NFL Week 15
The Giants (5-8) try to make a stand at respectability when they host the NFC's top seed, the Seattle Seahawks (11-2), this afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
Mike Florio and Peter King of NBC Sports discuss the Giants' chances
Remembering the way their season ended last year, the Atlanta Falcons took out their frustrations on the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
Atlanta recalled failing to score an offensive point while getting routed during a humiliating NFC wild-card playoff defeat at New York last January, and unwilling to pass up a chance at gaining revenge, the NFC-best Falcons (12-2) turned the tables with a 34-0 beat down of the Giants (8-6) at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.
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The shutout was the first in the regular season since they lost 24-0 on Dec 1, 1996 in Philadelphia.
It was the first regular season shutout in the Tom Coughlin - Eli Manning era.
CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee, foot), S Tyler Sash (hamstring). S Kenny Phillips (knee), DT Marvin Austin, TE Adrien Robinson and DE Adewale Ojomo
David Wilson starts for Bradshaw. Jayron Hosley starts for Prince. RB Ryan Torain makes Giants debut.
Sam Spiegelman:?Though I believe New York is the superior football team, I lean toward Atlanta in this particular contest. The Falcons play on another level in the Georgia Dome, especially considering the circumstances in this game. Last week, Carolina embarrassed Atlanta -- add in the fact the Giants did the same in the Wildcard round of last year's playoffs. And let's be honest, the Giants have the ability to play a tremendous game and follow it up with a stinker. I won't say they won't be ready for this one, but the Falcons will play with a greater chip on their shoulders.?Atlanta 27, ?New York 20
Jim Mancari:?If there is a team in the NFL that can go on the road and beat the team with the best record, it's the New York Football Giants. Big Blue has had so much success on the road during the Eli Manning era that playing in a dome environment shouldn't phase them. The key to this game will be for the Giants' defense to limit the number of big plays. Roddy White and Julio Jones can score a touchdown every time they touch the ball, so the Giants need to force Matt Ryan into bad decisions. The 24-2 Falcons' playoff loss from last season is fresh in their minds, but now that Manning has a healthy receiving core, the Giants' offense is dangerous. Even with Ahmad Bradshaw banged up, "Turbo" Wilson will get plenty of touches. This is going to be an intense game, as the Falcons do not want to limp into the playoffs while the Giants want to keep their destiny in their own hands. Both teams have strong offenses, so defense will likely determine the outcome of this game.?Giants 24, Falcons 20
The NFC East-leading Giants (8-5) travel to Atlanta to face the 11-2 Falcons, who have already clinched the NFC South.
Kickoff: 1:00PM Eastern
From ESPN.com....NFC East blogger Dan Graziano talks with NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas about this weekend's game between the Giants and Falcons.
The Giants and Falcons will meet as both teams eye a trip to the postseason. The clubs met in the Wild Card round last year with New York defeating Atlanta 24-2 on its way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. This season, the Falcons have already clinched the NFC South and are closing in on a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
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This week, the Giants are a touchdown favorite over the 4-9 Redskins and, in a perfect world, should be able to cover that number. But I wouldn't bet on it.
The Giants' December record under Tom Coughlin is abysmal. They have difficulty winning games straight-up, forget about covering spreads as favorites. They are 4-10-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 15 games as a home favorite of 3 1/2 points or greater.
- The three first half touchdown passes by Eli Manning - two to Mario Manningham and one to Hakeem Nicks - that had No. 10 looking his best and sending the Giants into halftime with a commanding lead.
- The pressure the Giants' defense put on Michael Vick really all the way up?until Vick took over the game in the fourth quarter. They hit him in and out of the pocket, including the late hit by Jonathan Goff as Vick was running out of bounds at the end of the first quarter.
They did however get on the board in their next series.
After Will Blackmon muffed Sav Rocca's punt, which was recovered by Chase Blackburn, the Giants drove 71 yards in nine plays.? Eli Manning hit a wide open Mario Manningman down the left flat inside the 10 yard line, who took it into the paint for a 35 yd score...
In the Eagles' nine wins, they've had at least one play of 40 yards or more. In their four losses, the Eagles?haven't had?a 40-yard play.
Now, you tell me what the key to tomorrow's game is for the Giants.
When the two teams meet tomorrow at the Meadowlands, the Giants must prevent Philadelphia from making the big plays. That means stopping - or containing - McCoy, Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin. Here's why:
?- The Eagles are No. 1 in total offense (402.8 yards per game) and No. 2 in scoring offense (28.8 points per game).
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco thinks the Giants will win the NFC East:?I'll take the Giants. I think they win this Sunday at home. That will give them a one-game lead with two to go. They have a tough game at Green Bay and then close at Washington after that, so it's not an easy road. The Eagles play home to the Vikings and home against Dallas. The schedule favors the Eagles, but I think the Giants might run the table. The way they are running the football and attacking the quarterback is a good formula for the close of the season on into the playoffs. I think their defensive front will get after Mike Vick this week. They do have to be careful next week at Green Bay, but they've won there before under Tom Coughlin in an important game (see 2007 NFC title game). The thing here is that the loser of the division might not make the playoffs. That's why Sunday's game is so important. It should be a good one, but I'll take the Giants and they will go on to win the division.
The NFL Network's Charles Davis is picking the Giants to beat the Eagles on Sunday:?I can?t help but notice the New York Giants are looking better and better each time I take a look. Of course we have the big showdown in the NFC East this weekend with the high-flying Eagles, who just finished whacking the Cowboys and now have the Michael Vick Experience taking full root in the City of Brotherly Love hitting the road to take on the Giants. Not only do I see the Giants winning this game, they?re my pick to win the NFC East as well. That?s right. As Raheem Morris said a few weeks ago, "I said it."
The Press of Atlantic City?reports on an injury to one of the Eagles' most important players: Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 210-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. He might have a tough time winning again this week. Jackson did not practice Wednesday because of a sprained left foot and was seen limping noticeably in the locker room. He may have a tough time recovering in time for Sunday's key NFC East game against the New York Giants, though he hopes to play.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, cornerback Asante Samuel went through a full workout Wednesday though he had little to say afterward: Samuel went through his first full session since suffering a sprained knee ligament against the Giants on Nov. 21. He wasn't willing to share much with reporters, though. "Expect 22 to do everything in his power to be out there to make my fans and our fans happy, because I want to take it to the top," the cornerback said, referring to himself by his uniform number.
from Sheil Kapadia of Philly.com......
"The Giants' 21-3 win over the Vikings Monday night sets up an enormous matchup against the Eagles Sunday at the New Meadowlands Stadium.