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NFL Week 5

The NFC East ain't so bad after all. Through five weeks, the division has an overall 12-8 record, thanks to a 6-1 non-conference record vs the AFC South. In addition, the four teams only have played two divisional games thus far, so the bulk of the divisional schedule lies ahead. One of those games will transpire this Sunday night when the Giants travel to Philadelphia.

Week 5 Standings

Week 5 Results

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Overall Grade: B

An uneven effort against a struggling defense, but 30 points is still 30 points. 9-15 (60%) on third down and 3-4 in the red zone. Not bad. The play of rookies Beckham, Williams and Richburg are an encouraging sign, especially this early in the season. The bottom line is that they walked out of MetLife with a win. They're not all going to be masterpieces.

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The Giants (2-2) host the explosive Atlanta Falcons (2-2) Sunday in an NFC interdivisional clash between clubs hoping to rebound from losing seasons and get back to the playoffs.

Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.

Site: MetLife Stadium

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Some things to watch for in the Giants-Falcons game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m.):

Eli Manning vs Falcons' defense: The Giants scored 75 points the past two games and Manning is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. The Falcons are 31st in pass defense, allowing 8.6 yards per pass play. They also only have three sacks. The Falcons will also be without SS William Moore (shoulder), who probably would be covering the Giants' emerging star TE, Larry Donnell. The Giants may also get a boost from the NFL debut of their top draft pick, WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Eagles' RB LeSean McCoy currently leads the NFL in rushing and is averaging 6.0 YPC.

The revamped Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) stumble into MetLife to face the winless Giants in a matchup that is emblematic of how the once mighty NFC East has fallen.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

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GEICO SportsNite has coverage from the Giants' practice as they prepare to play the Eagles in an effort to win their first game.

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Chris Carlin and Adam Schein discuss how the 0-4 New York Giants must win in their upcoming game against the Eagles.

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Here is how the SNYGiants staff sees today's game vs Cleveland:

Sam Spiegelman: Tom Coughlin won't allow his team to slip up with a possible "trap game" this week. The Giants' crushing loss at the hands of the Eagles will serve as motivation to make a statement against the Browns. Despite who suits up at wide receiver this week, Eli Manning will exploit the Joe Haden-less secondary. And perhaps this is the game in which Coughlin decides to get back to the running game. A turnover-prone rookie and the lack of healthy offensive weapons should be the perfect remedy for a Giants defense looking to regain its form. Giants 34, Browns 17

Kel Dansby: The Giants defense will play well enough to keep this a low scoring game. Eli Manning will limit his turnovers and the offense will wear down the Browns defense on the ground. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants start slow in this contest and enter the half down by a few points, but with the help of a few big plays pull away from Cleveland in the third quarter. Giants 27, Browns 16

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The 0-4 Cleveland Browns travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-2) in an interconference clash between two of the NFL's most noted brands.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

Site: MetLife Stadium

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As expected, C David Baas, DE Justin Tuck and RB Brandon Jacobs are all inactive for today's game vs Seattle.

Also inactive today are: CB Prince Amukamara, OL Mitch Petrus, OL James Brewer and WR Michael Clayton.

Rookie RB Da'Rel Scott, inactive for three of the first four games of the season, will be active today.

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The 1-3 Seattle Seahawks are in New Jersey this afternoon to face the 3-1 New York Giants. The Seahawks, led by safety Earl Thomas (above) are coming off a tough home loss to Atlanta in which QB Tavaris Jackson threw for 319 yards. Last week, the Giants put together a 4th quarter rally to nip the Cardinals in Arizona, 31-27.

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from our esteemed colleague and friend Paul Dottino of WFAN..his three keys to tomorrow's game vs Seattle...

The Giants already have gone through an emotional roller coaster this season and are coming off two dramatic come-from-behind victories. So where do they go from here?

The lowly Seattle Seahawks (1-3) are coming to town Sunday and the Giants need to bring their ?A? game to the table ? if for no other reason than it?s important for Tom Coughlin?s team to establish what they want to be. Sure, there?s a chance their ?C? game would be good enough to beat another inferior opponent, but they cannot think that way.

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The over/under for tomorrow's Giants-Seahawks game is 43 1/2. According to data provided by Covers.com, the total score of this game is very likely to exceed that number. In the last seven games these teams faced each other, the over was breached in five of them.

O/U Trends - Seahawks:

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Here are some matchups to key on in tomorrow's game....from Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com:

Seahawks DEs Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock vs Eli Manning: This is actually the Seahawks? entire defense vs. Manning, who is on a roll with a 105.6 passer rating and eight TD passes compared to two interceptions. In his past two games against the Seahawks, Manning has been even better ? with a 130.5 rating while completing 40 of 57 passes for 557 yards with five TDs and no interceptions. The best way to disrupt the Giants? 13th-ranked passing game is to disrupt Manning. That, of course, starts with Clemons and Brock being able to pressure the Giants? QB off the edges. Neither had a sack last week, and that needs to change this week.

Seahawks LT Russell Okung vs. Giants DE Osi Umenyiora: Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson has not been sacked in the past six quarters, after being sacked 14 times in the first 2? games. Umenyiora returned last week after sitting out the first three games with a knee injury, and he had two sacks and a forced fumble. The Seahawks? passing game is visibly ? and statistically ? better when the line keeps Jackson ?clean,? but Okung will have his hands full in trying to get that done on Sunday.

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Paul Burke of Ultimate NYG posted an interview with the Seahawk Addicts today....

Seahawks were 1-7 on the road last year, this year they are 0-2. What are the reasons for poor performance away from home?

This one is a touchy subject for most Seattle fans, but the problem for the last several seasons has been that the Seahawks have not been a good team. By 2008, the players who took the team to the Super Bowl back in '05 were mostly gone or old and ineffective, and (now ex-)general manager Tim Ruskell failed to re-stock the team with talent. Really what people should be asking isn't why the team lost so many games on the road, but how did they manage to win so many games at home? (Answer: they've got one of the best home field advantages in the NFL.)

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from CBS Sports:

Eli Manning and the New York Giants are surging, and they have beaten the Seattle Seahawks by a combined 72 points over the teams' last two meetings.

The Giants will try to stretch their win streak to four straight Sunday and hand the Seahawks a seventh consecutive road loss.

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The Giants have had their way with the Seattle Seahawks the past few seasons, crunching them twice, but some are warning the winds of change may be-a blowin'....from John Boyle of the Kitsap Sun:

Coaches like to say that past results have no bearing on the next game. The Seahawks certainly hope that holds true Sunday.

Against the New York Giants last season, Seattle fell behind 35-0 at halftime on the way to 41-7 home loss. In 2008, the Seahawks lost 44-6 in New York. Both games rank amongst the most lopsided losses in franchise history.

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from FOX Sports via the AP:

The Giants are brimming with confidence, and will play eight of their final 12 games at MetLife Stadium, including one as the road team against the New York Jets. The home field should be an advantage Sunday against a Seahawks team that has dropped nine straight in the Eastern time zone since a 28-24 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 2, 2007.

Seattle (1-3) last visited New Jersey in a 44-6 loss in 2008, when Manning completed 19 of 25 passes for 267 yards and two scores. He went 21 of 32 for 290 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in last year's 41-7 rout for the Giants.

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The Giants may be favored by double digits, but they are fully aware the NFL is a week-to-week affair. They are not taking this 1-3 Seattle team lightly....Mike Garafolo reports:

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The Giants will host the Seattle Seahawks the first of a three-game homestand beginning this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

They are 2-0 vs the NFC West thus far and favored by 10 points in this one.

One of the reasons the spread is in double-digits is the paltry rushing performance Seattle has logged in thus far this season. They are ranked 31st in the NFL in the rushing department, a facet of the game a team needs to proficient in if they plan on exploiting the Giants' run-challenged defense.

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The latest injury report for today's game vs Houston.....

C?Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles), OT?Will Beatty (foot), LB?Keith Bulluck (toe), FB?Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) and DE?Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) are all OUT for today's game.

RB?Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle), CB?Terrell Thomas(hamstring), and S?Kenny Phillips (knee) are QUESTIONABLE. ? Bradshaw and Thomas have said they will play and Phillips will likely also, but he is listed as a game time decision.

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Ralph Vacchiano, Daily News: This really isn?t a much easier spot for the Giants than the Colts game was three weeks ago - - with the only differences being that the Texans aren?t as battle tested as Indy and they aren?t angry and desperate to avoid a slow start. But the Texans are good and they?ve got all the ingredients to make a long run this season - - the pass rush, the running game, the quarterback, the receivers. The Giants ? well, they?re just not clicking. I know what they did to the Bears, but here?s the part I can?t get out of my head: As dominant as they looked in that game, it was 10-3 in the fourth quarter when Ahmad Bradshaw lost the ball en route to what should?ve been a game-sealing touchdown. They came closer to losing that game most people remember. Plus, that overwhelming defensive performance had a lot to do with the Bears? bad, injured line, Mike Martz?s dumb coaching mistakes, and a shell-shocked Jay Cutler. Also, teams learn. Remember the 12-sack game the Giants had against the Eagles in 2007? They had a total of one the following week. If this game were home, maybe I?d have more faith that the Giants could put it all together. But with their turnover issues, with a slew of injuries, a long road trip, and a talented Texans offense? They won?t be blown out like they were in Indy, but winning this game might be just a little too much to ask. TEXANS 31, GIANTS 21

Paul Schwartz, New York Post: This is the most balanced team the Giants have faced thus far, and they will have to be at their very best to leave Texas with a victory. Don?t like how hobbled Bradshaw seems to be, still too many elements (special teams, turnovers) lacking consistency and return of linebacker Brian Cushing should inspire home team. TEXANS 24, GIANTS 20

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Barry Cofield is featured in the?New York Post's Sunday Q&A.

Also in the Post, Paul Schwartz?says the Giants will face a balanced offense when they take on the Texans today, while Steve Serby?says it's time for Big Blue?to make a statement.

In the Daily News, Ralph Vacchiano?takes a look at the increased role of rookie Jason Pierre-Paul.

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From Chris Duncan of the AP.....

"Schaub has been sacked 11 times in the first four games ? second-most in the league along with Kyle Orton and Michael Vick ? though the Raiders didn't get to him last weekend.

Even with the sacks, Houston ranks second in the league in total offense (415.5 yards per game) and has put up big numbers both running and passing, though usually not in the same game. The Texans said the Bears and offensive coordinator Mike Martz were too predictable in their play-calling and it cost them against New York.

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Injuries are a big part of football, but the Giants seem to be getting hit especially hard this season. Today the attention turns to Kenny Phillips, who sat out practice yesterday because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Yes, the same knee that forced him to miss 14 games?last year and led to surgery. Phillips is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game at Houston. From the New York Post:

Despite the apparent red flag of another problem with Phillips' knee, coach Tom Coughlin said the most recent setback stems from an incident in last Sunday's win over the Bears and is unrelated to the microfracture surgery.

"He has a little bit of an MCL [injury]," Coughlin said as the 2-2 Giants prepared to take on the 3-1 Texans. "It's not a surgical issue at all. He's had difficulty coming back from it, so we'll see. We've still got [time before tomorrow's game], but he did not practice."

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This week the Giants go to Houston to play the 3-1 Texans, who are gaining notoriety as one of the NFL's most potent offenses. The Giants have taken a few weeks to rise from the dead and are now considered armed and dangerous - especially on defense.

Oddly enough, this game may come down to the Houston defense and the Giants' offense....

Here's some facts.

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The Giants practiced yesterday without the services of several key players. ?The offensive line was without both centers. ?Shaun O'Hara is still hampered by his Achilles / ankle problems and Adam Koets has a bruised MCL that should not keep him out more than a day or two. ?Rich Seubert filled in at center in their absence.

As a result, the line is going through some changes. David?Diehl slid over to Seubert's spot at guard. With Will Beatty out until November, Shawn Andrews is next in line to play tackle, which he did yesterday. ?Tom Coughlin said Diehl and Andrews would alternate at tackle, but that is only if Koets is out.

Today, the Giants have a midday practice followed by press sessions with all three coordinators. The next game is Sunday in Houston against the high-flying 3-1 Texans.

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