Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Giants try to make sense of Saints loss, move on quickly with Packers coming up

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Quarterback Eli Manning was one of the only Giants to have a solid game against the New Orleans Saints in a 49-24 loss on Monday night, throwing for 406 yards and two touchdowns.By Jorge Castillo - Star Ledger 11/30/11

NFL Draft 2012: 10 Top Prospects Who Came out of Nowhere in 2011

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By Cody Meadows - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

Tom Coughlin: New York Giants Don't Need a Retread To Replace Him

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher is exactly what the New York Giants don't need should they have to replace Tom Coughlin this offseason. 
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By Phil Watson - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

NY Giants Antrel Rolle is hopeful of turnaround

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Chase Blackburn returns to the Giants to bolster linebacker corps.
By Kristie Ackert - NY Dailynews 11/30/11

New York Giants: Why Bill Cowher Should Be Next Coach If Tom Coughlin Is Fired

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By Doug Rush - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

NY Giants latest late-season collapse has plenty to do with lack of pass rush - and defense

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Lance Moore celebrates his second TD.
By Tim Smith - NY Dailynews 11/30/11

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rising Players Whose Values Will Only Grow

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By Michael Dixon - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

New York Giants: 4 Best-Case Playoff Scenarios for the G-Men

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By Jeff Shull - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

If Tom Coughlin's Gone, Who's Next? 3 Solid Candidates for the New York Giants

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By Jeffrey Goldstein - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

Giants vs. Saints: Humiliating Loss Proves G-Men Aren't Playoff Bound

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  (L-R)  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants talks with Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints after a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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By Kyle Vassalo - Bleacher Report 11/30/11

Politi: Giants coach Tom Coughlin shouldn't take all the blame for team's troubles

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Coach Tom Coughlin has seen the Giants drop their last three games, falling to 6-5.By Steve Politi - Star Ledger 11/30/11

Green Bay game a virtual must-win for Giants

Green Bay game a virtual must-win for Giants
By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 11/30/11

Giants can reignite season vs. Packers, says Mathias Kiwanuka

SAINTS AND ALIVE: Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, tackling the Saints’ Devery Henderson during Monday night’s disastrous loss in New Orleans, is confident the Giants can reverse their skid against the unbeaten Packers.
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SAINTS AND ALIVE: Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, tackling the Saints’ Devery Henderson during Monday night’s disastrous loss in New Orleans, is confident the Giants can reverse their skid against the unbeaten Packers.
By Mark Hale - NY Post 11/30/11

New York Giants legend Harry Carson: ‘No competition’ against New Orleans Saints

By Steve Serby - NY Post 11/30/11

NY Giants may not have injured Osi Umenyiora against Green Bay Packers Sunday


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Giants’ Osi Umenyiora has ankle injury that could keep him sideline for Packers game.
By Ralph Vacchiano & Kristie Ackert - NY Dailynews 11/30/11

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Giants to re-sign Chase Blackburn at linebacker


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Chase Blackburn was a special teams captain for the Giants last season.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 11/29/11

Keidel: Giants Feeling Big Blues


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By Jason Keidel - WFAN.com 11/29/11

Antrel Rolle On WFAN: Giants Made Saints Look ‘Better Than They Actually Are’


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By WFAN.com 11/29/11

Giants' Will Blackmon returns to the NFL feeling healthy

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Will Blackmon returns a kickoff last season for the Giants.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 11/29/11

Mixed Reviews For Giants Special Teams

The Giants special teams had its ups and downs against the Saints Monday Night.

By Dan Salomone - Giants.com 11/29/11

Giants' Hakeem Nicks unhappy about hit in loss to Saints

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore celebrates after scoring his second touchdown while Giants defensive back Deon Grant walks away tonight. The Saints won, 49-24.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 11/29/11

Postgame Notes, Stats and Anecdotes


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Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 49-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 11/29/11

After being dominated by the Saints in a 49-24 loss, the Giants now must face the 11-0 Packers in a must-win game

SPROLE’ PLAYER: Saints running back Darren Sproles cuts around Justin Tuck for a gain during the first quarter of New Orleans’ 49-24 trouncing of the Giants last night at the Superdome.
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SPROLE’ PLAYER: Saints running back Darren Sproles cuts around Justin Tuck for a gain during the first quarter of New Orleans’ 49-24 trouncing of the Giants last night at the Superdome.
By Mike Vaccaro - NY Post 11/29/11

Saints deal Eli & Co. third straight defeat

MOORE OF THE SAME: Lance Moore dives past Aaron Ross and into the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns as the Saints hammered the Giants last night in the Superdome.
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MOORE OF THE SAME: Lance Moore dives past Aaron Ross and into the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns as the Saints hammered the Giants last night in the Superdome.
By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 11/29/11

Former Giants star Taylor hit with sex trafficking lawsuit

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By Bruce Golding & Dan Mangan - NY Post 11/29/11

Solace in wideout’s breakout

BREAKING AWAY: Victor Cruz puts Saints cornerback Terry Porter in his rear view on a 72-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown catch-and-run, part of a big night for the wideout in the Giants’ 49-24 loss last night in New Orleans.
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BREAKING AWAY: Victor Cruz puts Saints cornerback Terry Porter in his rear view on a 72-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown catch-and-run, part of a big night for the wideout in the Giants’ 49-24 loss last night in New Orleans.
By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 11/29/11

Drew Brees of Saints carves up Giants

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaks into a grin as he talks to Giants quarterback Eli Manning after New Orleans completely dominated Big Blue last night in a 49-24 pasting.
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GRIN AND BEAR IT: Saints quarterback Drew Brees breaks into a grin as he talks to Giants quarterback Eli Manning after New Orleans completely dominated Big Blue last night in a 49-24 pasting.
By Steve Serby- NY Post 11/29/11

Big Blue's Fewell tank on empty

Tight end Jimmy Graham has the look of winner after first-quarter catch as Drew Brees and Saints make it look easy against Giants in Superdome rout on Monday night. Photo by Getty
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Tight end Jimmy Graham strikes winning pose as Saints march all over Giants' defense.
By Ralph Vacchiano - NY Dailynews 11/29/11

Postgame Coach Coughlin Interview

Coach Coughlin reacts after the Saints game Monday night.

By Giants.com 11/29/11

Giants' Aaron Ross has rough night against Drew Brees, Saints

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The Giants' Aaron Ross has the football knocked out of his grasp by the New Orleans Saints' Isa Abdul-Quddus on a punt return during tonight's 49-24 loss.By Jorge Castillo - Star Ledger 11/29/11

Big Blue plagued by full swoon fever

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Eli Manning fumbles as he is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith in the Giants' 49-24 loss yesterday.
By Steve Serby - NY Post 11/29/11

Miracle reunion for Jones

By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 11/29/11

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints dismantle Giants, 49-24

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New Orleans saints quarterback Drew Brees dives into the endzone for a touchdown against the Giants tonight.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 11/29/11

Monday, November 28, 2011

InReeseWeTrust: New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints Week 12 Game Preview



New York Giants (6-4) at New Orleans Saints (7-3) on Monday Night Football at the Superdome in New Orleans
By Ben Kelly - InReeseWeTrust.com 11/28/11
What happened last week
New Orleans had the week off with a bye, during which Sean Payton gave his players eight days off before beginning prep for the Giants on Monday. New Orleans’ last game was played on the road in Atlanta, where the Saints were aided by a gutsy overtime call by Falcons coach Mike Smith that backfired. Smith’s Falcons failed to convert a 4th and inches from their own 29-yard line and watched John Kasay kick a chip shot to give the Saints a 26-23 victory against their division rival.
The Jimmy, Pierre and Darren Show
The Saints present a nightmare matchup for New York’s young linebackers. Rookies Mark Herzlich and Greg Jones, along with Mathias Kiwanuka, are tasked with covering the Saints’ tight ends and backfield options- assignments the Giants have handled poorly the past two weeks. In the Philadelphia loss, LeSean McCoy was mostly held in check until a 60-yard run in the final two minutes put the game on ice. Philadelphia tight end Brent Celek caught six passes for 60 yards, and 6'3" target Riley Cooper had a breakout performance with five catches for 75 yards and a score. The week prior New York yielded 109 yards on nine catches to San Francisco’s tight ends. Enter New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham, the NFL leader in receptions and yardage for tight ends. The second-year player is fifth overall in receiving yardage among all players, to go along with six touchdowns and another league-best 47 first down conversions. Not bad for a guy with only one year of college football under his belt. The former Miami basketball player stands at 6'6", 260 pounds, and would be covered by the speedy Michael Boley if he weren’t injured. Giants linebackers will also have their hands full with running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, both in the LeSean McCoy-mold of being strong receiving threats. Like McCoy, the Saints backs have gashed opponents for big gains; Sproles with three rushes over 30 yards and two receptions over 20 this season, and Thomas with a 33-yard rush in week nine and a 57 yard completion against Indianapolis this season.
New York offensive line takes a hit...
But this will be the week the Giants’ run game redeems itself. After posting two uninspiring rushing totals in the past two weeks (18 carries/55 yards for Brandon Jacobs in San Fran, 29 total rush yards at home against Philly), reshuffling on the offensive line will provide a spark in the run game. Will Beatty is out with an eye injury and coaches decided to shift David Diehl to left tackle and promote Kevin Boothe to left guard. With Diehl and Boothe in, the Giants offensive line has a new look without losing its veteran presence. Diehl returns to the position he started the past four seasons and Boothe has made three starts at guard this season- two of which the Giants rushed for over 100 yards and won (Buffalo and New England). The Giants are 4-0 when rushing for over 100 yards this season. Now they face a Saints defense that ranks last in the NFL in yards per attempt at 5.2 and has held opponents under 100 yards on the ground only twice in ten games. The matchup between Saints defensive line versus Diehl and company tilts in New York’s favor, especially when Diehl had this to say this week: “We had two days off. Guys were in here watching film. Guys were in here lifting. It was actually good to see everybody in that little pissed-off attitude, getting ready to get back on the field. Since we’ve started, since we prepared this week, guys are fired up. Guys are flying around on the practice field. Guys are holding each other accountable. I know this, I know that we’re going to go out and fight on Monday night.” If the line performs the way he says it will, New York will impose its will against New Orleans’ front four.
Predictions
Every trend in this game points toward an offensive shootout. In two of New Orleans’ losses they outgained their opponent, gaining more than 450 yards in Green Bay and Tampa Bay. The Saints’ offense has been slowed only once this season... to familiar face Steve Spagnuolo and the St. Louis Rams. Undoubtedly, the fact that the Saints only losses are to teams from two-name cities- St. Louis and the Bays- will be the deciding factor on Monday night. But if the Saints are to overcome that trend, they will have to do a better job in the turnover battle. The Saints haven’t taken more than one in a game this season while posting a paltry minus-5 turnover ratio. For the Giants to stay in the playoff hunt, they have to match New Orleans with early scores and win the turnover battle. To slow down Drew Brees, New York has to hope they can soak up the spirit of Spagnuolo from St. Louis for a night. In a packed Superdome on Monday Night Football it still might not be enough. Saints win, 30-27.

Giants vs. Saints Scouting Report


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A closer look at the Saints Offense, Defense and Special Teams

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 11/28/11

Giants vs. Saints Key Matchups


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Take a look at three key matchups for the matchup with the Saints on Monday Night Football!

By Dan Salomone - Giants.com 11/28/11

Interview: NY Giant Victor Cruz Talks Drake, Eli Manning Hate, and Trending on Twitter


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By Angel Diaz - Complex.com 11/28/11

Same old Giants? Don't be so sure


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Jason O. Watson/US PresswireDespite their recent losses, the Giants are still in the NFC East race and have not been a disappointment.
By Dan Graziano - ESPNNY.com 11/28/11

Dottino: Giants At Saints Preview


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By Paul Dottino - WFAN.com 11/28/11

Giants glad they held on to versatile Kevin Boothe


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David Diehl (66) and Kevin Boothe (77) go at each other in practice back in training camp.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 11/28/11

NY Giants say they must beat Saints as they try to avoid another late-season collapse

Eli Manning, David Diehl and rest of Giants say they need victory Monday night over Saints to avoid another collapse. Photo by AP
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David Diel (l.) embraces Eli Manning and steep challenge against Saints in New Orleans.
By Ebenezer Samuel - NY Dailynews 11/28/11

NY Giants are talking tough but true test will come against New Orleans Saints on Monday night

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 Antrel Rolle gives passionate pep talk to his teammates, but even he says he's not sure how Giants will respond.
By Ralph Vacchiano - NY Dailynews 11/28/11

Coughlin's Corner


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The Coughlin Corner, Giants.com’s exclusive weekly interview with head coach Tom Coughlin.

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 11/28/11

New York Giants: Players Who Can Secure Upset Against New Orleans Saints

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By Michael Willhoft - Bleacher Report 11/28/11

New Orleans vs. New York: Saints Will Be Too Much for Banged-Up Giants

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By Phil Watson - Bleacher Report 11/28/11

Giants face tough road to playoffs starting tonight vs. Saints

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MANN’ UP: Eli Manning will have to come out firing in his return to the city his father starred in.
By Paul Schwartz - NY Post 11/28/11

Season-saving win would be playoff-making statement

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STONE col’ KILLER: Former Hofstra star Marques Colston is coming off his best game of the season with eight catches for 113 yards against the Falcons.
By Mike Vaccaro - NY Post 11/28/11

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