bye week

Every NFL team has a challenging schedule. It?s certainly a grind week-in and week-out, and when Sunday finally comes, teams only get one shot at their opponents ? regardless of if the team is ready or not.

It always seems the Giants have a particularly difficult schedule, and this year is no different. Big Blue will play five primetime games, but I guess that just comes with the territory of Super Bowl expectations.

But one scheduling factor that might work in the Giants? favor is having their bye during Week 9 ? the exact middle of the season.

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Before the Giants battle the Dolphins, let's take a look at the most important players from the first act of the Giants' 2011 season.

Defensive Player of the Year: Jason Pierre-Paul

Considering how dominant he?s been this season, it?s amazing that JPP was thought to be a project when he was drafted just two seasons ago.? Many fans and experts complained that Pierre-Paul was too rough around the edges to be taken 15th overall, and that the Giants should have taken Derrick Morgan or Sean Witherspoon.? I would guess that, if the 2010 draft were held right now, Pierre-Paul would not make it to #15.

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