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Nov 25 The Giants' path to nine wins and an NFC East crown. the playoffs are sitting in front of them like a moist, plump, Big Blue turkey. You bet it is time for Coughlin and the Giants to give their fans a team they can give thanks to after three consecutive seasons out of the postseason. The Big Blueprint: Win nine games.
What do the Giants need to do in order to stave off challenges from the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys? Let's use this week's "Five things I think I think" to look at five things the Giants have to do in order to win the NFC East.
Chase Blackburn's advice for a successful Hakeem Nicks return: Know your role. In the last few years, the Giants have given a handful of former players opportunities to come back and help the team after they bolted elsewhere only to find the contracts were often greener than the grass. Brandon Jacobs, Aaron Ross, Mario Manningham, they've all come back for a Giants encore only to find they had no more tunes to sing.
Report - As long as the Giants get a weekend off, things will look better
and better in their attempt to win the NFC East. They didn't play Sunday, but
the Washington Redskins did and the Philadelphia Eagles did. And both not only
lost but were shredded.
Hakeem Nicks' potential role and what the Giants think he can contribute.
Nicks is back in the NFL. What can he do with this new opportunity? Recent history
says not much.
Nov 23 Tom Coughlin, Jerry Reese's jobs depend on Giants making playoffs. Maybe that's harsh or unfair, especially considering Reese and Coughlin share two Super Bowl rings. It's even mind-boggling to think their fates could come down to a dropped pass or missed kick when the Giants play host to the Eagles in the season finale on Jan 3.
The Giants had to be pleased with what they saw Sunday as they enjoyed the final day of their bye week before reporting back to work on Monday. The Redskins coughed the ball up five times in their blowout loss, while the Eagles officially achieved dumpster fire status with their 45-17 loss at home to the Buccaneers.
things Giants must do to end playoff drought. The potential of Giants running
back Orleans Darkwa is just one of the elements to success the rest of the season
if Big Blue wants to snap long playoff drought.
Giants' vital rookies: Troubling stats justify concerns. Giants general manager
Jerry Reese says it every season: The first- and second-round draft picks have
to come in and play. They have to contribute. They have to make a difference,
as rookies. How did his top picks do?
Nov 21 Viewer's Guide: Impact games to watch during bye week. Keep an eye on these NFL games that could impact the Giants while the team is on their bye week.
At the conclusion of week 10 there are only 11 NFL teams with a record over 500, the fewest this far into the season since 1990. With a win from the Eagles and the Redskins, there could be a 3 way log jam a top the NFC East.
The Giants have big decisions to make not only on Victor Cruz, but also on three other players whose futures are complicated by injury issues: defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, cornerback Prince Amukamara and linebacker Jon Beason.
Nov 20 With middle linebacker Jon Beason out for the season, Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann said he feels the rest of his charges "have stepped up their game because of that, they all take leadership." One player who has definitely done that, Herrmann said, is second-year linebacker Devon Kennard.
Will Tye couldn't get off the bench at Florida State and wasn't even invited to the NFL Scouting Combine last winter. Last Sunday, the Stony Brook University product was catching key passes in a close game against the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Giants started the season using a three-man committee at running back. In recent weeks, with Orleans Darkwa forcing his way into the picture, the Giants used a four-man committee. Here are the basic numbers for Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Darkwa thus far.
Coughlin still miffed about Odell Beckham Jr. touchdown catch that wasn't
vs. Patriots. With the Giants on their bye week, head coach Tom Coughlin called
in to WFAN on Wednesday afternoon to break bread with Mike Francesa.
On Sunday, in the Giants' 27-26 loss to the undefeated Patriots, they sacked Tom Brady three times, hit him five times, and collapsed his pocket more than they've done to any quarterback all year. The defense seemed fast, aggressive and surprisingly effective. And yes, they believe a lot of that has to do with the return of JPP.
Four months after mangling his own right hand in that well-chronicled Fourth of July fireworks accident, Jason Pierre-Paul is giving back to those who have endured similar experiences.
Damontre Moore didn't get called for roughing the passer in Sunday's game, which stands as a major victory for the New York Giants' beleaguered defensive end. That broke a streak of three straight games in which Moore played and was flagged for roughing the passer.
Giants will replace one star from the 2011 Super Bowl run with another. On
Tuesday, one day after officially losing Victor Cruz for the season, the Giants
signed receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Giants season ended for Victor Cruz on Monday, this one before it ever started,
when the wide receiver announced he is having surgery on his left calf muscle.
For as many times as the Giants have fallen this season, they have plenty of time to get up. Six games remain, and the club is still in position to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
As searing as those two recent defeats and the close losses to Dallas and Atlanta in the season's first two weeks were, coach Tom Coughlin believes the immediate future could be fruitful.
On The Game: Game 10
Gamegirl - "You know the Giants always rise to the occasion when they play the Patriots, and at the half the score was 17-10 in their favor. They came so very close in this game and almost got the win. It was such a disappointment when they didn't."
Mikefan. - "You knew the Patriots were going to target Odell Beckham Jr., but from the start Eli Manning made it known he was going to throw it to him anyway. In all, Manning threw for 361 yards and 104 went to Beckham. Manning targeted him twelve times and Beckham pulled in four, including an 87 yard touchdown. Beckham just needed to hang onto the last one to make it five and to help give the Giants a win over New England."
ESPN - Stephen Gostkowski hits 54-yard FG with :01 left to move Patriots to 9-0.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Patriots 27, Giants 26.
NYDailyNews - Instant Analysis: Giants blow big chance to end Patriots perfect season.
NYDailyNews - Giants blow clock again, Beckham can't hold TD, Patriots win .
NYDailyNews - Fans stay patient with extra asecurity after France attacks.
NYPost - Giants fall in agonizing fashion after pushing Patriots to brink.
NYPost - Giants report card: The inexcusable 'C' that let Patriots back in.
StarLedger - New England Patriots set NFL record in 1st quarter vs. Giants.
StarLedger - Giants' good, good and ugly: Unsung heroes who nearly pulled off an upset of Patriots.
StarLedger - Giants give New England Patriots all they can handle but lose, 27-26 | Rapid Reaction.
StarLedger - Giants 5 observations: Tom Coughlin's clock management to blame in loss to Patr.
StarLedger - Why wasn't Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch called a TD? Here's the hated rule that killed Giants.
StarLedger - Giants' Odell Beckham Jr.: I caught the ball ... and I lost us the game vs. Patriots.
StarLedger - Curious calls: Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning explain final-minute plays and time management.
TheRecord - Giants fall to Patriots, Gostkowski, 27-26.
InsideFootball - Frustrated Giants carry close loss against undefeated Patriots into bye week.
NYTimes - Giants' Late Lead Evaporates Under Tom Brady's Onslaught.
Newsday - Giants fall to unbeaten Patriots on last-second FG.
Newsday - Giants had victory in their hands, but let it go .
Newsday - Did Giants leave Patriots too much time?
Newsday - Giants grades: Not bad, but not good.
Newsday - Jasper Brinkley makes the most of his Giant opportunity.
MassLive - Brady hard on himself after wild win.
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Nov 15 Giants in a familiar spot, with undefeated Patriots coming to MetLife Stadium. Odell Beckham has seen all the pictures around the Giants' practice facility in his year-and-a-half with the team, mementos of some of the greatest moments in franchise history.
The task of stopping the Patriots' best pass-rusher goes to Ereck Flowers. Rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers figured to have his hands full with defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks in eight games. The Giants, as a team, have just nine sacks in nine games.
Nov 14 It is a tired football cliche, but the Giants' best defense on Sunday could be a good offense. Stopping the Patriots' high-powered offensive attack will be a tall task. But if the Giants' offense can keep quarterback Tom Brady on the sideline, it can only help the cause.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas played in eight games for the Pats and all three playoff games, ending in their Super Bowl victory. But he wasn't there long enough to figure things out, and signed with the Giants this past offseason. He wasn't privy to a New England playbook. Ever.
How the Giants attempt to get Odell Beckham Jr. the football Sunday afternoon despite the extra attention paid to him will be a fascinating plot in the latest Giants-Patriots showdown. When the Giants have been at their best, Rueben Randle and Dwayne Harris have stepped up.
of the past were inevitable this week leading up to Sunday's Giants-Patriots
duel, but those brutal losses are not something Rob Gronkowski prefers to dwell
Patriots will be wearing the bull's eye of an unbeaten opponent when they
come to the Meadowlands Sunday, and the Giants know the standard they must meet
if they are to take down the defending Super Bowl champions.
Bowl losses to Giants still haunt Patriots QB Tom Brady. The second Super
Bowl loss to the Giants hurt, it hurt a lot, but the pain from the first one will
never go away for Tom Brady.
Nov 11 Eli
Manning never wore a Patriots uniform, but he knows a thing or two about their
defense - and how to beat them. Manning is 3-1 against the Patriots, with three
fourth-quarter comebacks, two in the Super Bowl.
Patriots are 8-0 and putting together one of those beat-us-if-you-dare seasons,
where winning the AFC East is a mere formality, gaining the No. 1 seed in the
AFC only a matter of time and the only real drama is whether they can match their
2007 results and finish the regular season 16-0..
Nov 10 Rueben Randle felt like doing jumping jacks his TD was so easy. He barely had to move in the end zone as he hauled in an 8-yard pass from Eli Manning. Randle was able to play 65 of 75 offensive snaps, despite again dealing with a tender hamstring.
It was a good start for Jason Pierre-Paul. Now the Giants want more. Pierre-Paul made two tackles and had two quarterback hits. He also was one of the few Giants defensive linemen who were able to apply pressure on Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.
Johnathan Hankins, a productive and complete player, tore a pectoral muscle
in the Giants' victory at Tampa Bay and must undergo surgery.
9 Giants win over the Buccaneers 32-18 |
ESPN - Manning throws for 2 TDs, Giants hold off Buccaneers.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 32, Buccaneers 18.
NYDailyNews - Instant analysis: Giants 32, Buccaneers 18.
NYDailyNews - Giants offense does its part late in win over Tampa Bay.
NYDailyNews - Giants defense stands up to Tampa with JPP back in mix.
NYDailyNews - JPP deserves a hand for good game in Giants win.
NYDailyNews - JPP may be back, but Hankins could be out.
NYPost - Giants report card: The 2 unsung heroes of crucial win.
NYPost - With 2 plays, explosive JPP shows he can be what Giants need.
NYPost - The unknown Cowboys castoff who saved Giants' day.
NYPost - Odell Beckham's least splashy play was also his most vital.
NYPost - Giants dealt major blow as best run stuffer likely done for year.
NYPost - Jason Pierre-Paul revs up Giants in hope-inspiring win.
StarLedger - Giants defense bounces back in much-needed win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
StarLedger - Jason Pierre-Paul report card: Analyzing his snaps in Giants' 32-18 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
StarLedger - Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul saw some good, but not completely thrilled with season debut.
StarLedger - Giants good, great and ugly: Offense comes through late, key special teams and thanks to Mike Evans.
StarLedger - Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans takes blame for loss, tries to explain string of drops vs. Giants.
TheRecord - JPP's return boosts Giants over Bucs, 32-18.
InsideFootball - Giants Top Bucs 32-18 in JPP's Return.
NYTimes - Giants Escape With Win and Credit Jason Pierre-Paul With Helping.
Newsday - Giants beat Bucs in JPP's return to action.
Newsday - JPP thrilled by return to field.
Newsday - OBJ comes through with key catch.
Newsday - SBU's Tye finds first NFL touchdown elusive.
Newsday - Jasper Brinkley makes the most of his Giant opportunity.
TampaBayTimes - Mike Evans' drops costly in Bucs' loss to Giants
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JPP escaped hell for this hazy shot with Giants. He comes back to play against
the Buccaneers on Sunday, better late than never, because there were legitimate
fears that never was a real possibility.
Beason placed on injured reserve ending season and possibly Giants' career.
When Jon Beason arrived three years ago, he seemed so much like the final stabilizing
piece in the Giants defense, a vocal middle linebacker and a strong leader. But
Beason's body never could stay stable.
Nov 7 Special Report - Five keys to beating Tampa Bay: Press a rookie quarterback, attack a weak pass defense and maybe welcome back an old friend. There were no real lessons learned last week in the aftermath of the 52-49 soul-crushing defeat in New Orleans. Everything was already clear: the Giants' offense can score with the best, but the defense can't stop anyone, and neither unit seems capable of putting the other team away when the opportunity is at hand.
The lashing from the Saints left the Giants with what is statistically the worst defense in the NFL, allowing 427.5 yards per game. They also have the worst pass defense (315.4 yards) in the league even though they lead the NFL with nine interceptions. Those numbers were bad before last week's performance. Now they are not only worse, they are the worst.
Pierre-Paul decision coming Saturday, expectations among teammates is he'll
play vs. Bucs. Nothing has been made official about the playing status of Giants
defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. All signs point to Pierre-Paul playing, just
over four months following a Fourth of July weekend fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul
lost his right index finger, and parts of his thumb and middle finger. He practiced
this week without incident.
Nov 6 The question looming over the Giants all week has been about how will the defense bounce back from its performance against New Orleans. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the answer. During training camp, Cullen Jenkins said one of the issues that has hindered the Giants the last few seasons was their inability to deliver the knockout punch. He said they lacked a killer instinct and couldn't close out wins.
wasn't long ago that Victor Cruz was counting down the days to the start of
the season in anticipation of his return. Now he's keeping an eye on the end of
the season, which is looming with each passing day he spends sidelined.
free agent Will Tye is on track for his first NFL start Sunday, mainly because
the Giants are running out of tight ends.
Nov 5 On
Wednesday, after just one week back with the Giants, Pierre-Paul hinted that
he expects to suit up for Sunday's showdown against in Tampa Bay. And then, he
dared the Bucs to test him and his damaged right hand.
A Jameis Winston stat that should worry the Giants, 9 other things fans need to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston is a rookie, but he has been sensational over the past three games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who the Giants will take on this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Tye began the season on the Giants' practice squad. This week he'll be much
more than that. "We feel like he's got to be the guy," Tom Coughlin said of the
rookie tight end from Stony Brook University. Of course, there aren't many other
Giants punter on killer penalty: He grabbed my facemask first. "When he grabbed my facemask and turned my head, I couldn't really see what I was grabbing," Wing told The Post on Wednesday.
Nov 4 This is what it's come down to for the struggling Giants defense: This Sunday in Tampa Bay, Big Blue will face a work-in-progress rookie QB who has few offensive weapons - and there's no guarantee that they'll be able to stop him.
The Giants did something in the first half of this season that they were unable to do the last two years: survive. They are 4-4 and in first place in the NFC East at a time when most recently they have been facing must-win games and starting to figure out formulas to avoid mathematical elimination. But there are still eight games remaining.
No team in the division - not even the Cowboys with the return of Tony Romo, still two weeks away - can look forward to the possible stash of riches the Giants might soon unveil. Adding Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara to a defense that just allowed 52 points to the Saints could be Cespedes-like in terms of impact. Adding Victor Cruz and Will Beatty to an offense that just scored 49 points on the Saints could fine-tune specific areas of need and provide that extra something to put the attack over the top.
it possible Jason Pierre-Paul will make his season debut on Sunday against
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
The only thing worse than giving up 52 points and 608 yards to the Saints on Sunday? Reliving it on Monday. That's what the Giants had to do as they broke down their breakdowns and rehashed their horrors during the traditional day-after video session.Nov 2 Giants lose to the Saints 52-49 | Video | Photos
On The Game: Game 8
Gamegirl - "It shouldn't have ended the way it did. It just shouldn't. I don't know that the Giants deserved to win after giving up 52 points, but it shouldn't have come down to a last minute 50 yard field goal made possible by a penalty on a punt return with 5 seconds left. How do you lose a game where Eli Manning throws six touchdowns and no interceptions"
Mikefan. - "This was a game that will be hard to forget for the fans of both teams and the players. It was more like a video game where the teenage brothers control the offense and the younger siblings are on defense unaware their controllers were set to the highest difficulty level. Yes, older brothers will do that, and that's how you end up with a 52-49 score when the time runs out"
ESPN - Brees' 7 TDs help Saints top Giants, 52-49 on last-second FG.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants lose shootout, 52-49.
NYDailyNews - Saints 52, Giants 49: Instant Analysis.
NYDailyNews - Drew Brees makes Giants look silly on defense.
NYDailyNews - Drew Brees nearly perfect against Giants in high-scoring first half in New Orleans.
NYDailyNews - Six touchdown passes from Eli Manning isn't enough, Drew Brees throws seven.
NYDailyNews - Giants Insider: Giants coach Coughlin has trouble with refs.
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning and Giants offense save their worst for last series of loss to Saints.
NYPost - Giants shocked in closing seconds of mind-blowing shootout.
NYPost - Report card: The historic 'F' that will haunt the Giants.
NYPost - The 1st-down stat that explains how awful Giants defense was.
NYPost - The game of Eli Manning's life, and he can't stop regretting 1 play.
NYPost - Giants nearly asked Odell Beckham to block game-winning FG.
NYPost - Coughlin must censor himself talking about horrific defense.
NYPost - How we'll remember these Giants: Chokers who could've been special.
StarLedger - How the Giants lost to the New Orleans Saints at the gun, and how they almost won.
StarLedger - 5 observations on Giants' crazy loss to the Saints (Well, mostly one: The defense stinks).
StarLedger - Ugly defensive effort dooms Giants in loss to New Orleans Saints | Good, bad and ugly.
StarLedger - Why didn't Tom Coughlin call for the Giants to punt out of bounds?
StarLedger - Even Tony Dungy slams Giants for not punting ball out of bounds.
StarLedger - Here is what happened on the punt return that killed the Giants vs. New Orleans Saints.
StarLedger - Hard truth: Giants are going nowhere with this defense.
StarLedger - Defensive meltdown: How the Giants players described the embarrassing performance.
NYTimes - Drew Brees Throws Seven Touchdown Passes as Saints Beat Giants in Final Seconds.
The Record - Saints shock Giants, 52-49, in controversial ending.
InsideFootball - Giants Waste 6-TD Performance by Eli Manning; Fall to Saints 52-49.
Newsday - Giants lose after Eli, Brees combine for 13 TD passes.
Newsday - In shootout, Eli runs out of bullets.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: Did refs get facemask call right?
Newsday - Giants grades: Defense, coaching fail solid offense.
Newsday - Odell Beckham Jr.'s three TDs not enough for Giants.
Nola.com - Drew Brees finds magic yet again in record-setting 52-49 win over Giants .
Nola.com - Eli Manning outdueled by Drew Brees in return to hometown.
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