The Giants are cramming for their latest test, a game against the very physical Washington Redskins (1-1) on Thursday night. The Giants are 0-2 and probably should be at least 1-1, perhaps even 2-0, after squandering fourth-quarter leads in both game in historic fashion.
The Daily News Live crew debates which team will shine in the annual Jets vs. Giants preseason contest.
The OTAs (organized team activities) are "voluntary" (check with Tom Coughlin on that) but the team will be expected in full on June 16th for the club's mandatory minicamp.
The team is permitted to hold a rookie minicamp anytime after May 11th. Last year, the Giants were one of two NFL clubs (Cincinnati was the other) that did not hold rookie minicamps, choosing to integrate them right into the flow with the veterans.
Today is the first day all teams can designate players the franchise tag. There is a two week window with the deadline ending on March 2nd. If a deal or franchise tag isn't made by this date, Pierre-Paul will become an unrestricted free agent.
General Manager Jerry Reese felt he saw two different players last season in Pierre-Paul. "I think at the beginning of the season he wasn't playing like he played at the end of the season. The second half of the season, he came on really strong and played like we thought he should play," Reese said after the season. "The guy has some ability to be a game changer. We didn't see enough of that in the first half of the season."
Spagnuolo is ready to press the reset button on that long odyssey of failures that nearly ruined his reputation, if not his career.
Spags will be afforded a better shot in 2015 that his predecessor, Perry Fewell, was in 2014. He will likely have a better compliment of players to work with when the team assembles this spring.
Newsflash: the familiarity they're talking about is long gone. Other than secondary coach Dave Merritt, there is no one left from his 2008 defensive coaching staff, the last season Spagnoulo was here. It was so long ago, none of the players from that team are still here, either.
Sure, Tom Coughlin likes familiarity, but that has worked against him as much as it's worked for him.?There is a wide field of candidates to choose from right now. Don't get me wrong, I like Spags, but his recent track record is too spotty for me.
The Giants' 514 yards, are the most accumulated in a single game since they gained 604 yards in a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 16, 2012. The?386 net passing yards was their highest total since they threw for 428 yards on Sept. 8, 2013 against Dallas. Eli Manning racked up a 131.5 QBR in the first half, completing 16 of 18 passes for 200 yards and a TD.
The Giants had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver for the first time since Dec. 1, 2011, in a victory at Dallas, where Manning threw for 400 yards, Brandon Jacobs ran for 101 yards and Nicks had 163 receiving yards.
Tags: 2014 New York Giants, Giants-Rams
The matchup features two clubs finishing disappointing seasons. The Rams have struggled offensively at times against contending teams. They are 20th in rushing offense and 26th in passing. They are 20th in points scored.
Like the Giants, the Rams are still playing hard for their respective coaches as the playoffs drift further out of their reach.
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The Giants travel to Seattle with hopes of stealing a win against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. The Giants are trying to avoid their fourth straight loss after winning three in a row.
"You spend a lot of time talking to your football team. It?s a short week to do that," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "We?ve had that opportunity in a couple of sessions and, you know, it?s an emotional thing. A lot of people don?t understand how emotionally draining it is, especially when you lose. To get over that and get moving, but I think we?re getting there."
The Giants are once again overrun with key injuries this season and are going up against a Seattle team that is not exactly playing at the level they were last season. That shouldn't matter. This Giant team is not a clutch one, especially on the road.
The Giants have not beaten a winning team on the road since Week 6?of the 2012 season against San Francisco. Last season they won only three games on the road, period: at Washington, Detroit and the Philly, who started Matt Barkley at QB. The Giants won, 15-7, in a?game that featured?five Josh Brown FGs.
With the Giants down Victor Cruz for this season and possibly part of next, many Giant fans may be wondering this morning why their team did not try to land Seattle Seahawks KR/WR Percy Harvin when his availability became known. Instead, it was the Jets who swung the deal.
The Giants are in need of a top WR, no doubt, but there are a bunch of reasons for the Giants to pass on Harvin.
Tags: 2014 New York Giants, giants, golden tate, john idzik, New York Giants, New York Jets, percy harvin, Seattle Seahawks, Victor Cruz
Kickoff: 8:25pm EDT
Site: FedEx Field
Here are three keys for the Giants today if they are going to get of the schneid vs Houston today.
Stop the run. The Texans are averaging 151.5 yards per game on the ground. The Giants will have Markus Kuhn back and the Texans may be without their feature RB, Arian Foster. Don't let the backups beat you.
Beason left the game in the third quarter with an apparent foot injury. He was later seen leaving the stadium with a walking boot on his right foot, the same one that caused him to miss most of the preseason. Beason underwent X-Rays before departing, but results were undisclosed. The Giants would only say they will know more about Beason's condition after an MRI on Monday.
Thurmond pulled himself midway through the game due to a pain in his pectoral muscle. When asked about the injury, Thurmond replied?"I was erring on the side of caution."
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, giants, Jon Beason, New York Giants, new york giants. giants, Walter Thurmond
The Giants moved to 4-0 on the preseason with another second half victory led by the backups. It was a coming out party of sorts for backup QB Ryan Nassib, who appears to have won the primary backup job. Nassib went 8/12 for 103 yards and three TDs to lead the Giants to a 35-24 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium Friday night.
After the starters got outplayed by the Jets on both sides of the ball for the first 28 minutes of the game, QB Eli Manning, who was getting pounded like a drum by the Jets (who weren't even blitzing BTW), engineered a 11-play, 91-yard drive that resulted in a 15-yard TD reception by WR Rueben Randle to get the Giants with three right before halftime.
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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is concerned, but not panicking. But he wants to see progress tonight.
"Based on last week I would hope that there is a significant production and better quality of play from our one?s certainly," said Coughlin.
Tags: 2014 New York Giants, Giants-Jets, New York Jets, sny
Early in the second quarter, the Giants were mounting a drive into Washington territory. On 3rd-and-2 on the WAS 32, Eli Manning had Hakeem Nicks free for a first down, but his arm was hit and the ball sailed over Nicks' head. The Giants were forced to turn to PK Josh Brown to attempt a 50-yard FG in the rain.
Brown hooked the attempt wide left, snapping a team-record of 17 consecutive FGAs.
It's tough to rate defenses. Points scored are influenced by a host of factors including opponent field position. Yards given up is influenced by the performance of the team's offense.
I've devised a measure that looks at average yards per play assuming that that 56.7% of plays run are passes (the league average). By this measure, the Giants have the seventh best defense in the league in 2013 so far.
"I expected a great effort today. I think defensively and with our special teams, we got it," said Tom Coughlin after the game. "Offensively we did not ? there?s no way to sugarcoat it. A pathetic offensive performance ? we didn?t block anybody, we didn?t make any plays, we didn?t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciated what they did, and I told those that were obvious they had not, that I felt sorry for them because they?re missing the whole point."
GEICO SportsNIte has the post game reaction from the Giants' locker room:
Vegas has made Seattle 7-point favorites and the over/under is a very moderate 41 1/2.
I don't expect a who lot of scoring, so the OU looks pretty much in line. The Seahawks are a lock to win at home, but on the road they have lost twice and in several games, had difficulty scoring. ?That doesn't mean they won't come in and trounce the turnover-prone Giants.
He's coming back to the area with the NFC's top-rated team and will play this Sunday in the stadium that will host the Super Bowl in less than two months.
"No, we?re not looking at it that way," Carroll told reporters Wednesday. "We?re just trying to get there and get focused on this game and take care of business and we?ve talked about that a long ways down the road.? That really shouldn?t be in our business at all right now."
by Jon Wagner / SNYGiants contributor
Giants GM Jerry Reese can finally stop that Super Bowl XLVIII countdown clock he kept in the New York Giants? locker room, even throughout his team?s awful 0-6 start to the 2013 season.
Turnovers and mistakes ruled the day for the Blue as they were outhustled and out-executed by a Chargers team that simply felt they had more to play for. ?The Giants were never in this game, folks. They fell behind, 24-0, before the half and could not mount any kind of a significant comeback. It was a hard one to watch.
The Chargers were led by QB Philip Rivers (21/28, 249 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) and RBs Ryan Matthews (29/103/1) and Danny Woodhead (94 total yards) and rookie WR Keenan Allen (2 TD catches). Matthews is the first back to gain 100 yards on the Giants since Carolina's DeAngelo Williams in Week 3.
The fans, booed the hated Eli Manning for the entire first half, as their Chargers took advantage of two more Giant turnovers for scores. The Giants lead the NFL in turnovers with 32 and have not gone a single game this season now without committing at least one.
In the first quarter after hitting Hakeem Nicks for a 51-yard gain, Manning was picked off on a pass that deflected off an apathetic Rueben Randle. The Chargers would capitalize on the turnover on a 43-yard TD strike from Philip Rivers to rookie WR Keenan Allen.
The series in question....
1-10-WAS 36 (2:10) (Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short left to P.Garcon to WAS 41 for 5 yards.
The Giants (4-7) travel down to the nation's capital to face the Redskins (3-8) in a battle between two of the more disappointing teams of 2013. The winner moves into third place. The loser drops into last.
Kickoff: 8:30pm Eastern
Turnovers, which killed the Giants in their first meeting with Dallas, have reared their ugly head again. Victor Cruz was stripped of the ball by Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick. The ball was scooped up by Jeff Heath an taken to the house for a 7-0 Dallas lead.
A 10-play, 74-yard drive that stalled on the Dallas 3. Josh Brown hit a 21-yard FG to narrow the score to 7-3.
Pretty silly question if you ask me. After starting the season at 0-6, limiting their maximum win total to 10, every game has become a must-win. Of course the Giants getting to ten wins would be nothing short of a miracle and something that's never been done in the history of the league.
But nothing is impossible as long as there is opportunity. And the Giants have been making the most out of their opportunities the past four games. If they have any designs on creating history, they must win Sunday.
The Eagles staved off a late run by RGIII and the Redskins to take sole possession of first place. They will get a bye in Week 12. Washington, feeling the wrath of having a drawn a first-place schedule, host San Francisco next Monday night.
The Cowboys were off yesterday, a much-needed bye to say the least. They play the Giants at MetLife this coming Sunday. A Cowboys win moves them into a first-place tie with Philadelphia. A Giants win drops Dallas into a second place tie with New York.
What I liked.....
Jon Beason and Terrell Thomas. These guys are bringing it.
The Giants haven't played a pretty game yet this season and you can add today's game to that list. But there is no column for style points in the standings. All there are is wins and losses.
Green Bay came in here without their starting QB (Aaron Rodgers) and several key defenders and fought the Giants to the very last minute. They were in the game because the Giants struggled through penalties and lapses and yet another miscommunication between their QB and a receiver that took points off the board.
The Giants played much like they did for most of the first half of the season: turning the ball over and hurting themselves with mistakes. Except this time, RB Andre Brown and the rejuvenated defense provided enough good to finally outweigh the bad.
In the end, the Giants took a 24-20 victory into the tunnel. Not the most aesthetic effort, but good enough to win their third consecutive game after a starting the season with six straight defeats.
The 3-5 Oakland Raiders hit MetLife Stadium today to face the Giants (2-6) in an NFL interconference clash of two of the league's most well-known brands.
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
The Giants (1-6) attempt to make it two wins in row for the first time this season when they travel down the turnpike to play the hated Philadelphia Eagles (3-4).
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) invade MetLife Stadium to take on the winless Giants (0-6) in what is being billed as the worst matchup in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football.
Kickoff: 8:40pm Eastern
Can the Giants stop the free fall? What happens if they do? More importantly, what happens if they don't? Send us your take.....
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Tags: 2013 New York Giants, Giants-Bears
The Giants (0-3) travel to Kansas City to take on Andy Reid's revamped, undefeated Chiefs in an interconference matchup of two teams headed in different directions.
Kickoff: 1:00 Eastern
Kel Dansby: It's a given that the Giants won't go winless and the Chiefs wont go undefeated. So why not have both of those possibilities end this week? The Giants are feeling a lot of pressure and their backs are against the wall...again. If there's any fight left in this Giants team it will come out this weekend and they'll make a statement. I look for a 4th qtr comeback victory. Giants 28, Chiefs 24
Tom Uddo: I looked at this game at the start of the season and thought it would be a cake-walk for the Giants. This team is now winless on the season after three weeks and are playing worse each week. Their offense was anemic last week against a beaten up Panthers secondary and their defense was picked apart by Cam Newton. The undefeated Chiefs and QB Alex Smith have been flawless so far through the season, throwing for over 600 yards without an interception and RB Jamaal Charles is a game changer. Even worse; Kansas City has possibly the best defensive line in the entire NFL and after Eli Manning was sacked seven times last week against Carolina, it wouldn't shock me if the Chiefs don't take Manning down 5+ times again. This team is falling apart, and while I am always looking on the positive side of things when it comes to the teams that I cover, I can't see the Giants leaving Arrowhead Stadium with their first win of the season. Chiefs 24, Giants 17
"When we look back at it last week we just know that we simply did not get the job done," said CB Prince Amukamara. "Carolina outplayed us and we just have to learn from the game, like we did, and get prepared to play next week. That?s how it is in the NFL, that?s what I?m learning, is that there?s a good team every week and our job is to try and go 1-0 every week."
S Ryan Mundy is still looking for his first win in Blue. He knows the drill, too. It's all about individuals making the sacrifice for the good of the team.