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Oct 10 The Giants late-game answer stands 5-foot-11 (maybe) and 245 pounds. Nikita Whitlock is the Giants' starting fullback. He's also a core special teams player and their new late-game defensive weapon.
It's great for the Giants that their run defense is leading the NFL, but unacceptable that their pass defense is dead last. While the defense has held opponents to 69.8 yards rushing per game, it has coughed up 316.3 yards per game passing.
The Giants find themselves at a crossroads in Week 5. They can either keep rolling after two straight wins, or they can completely fall apart just as they have in each of the past two seasons.
Colin Kaepernick has struggled this year during the 49ers' 1-3 start. But he leads the league in rushing yards by a quarterback, tied with Carolina's Cam Newton, but on fewer attempts. The Giants have to prepare for him to be a dual threat.
will be a year to the day since Victor Cruz suffered a season-ending patella
tendon tear in Philadelphia. With the Giants having a Monday night affair at those
same Eagles scheduled for Oct. 19, he's circling that date on his calendar.
Being relentless is helping Giants' defense get job done. Rehired by Tom Coughlin after a resoundingly successful run with the Giants in 2007-08, which included a Super Bowl championship, the guy they call "Spags" is working more of his magic in running a far different defense than the one he left behind.
Oct 8 Wide
receiver Odell Beckham Jr. says he will appeal the fine he received for his
actions in the Giants' 24-10 win over the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday..
Giants didn't find fault with the feisty way Beckham played against Rex Ryan's
defense. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday he wants Beckham to continue
Oct 7 The staph infection that ended the season for Giants tight end Daniel Fells is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a dangerous bacterial skin infection.
Multiple Bills players blasted Beckham to The Buffalo News on Tuesday, calling the star receiver a "prima donna" and accusing him of constant trash talk and throwing multiple punches in the Giants' 24-10 win over the Bills this past Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. .
The Giants will place four all-time greats in their Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday night's showdown with the 49ers at MetLife Stadium.
in the summer, there were plenty of concerns about the worthiness - or lack
thereof - of the offensive line. Fast forward to Sunday, when the Giants allowed
just one sack to what arguably is the NFL's best defensive line.
Giants have just lost their finest all-around tight end. Daniel Fells, who
had been dealing with an ankle injury, was treated for the issue over the weekend.
During that treatment, the club discovered he had a staph infection, which will
require further treatment. He was immediately placed on I.R.
On The Game: Game 4
Gamegirl - "The Giants offensive line handled the Bills pass rush pretty well and Eli Manning ended up with three touchdowns on the day. Eli didn't hang on to the ball that long and took only one sack when a safety caught him on a blitz."
Mikefan. - "Rashad Jennings stole the show with his 51-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and it couldn't have come at a better time. It was just the boost they needed in the fourth quarter to help kill any thoughts that they were going to blow this game."
ESPN - Rashad Jennings' 51-yard TD helps Giants seal win over Bills.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 24, Bills 10.
Giants.com - What does this win mean for the Giants?
NYDailyNews - Giants beat Bills to even record, Eli Manning throws 3 TDs.
NYDailyNews - Instant Analysis: Giants beat Bills 24-10.
NYDailyNews - Rueben Randle celebrates touchdown with Victor Cruz salsa dance.
NYDailyNews - Jets and Giants are both relevant at quarter pole of the season.
NYPost - Disrespected Giants show Rex Ryan who the real bullies are.
NYPost - Why stats don't tell the story of Giants' big-time run game.
NYPost - Ereck Flowers rolls his ankle -- and proves a lot to Tom Coughlin.
NYPost - Jennings' 'awesome' play that may have saved Giants' season.
NYPost - Giants report card: Swarming defense silenced top rush attack.
NYPost - 'The Giants' afterthought DE who took over the game.
NYPost - One enormous play later, charging Giants 'are relevant'.
StarLedger - Giants finish the deal, beat Buffalo Bills on the road in impressive fashion.
StarLedger - The good, the great, the ugly: How the Giants manhandled the Buffalo Bills.
StarLedger - Giants' Odell Beckham Jr.'s ridiculous receiving stats in 1st 16 games of his career.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin takeaways: His team has 'grit' and is 'battlers'.
StarLedger - Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills are an 'embarrassing' mess in loss to Giants .
TheRecord - Jennings' 51-yard TD helps Giants seal 24-10 win over Bills.
InsideFootball - Giants Top Bills, 24-10, Improve to 2-2.
Newsday - Giants make a stand in fourth quarter, hold off Bills.
Newsday - Penalties help doom Rex Ryan and undisciplined Bills.
Newsday - What was that dance performed by Rueben Randle?
NYTimes - Little Pass Goes Long Way for Giants.
BuffaloNews - Defense comes undone as bullying backfires.
BuffaloNews - Grim echoes of Bills' past are hammered home.
BuffaloNews - Giants borrowed Pats' formula to keep pass rush at bay.
(1-2) vs Bills (2-1) Preview
Oct 4 Tom Coughlin just glared when the question was asked about the subject he didn't want to talk about. There are some things he knows are better off just left unsaid. After all, he knows Eli Manning hasn't thrown an interception all season. Why jinx it by talking about it now?
Rueben Randle knows what he's shown you. In his three-plus years on the Giants, he's alternately dominated (remember the 132-yard explosion in St. Louis last year?) and disappeared (eight games with less than 40 receiving yards last year).
Cruz acknowledged Friday that he suffered a setback in his recovery from his
strained left calf this week and added that he had a platelet-rich plasma therapy
injection Thursday. Though PRP therapy generally takes weeks to work, Giants coach
Tom Coughlin said the team has no plans to put Cruz on injured reserve.
Giants could end up using Sunday's game to determine if the combination of
Dwayne Harris and Geremy Davis can help pick up the slack for Cruz as long as
he remains out or if they need to try and add an impact player at the position.
Former Pro Bowler Wes Welker and former Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks worked
out for the team earlier this week.
Cruz will not be available for the Giants on Sunday in Buffalo, coach Tom
Coughlin said Thursday.Coughlin said there's no timetable for Cruz's return.
Cruz was convinced his return would happen this Sunday. So saying the Giants
and their star wide receiver were blindsided by his latest setback would be an
studying began in mid-May, long before the Giants - or anyone - could guess
that Rex Ryan's quarterback would be the scrambling Tyrod Taylor. They'll need
to be prepared against the surprising Taylor, who's piloted the Bills to a 2-1
start. For five seasons under Perry Fewell, the Giants were a picture of ineptitude
against the read-option attack.
The Giants brought in three well-known, but unemployed, pass catchers on Tuesday for workouts. But nothing more than that. Ex-Giant wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and former Broncos and Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker all had tryouts with the Giants, but none signed contracts.
may finally see the full-strength Giants on Sunday. The Giants are not complete
just yet, but they hope to be by Sunday.
touchdowns? What to expect from Victor Cruz's return. What began with tears
of anguish last Oct. 12, when he tore his right patellar tendon and was carted
off the field at the Linc, may very well culminate in tears of joy Sunday in Buffalo
when, if all goes as expected the rest of this week, Cruz finally begins his comeback.
Sept 28 Victor Cruz makes it official: He will play vs. Buffalo Bills. Cruz has not played since suffering a season-ending patellar tendon in his right knee against the Eagles on Oct. 12, 2014.
Just who are these Giants? It's a question that 1-2 Big Blue will try to answer next Sunday when it visits Rex Ryan's Bills in Buffalo.
Sept 27 After a pair of devastating season-opening losses he said were "as tough as it gets," Giants president and CEO John Mara had no problem saying his team's win over the Redskins on Thursday night was a relief.
Ten reasons to be optimistic about the Giants. 1 - Greatly improved run defense. 2 - Winning turnover battle. 3 - Strong quarterback play. 4 - Help on the way. 5 - Odell Beckham Jr. is for real.
The Giants spotted the Cowboys two games in the standings in the first two weeks, but when the regular season ends Jan. 3, here's my prediction: The Giants will win the NFC East.
Meet the Giants' do-it-all secret weapon a coach dreams about. The Giants have not seen anything quite like Nikita Whitlock. It felt like the short-handed Giants were just trying to get out of the summer in one piece.
Sept 26 Special Report - It is probably not accurate - at any time - to use the word ebullient to describe Tom Coughlin's moods. But the head coach of the Giants almost reached that euphoric state Friday afternoon during a conference with the media, referencing the team's first victory of the season - a 32-21 success over Washington in which they did not lose a fourth-quarter lead.
been speculated for several weeks that Victor Cruz might make his season debut
for the Giants in the Week 4 game next weekend. On Friday, Tom Coughlin formally
announced that is the plan.
ESPN - Giants keep second-half lead, top Redskins for first win of season.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 32, Washington 21.
Giants.com - What does this win mean for the Giants?
NYDailyNews - Giants trounce bumbling Washington for first win.
NYDailyNews - Spagnuolo's Giant defense finally holds on to win.
NYDailyNews - Giants Insider: WR Randle finally proves helpful.
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning can still lead Giants to NFC East title.
NYPost - Giants roll past Redskins for much-needed first win.
NYPost - Eli Manning goes from stupor to super in the nick of time.
NYPost - Giants find way to save their season - for one week at least.
NYPost - Why Jon Beason's return meant so much to the Giants.
NYPost - Rashad Jennings' special skill set pays big dividends for Giants.
NYPost - 'Perfect' scenario that led to Odell Beckham's TD grab.
NYPost - How Prince Amukamara went from zero to hero in four days.
StarLedger - Giants save their season (for now) with win over Washington Redskins.
StarLedger - Giants good, bad and ugly: Defense comes through vs. Washington Redskins.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin and Giants all smiles after win, even though Coughlin expects to get fined.
StarLedger - Here's why Giants should thank their lucky stars they're not the Washington Redskins.
StarLedger - Giants get wide receiver Rueben Randle going at just the right time.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Redskins studs and duds: Rueben Randle, Larry Donnell and Kerry Wynn make list.
TheRecord - Giants hold on this time, beat Redskins, 32-21.
InsideFootball - Giants finally finish in 32-21 win over Redskins on Thursday night.
Newsday - Eli Manning and Giants can breathe easier after first win.
Newsday - Defensive backs provide Giants with fast start in win over Washington.
Newsday - Rashad Jennings' blocked punt sparks Giants to first win.
NYTimes - Giants Build a Fourth-Quarter Lead, and Win Nonetheless.
WashingtonPost - Giant letdown: Cousins does little in Redskins' 32-21 loss..
WashingtonPost - Hard-hit by New York, Washington now facing some hard truths.
WashingtonPost - Redskins revealed as one-trick pony as game with Giants goes awry early.
(0-2) vs Redskins (1-1) Preview
Sept 24 This is the second consecutive season the Giants and Redskins faced each other in a Thursday night game and it was exactly one year ago (minus one day) that Kirk Cousins started at quarterback in place of injured Robert Griffin III and the Giants came away with four interceptions in a 45-14 rout at FedEx Field.
You can't talk about the Redskins team without mentioning the quarterback position. They've had 16 starting quarterbacks in the past 16 years.Just before this regular season started, Kirk Cousins was named by Jay Gruden to be the (current) starting quarterback. Gruden is the (current) head coach of the Redskins, and it's worth mentioning because in the past 16 years, the Redskins have had 8 head coaches, including a repeat performance by Joe Gibbs.
The highlight videos of great Giants defenses of old began playing way back in spring minicamp, Steve Spagnuolo's way of inspiring his young 'D,' showing off the hard-nosed legacy of a proud franchise. So far, this Giants defense has been nothing like those units.
loss, every mental mistake, every dropped pass, inches the Giants closer to
what is starting to seem inevitable. It's no secret that in a "win or else"
season, Tom Coughlin's the one on the hot seat. He's the one most likely to take
the fall if everything goes wrong. And so far everything has gone wrong.
Beason's long absence from the Giants lineup looks just about over. The veteran
middle linebacker, who hasn't played in almost a year because of injury, was a
full participant in practice Tuesday and appears likely to make his 2015 debut
Thursday night against the Redskins.
years, he's been the bedrock of the Giants, the clutch franchise quarterback,
finding ways to win even when everything else had gone wrong. And to Eli Manning,
none of that has changed, even if his early performance in 2015 makes you think
Coughlin's reason to believe: Everyone else is a mess. As he prepared to speak
to his battered Giants early Monday afternoon, he already knew one of his first
talking points. He was going to take the players through a tour of the NFC East.
The Giants should be taken to task for the inadvertent freeze-out of Odell Beckham Jr. in the second half of Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Falcons, but the larger issue might be this: Where the heck is Rueben Randle?
On The Game: Game 2
Gamegirl - "Oops, I did it again. I played with your heart, got lost in the game'. Come on Eli Manning. What are you doing to me and a million other fans? Once again I felt good with the Giants having a nice lead going into the fourth quarter and once again Eli Manning let me down. Before I get into all that let me just say it was a thrill for anyone who was able to be at the stadium today. At halftime the Giants were celebrating the 25th Anniversary of winning Super Bowl XXV in 1990."
Mikefan. - "Come on Giants receivers, can't you hang onto the ball? They were targeted by Manning 30 times and completions totaled 17. Odell Beckham Jr., with coverage all over him, pulled in 7 out of 12 for 146 yards and 1 touchdown. The others totaled 58 yards with their 10 completions. By comparison the running backs were 10 out of 10 on Manning's passes for 88 yards. Maybe with the exception of Beckham, they should swap these two groups."
ESPN - Julio Jones unstoppable in Falcons' 24-20 win over Giants.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Falcons 24, Giants 20.
NYDailyNews - Instant Analysis: Falcons 24, Giants 20.
NYDailyNews - Eli, Giants let another win slip away, lose to Falcons.
NYDailyNews - Giants receive plenty of heat throughout Fox broadcast.
NYDailyNews - Giants lose Ereck Flowers to ankle injury vs. Falcons.
NYPost - Giants unravel in deja vu choke job.
NYPost - Receiving corps puts up major letdown when it counts most.
NYPost - Many to blame for Giants' collapse, but secondary is primary culprit.
NYPost - Why OBJ was MIA in second half of Giants' loss to Falcons.
NYPost - Giants defense falls flat before reaching finish line - again.
NYPost - Everything with the Giants - good and bad - starts and ends with Eli.
StarLedger - Playoffs?!? Here's why the Giants' postseason hopes are already bleak.
StarLedger - Explaining the inexplicable: Breaking down all the Giants late-game breakdowns.
StarLedger - Giants takeaways: Late-game problems cause another collapse.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning try to explain delay of game penalty late in Giants loss.
StarLedger - Giants stud and duds vs. Atlanta Falcons.
TheRecord - Giants fail to put away Falcons in 24-20 defeat.
Newsday - Giants blow another late lead, fall to Falcons.
Newsday - Victory slips out of Giants' hands.
Newsday - Eli Manning again fails in crunch time.
Newsday - Grading the Giants: Coaching gets an 'F'.
NYTimes - Giants Collapse Again, This Time at Home Against the Atlanta Falcons.
InsideFootball - Giants Let Another Game Slip Away in 4th Quarter, 24-20.
MyAGC - Don't stop believin': Dan Quinn's men are 2-0.
(0-1) vs Falcons (1-0) Preview
Coughlin knows his Giants can not suffer another embarrassing failure this
week. Once they got past the agony and drama and the race between Tom Coughlin
and Manning and McAdoo to accept all the blame, they were left with the ugly truth
about what really happened that night.
Victor Cruz won't play Sunday, but he expects to be back on the field for the Giants in the next two weeks. Cruz said his surgically repaired knee "feels great" and isn't an issue in his bid to get out on the field for the first time since tearing his patellar tendon last October in Philadelphia. Cruz's calf, on the other hand, has been a big concern.
Eli Manning is not a local radio star. He just gets paid like one. He earns somewhere around $250,000 per season, according to radio sources, for his weekly appearances that last a few minutes on WFAN. This is a mere pittance compared to the $84 million contract ($65 million guaranteed) he just signed with the Giants. Manning does not need the radio money. So, why does he bother doing the weekly spot? Why deal with the aggravation these sessions produce?
Preston Parker ruined three offensive series in the 27-26 loss with dropped passes on third down, at times doing more to stop the Giants than the Cowboys' defense. The last drop was a killer, as a deep pass from Eli Manning dropped in and out of Parker's hands on the Dallas 18-yard line, forcing a Giants punt.
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