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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sent out a cryptic tweet about the Giants on Wednesday.

The tweet is likely in reference to the release of veteran RB Rashad Jennings and WR Victor Cruz, moves that freed up $10 million in cap space for New York.

Peterson is set to receive a base salary of $11.75 million for the 2017 season. The running back's roster bonus of $6 million kicks in on March 11, meaning the Vikings have until then to make a decision on the 31-year old back. In addition to the base salary and roster bonus, Peterson will also earn a $250,000 workout bonus for participating in OTA practices and mandatory minicamps. If Minnesota keeps Peterson on his current contract, it would result in an $18 million cap hit.

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was always impossible to root against Victor Cruz, right from the very beginning, when he was an NFL nobody in the summer of 2010, an undrafted longshot trying to make the New York Giants. His out-of-nowhere rocket to stardom has been one of the best Giants stories of the last seven years.

It was easy to root for him to succeed, whether he was a budding star or making it all the way back from injuries that ruined two years of his career. He was a great guy, always the pleasant, smiling kid out of Paterson, New Jersey, even as he starred in commercials, hit the fashion shows and traded texts with Jay Z. Even now, it was hard not to hold out hope the Giants would find a way to bring him back for one more season.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been a remarkable, hard-to-believe, storybook ride for Victor Cruz and the Giants since he burst onto the scene seven years ago. And no, it wasn't exactly a happy ending when he and running back Rashad Jennings were released by the Giants on Monday.

But most of the memories are happy. And, as Cruz said, those can never be taken away.

"It's been an amazing journey," Cruz said in a release from the Giants. "I pretty much grew up in front of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like...

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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 (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Many current and former Giants -- including members of the teams that beat the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI -- took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

Click below to see the tweets

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Despite struggling this past season, RB Rashad Jennings thinks he will be back with the Giants next year.

"I expect to be back," Jennings said, via NJ.com. "And I definitely want to be back. I've got one more year on my contract, and I've got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again."

The veteran running back ran for only 593 yards on 181 carries and three touchdowns in 2016, averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry, and gave way to rookie RB Paul Perkins as the team's primary back towards the end of the season.

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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates after scoring touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates after scoring touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

For the second straight year, running back Rashad Jennings is a finalist for the NFLPA's Byron "Whizzer" White Award for community service. 

Along with Jennings, Johnny Hekker of the Rams, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, Clinton McDonald from the Buccaneers and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson have been nominated for the award that recognizes community service efforts. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Rashad Jennings came to the Giants as a bargain in 2014 - an underused, versatile running back that cost only $10 million over four years. He was going to two-way player in the backfield that then offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wanted to feature.

Three years later, Jennings is about to turn 32 and he's averaged just 939 total yards (rushing and receiving) during his three seasons with the Giants. He's due $2.48 million in salary in 2017 and carries a cap number of $3.06 million. If the Giants cut him now, they'd clear $2.5 million in salary cap space.

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jennings on Giants loss 00:01:06
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings talks about the team's painful loss to the Packers, and a positive future for Big Blue.

Despite not totaling 100 rushing yards in a game this season, New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings believes he still has room to grow.

"I'm confident in my talent," Jennings said Tuesday, according to the New York Post. "There's no doubt. I've got a lot of football left in me. Trust me. I've got an even bigger chip on my shoulder to prove people wrong, and I'm looking forward to it."

Jennings, 31, totaled 593 rushing yards on 181 carries with three touchdowns in the regular season. He added 201 receiving yards on 35 catches with one touchdown.

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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Head coach Ben McAdoo made a number of dubious offensive play-calls during the Giants' season-ending 38-13 loss in Green Bay on Sunday.

Among them was his decision to run the ball three straight times with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter and the Giants, who were leading 3-0 at the time, on the Packers' 11 yard line facing a 1st and 15.

McAdoo called for three Rashad Jennings rushes up the middle as the Giants went three and out.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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On the first playoff edition of Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with former Giants center Shaun O'Hara about his memories of the 2008 playoff game in Green Bay and his thoughts on this year's matchup against the Packers. Later, Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette calls in to give a scouting report on Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the NFC North champion Packers.

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Miami Vice 00:03:33
Daily News Live debates whether the Giants wide receivers' decision to fly to Miami on their off day was a good one.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For just a moment on Tuesday it sounded like Eli Manning was serious, like he really was bothered by the sight of his receivers, shirtless, on a party boat in Miami during their off day, six days before the start of the playoffs.

But that's not Manning's style. Dry humor is more his thing.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: G-Men Deja Vu? 00:03:12
Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti debate the Giants chances to make a deep run in the NFL Playoffs with a top ranked defense.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The New York Giants' road to Super Bowl LI begins in Green Bay, the site of two of the greatest triumphs of Eli Manning's career.

Their trip to Lambeau Field became official hours after the Giants finished up their 11-5 season with an impressive 19-10 win in Washington on Sunday afternoon. When the Packers (10-6) defeated the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday night, they clinched the NFC North title and the No. 4 seed in the NFC. That set up a date with the fifth-seeded Giants in the wild-card round Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Rashad Jennings, Seattle Seahawks, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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On this week's Giants Goal Line, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano is talking playoffs. Playoffs?! Yes, playoffs! With the 5th seed in the NFC locked up, Ralph covers the issue of who should play against the Washington Redskins, whether the offense can wake up for the Wild Card, and if Ben McAdoo should get consideration for NFL Coach of the Year. Later, Giants running back Rashad Jennings joins the show to talk about making the playoffs for the first time in his career, and also Big Blue's preparation for Week 17 and beyond.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin's decision to go for it in the 2007 regular-season finale is a big part of his legend. Faced with a meaningless game against a Patriots team trying to complete the NFL's first 16-0 season, the Giants coach decided to risk it all to see if his team could prevent history. 

They couldn't, but Coughlin and the Giants earned the respect of everyone around football. And more importantly, the confidence they gained in defeat was the springboard to their own historic championship run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants ran the ball 32 times during Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions -- more than the 28 passing attempts by QB Eli Manning.

The result was 114 yards, though the long was just 11 and they averaged only 3.6.

"It was good to get the attempts up," head coach Ben McAdoo said after the game. "I thought we pounded it in there pretty good. Big guys were coming off the ball and it's encouraging"

Tags: Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) runs the ball during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) runs the ball during the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Matt Bush)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shane Vereen will make his much-anticipated return this Sunday. 

Vereen, who has been out with a torn triceps muscle since Week 3, had "a good productive week" at practice, according to Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, and he will be ready to go Sunday. The Giants announced they have activated Vereen off the IR and, in corresponding move, have waived OL Adam Gettis.

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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants so badly wanted to prove to everyone that they were true contenders, that their six-game winning streak wasn't a mirage just because of the poor quality of some of the teams they beat. They wanted respect. They wanted to be taken seriously. They wanted to be considered one of the best.

Instead, they came out flat and played down to the diminished expectations of their doubters as they took their first real step up in class.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers ended the New York Giants' winning streak with a familiar formula.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns, Le'Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of total offense, and Pittsburgh's resurgent defense harassed Eli Manning into a flurry of mistakes in a dominant 24-14 win on Sunday.

Antonio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beckham Jr. in their personal showdown, catching six passes for 54 yards and an acrobatic scoring grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladarius Green added six receptions for 110 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown as the Steelers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

Manning completed just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beckham was largely a non-factor despite a game-high 10 receptions for 100 yards.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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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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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants are on a roll, having won five straight games to move to 7-3 on the season -- the third best record in the NFC. They are handling adversity, winning tight games, and have put themselves in position for their first playoff berth since 2011.

But is it all really as good as it seems?

Maybe it is, but don't forget that the Giants' winning streak has come against teams with a combined 19-30-1 record -- and none better than 5-5. Three of those games were at home. One was in a neutral site. And despite those advantages they've still only won those five games by a combined 23 points.

Tags: Adam Gettis, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

QB Eli Manning completed 21 of 36 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions during New York's 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"We've got to keep getting better, so there's still lots of room for improvement," Manning said after the win. "We've got to score more points offensively. But no turnovers today, so that's a positive. It wasn't the most ideal conditions to have a big day offensively, but we ran the ball over 100 yards, threw the ball efficiently enough and had a nice game plan. Guys played smart and played good football."

The Giants' first possession saw the offense drive the ball 78 yards down the field for a touchdown in under six minutes. With New York facing fourth and two from Chicago's 17-yard line, Ben McAdoo took yet another fourth down gamble, and Manning found rookie WR Sterling Shepard for a 15-yard gain. This led to a Rashad Jennings two-yard touchdown run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Bears-Giants 00:03:54
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Giants must come out of the gate scoring and keep Eli Manning on his feet against the Bears.

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THE GAME: The Chicago Bears (2-7) at the Giants (6-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Whoa! Bundle up. It's going to be nasty on Sunday, if the forecasts are indeed right. At the moment, the temperatures are going to be in the 40s with winds whipping around from 20-30 miles per hour. Pretty much, it's exactly the kind of weather you're hoping for if you're an underachieving team hoping to pull off an upset against a team that passes twice as much as it runs the ball.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts

The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

At halftime, when the Giants were beginning to show signs of struggle, Ben McAdoo talked to his players about giving a "championship effort" in the second half. His point was to get them to play harder and better.

But they also went out and showed how championship teams are made.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:12
Landon Collins, Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo talk about beating Cincinnati at home on Monday Night Football, 21-20.

Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, including the go-ahead one to Sterling Shepard on fourth down early in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants limited the Cincinnati Bengals to 37 total yards in the fourth quarter en route to a 21-20 win at MetLife Stadium on Monday.

Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Eli Manning, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | | Archive Posts

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was a tight ends coach for the majority of his Green Bay Packers coaching career. He holds the position in high regard. When he came to the Giants to become their offensive coordinator in 2014, he inherited a unit that consisted of Larry DonnellDaniel Fells and Adrien Robinson. Not exactly a dynamic bunch.

The school of thought was that Donnell was the best of the bunch with Fells a solid all-around option as his backup. Robinson had been a bust since the day he arrived in 2012 and was only on the roster because GM Jerry Reese hangs on to his draftees in hopes they suddenly blossom.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

Giants RB Rashad Jennings carried the ball 11 times for only 26 yards, and caught three receptions for 13 yards, in New York's 28-23 victory over the Eagles on Sunday.

Jennings failed to gain more than 2.5 yards per carry for the fourth straight game, and has not had a rush of more than seven yards since the season opener against the Cowboys. 

Tags: Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings
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Vacc's 3 keys: Giants-Eagles 00:03:28
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his 3 keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

THE GAME: The Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at the Giants (4-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: A pleasant fall day with lots of sun and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s and the usual Meadowlands winds of 10-15 m.p.h.

WHAT IT MEANS: It's getting real now. The Giants return from the bye essentially in a three-way tie for the two NFC wild card spots and only two games behind the Dallas Cowboys in the division. That means everything they want to accomplish is right there for the taking. The problem, though, is the Giants have been there before. In the previous seven seasons the Giants had a .500 or better record in the first half five times, but they never once followed that up with a winning record in the second half. No, this isn't officially the start of the second half, but it feels like it coming off the bye and the Giants desperately need to build some momentum. As an added bonus, with a win they might establish themselves as the most likely team to make a run at the Cowboys (6-1), if Dallas ever falls back to the pack.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants are having an unusual season here in 2016. They sport a winning record at 4-3 after seven games, but have deficient in many major aspects of the game. Here are several statistical areas they will improve upon in the second half of the season.Sacks. With only nine sacks in the first seven games, the Giants are next to last in the league. Pittsburgh, believe it or not, is last with eight. The pass rush has not been getting home but they've been getting close. Both Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon are among the leaders in QB pressures. It will come. They had a franchise-low 23 sacks last season without these two, so the prediction is they surpass that by a bunch, meaning they get around 20 in the final nine games. With three sacks in their last game vs the Rams, things could be about to change.Rushing Yards per Game. The Giants have just 492 rushing yards this season, a average of 70.3 yards per game. With Rashad Jennings healthier and Paul Perkins poised to get more touches, the Giants should raise that average. Head coach Ben McAdoo has vowed to run the ball more, so their fortunes almost have to change here.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, John Fennelly
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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke to reporters on Monday. Here's what he had to say:

  • The front office has been in discussions today about K Josh Brown, and McAdoo will join those talks tonight and tomorrow.
  • Brown has not been at the team facility today, although he is allowed to be there based on his status on the Commissioner Exempt list.
  • RB Rashad Jennings remains the starting running back.
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. is in treatment today for his hip and is "pretty sore."
  • TE Jerell Adams and TE Will Tye will get more opportunities in order to create some competition with TE Larry Donnell
  • McAdoo on taking a look at his play-calling, and possibly delegating that job to another coach: "Everything is on the table."
  • It is a real possibility that the entire 53-man roster will be available to practice following the team's bye week.
Tags: Jerell Adams, Josh Brown, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Will Tye

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

While Eli Manning exploded for over 400 yards in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens, the offense was once again unable to get the run game going.The Giants' struggles in the run game have been consistent throughout the season. As a team, the Giants have run the ball 127 times for a total of 456 yards this year, good for 27th best in the NFL. New York's 3.6 yards per carry is 25th in the league, while the team's 76.0 rushing yards per game is 30th.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Beatty
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Ravens-Giants 00:03:21
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies 3 keys for the Giants for their matchup against the Ravens on Sunday.

THE GAME: The Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at the Giants (2-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. ET.THE WEATHER: It's supposed to be so nice that I'm almost sad that the press box is indoors. The temperature is supposed to hover around 70 with plenty of sun, no rain and only the usual light Meadowlands winds.WHAT IT MEANS: If you step back and look at the big picture, the back-to-back losses in Minnesota and Green Bay aren't a huge deal. Those are tough places to win under any circumstances. They just look worse in consecutive weeks, coming off a terrible loss to the Redskins. This, though, is a perfect spot for the Giants to get back on track, at home against a mediocre team with plenty of its own issues. We're still a long ways from must-win territory, but these are the types of games teams are supposed to win if they really want to be considered contenders.PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Victor Cruz. The zero catches from Sunday night is alarming enough, but I can't really get over the two passes thrown his direction. The Giants did a decent job of trying to get the ball to Odell Beckham Jr. (12 targets) and Sterling Shepard (seven), but the beauty of their passing attack is that they're supposed to be three-deep at receiver. No, Cruz wasn't open a ton, but he was open more than twice and they've got to get more creative about finding ways to get the ball in his hands. He's taking most of his snaps on the outside now. No, he's not the same player he was pre-injury, but he still looks pretty good and he might be able to do some damage out of the slot. If the Giants can get him going it's only going to make things easier on Shepard and on Beckham, who has been absolutely swarmed by defenses the last few weeks. So they should try to get the ball to Cruz early. And I think they will.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

Giants RB Rashad Jennings expects to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after missing the last three games due to a thumb injury."We're rocking this week," Jennings told reporters after practicing on Thursday.Prior to getting hurt, Jennings picked up 102 yards on 31 carries, to go with three receptions for 16 yards.CB Eli Apple, S Nat Berhe, WR Dwayne Harris, OT Marshall Newhouse, and S Darian Thompson did not practice on Thursday. Thompson did receive some good news when he was told he no longer had to wear the protective boot on his hurt foot. The rookie safety is still considered week-to-week.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning has had two bad games in a row, and his last one in Green Bay was particularly awful. But his numbers in those games haven't gotten nearly as much attention as another number he can't do anything about.

Yes, Manning is 35 years old. And yes he is late in his NFL career. And yes, at some point, time will win and he will start an inevitable decline.

Tags: Eli Manning, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Giants will likely be without RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) again this Sunday against the Packers, leaving the running game in the hands of Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins.

Darkwa is the top candidate to get carries in Jennings' absence. Last week, Darkwa carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards and a TD. Rainey had 22 yards on four carries and Perkins ran for eight yards on two carries for a team average of 4.3 YPC. Their average for the season is an unsatisfactory 3.9 YPC.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, John Fennelly
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has dominated the news cycle lately. Some of that has been justified. Some of it has been over the top and out of control.

But all of it has masked something very important about the 2-2 Giants as they prepare for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night:

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants CBs Eli Apple (hamstring), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), and RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) are all questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers in Green Bay.

S Nat Berhe (concussion), TE Larry Donnell (concussion), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf), and S Darian Thompson (foot) are out on Sunday.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Rashad Jennings

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Weston Richburg (70) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

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In this day and age where perception seamlessly becomes reality, it's always beneficial to peek beyond the veneer and see what's really going on.

Such is the case of the Giants' offensive line, long maligned by critics, a unit that is suddenly rising up the rankings.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie CB Eli Apple told reporters his hamstring feels good after participating in individual drills on Thursday.

Apple said he hopes to take part in team drills on Saturday before attempting to suit up for Sunday night's game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The rookie cornerback was injured during the Giants' Week 3 loss against the Washington Redskins, and was inactive for Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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This was going to be a tough spot for the Giants right from the start. Going on the road to pick up the pieces from their sloppy loss to the Redskins was going to be hard enough. But in always-loud Minnesota, against one of the NFL's best defenses, and one that has haunted Eli Manning throughout his career?

All things considered, it could've been a lot worse.

Tags: Brad Wing, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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Looking at this week's matchup between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, it looks pretty simple to the naked eye. With their running game hit by injuries to RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, the Giants will have to pass the ball to win against the ninth-ranked pass defense in the NFL.

That won't be easy.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Minnesota Vikings, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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