Good article here on how the Giants and Patriots differ in defensive philosophy and stuff.
Archive for January, 2012
Great article here on Chase Blackburn. Here’s a guy that was unemployed a few weeks ago but is now a critical piece on the Superbowl Giants defense.
This article has a Redskins guy talking about how to beat the Giants. It’s nice that the Redskins found a way to keep busy during the off season isn’t it?
But anyway, they say to start by stopping the run. Which is interesting because that’s what San Francisco did. And they still lost. So is the right strategy really to force Eli Manning to beat you?
Sure, sometimes he’s inconsistent. But he’s playing well now and if I’m the Patriots, I’m not making the run game my top priority.
Funny how El;i seems to be a streaky QB whose streaks often line up with the NFL playoffs. Here’s a nice article from the Boston Herald that says Eli is at his best when he’s under pressure.
Is Manning as good a quarterback as Brady? Of course not. In eight seasons, Manning’s made two Pro Bowls. He’s completed just 58.4 percent of his passes in his career and has an 82.1 passer rating. Twice he’s led the NFL in interceptions, and twice this season he lost to the Redskins. But he is that rare athlete who gets better when the games get bigger. You might even call him the anti-Peyton. The only MVP trophy he has is the one from Super Bowl XLII, which is the one that really matters.
Lawrence Tynes kicks the game winning field goal in overtime, beating the San Francisco 49ers at home and moving the Giants to 5-0 in NFC Championship games. The Giants will play the Patriots in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012 in Super Bowl XLVI.
Amazingly, the Giants won this game on special teams. I say amazingly because special teams have not always been special in recent years in New York. Today, though, the game winning field goal was set up by a special teams turnover. And the game reached overtime thanks in large part to a 49ers special teams turnover.
Playing for return specialist Ted Ginn Jr., Kyle Williams was the 49er who gave up both fumbles recovered by our NY Giants. The wide receiver out of Arizona State has mostly mental mistakes to blame. He was in poor position when a punt in the 4th quarter bounced into his knee. The on field ruling was that the ball never touched Williams but this was correctly overturned on instant replay. Huge huge credit to the Giants Devin Thomas for recovering both fumbles. Clearly the Giants best coverage guy on special teams. He deserves a bonus for his game today.
NFL network just had Paul Dottino on and asked him how does Nicks go from a decent receiver to the hottest receiver in the playoffs. Fire this guy? At least Dottino knew what to say: “I’m gonna have to take exception with you there.”
Yeah, Hakeem Nicks is hot right now. They mentioned on Numbers Don’t Lie that Nicks is only the 3rd receiver in history to have 2 playoff games of 100 yards and 2 TDs in the same season. Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald were the other two.
But let’s not forget, Mr. national football league media people, that Nicks was pretty good last year and everyone in New York knew he was becoming something special.
Last year 79 catches 1050 yards 11 touchdowns in 13 games
This year 76 catches 1100+ yards 7 touchdowns in 15 games (not playing at 100%)
Now Hakeem Nicks is no Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, or Larry Fitzgerald. But even if you don’t watch him play, he’s a consecutive 1,000 yard receiver. You gotta know he’s a bit more then decent.
The New York football Giants did not play inspiring football much of this season. It was only the last couple of weeks that things started to get exciting again.
Of course you can’t blame the giants only. The officiating in the NFL is so ridiculously bad right now that you wonder. How could it be so bad? How could the NFL not fix this terrible problem that makes fans throw up in their mouths? I mean the Giants should have been winning 30-3 at halftime. The refs made it 20-10. That’s a lot of ref interference.
But the Giants, man. They laid some eggs this season. Now, they can beat the packers and the Zebras in Wisconsin. They started winning in the trenches, playing good defense, clicking on offense, and just became fun to watch again.
Well, fun except for the officials who miss holds on JPP, late hits on Eli, make ludicrously bad spots, mess up calls on the field, mess up replays, and look entirely corrupt because who could be that incompetent? 30-20 now. The NFL officials are a pretty tough opponent for Big Blue.
Funny how the Giants were so unfun to watch when they couldn’t run the ball or play defense. As things seem to be changing the past couple weeks, I’m having fun being a Giants fan again.