Is this the week? Is this the game the Giants' finally put something together?
We'll see. The fans will be out in full force to help push the Giants along vs the Cardinals, who may be playing without QB Carson Palmer, who has "a never thing" going on in his shoulder and hasn't thrown a football since Monday. ?If Palmer cannot play, Drew Stanton will get the call. The latest is that Palmer is "50-50" to play today.
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On the Giants' sideline, they have superstar of their own. His name is Hakeem Nicks. Yesterday, he did what Arizona fans are accustomed to what Fitzgerald usually does.
Fitzgerald had eight catches for 102 yards, his longest a 47 yarder. Nicks caught the game-winning score: a 29-yarder from Eli Manning with under three minutes remaining. He also caught nine other passes for 133 yards.
The Giants were aided by a late-game call by the officials in which they deemed WR Victor Cruz had given himself up after catching an Eli Manning pass. Cruz actually stumbled and fell to the ground untouched. He rose from the turf, leaving the football to a group of Cardinal defenders - a clear fumble that would have given Arizona the ball and the game.
The officials ruled the play dead and therefore non-reviewable. On the next play, Eli hit Hakeem Nicks for 29-yard score to take the lead with under three minutes remaining.
In Weeks One and Two, Wells averaged 5.7 yards-per carry and 91.5 yards per game, scoring in both contests. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt remained optimistic that Wells could play against New York saying Wells would play "barring something we don't know about."
"Now, does that mean he?s going to be able to have 30 carries? We?ll see. That?s what you don?t know," Whisenhunt said
Here is what we culled from the annals of the Arizona Cardinals' media vault. Just about everything you need to know, or want to know about this longstanding NFL franchise who host our Giants tomorrow afternoon at 4:15pm...
The Cardinals once hailed from Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1960, where they played in Busch Stadium until 1987. They moved west to Phoenix in 1988 and officially changed their name to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
Shooting for special teams? success two weeks in a row: The Cardinals have been outstanding on special teams in the first three games of the season. A.J Jefferson and LaRod Stephens-Howling are both averaging 30 yards per kickoff return.
Lawrence Tynes has five touchbacks on the season and will need to improve on his distance in a stadium where the ball does not travel well. Tynes needs to consistently hit six yards deep into the end zone to do all he can to prevent Jefferson or Stephens-Howling from bringing them out and giving their high powered offense good field position.
The Giants made the coordinators available tot he media media yesterday, and for once none of them were under fire. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's defense has been stonewalling teams on big third and fourth down situations.
Special teams have settled down for Tom Quinn. The new kickoff rules have helped minimize exposure, but the influx of speed and the changing faces have also assisted in righting the ship.
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The Giants will have confidence coming into Arizona this weekend.
Gone are the memories of sloppy play in Weeks 1 & 2. Fresh in their mind is the collective team effort of a quality win on the road vs a respected opponent that was in the playoffs last season. What kind of effort will the Giants deliver. And more importantly for this blogger, will the inconsistent coaching from the past few years get more consistent and put the players in situations to succeed?
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"It's been one of their things that has made them a good, consistent football team for a number of years," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "You have to make sure that you really are buttoned up in your protections and do a good job of mixing your passes, so you can get something out quick to compensate for that."
GiantsDNP: CB Prince Amukamara (foot), LS Zak DeOssie (back), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), WR Brandon Stokley (quadricep), DE Justin Tuck (groin,?neck)
Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin on how the offensive line has progressed:?Communication, continuity, and reaction time. I would say that it is the overall feeling that people do understand the schemes and what we are trying to do no matter how quickly they have to make adjustments. That is where the progress is.
Coughlin on how do he plans to use DB Prince Amukamara when he returns:?We have to put him on the field and figure out what he can do?He is not going to just walk out there. That didn?t work last time, remember?
"We have documented ad nauseum the lack of leverage of his players' talent, his predictability, his inability to make intra/intergame adjustments etc... Four days ago he surprised us with his fantastic gameplan. To be truthful, he floored us. It was part of the reason we were so wrong on our prediction, because we thought we'd get regular Gilbride, the one we dislike. Instead, we got the enlighted Gilbride. So which Gilbride do we get for the rest of the season? The Strobe that flashed for 60 minutes on Sunday at the Linc, or the Torch that shines a light for the offense's entire season?"