1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1): It didn't take long for the Seahawks as they proved once again, that home-field advantage could be the deciding factor this year in the playoffs, and luckily for them, it looks like the NFC Playoffs will go through Seattle. The Seahawks had their foot on the gas pedal from kickoff and jumped out to an early lead at the end of the first quarter 17-0. While their offense was impressive, the defense has to be commended for holding future Hall of Famer Drew Brees to just 147 yards through the air, a number that just doesn't look right next to Brees' name as he usually racks up 300+ yards a game. Russell Wilson & Co. didn't look back and routed the Saints by a final score of 34-7. If Peyton Manning wasn't having the year he is, Wilson would have to be considered for MVP. Face the facts, the Seahawks are easily the best in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. Carolina Panthers (9-3): Praying for a Saints loss, the Panthers got their wish, setting up a matchup against New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line. Carolina won their eighth straight game against the Buccaneers, and their defense shined, holding Tampa Bay to just two FG's. Cam Newton had another mediocre game, throwing two touchdowns accompanied by two interceptions, but it didn't matter in the end. Maybe his mind was still on Auburn shocking Alabama just a day earlier, who knows. But the Panthers are on a roll, and when teams end the season hot, it can only bode well for them. Will the Panthers defense eat up the Saints like the Seahawks did? My money is on Carolina. Ranking last week: 3

 

3. New Orleans Saints (9-3): The Saints walked into a buzz saw on Monday night. An intense atmosphere with record-breaking crowd noise, a team that looks almost unbeatable at home and defense that just wasn't prepared. New Orleans' defense was picked apart by the Seattle offense and before anyone could even blink, they were down double-digits. Brees couldn't decipher the Seattle defense and looked lost for the first time in a while. More importantly, he couldn't find any receivers down field, and even though he completed 23-of-38 passing, finished the game with just 147 yards with a 20-yard pass to Jimmy Graham being his longest of the night. Right now, the Saints look vulnerable, and a game against the Panthers, is something they really don't need...at least it's at home. Rankings last week: 2

 

4. San Francisco 49ers (8-4): For two weeks straight, Anquan Boldin has been a major part of the Niners offense, and they have rebounded well from two straight losses off of their bye week, with two consecutive wins, this past week against the Rams. San Fran is clutching on to the final wildcard spot in the NFC, even with an 8-4 record due to Seattle putting a hurting on the entire conference. With the running game quiet during the win against the Rams, Colin Kaepernick spread the ball around the field and welcomed the return of Michael Crabtree who debuted in his first game this season since recovering from an Achilles injury.   Ranking last week: 4

 

 5. Detroit Lions (7-5): A stellar performance on Thanksgiving as the Lions were firing on all cylinders against the Packers and scored 40 points for the second time this season. Reggie Bush finished the day with 117 yards on 20 carries, while Calvin Johnson had his third straight game of 100+ yards and caught a touchdown. The Lions took sole possession of first place in the division with the Bears OT loss to the Vikings. Ranking last week: 9

 

6. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5): Nick Foles continues to impress, 19 touchdowns and not one interception, which is pretty amazing when you really think about it. Foles had passes of 20+ yards or more to four different receivers and Zach Ertz raked in two touchdowns. The Eagles held off a late Arizona comeback after jumping out to a 24-7 lead and remain tied atop the NFC East with the boys from Dallas. Ranking last week: 6

 

7. Dallas Cowboys (7-5):  Dallas rallied from being down 21-7 in the second quarter on Thanksgiving to beat the Raiders and remain tied at the top of the NFC East at the end of the weekend. Tony Romo, who was battling sickness, relied heavily on running backs Lance Dunbar and DeMarco Murray, with Murray reaching the endzone three times in the Dallas victory. Ranking last week: 7

 

8. Arizona Cardinals (7-5):  It was asking a lot from the Cardinals to travel across the country to Philly and deal with the cold weather and a hot quarterback after their stunning beat down of the Colts just a week earlier. Carson Palmers threw three touchdowns in the loss to the Eagles, but two costly interceptions doomed Arizona. This team is 2-4 on the road and if they want to earn that final wildcard spot in the NFC, a trip to Seattle in week 16 could be a HUGE game for them. Ranking last week: 5

 

 9. Chicago Bears (6-6): Now you can debate all you want about kicking a FG on third or fourth down, but what was head coach Mark Trestman thinking? Letting Robbie Gould kick a 47-yarder in overtime on second down was WAY too risky, especially with the Bears needing a win to keep pace in the NFC North. I am in the school of thought that you should always try and gain extra yards, even on third down, as we rarely see kicks go wrong where they have to dive on the ball and retry. With Matt Forte in the backfield and Alshon Jeffrey having a record-breaking day with 249 yards on 12 catches, how can you not even attempt to gave even a couple of yards to make the kick easier? Yes, Gould has been golden over the past few years (see what I did there), but you cannot risk it, especially in overtime. Ranking last week: 8

 

  10. New York Giants (5-7):  A breakout game for Justin Tuck as the veteran broke through the Redskins offensive line four times to bring down RGIII. It was good seeing Brandon Myers finally getting some touches with the ball and finding the endzone, but it looks like Hakeem Nicks is done as a Giant. Andre Brown had a tough day on the ground rushing for 35 yards on 14 carries, but it was the defense of the Giants that kept them in the game. After allowing a touchdown on the first drive of the game, Big Blue's defense did a great job of containing Alfred Morris and the Washington offense, and denied the Skins from reaching the endzone in the second half. Ranking last week: 13

 

  11. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1): Tough to criticize an offense that scores just 10 points when your defense allows 40, but Matt Flynn completed just as many passes as his team scored points and the Packers were blown out by the Lions on Thanksgiving. With no scoring in the first half, it looked like it was going to be a defensive battle, but by the fourth quarter the Lions had a double digit lead and Green Bay had nothing to be thankful for. Ranking last week: 10

 

12. St. Louis Rams (5-7): A tough day for the Rams who couldn't get anything going on offense and kept the game close against the Niners until the fourth quarter. Kellen Clemens completed 19-of-37 passing for 218 yards, but didn't have a single receiver over 50 yards on the day. St. Louis is in for a rude awakening when they face another solid defense this week in the Arizona Cardinals. Ranking last week: 11

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9): Another team that had the odds stacked against them on Sunday as they were dominated by the streaking Panthers. Mike Glennon was sacked five times by the gritty Carolina defensive line and didn't find the endzone all day. Ranking last week: 12

 

 14. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1): Another big day for Adrian Peterson who rushed for 211 yards on 35 carries, but the focus was on the kicking game between the Vikings and Bears. After missing a 39-yarder due to a penalty, Blair Walsh kicked Minnesota to victory in overtime with a 34-yard shot through the uprights. The Vikings would lose starting quarterback Christian Ponder early in the game, but backup Matt Cassel did a solid job in relief, finishing the day with 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Greg Jennings had seven catches on the day, his most all season and reached the endzone for the first time since his week four performance where he scored twice. Ranking last week: 15

 

15. Washington Redskins (3-8): Tough break for the Redskins on their final drive after confusion among the referees denied them a first down, even though they believed they had gotten one. It didn't matter with Pierre Garcon having the ball ripped out of his hands to end the game on the Skins final drive to tie the game against Big Blue. Washington started off hot, scoring on their first possession of the game and then jumped out to 14-0 lead, but by halftime, their defense had given it away. Their offensive line couldn't contain the Giants pass rush, mostly Justin Tuck and RGIII was sacked five times. Ranking last week: 14

 

16. Atlanta Falcons (3-9): Maybe the Falcons should relocate to the Toronto since they looked much better playing in neutral territory against the Bills on Sunday. Matt Ryan finished the day without an interception, which is saying a lot and racked up 311 yards through the air. After two turnovers by Buffalo, the Falcons were able to pull out an overtime win on the leg of Matt Bryant. Is anyone more relieved to see Roddy White finally tally up some yards? White had his biggest performance of the year on 10 catches and 143 yards. Ranking last week: 16

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

Tags: cowboys, giants, New York Giants, nfc power rankings, panthers, saints, seahawks, tom uddo, tuck

 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

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When one thinks of a New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup they envision a hard-hitting affair between big bodied linemen and linebackers. That may have been the case in years past, but the game has changed immensely in this decade. The biggest matchup in this Sunday's upcoming game between the two legendary franchises will likely take place between two 5"10" speedsters.

The Steelers' most explosive player is WR Antonio Brown, the 5'10" four-time Pro Bowler who has been virtually unstoppable the past several seasons. Fantasy players know Brown well and in legacy leagues, he rarely lasts past the first few selections. In DFS, Brown is one of the highest-valued names. He'll cost you, but he's usually worth it.

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The Wild BJC asks on Twitter: "31st in NFL rushing yards thus far, will this eventually hurt the Giants down the stretch or can they keep winning via pass game and defense?"



Ralph Vacchiano: Conventional wisdom insists that a team can't win in December (especially in the Northeast) or on the road in the playoffs by throwing the ball on offense alone.

At some point it needs to run the ball to control the clock and pick up the tough first downs. It needs to play defense, too...


Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants much maligned defense.

Giants defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants' much maligned defense.

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Taylor James on Twitter asks: "Is Jerry Reese still on the hot seat?"



Ralph Vacchiano: No, I'm pretty sure he's safe now. I'd say John Mara and Steve Tisch are pretty happy with six straight wins, an 8-3 record, a likely playoff berth and - if nothing else - a relevant December. They kept Reese around to turn the franchise back in the right direction after three straight losing seasons. Barring a total and stunning collapse down the stretch, that's exactly what he did...

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli, Big Ben 00:03:32
Sterling Shepard talks about his targets, while the panel debates Eli vs Big Ben.

Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Steelers 00:03:53
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Giants victory on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

THE GAME: The Giants (8-3) vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Cloudy and chilly, with temperatures in the upper 30s or low 40s. There's a small chance of a little rain, but at least it doesn't appear there'll be much wind.

WHAT IT MEANS: A lot. And a lot of different things. First, the Giants need to win if they have any hope of winning the NFC East. The Cowboys' comeback win in Minnesota on Thursday night made that a longshot for the Giants as it is. If they win, though, they'll remain two back and then if they beat the Cowboys next week they'd be one back with the tie-breaker and three games left to play. A loss in Pittsburgh, though, and the Giants will be three back with four games left and even if they beat the Cowboys next week the division is likely out of reach. The wild card race, though, may be their's to lose if they win in Pittsburgh. If that happens they'd be at least two games up, maybe three, with four to play. That's a virtual lock. But regardless of all that, this is a benchmark game for the Giants. Yes, they've won six in a row, but the competition hasn't exactly been stellar. Their December schedule represents a big step up in class and even though the Steelers have been erratic, beating them in Pittsburgh is the Giants' toughest challenge since their back-to-back trips to (and losses in) Minnesota and Green Bay, right before their winning streak started.

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Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants much maligned defense.

 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

When the leaves begin to cover the ground here in the East in late November, you can bet the NFL contenders are getting their running games in order. The Steelers are a prime example. Yes, they have an explosive passing game, but they know it's their running game that will propel them towards the postseason.

That running game is led by one of the best backs in the league in Le'Veon Bell, the fourth-year man out of Michigan State who came into this season still rehabbing from MCL/PCL surgery. He missed the first three games of the season due to another drug-related suspension and it's taken him a while to find his footing in this offense that was passing the ball nearly 65 percent of the time the first nine games of the year.

But that's changing as Bell has been heating up of late. The past two weeks, he rushed for 120 and 146 yards against Indianapolis and Cleveland respectively, and added 77 more yards in those games via 12 receptions. He is looking more and more like the weapon the Steelers had back in 2014, when Bell was a first-team All-Pro.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Landon Collins has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for November, it was announced Thursday.

He is the first Giants player to win the award since Jason Pierre-Paul in December 2011 and the first safety in Giants history to win the award.

The 22-year-old Collins, who won back-to-back defensive Player of the Week awards earlier this season, had three interceptions, five passes defensed, one sack, and 30 tackles (23 solo) in November.

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Giants players and coaches react to Shane Vereen practicing with the team for the first time since he was incapacitated with an injury.

GEICO SportsNite: Beckham 00:00:48
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. speaks about his ability to match up with Steelers stud Antonio Brown.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's thumbs up for Odell Beckham. Literally.

The Giants' star wide receiver gave the thumbs up sign when asked how his injured thumb was feeling on Wednesday. He injured it in the Giants' win in Cleveland on Sunday and was briefly forced to leave the game. He did return, though, and finish his six-catch, 96-yard, two-touchdown performance.

He wasn't on the Giants' injury report Wednesday and was able to participate in their light practice. He also said his thumb was "good," though he added that it definitely hurts.

"Every time it hits there," Beckham said. "In the game, I was going down to the ground and I had my hand over the ball. They tried to rip the ball and just ripped straight thumb. It doesn't feel good. I don't think you really notice how much your thumb bumps into stuff or gives out of its movement until you have one that's hurt and you bump it into a table.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' struggling offense could soon get a boost with the return of running back Shane Vereen.

Vereen returned to practice with the team on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a partial tear of his triceps muscle in Week 3. And he's far enough along in his recovery, according to a team source, that the "hope" is he'll be ready to play in the Giants' showdown with the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 11.

"Man, I wish I knew, honestly," a clearly excited Vereen said after practice. "It's up to the doctors. I am progressing, doing everything that they have me do each and every day, just trying to take baby steps and hope enough of the baby steps will be to getting back on the field."

Vereen has been on injured reserve since his injury, but he will become the Giants' "designated to return" IR player as long as he's added to the active roster some time in the next 21 days. Giants coach Ben McAdoo would not put a timetable on Vereen's return - he said that will be up to the medical staff - but he was clearly excited by the idea.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

As the "real football" begins this weekend, the Giants are in fantastic position. They still have a shot at winning the NFC East -- especially if they can beat the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 11 -- and they have a strong hold on at least one of the NFC's two wild-card spots.

With five games to go, though, their lead of two games isn't fully secure -- especially considering how difficult their schedule is down the stretch. Here's a look at the state of the wild-card race, and a look at the division race, too:

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12, the league announced Wednesday morning

Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks, seven total tackles, three tackles for loss, and had a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown in New York's 27-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

The award marks the fourth time Pierre-Paul has been named the Defensive Player of the Week, putting him third in Giants history behind only Lawrence Taylor (9) and Michael Strahan (5).

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:02
Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the prospect of facing his draft classmate Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are getting some help on beating Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers by learning from Eli Manning's champion brother Peyton.

Peyton, a two-time Super Bowl champion who retired after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in February, visited the Giants' facility on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan

Eli is facing the Steelers for the fourth time in his career, the first since 2012. Eli is 1-2 in those games, while Peyton, including the playoffs, went 4-1 in his career against the Roethlisberger-led Steelers, including a win in last year's AFC Divisional Game. Peyton threw for 1,250 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception in those matchups.

"He gave some insight," Eli said to Raanan. "Just some stuff that was successful; he's played Pittsburgh a lot over the years. Played 'em last year in the playoffs. So just had a few tips or ideas that may fit into our system."

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Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Eric Pinkins (47) runs during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kyle Terada)

The Giants have promoted S/LB Eric Pinkins from the practice squad, while RB Orleans Darkwa has been placed on the injured reserve list, the Giants announced Tuesday evening.

Darkwa has been dealing with lower leg soreness, and has not recorded a carry since New York's 23-16 loss to the Packers on Oct. 9. The running back has only appeared on special teams in the last four games. 

On the season, Darkwa has carried the ball 30 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Odell Beckham, Jr. could remain the Giants' punt returner when they face the Steelers this Sunday, head coach Ben McAdoo hinted after Sunday's game.

"We'll take a look at it. We'll talk to him in the game plan meetings this week," McAdoo told reporters. "He's sure-handed back there. He's electric with the ball in his hands."

Bobby Rainey began this past Sunday's win against the Browns as the punt returner, but was replaced by Beckham after fumbling one away in the first half.

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The Football Night in New York panel discusses Eli Manning?s arm and the Giants' offensive potential moving forward.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The first three months of the Ben McAdoo Era couldn't have worked out much better for the Giants. They are 8-3, the second-best record in their conference, and well-positioned for their first playoff berth in five years. They are rolling, coming off their sixth straight victory.

Everything is good. Everyone is happy. But the rookie coach still gave his team this warning:

"It's December football," he said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. "This is where the real football begins."

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On this week's Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses another so-so win for the Giants, as well as the Odell Beckham Jr show, as Big Blue survived in Cleveland to beat the Browns and claim their 6th straight win. Plus, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post calls in to chat about whether or not the Giants are better or worse than their record, and whether or not they are serious contenders as the calendar flips to December.

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The Giants' Odell Beckham celebrates after scoring against Clevleeand Sunday.
The Giants' Odell Beckham celebrates after scoring against Clevleeand Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. was targeted 11 times and had six catches for 96 yards with two touchdowns during the Giants' 27-13 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Last week against the Bears, he only had five catches for 46 yards on seven targets, leading to concern the Giants weren't using their top playmaker enough.

Beckham had a 32-yard catch-and-run off a slant pass in the second quarter fora score, and a 4-yard TD reception with 5:10 to go as the Giants put the winless Browns away. He had a 41-yard catch before his second TD. 

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Giants QB Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes Sunday during the Giants' 27-13 win over the Browns in Cleveland.

He completed 15 of 27 passes for 194 yards overall, had zero interceptions and was sacked just once.

Two of Manning's touchdown passes were to Odell Beckham, Jr. -- a 32-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter and a four-yard reception with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. 

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates as he runs into the endzone from his touchdown interception against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates as he runs into the endzone from his touchdown interception against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help lead the Giants to their sixth straight win with a 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants driving 00:03:28
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti discuss the important factors in the Giants' win and how far Big Blue can actually ride this momentum.

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Eli Manning, Ben McAdoo, and Jason Pierre-Paul speak following the team's 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, two to Odell Beckham, Jr., and Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception for a score as the Giants defeated the Browns 27-13 Sunday in Cleveland.

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New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins trashed Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. on social media after Sunday's 27-13 win.

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The Giants' Nat Berhe covers a punt against the Eagles earlier this season. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants' Nat Berhe covers a punt against the Eagles earlier this season. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Nat Berhe left Sunday's Giants victory over the Browns in Cleveland due to a concussion.

Earlier this season, Berhe missed four games recovering from a concussion. When he returned, he told NJ.com that he would not change his hard-hitting style. 

"Is that going to change how I tackle? Probably not," Berhe said. "I've watched the hit and it was just one of those things where it just happened. It is what it is.

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on the sideline against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

THE GAME: The Giants (7-3) at the Cleveland Browns (0-11) at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. 

THE WEATHER: Despite some clouds early in the day, the game time weather calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-to-high 40s with a slight wind. 

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Browns 00:04:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Giants victory on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns.
THE GAME: The Giants (7-3) vs. the Cleveland Browns (0-11) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. ET

THE WEATHER: Not bad, actually. Temperatures in the mid-40s, light winds. Considering it's Cleveland and it's almost December, it could be a heck of a lot worse.

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Oct 23, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) blocks for quarterback Eli Manning (10) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. The Giants defeated the Rams 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) blocks for quarterback Eli Manning (10) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. The Giants defeated the Rams 17-10. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Giants are coming off two straight games in which they gained over 100 yards on the ground. This week, they face one of the league's worst run defenses in the Cleveland Browns, who are allowing 144 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry. They have also surrendered 13 touchdowns on the ground.

The Giants will try to exploit that with a running game that has shown some signs of life the past few weeks. Pro Football Focus has suggested that fantasy football owners consider inserting RB Rashad Jennings in their lineups this Sunday.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants defense will have its hands full with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., a 6-foot-4, 240-pound dual threat wide receiver.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Giants 00:01:22
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and head coach Ben McAdoo discuss the matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) hits Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after a pass for a personal foul during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) hits Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) after a pass for a personal foul during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA TODAY SPORTS)

Giants DE was fined $18,231 for a roughing the passer penalty he took last week against the Bears, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. 

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Here's a hypothetical question: What scares you more -- going on the road to play an 11-0 team or going on the road and playing an 0-11 one?

This Sunday, the Giants will visit the 0-11 Cleveland Browns. In the nine decade history of the franchise they have never faced a team that was 0-11 or worse.

The closest they have come was back in 1960 when they hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Yankee Stadium. That game ended in a 31-31 tie and was Dallas' only non-loss in their 0-11-1 inaugural season.

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The Giants released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • OL Justin Pugh (knee)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

  • WR Dwayne Harris (wrist)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • G Adam Gettis -- (Calf )
  • RB Orleans Darkwa -- (Lower Leg)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs out of bounds after a reception in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham runs out of bounds after a reception in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite Odell Beckham, Jr. being limited to 238 yards and three touchdowns over the past four weeks, the New York Giants have won each game.

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GEICO SportsNite: OBJ 00:00:57
Odell Beckham Jr. discusses Thanksgiving on the two-year anniversary of "The Catch" against the Cowboys.
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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches warmups before a game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson watches warmups before a game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

When the Giants were seeking their successor to Tom Coughlin this past January, they interviewed a wide array of candidates before hiring their own offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, for the job.

One candidate on the list was then-Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, a highly respected football man with a history of success. The Giants wanted to speak to Jackson before another team scooped him up.

That didn't happen. Jackson never made his flight to meet with the Giants. The Cleveland Browns had called to say they wanted to hire him. On his conference call Wednesday with the Giants' beat pool, Jackson was asked what exactly caused him to miss that flight.

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The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants have gone 6-for-11 on fourth downs this season, and the risks rookie head coach Ben McAdoo has taken over the past several games have largely paid off.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Giants offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (73) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants OL Marshall Newhouse says he partially tore the MCL in his left knee, but he believes he can play on it, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post.

Newhouse started at left guard for the Giants in Week 11 for the first time in his career, after starting guard Justin Pugh and backup guard Brett Jones were both ruled inactive. 

Newhouse suffered the injury during Sunday's win over Chicago, but only missed one series before returning to the field.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' run 00:01:00
Giants look to continue to improve on both sides of the ball before their Week 12 tilt with the Cleveland Browns.

The Giants may be 7-3 and are possibly headed for a postseason berth, but they are far from a complete team -- sitting at 31st in the NFL in rushing after 11 weeks. Only the Minnesota Vikings are worse, but they have an excuse. They have been without star RB Adrian Peterson all year and are missing several starters on the offensive line. The Giants' excuse? Well, they don't have one.

Yes, the Giants ran for over 100 yards on Sunday for the second straight game, but they could not run the ball in the second half when they needed to. After coming out in the second half and scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, they punted on their next five, which included three three-and-outs. Their other two drives lasted just five plays each. With the weather changing in the Northeast, they have to do better than this.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Justin Pugh, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants defense 00:00:33
Landon Collins talks with Ralph Vacchiano after the victory over the Chicago Bears and discusses the improvement in the Giants defense.

Landon Collins recorded six tackles, broke up three passes, and picked up his fifth interception of the season during New York's 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Collins extended his streak of consecutive games with an interception to four, the team's longest streak since Phillippi Starks recorded a pick in four straight games in 1995.

"He's a baller - straight up," defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said of Collins. "I don't know who's playing better than him in the NFL right now. Call it luck, call it whatever. But he's in the right place at the right time."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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New York Giants cornerback Will Allen against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Giants cornerback Will Allen against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

Former New York Giants cornerback Will Allen has pleaded guilty to running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

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