Friday, December 23, 2011

Giants' David Baas returns, though offensive line has been strong without him

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Giants center David Baas has missed the last three games.By Jorge Castillo - Star Ledger 12/23/11

Giants' Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe set to fill in for Jake Ballard against Jets

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Giants tight end Jake Ballard is slated to miss Saturday's game against the Jets with a knee injury.By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 12/23/11

Who's got the edge in the matchups as the NY Giants and NY Jets get set to battle on Christmas Eve?

 Expect plenty of trash-talking Saturday from Brandon Jacobs, who gets into it with Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson during preseason game.
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Brandon Jacobs (l.), here shouting at the Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson, is never at a loss for words and he shouldn't be on Christmas Eve. Expect Hakeem Nicks and Antonio Cromartie to get into it as well.
By Gary Myers - NY Dailynews 12/23/11

Giants need to take advantage of "Locked In" Sanchez

By Nick Ceglio - 12/23/11                              

With essentially a playoff game at hand Saturday, the Giants have to look at the Jets weak offense and take advantage by creating turnovers. The perfect place to look for them, is Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez. Even though Sanchez doesn't have the huge interception number, he has gotten away with telegraphing his passes followed by a lot of bad throws this year, backed up by his mediocore 56% completion percentage. 

By no means has the Giants pass defense been stellar this year, but they have been able to take the ball away, tied for sixth in the league with seventeen interceptions. Besides "locking in" on his target, Sanchez also tends to have happy feet in the pocket when he's hit a few times. With Wayne Hunter a liability going up against Pierre-Paul, you know he will see the majority of the double teams. 

That being said, it will have to be the other guys like Tuck, Tollefson, Canty, and any other guy that can get Sanchez toe tapping in the pocket to create opportunities for our secondary to make some plays on the ball. Jets WR Santonio Holmes called out the Giants secondary saying, ''They are poor tackling guys," which for the most part has been true this season and now its time for the defense to put up or shut up. We know what were going to get from Eli and the offense, now its up to Perry Fewell's group to make some plays.

NY Giants-NY Jets Christmas Eve matchup a matter of national disinterest

 New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) chat after the preseason NFL game between the New York Jets and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ August 29, 2011.Jets beat the Giants 17-3.
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Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress will renew acquaintances again Saturday on Fox, whether or not football fans outside of New York actually care.
By Bob Raissman - NY Dailynews 12/23/11

NY Jets have a picture of the old Eli Manning on their playbook, but NY Giants QB is a different player now

It isn't the blood gushing from Eli Manning's forehead that concerned the Giants quarterback's father, Archie. It was the whiplash he was worried about.
The Jets open a gash on Eli Manning's head in the 2010 preseason, but the quarterback of the New York Giants is a much different player than last time the two teams played.
By Gary Myers - NY Dailynews 12/23/11

Jets' Revis responds to Giants receivers

Darrelle Revis speaks to the media after a workout.
By Brian Costello - NY Post 12/23/11

Five Minutes...Five Questions...on the Jets

We caught up with Aditi Kinkhabwala, the beat writer for the Wall Street Journal, to get her opinion on the matchup with the Jets!

By Dan Salomone - 12/22/11

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Michael Floyd and Top Prospects with Baggage

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 29: Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs in front of Chris Ferguson #23 of the Navy Midshipmen on a 56 yard touchdown catch at Notre Dame Stadium on October 29, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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By Josh Martin - Bleacher Report 12/22/11

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