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Archive for October, 2005

Giants shut out Redskins

Monday, October 31st, 2005

It was New York’s first defensive shut out since November 1998 in a game against Philadelphia. Washington Head Coach Joe Gibbs was shutout for the first time in 207 regular season games as an NFL head coach. The only other time he was shutout was a 17-0 loss to the Giants in the 1986 NFC Championship Game.

Tiki Barber lit up the Redskins and had a career high 206 yards rushing. How awesome was he? 16 carries for 171 yards in the first half. Defense and running. The right way for the Giants to win football games.

Your least favorite announcer

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but it sounds like something Theisman would say:

“The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” –
–Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

Which Giants said it best?

Monday, October 24th, 2005

After a dramatic come from behind victory over the Broncos…

Tom Coughlin: Well, that was some kind of finish. And I was kidding with Eli in (the locker room) that now I guess we have to wait until the middle of the fourth quarter before we mount a drive of some kind.

Amani Toomer: This was a great comeback, probably one of the best that I have been involved in.

Jim Finn: This is the most dramatic win at the end that I have been a part of.

Eli Maning: That Denver team was coming off some big wins and playing really well. To go in there and get a two-minute drive and score a game winning touchdown is definitely the biggest play so far of my career.

Tiki Barber: The offense was inept at times and we couldn’t make some stops on defense. But in the end we made the plays that we had to, offensively and defensively.

Osi Umenyiora: It was the greatest victory I have ever been a part of.

Shaun O’Hara: That has to be the best come-from-behind victory that I have ever played in.

Jeremy Shockey: We did everything we could do at the end to win the game. It worked out our way this week, unlike last week.

What the Giants need to do better

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Obviously the Broncos are playing well and the Giants are coming off an ugly loss. To beat a good team the Giants will hae to put together a more complete game.

The defense held Dallas to 16 points, which is reasonable. The offense scored 13 which is pathetic. Maybe Dallas really is that good since they clobbered the Eagles, but I don’ think so. I think I saw two bad tems playing last week.

Anyway, the Giants will need to do better on offense. If we can go back to mistake free football or at least turnover free football, then we have a chance. Don’t turn the ball over. There’s the biggest change we need to make.

The next change is on defense. Get more aggressive in order to get the other team off the field on third down. At least once in a while. Blitz more effectively and play tighter coverage.

Finally, we need to commit to the running game. It works. Tiki was doing well against Dallas bu the Giants made him a non-factor. Why?

Giants coaches scouting Giants schemes

Friday, October 7th, 2005

An interesting article from Mike Garafolo about how the Giants coaches are scouting their own team to see what scouts on opposing teams are looking for and correct any issues.

Who’s an idiot?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Consider Jim Rich, the Daily News writer who compared Eli Manning to Dave Brown. These excerpts come from three different articles:

JIM DANDIES: Here’s the most important thing you need to know about this game: The Giants are not good. Anyone drinking the Manning Kool-Aid after his strong finish last year is heading for a wicked hangover. Manning appears to be a hard worker and an all-around nice guy, but he has Dave Brown written all over him. In fact, if Eli’s last name wasn’t Manning, he’d be halfway run out of town by now. Even though Kurt Warner’s a good Christian, he has to have vengeance on his mind, and will summon whatever he has left to beat the team that scorned him. It also helps that he has WRs to throw to such as Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. If you don’t like money, bet on the Giants all year. IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Cardinals and the under.

JIM DANDIES: This week’s Eli Manning-Dave Brown watch: In 1995, Brown’s second season, he was 20-of-34 for 155 yards and an INT in a Week 1 loss to Dallas. Manning was 10-of-23 for 172 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs last week in a run-driven, special-teams aided rout of the Cardinals. One other note when comparing Manning to Brown: Brown’s top two receivers were Chris Calloway and Mike Sherrard. Wonder how Eli would do throwing to them? Give the Giants (1-0) credit for this, however, they went out and improved their biggest weakness – special teams – with the addition of Chad Morton, who returned a punt 52 yards for a TD last week. The Saints (1-0) seem to have turned the emotion of Hurricane Katrina into positve energy, but playing away from home is going to get tough. This one should be close, but New Orleans is the better team.

JIM DANDIES: Eli Manning, who went 24-for-41 for 352 yards and two TDs, had the best game of his brief career vs. the Chargers, but the Giants (2-1) defense was shredded by Drew Brees (19-for-22, 191 yards, 2 TDS) and LaDainian Tomlinson (192 yards, 3 TDs). While Manning was impressive in the second quarter in leading Big Blue back from a 21-3 deficit, a good chunk of his production came in the second half when the Chargers were well ahead. Marc Bulger – fourth in the NFL with 870 passing yards – poses problems for a mediocre Giants secondary. He and Torry Holt (league-best 358 receiving yards) should become quite familiar with the Giants Stadium end zones. If Mike Martz can stay out of the way, the Rams (2-1) should come out on top.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Rams and the over.

Notice how the Dave Brwon watch has been suspended…

Giants confident and winning

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

While the defense seemed soft against the pass, any game where the other team has to pass every play the Giants will get some turnovers as they did against the Rams. When you win the turnover battle 5-0 you win the game.

Plust the Giants offense was clicking thanks largely to Burress (10 catches, 204 yards, 2 TD) and Manning who was able to build on a solid performance in last week’s loss:

“He’s confident,” said DE Michael Strahan of Manning. “You can see right now, every time he takes a snap and drops back it looks like he knows where to go with the ball and he isn’t stuck on one receiver and he isn’t giving the defense a chance to read him. He really looked good, especially for a second-year player with all the things the defenses are throwing at him. I think he is doing an incredible job. It’s amazing; when he looks confident the whole offense looks more confident. The offensive line looks more confident, the running game is more confident, so I think everybody feeds off of the quarterback and right now everybody is feeding off him.”

Tiki also had a good day for the offense but he’s not a one man show any longer.

All in all, the offense seems to be in a good place, special teams are doing well (though they gave up a ew nice returns), and defense is scary to watch but got the job done with the 5 turnovers.