking about it moments after the Giants lost on Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers and he surely wasn’t alone. Those thoughts and the talk will only increase if they lose in Cincinnati on Sunday and see an impressive 6-2 start suddenly turn into a wobbly 6-4.

    There will be worry then because in nine years under Coughlin there has been no solution to the second-half swoon, mostly because there has been no common thread. The Giants have had some second halves ruined by injury, some by poor play and one by Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg. The thing these second-half struggles have in common is that the Giants always seem to find a way.

    This season they won’t get any help from the schedule either. After they play at Cincinnati (3-5) on Sunday, they finally get their bye week. But when they come back they’re staring at home games against the Packers (6-3) and still-dangerous Saints (3-5) and road trips to Washington (3-6), undefeated Atlanta (8-0) and Baltimore (6-2). And that's before they wrap up their season at home against an Eagles team that has had their number.

    The Giants have a 2-1/2-game lead in the NFC East with seven games left, putting them in solid position for a playoff berth. But they know from history that if they can’t stop their swoon before it begins, they could find themselves in an unnecessarily tight race.

    “We understand what our history has been in November and it’s not a good one (13-20 in nine seasons under Coughlin) and we definitely do not want to repeat it,” Tuck said. “But the simple fact is we’ve got to play better. We’ve got some great football teams coming up. They’re going to present huge challenges to us and we’ve got to be up for that and hopefully we can turn this thing around.” Read more...


    NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears Are On The Rise But Showdown With Houston Texans Will Show How Good They Are

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1197235

    Excerpt: "While the unbeaten Falcons keep quieting the nay-sayers to deserve their No. 1 perch, a realistic look at the strengths and weaknesses of the teams leads to the conclusion that the top 10 aren't separated by that much at all.

    Case in point: the Steelers win over the Giants. We've dropped the Giants to No. 4 from No. 3 and moved the Steelers up from No. 10 to No. 9. But a case can be made that the Steelers are actually the better team as they stand now.


    Meanwhile, we moved the Bears up two spots into third. We will know soon enough about that decision as they host the No. 2 Texans in a battle of 7-1 teams Sunday night.
    Here's the rundown:

    1. (Last week - 1) Falcons (8-0): Maybe people will start respecting them.


    2. (2) Texans (7-1):
    Showdown in Windy City next.


    3. (5) Bears (7-1):
    See above. It will show how good they really are.


    4. (3) Giants (6-3):
    Strange to see them outmuscled. But they were in fourth quarter.


    5. (4) 49ers (6-2):
    Alex Smith, aside from Giants stinker, has stepped up.


    6. (6) Packers (6-3):
    Let us not forget they should be 7-2.


    7. (7) Patriots (5-3):
    Can Belichick handle Aqib Talib? Moss worked out, Haynesworth didn't.


    8. (9) Broncos (5-3):
    John Fox returns to Carolina this week with the much better team.


    9. (10) Steelers (5-3):
    Overcame a lot to beat Giants, including bad calls. They've turned the corner.


    10. (8) Ravens (5-2):
    Ugly wins keep coming." Read more...


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    Giants' Nicks and Phillips Suffer Injury Setbacks

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...FbSh3EZNq7swhL

    Excerpt: "
    Tom Coughlin didn’t want to call it a setback but of course it is one no matter what the Giants coach says. Safety Kenny Phillips, thought to be ready to return last week from a knee injury, has been shut down through the Week 11 bye week, meaning he won’t play Sunday against the Bengals, missing his sixth consecutive game.Phillips last week practiced each day on a limited basis and late in the week declared he would play against the Steelers. He did not. Now he’s out again, as the strained MCL he suffered in the loss in Philadelphia has not healed sufficiently to get him back onto the field.

    “It’s not a setback,’’ Coughlin said. “I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to try to rest him through the bye and hopefully we can get him back.’’

    In addition, receiver Hakeem Nicks has also suffered a setback. His name was finally off the injury report the past few weeks and he was able to practice after ongoing issues with his right foot and left knee. On Wednesday, Nicks was back on the injury report and Coughlin said Nicks experienced some swelling in the knee after the 24-20 loss to the Steelers. Nicks did not practice on Wednesday and at this point there is no determination as to his availability for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

    The injury report was crowded again, with 11 players on the list. A newcomer was guard Chris Snee, who Coughlin said sustained an ankle injury early against the Steelers but remained on the field. Snee was held out of practice on Wednesday." Read more...


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    Giants Lend Helping Hand At Sandy Sites

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...iJHM8P3fNIHWaL

    Excerpt: "Tuesday is traditionally a day off for NFL players, but that didn’t stop many of the Giants yesterday from going out to help in the relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

    Players headed to the Jersey Shore, Staten Island and New Jersey food banks to help and assist those suffering from the after-effects of the super storm that devastated parts of the region.

    In addition, the Giants have donated $500,000 to help the relief efforts, splitting the money evenly between two major organizations, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

    The Giants put their muscle behind their money. Eli Manning traveled to Staten Island with the American Red Cross to assist in the battered borough. Eight players went to Seaside Heights, where the famed boardwalk was destroyed by the storm. Those assisting the relief efforts and distributing food there were Steve Weatherford, Prince Amukamara, Marcus Kuhn, David Douglas, Brandon Mosley, Matt Broha, Terrence Fredrick and Laron Scott.

    Other Giants — Justin Tuck, Kevin Boothe, Lawrence Tynes, David Baas, Domenik Hixon, Bear Pascoe and Jim Cordle — were at the New Jersey Food Bank, where they assisted in sorting food and making sandwiches for relief workers." Read more...


    As Offense Lags, Burden Is On Giants' Defense

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...JdtZzxSONO5ItN

    Excerpt: "The Giants aren’t going anywhere unless Eli Manning gets back to being himself and the offense won’t get humming unless Hakeem Nicks is once again the big-play threat he’s always been but hasn’t been this season. Given their track records, it’s a safe bet the Giants can rest easy knowing Manning and Nicks will get their acts together.

    The more pressing question is whether this is a Super Bowl-caliber defense or a unit filled with excellent players who cannot put it all together. There is nothing close to a rousing postseason run last year if not for a dominant pass rush and a lethal run-stopping defense that made each possession a chore for the likes of Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith and Tom Brady. The talent is in place for another dose of dominance and, in fact, the depth chart has more talent this time around. Whether it all comes together depends on several factors.

    “We win and lose as a team, so when one area of the team is not playing its best, some other areas have to pick up and account for that,’’ Justin Tuck said. “Just like I know for a fact, many games the defense hasn’t played well, but our offense went out and scored 38 points and got us a win. So that’s what we got to do when the offense isn’t clicking the way it’s normally clicking, our defense has to shut some people down and win those 17-14 games or whatever it may be.’’ Read more...

    Giants Donate Manpower, $500,000 To Hurricane relief Efforts

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...eWsP7p1N7ysV2H

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants have put their muscle behind their money. Eli Manning on Tuesday traveled to Staten Island with the American Red Cross to assist their efforts in that battered borough. Eight players went to Seaside Heights, where the famed boardwalk was destroyed by the storm. Those assisting the relief efforts and distributing food there were Steve Weatherford, Prince Amukamara, Marcus Kuhn, David Douglas, Brandon Mosley, Matt Broha, Terrence Fredrick and Laron Scott. Other Giants - Justin Tuck, Kevin Boothe, Lawrence Tynes, David Baas, Domenik Hixon, Bear Pascoe and Jim Cordle - were at the New Jersey Food Bank, where they assisted in the separation of the food and making sandwiches for relief workers.

    Other relief efforts are forthcoming. Moonachie, located next to East Rutherford, is in desperate need of books for grades K-8, Barnes & Noble gift cards, kindles and laptops to help the schools get back on their feet. The East Rutherford Board of Education is accepting donations for Moonachie. Those interested in helping can contact Lisa Fallon at LFallon@erboe.net.


    The Giants and the NFL have encouraged donations to American Red Cross in-stadium and during game broadcasts. Manning and Osi Umenyiora taped PSAs for the relief effort last week. Fans wishing to donate to the American Red Cross can text Red Cross to 9-0-9-9-9 to donate $10. They can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


    When they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Giants held their annual food drive to assist victims of the storm. Fans donated 38,405 pounds of food and $18,723, making it by far the team’s most successful drive ever." Read more...



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    Look Ahead: Giants At Bengals

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

    Excerpt: "Giants (6-3) at Bengals (3-5)

    Paul Brown Stadium

    Sunday, 1 p.m.

    TV: Ch. 5

    Radio: WFAN 660 AM/101.9 FM

    Early line: Giants by 4

    Justin Tuck and Tom Coughlin have stressed the importance of winning this game with the acknowledgement of going into their bye at 7-3 being a whole lot different than if they do so at 6-4. The Giants have struggled in all three phases, the most worrisome issues stemming from a slumping Eli Manning and a passing attack that has produced just one touchdown in the last 14 quarters. Another Manning – Peyton – and the Broncos beat the Bengals with a fourth-quarter comeback last Sunday. The Giants are hoping to play well enough so that their Manning is not facing that kind of circumstance this week."
    In the spotlight

    Giants CB Corey Webster: Webster has spent much of this season as the defender in the wrong place at the wrong time. He flipped that script against the Steelers with a strong performance that included tight coverage of Mike Wallace and an interception. A.J. Green leads the Bengals in receptions (51), receiving yards (735) and touchdowns (8). Expect Webster to man up on Green and endure quite a battle Sunday." Read more..

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    Passing Yards
    Rank Player Yds
    1 D. Brees 2549
    2 E. Manning 2426
    3 T. Brady 2408
    4t A. Luck 2404
    4t P. Manning 2404
    6 T. Romo 2394
    7 M. Stafford 2393
    8 A. Rodgers 2383
    9 M. Ryan 2360
    10 C. Palmer 2355
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    Passing TDs
    Rank Player TD
    1 A. Rodgers 25
    2 D. Brees 22
    3 P. Manning 20
    4 M. Ryan 17
    5t T. Brady 16
    5t J. Freeman 16
    5t B. Roethlisberger 16
    8 R. Fitzpatrick 15
    9 A. Dalton 14
    10t C. Palmer 13
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    Giants' Kenny Phillips Out Sunday And More From Afternoon Tea With Tom Coughlin

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/11/07/...-tom-coughlin/

    Excerpt: "Despite the holiday season nearing, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin wasn't very chipper as he took the podium for his weekly Wednesday press conference. Following a very disappointing 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was in no real mood to dilly-dally. Instead, his focus was squarely on Sunday afternoon and the Cincinnati Bengals. However, and per the usual, something else dominated the focus of the weekly tea session.

    The pre-practice injury report was, of course, all the rage. It was especially popular this week because it included a season-high 11 players. They were, in no particular order: David Baas (ankle), Chase Blackburn (hamstring), Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), Andre Brown (shoulder), Chris Canty (groin),Hakeem Nicks (knee), Bear Pascoe (ankle), Kenny Phillips (knee), Keith Rivers (calf), Chris Snee (ankle) and Jacquian Williams (knee).Of the players listed on the pre-practice injury report, Chris Snee, Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Phillips will not practice. Andre Brown will. The remaining players were not discussed, so whether or not they practice will be determined once the team hits the field.

    For Nicks, his return to the injury report is especially bad news. Coughlin said his knee has swelled up again, so they will rest him. As for Phillips, the coach says he has not suffered a setback, but will be inactive on Sunday. The team plans to rest him through the bye week." Read more...







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    Giants Are NFL's "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde"

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/11/7...w-nfl-playoffs

    Excerpt: "
    When the calendar turns to November and the New York Giants lose football games, like they did Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the talk inevitably turns to the team's propensity under Tom Coughlin for struggling in the second half of the regular season.

    You know the talk is coming -- in fact, we have already discussed it somewhat. Giants' players know it is coming. Tom Coughlin hates hearing about it, but he has to know -- and understand -- why it is coming.

    The Giants have a forgettable November history, 13-19 now under Coughlin. Five of those November victories came in 2008, when they followed up with a 1-3 December. So, take away 2008 and the Giants 8-19 in those other seven Novembers.

    So, yes, when the Giants lose their first game in November -- especially squandering a 14-point lead at home in the fourth quarter -- the ugly questions will again come to the forefront.

    Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York today addressed the question of what the 2012 New York Giants are. He asked:
    Are they the team that dominated San Francisco and Carolina on the road? Are they the team that starts off slow and needs fourth-quarter comebacks, like they did against Tampa Bay and Washington? Or are they the team that struggles when defenses take away Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from Eli Manning and has difficulty scoring touchdowns in the red zone?" Read more...

    Giants By The Numbers: Snap Counts, PFF Scores

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/11/6...nts-pff-scores

    Excerpt: "
    Pro Football Focus scores

    Offense (Best)


    Martellus (Bennett (+2.7) ... Had a +3.1 score in run-blocking.

    Will Beatty
    (+2.5)

    Offense (Worst)


    David Diehl
    (-2.0) ... Surrendered a sack, a hit on Eli Manning and two hurries.

    Chris Snee
    (-2.5) -- The fact that Snee and Diehl line up next to each other tells you where the difficulties came from in the offensive line on Sunday.

    Eli Manning (-4.1)" Read more...

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

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/11/6...ants-from-1-53

    Excerpt: "
    Here are this week's New York Giants' roster power rankings. Who is too high? Who is too low? I'm sure you guys have opinions. Let's hear 'em.

    1. Eli Manning -- Yeah, he did his best Mark Sanchez impersonation on Sunday. I don't think we will see that again anytime soon, though. LW: 1

    2. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Anyone want to argue? LW: 2

    3. Victor Cruz -- Two quiet games in a row for Cruz. He stays in this slot, though, because nobody really deserves to take it away from him. LW: 3

    4. Ahmad Bradshaw -- He stays here, largely for the same reason Cruz stays at No. 3. Seriously, who else are you going to put here? I maintain my belief, however, that Bradshaw needs to play fewer snaps and Andre Brown needs more touches. LW: 4

    5. Lawrence Tynes -- The guy missed from outside 50 yards on Sunday, another kick he would have made had the Giants not shot themselves in the foot with penalties. No kicker in the league is having a better season. LW: 7

    6. Will Beatty -- Continues to play well. Has allowed only one sack and 10 quarterback hurries this season, LW: 9

    7. Linval Joseph -- Has to slide a couple of spots after Tom Coughlin called the middle of the Giants' defense "soft" against the Steelers. LW: 5

    8. Antrel Rolle -- A couple of very nice plays against Pittsburgh. LW: 11

    9. Michael Boley -- A takeaway for a TD, but his run defense wasn't tremendous against Pittsaburgh. LW: 10

    10. Stevie Brown -- Did a good job Sunday, but no takeaways. LW: 8" Read more...


    Mark Herzlich: "We King Of Let [The Fans] Down

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/11/6...ew-york-giants

    Excerpt: "
    After Chase Blackburn suffered an injury Week 8, Mark Herzlich finally had his opportunity to start at middle linebacker this season. Unfortunately, it did not go as planned as the New York Giants lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20.
    "We lost, so [the first start was] not very good," said Herzlich. "I think that for the most part, I was in the right spot for the plays and I thought I played pretty physically and pretty well. But there's definitely some tiems where I could have played better and capitalized on some of the plays."

    Herzlich made eight tackles, six of which were solo, but it was not an easy day for the middle linebacker. He said it was mostly because they fought just a little bit harder for those yards.

    "I think that one of the biggest things [to improve on] is finishing the play and not letting them get the extra yard," said Herzlich. "Fight for that one extra yard. They fought harder for that one extra yard than we did and it kind of came down to that and that's why they were able to capitalize. In their run game, if you look at it, for the first three seconds of the play it's nothing. but then at the last two seconds of the play is where they broke free and got those extra yards." Read more...

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    Giants - Pittsburgh: Hits, Misses, And Musings

    http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/5463

    Excerpt: "If you read my game review last week, I wrote about how ugly wins ultimately lead to ugly losses.

    Well, unfortunately they don’t get much uglier than this week’s affair as all three phases of the game flat out stunk – there’s simply no sugar coating it.

    There will be a lot of discussion and analysis form the various media outlets, fans, etc. as to what has gone wrong for this Giants team, which despite winning two of its last three games, really hasn’t been as sharp since the second half of the 49ers game.

    So let’s take one last look at this rather ugly loss.

    I’ll start off with a hot topic: David Diehl. Now while I want to stress that Diehl was not the reason for the loss, he didn’t exactly help matters. He started off well, but late in the second quarter, things seemed to go south. There was the false start penalty and numerous pressures that kept Eli Manning from stepping up in the pocket. It also looked like he was the one who gave up a pressure that led to the forced fumble.

    Like many of you, I don’t understand the decision by head coach Tom Coughlin to return Diehl to the starting lineup. While Sean Locklear has had his share of struggles at times, this excuse about a guy not losing his job due to injury is just not flying with me. You see how well Stevie Brown is playing in place of Kenny Phillips? Bet you he doesn’t see his snaps reduced once Phillips is back.

    You play the guys who give you the best chance to win. Maybe the coaches feel that Diehl gives them the better chance to win, but to hang your hat on the fact that they won two Super Bowls with him, that’s in the past. And to fix what didn’t appear to be broken just doesn’t make sense.

    And for those wondering, no, I doubt the coaches will make a change this week as they seem to have made their minds up regarding the offensive line.

    Another player I was asked about is Mark Herzlich. I’m not sure if it was the increased workload or what, but it wasn’t one of Herzlich’s better games. He battled hard, but he seemed to be doing far too much reacting rather than being proactive, looking at times unsure of himself. He was a part of the run defense issues, most notably when he had a chance to stop Isaac Redman for a minimal gain, but failed to wrap up the runner.

    He was also beaten on a late first-half skinny post on the Steelers’ final scoring drive of the half and he was beaten in the end zone in middle coverage on Pittsburgh’s first red zone touchdown conversion.

    Herzlich will get another chance this weekend as it didn’t sound too promising that Blackburn would play. It will be interesting to see how Herzlich does this week after having had a chance to get his feet wet again.

    Is Manning in a slump? Perhaps, but the passing game woes aren’t all his doing. One thing that I think we’re seeing a lot of late is miscommunications between quarterback and receiver. These are botched sight reads and they seem to be a result of the way defenses are playing the Giants receivers.

    Opposing defenders are more physical than ever with the Giants wide outs as the safeties are there to provide the deep help. Thus when Manning tries to throw the deep ball, he’s either missing guys or there is a defender there to break things up." Read more....


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    Giants Plan To Rest Safety Kenny Phillips Through BYE week

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

    Excerpt: "Giants safety Kenny Phillips is not expected to return until after the Giants' Week 11 bye, coach Tom Coughlin said today according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.

    Phillips has been sidelined since suffering a right knee sprain against the Eagles in Week 4. He practiced each day last week, twice in a limited capacity, and said he would play against the Steelers, but wound up being inactive." Read more...


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    Giants Early Favorites In Week 10 Matchup Against Bengals

    http://www.cincyjungle.com/2012/11/6...gainst-bengals

    Excerpt: "According to SB Nation, via Odds Shark, the Bengals are not favored to win in their Week 10 home game against the New York Giants on Sunday. The Giants are four-point favorites, and if you take away the three points given for home-field advantage, the Giants are favored by a touchdown.

    Here is the trend Odds Shark used to explain their opening spread:Trends: NY Giants are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing NY GiantsThe Bengals have been historically good against the Giants, with a 5-3 overall record and they've never lost a game to the Giants at home. However, the three losses have come in the last four games against the Giants and they lost their last matchup in 2008.

    The Giants are 6-3 and are in command of the NFC East and are looking to bounce back from a narrow loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals, of course, are 3-5, have lost four games in a row and are in third place in the AFC North." Read more...


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    Excerpt: "Less than a week into November, Tom Coughlin is already sick of hearing about how theNew York Giants' stock typically drops around this time of the year.

    "I didn't see any problems at the end of last season," Coughlin retorted on Monday when asked about the Giants' recent history of November swoons. "You can talk about that all you want with the second half of the season. I don't know what the numbers are and I'm not defending anything. I'm just telling you that the facts are the facts."

    After starting last season 6-2, the Giants lost four straight -- including three in November. On Christmas Eve, they launched a six-game winning streak that carried them to the championship.

    So here we are again. The Giants entered November at 6-2 and began the month with a stinging 24-20 loss, in which they squandered a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead over the Steelers.

    At 6-3 overall, the Giants travel to Cincinnati on Sunday, hoping to take one step closer to figuring out who they are exactly.

    Are they the team that dominated San Francisco and Carolina on the road? Are they the team that starts off slow and needs fourth-quarter comebacks, like they did against Tampa Bay and Washington? Or are they the team that struggles when defenses take away Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from Eli Manning and has difficulty scoring touchdowns in the red zone?" Read more...


    Kiper: Giants Draft Forecast

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    Excerpt: "There's plenty of season left to be played of course but it's never too early for ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper to take a look ahead to next year's draft and what each team needs.

    Here's his Giants analysis:

    Top emerging needs: CB, DE, LB, OL, TE

    KIPER: "Over the past couple of years, I've had the offensive line as a need for the Giants, but the sum of the parts has always been better than the individual talent, and the coaching staff has demonstrated again and again they can get the line to work. That's happened again in 2012, for the most part. The offense remains among the NFL's best, andEli Manning's stretch of good health remains intact. So this time I'll say they should look elsewhere, and if the draft were tomorrow, I'd say help at corner and another pass-rusher or linebacker would be good. Teams simply throw too easily on the Giants' corners, and we can't presume Osi Umenyiora will be back. So that's where I'll start."

    KIPER'S PICK FOR GIANTS: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon." Read more...


    Giants Donate $500,000 To Aid Sandy Relief

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    Excerpt: "The New York Giants are donating $500,000 to help those in need of aid due to Hurricane Sandy.

    The team's donation will be divided between the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

    "The New York metropolitan area sustained extensive and devastating damage to its infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy," Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint statement. "The Giants want to do everything we can to assist our neighbors, fans and friends. Toward that end, after careful consideration, we have decided to make donations to these two very worthy funds. We are in this for the long haul and will continue to assist relief efforts in our hard-hit region."

    Gov. Chris Christie established the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to rebuild the hard-hit Jersey Shore. The Mayor's Fund offers immediate aid needs like food, water and hygiene supplies." Read more...

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    Excerpt: "NFC EAST


    1. New York Giants (6-3)


    The Giants started 5-2 or better for the NFL record-tying ninth straight season. Eli Manning has led three more fourth-quarter comeback wins after seven last season, giving him 24 for his career; the most by any quarterback through nine seasons in NFL history. Though Manning already has 2,426 yards passing, he only has 12 touchdowns, including just two in his last four games.

    Defensively, the Giants rank 25th in yards per game, but rank 10th in points per game with 26 takeaways (second most in NFL). Their 25 sacks are tied for third most. Every season the Giants usually go on a slump in November, and they just lost to Pittsburgh after a rough week with Hurricane Sandy.

    The schedule will be getting tougher, but the Giants have a solid lead in the division and in a one-and-done playoff game, few teams are more feared.


    2. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)


    Turnovers will kill you, and the Eagles have 19, giving them a -9 turnover differential on the season. After starting 3-1 with the wins by a combined four points, the Eagles have lost four straight, putting the future of Andy Reid and Michael Vick in Philadelphia in jeopardy.

    They barely scraped by for those close victories, lost two such games, and have now been outclassed by the Falcons and Saints the last two weeks. Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired, but the defense has hardly performed any better with their lack of takeaways and sacks.

    The Eagles have failed to score more than 24 points in any game this season, which is the longest streak for the team since the 2005 season. That was the last time Philadelphia finished with a losing record (6-10), and this could be the end of the road for Reid’s tenure after 14 seasons.

    3. Dallas Cowboys (3-5)


    Dallas is third in the division, but first in drama. After upsetting the Giants in New York on opening night, the Cowboys are just 2-5 since that strong performance. Tony Romo is usually a lock for a mid-90’s passer rating, but this season he has 10 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and an 82.2 passer rating.

    Dallas’ problems are not finishing drives on both sides of the ball. The offense ranks sixth in yards, but 26th in points. The defense ranks fifth in yards, but 18th in points. The coaching and play-calling has been very suspect late in close games against Baltimore and the Giants, while the defense could not get off the field quick enough against undefeated Atlanta in what was a winnable game.

    A 3-5 hole is a tough one to climb out of in the NFC, but the Steelers are the only team with a winning record left on the schedule. For Dallas to recover, it has to start in Week 10, or else Jason Garrett may be hitting the unemployment line.

    4. Washington Redskins (3-6)


    The excitement has been provided from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. He has completed 65.6 percent of his passes with a 93.9 passer rating. Griffin may only have eight touchdown passes, but he has six rushing scores and 529 yards rushing, which is the fifth-highest rushing total through nine games by a quarterback in NFL history.

    But the offense has been grounded the last three weeks during a losing streak where they have struggled with turnovers (Giants), dropped passes (Steelers), and in the red zone (Panthers). Washington is last in the league on third down, converting 28.6 of their plays. The defense has struggled all season, allowing a gross of 325.6 passing yards per game, and four game-winning drives against a unit missing Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker, and with London Fletcher playing hurt.

    Mike Shanahan may get a pass for what they have done with Griffin and all the injuries on both sides of the ball, but with a 14-26 (.350) record in three seasons, he could find himself on the hot seat should the losses continue. Five of the last seven games for Washington are against the NFC East." Read more...


    Jerry Jones: There Is No Way I'll Be Giving Up Being General Manager

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...nager/related/

    Excerpt: "Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to make this absolutely clear: He will remain the team’s general manager. Period.

    (Or as Michael Irvin once said, Period. Period. Period.)

    After Jones told NBC’s Bob Costas that he would have fired a general manager who had his own record as general manager, some people thought Jones was acknowledging that perhaps he should step back and give up the G.M. authority. But Jones said on 105.3 The Fan today that the Cowboys are his team, and that means he’s picking the players.

    “We are not structured that way,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We didn’t structure it that way with my ownership. There’s no way that I would be involved here and not be the final decision-maker on something as important as players, and that is a key area. That’s never been anybody’s misunderstanding. It’s been a debated thing, but it’s just not going to happen. We’ve had success doing it this way and we’re going to have success in the future doing it this way. It eliminates some very serious issues when you look around the league, as to creating an additional layer that you’re continually having decisions, making changes, doing those kinds of things.” Read more...


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    Jets' Rex Ryan Voted Most Overrated Coach

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    Eagles Laughing Stock Of The NFL

    http://www.csnphilly.com/11/05/12/Instant-Analysis-Eagles-laughing-stock-o/nbcsportseagles.html?blockID=798173&feedID=692


    Saints Rebound With 28 - 13 Win Over Eagles

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...s_reeling.html
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    Thanks bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeatYale View Post
    Thanks bro.
    You're welcome
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    I just keeping repeating like a chant, "win and into the bye." Got to break this curse.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Giant View Post
    I just keeping repeating like a chant, "win and into the bye." Got to break this curse.

    Thanks!
    We're headed for the playoffs
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    thanks Ro....
    more bad weather up here. People who just got power back have already lost it.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by GameTime View Post
    thanks Ro....
    more bad weather up here. People who just got power back have already lost it.........
    OMG I feelo so badly for all of you. I hope the foreign power crews are still in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    OMG I feelo so badly for all of you. I hope the foreign power crews are still in the area.
    yeah.....we have been lucky......
    All the out of state crews are still here...
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    The injury bug won't let go, darn it ! Thanks RF !

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    Wow, looking at the most overrated coaches it's hard to believe Tomlin, Harbaugh and Fisher made the top 10. The others they have listed I can see, but those three seem out of place on that list.

    Harbaugh has taken a mediocre quarterback and underachieving team and made them a contender in his first and what appears to be his second year as a head coach.

    Tomlin has been to the Super Bowl and still gets production from his players. His team is only one game behind divison leader Baltimore.

    Fisher is only in his first year as the Ram's coach and has yet to make his mark, but everything but the last couple of Vince Young meltdown years in Tennessee have been pretty successful.
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