Sam Spiegelman

Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker who currently resides in New Orleans. He spends way too much time on Twitter, enjoys Game of Thrones way too much and, occasionally, fits in times for sports.

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(Brad Penner)

With the Giants likely set to introduce Ben McAdoo as their new head coach on Friday, here are five questions that John Fennelly and Sam Spiegelman would like answered...

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1. Will you still call the plays as the head coach or will you delegate that to Joe Philbin, the new OC?

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The Giants Odell Beckham Jr., right, had a contentious game-long battle with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman Sunday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants Odell Beckham Jr., right, had a contentious game-long battle with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman Sunday. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

12/23/15: The NFL has upheld the Beckham suspension and he will miss Sunday's game against the Vikings.

After the suspension was upheld, Beckham released a statement:

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( Adam Hunger)

Every week, our game predictions are released on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bolder predictions.

The Giants snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-7 with a win Monday night in Miami, but remain stuck in a first-place tie with Washington and Philadelphia in a wild yet precarious NFC East.

Now, the Giants host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, who have locked up their ticket to the playoffs and are aiming to improve to 14-0 on Sunday.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Tye, Sam Spiegelman
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(Robert Deutsch)

The New York Giants (6-7) host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers (13-0) on Sunday in a monumental Week 15 clash.

Carolina continues to march toward perfection while the Giants are battling to stay on top of the NFC East. The Panthers have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, but are jockeying for the No. 1 seed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:

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New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants 27-26. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants 27-26. (Jim O'Connor)

Every week, we release our game predictions on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bolder predictions.

The Giants have dropped three in a row; yet at 5-7 remain tied for first place with Washington and Philadelphia in a wild, yet precarious, NFC East.

Now the Giants head to South Florida to take on a Dolphins team that is also 5-7 on Monday Night Football.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Spiegelman
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Miami Dolphins (5-7) host the New York Giants (5-7) on Monday Night Football in a Week 14 clash.

Both the Dolphins and the Giants have the same record, yet Miami sits in the basement of the AFC East while the Giants share a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East with the team's playoff hopes still intact.

Here's a short breakdown of what to expect, as well as a prediction:

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Spiegelman
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs for touchdown during the first half against New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (21) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs for touchdown during the first half against New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (21) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 14 opponent: the Miami Dolphins.

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the 'Fins, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…

1: RB Lamar Miller has carried the ball 20 times in a game only 1 time this season - last week against Baltimore - rushing for 113 yards in a 15-13 Miami victory.

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Robert Ayers, Sam Spiegelman
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The New York Giants suffered their third loss in as many games and continue their late-season plummet in the NFC East standings.

The Giants were on top against their crosstown rivals for much of the afternoon on Sunday, but fell 23-20 in overtime.

Here are some numbers that help tell the story between the Giants and Jets:

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The New York Giants (5-6) host the New York Jets (6-5) in a crosstown rivalry game. Both teams are trying to keep their postseason aspirations alive.

The Giants' second loss in as many games dropped them into a first-place tie with Washington atop the NFC East. With five games remaining, the Giants are in a foot race with the Redskins for the division crown.

The Jets are a distant second behind the Patriots in the AFC East, but remain in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the AFC. The Jets are coming off a 38-20 toppling of Miami and look to continue their winning ways in a road game at MetLife Stadium.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one handed catch over New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) but lands out of bounds during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a one handed catch over New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) but lands out of bounds during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Every week, our regular game predictions will be released on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bold predictions column.

After a second consecutive loss, it's time to rebound.

Onto Week 13 as the Giants take on the crosstown rival Jets:

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Spiegelman
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass as Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. (Geoff Burke)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 13 opponent, the New York Jets.

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the Jets, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…

1: The Giants will turn to rookie Bobby Hart, who will make his 1st career start on Sunday. Hart has appeared in four games this season and will take over at right guard for the injured Geoff Schwartz.

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New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shakes hands with cornerback Prince Amukamara (20). (Tim Heitman)
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin shakes hands with cornerback Prince Amukamara (20). (Tim Heitman)

The New York Giants lost their grasp on first place in the NFC East and now stand in a first-place tie with Washington after their 20-14 loss Sunday.

So, where do they turn next?

First, the team faces a mental hurdle after suffering a second loss in as many games. Thus far, the Giants have maintained confidence entering Week 13 and their remaining slate ahead of them.

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(Brad Mills)

The New York Giants lost their stranglehold on first place in the NFC East by falling 20-14 to Washington Sunday at FedEx Field.

The Giants have dropped two in a row and and have split their series with Washington. More importantly, at 5-6, both they and the Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East standings.

Here are more important numbers from Sunday's loss at Washington:

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul high fives teammates as they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul high fives teammates as they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

As Jason Pierre-Paul prepares for his third game of the season, he has certainly garnered the attention of coaches, and for good reason.
 
Pierre-Paul has made strides from game to game, evident by a sack Week 10 against New England, which was called back due to a penalty.
 
Still, as Pierre-Paul learns to make adjustments with his hand, he has continued to improve as a pass rusher.
 
"The first game, I remember he was even flipping trying to get comfortable on which side should he be on," Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said.
 
"I think the second game we saw a little bit more of him, especially in the passing situations, but I think the run game. I think he's been OK there, we always preach in terms of defense of using your hands, and even when you're out here in practice and he's got it wrapped up, it's a little tougher to do, but I do see him using it more and more. That's encouraging and I think that's good."
 
Pierre-Paul has had to learn to put his left hand down in the ground instead of his right, which has been among the biggest adjustments for the defensive end.
 
Other teams have taken notice, too.
 
As opponents make adjustment for Pierre-Paul, he's working to combat it.
 
"You can see on film that in obvious passing situations, they'll use a guy to chip, and I think that's something that you're going to see when you've got somebody of his caliber out there rushing the passer," Spagnuolo said. "They have to decide where they think he is, whether he's like he was a year ago, or two years ago, or if he's different because of the injury he's dealing with. I think he's always going to face that, I really do."
 
However, he has worked tirelessly with defensive line coach Robert Nunn in an effort to improve.
 
Spagnuolo believes eventually that hard work will yield positive results.
 
"He's just battling the comfort level," he said. "It's getting used to a lot of different things every game. I think he obviously feels more comfortable this week than he did last week and hopefully that'll pay off."

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Sam Spiegelman

Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports (Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) breaks up a pass intended for Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports (Chris Faytok/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports)

After missing five games due to a partial pectoral tear, Prince Amukamara is back.
 
The oft-injured Giants cornerback will start opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday as the team faces Washington in an NFC East tilt.
 
Before Amukamara sustained his injury, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was impressed with his level of play. Now that he's back in the fold, he's optimistic about this Giants secondary.
 
"We know he's a good football player," Spagnuolo said. "I really thought right before he got hurt, I thought he was really coming along and playing real well for us.
 
"Anytime you lose a player of Prince's caliber, it makes it a challenge. I think the guys have done a good job to this point. We're glad we have him back. … Hopefully he can knock the rust off really quick in the game and he can help us."
 
Jayron Hosley and Trumaine McBride took on larger roles with Amukamara sidelined, but that didn't lead to Spagnuolo changing up his defense.
 
That will remain the same as Amukamara returns to the starting lineup.
 
However, the defensive coordinator indicated there's a higher degree of confidence with both the Giants' starting cornerbacks back out there.
 
"I probably won't call anything differently now that he is in there," Spagnuolo said. "He's played in this league a long time, he's a solid pro, we rely on him as one of our real good football players, and to have one on either side, that being DRC (Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie), I think there is a sense of security there for us."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jayron Hosley, Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride, Sam Spiegelman

Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch)
Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch)

The Washington Redskins (4-6) host the New York Giants (5-5) on Sunday in a Week 12 clash.

Washington is 4-1 at FedEx Field this season and has won four in a row in its own building since the season opener against Miami. This game pins the first-place team in the NFC East against Washington, which would slide into the top spot with a victory over the Giants.

Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman
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Orleans Darkwa (Kim Klement)
Orleans Darkwa (Kim Klement)

Every week, our regular game predictions will be released on game day. That leaves Saturday for our bold predictions column.

After a bye week, it's time to get back on track.

Onto Week 12 as the Giants take on Washington:

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Nov 15, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) tries in vain to pull in pass interception during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)
Nov 15, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) tries in vain to pull in pass interception during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. New England Patriots defeat the New York Giants 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)

Landon Collins was a 5-star safety at Dutchtown High School (La.) and an honorable All-American at Alabama, so playmaking came natural.

Having an interception slip out of his grips against the Patriots two weeks ago hasn't been easy to get over.

"That was the first time I had the game in my hands and dropped the ball," Collins said. "That was the first time that happened."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 12 opponent, the Washington Redskins

Here are some numbers that tell the story about Washington, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…

3: The Giants registered 3 sacks against the Giants before the bye week, which was a season-high mark.

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New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

At 5-5,the New York Giants still control their own fate as they enter the stretch run of the season.
 
Still leading the NFC East, the Giants return from the bye week with a game at Washington before a difficult four-game stretch that leads the team to its regular-season finale against Philadelphia. 
 
After the Week 11 bye, the Giants had a chance to retool and get healthy.
 
Here are five things we'd like to see from the Giants following the bye week:
 
A pass rush
 
The Giants enter Week 12 tied for last place in the NFL with 12.0 sacks. But in Week 10, the Giants seemingly pieced together their best pass rush of the season, sacking Tom Brady three times in a close loss. 
 
Jason Pierre-Paul also had a sack, but it was wiped away by a penalty. Nonetheless, it's an encouraging sign that Pierre-Paul is already making strides despite playing in two games, and the rest of the Giants' defensive line is stepping up to the challenge as well.
 
The Giants need a pass rush to win the NFC East and make noise in the playoffs. It's a blueprint that led the team to two Super Bowls over the past decade. As we saw early on in this season, a lack of a pass rush made the team wildly inconsistent and an easy stepping stone against superior teams.
 
Defensive reinforcements
 
The Giants opened the season with one of the better defenses in the league. However, as injuries began to force players out of the lineup, this rag-tag group began to falter.
 
This week, the Giants had a chance to make room for defensive reinforcements at multiple levels of the defense. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is back opposite of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Amukamara had been dealing with a pectoral tear and missed five games. He'll take over for Jayron Hosley in the starting lineup and be an upgrade against teams' No. 2 wideouts.
 
Additionally, J.T. Thomas (ankle) and Uani 'Unga (neck) should be back in the mix, too. Thomas has missed the last three games and Unga has missed the past two. 
 
In other words, nearly the Giants' entire starting linebacking corps was sidelined. With Thomas and Unga back, the front seven is again solidified and should help improve a rush defense that has struggled in recent weeks, allowing more than 100 yards in five of the last six games.
 
More Darkwa
 
The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards twice in eight games, and no Giants running back has eclipsed 100 yards in a single game to date.
 
That needs to change if the Giants are going to find balance in their offense down the stretch. 
 
With a backfield comprised of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa, Tom Coughlin must configure a plan in which the team has more success on the ground to set up play-action pass and control the time of possession. Otherwise, the Giants are going to continue to be predictable and inconsistent running the ball. 
 
Darkwa leads the team with a 4.7 yard per carry average, which is more than the Giants' team averages per carry (3.8), which is 27th in the NFL. The 23-year-old back has proven he's deserving of more carries as he fits what the Giants are trying to do offensively. 
 
Ereck Flowers' strong second half
 
The Giants' rookie left tackle is going to remain right where he has been all season since incumbent Will Beatty will not be returning to the field in 2015.
 
Thus far, Flowers has had a very … rookie type of season, with bright spots and blemished all alike. 
 
With some injuries nagging the Giants along the offensive line to Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, the team needs stability from other areas. One of those areas needs to be at left tackle.
 
Flowers needs to come out strong for the stretch run and protect Eli Manning from some talented edge rushers that the Giants are going to face over the final six games. 
 
Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Flowers' technique is improving at practice, but it needs to translates to the games. After a week to continue to perfect his technique, Flowers needs to step up and play a pivotal role on this offensive line.
 
Rueben Randle being a true No. 2
 
Odell Beckham Jr. has enjoyed continued success his sophomore seasons. He ranks seventh in the NFL with 863 receiving yards on 63 receptions to go along with eight touchdowns.
 
And he might not be the most important receiver on the Giants.
 
We know what to expect out of Beckham - playmaking ability, outstanding catch-and-runs and a consistent threat to opposing defenses.
 
However, Beckham is susceptible to struggles when defenses blanket him.
 
Those defenses are unable to do so when Randle is at his best.
 
When Randle catches a touchdown, the Giants are 3-0. He's a perfect complement to Beckham's skillset, and with Dwayne Harris now the full-time starter in the slot and perhaps Hakeem Nicks finding a niche role in the offense, Randle needs to step up and be a true No. 2 option for Manning.
 
Randle has seen an uptick in targets. Six seems to be a magic number of sorts. When Randle is targeted six or more times, the Giants are 3-2. Not too shabby.

 

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Orleans Darkwa, Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman

Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 4, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) recovers the ball and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills runningback Cierre Wood (41) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Giants beat the Bills 24 to 10. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Fresh off a bye week, Prince Amukamara is anxious to get back to football.

But it's more than just Week 11 that Amukamara has been away from the field.

Sidelined by a pectoral injury, Amukamara has missed the Giants' last five games. However, he's expected to return for Sunday's NFC East tilt with Washington.

Tags: J.T. Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman
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Eli Manning will not have his favorite slot receiver back this season.

The Giants quarterback received the news about Victor Cruz's season-ending injury through word of mouth, and said the prognosis was difficult to swallow considering how hard Cruz worked to try and return.

"It's unfortunate. I know it is tough on him and he worked so hard to come back from the knee injury last year and was excited coming out and playing and was looking good in training camp and to have this nagging calf injury, so I know it has been tough on him," Manning said. "I think our receivers have been doing some good things. Dwayne (Harris) has been playing well in the slot, so we have to worry about the guys we have here and playing at a higher level to win games."

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The Giants dropped to 5-5 after a 27-26 loss at the hands of the 9-0 Patriots Sunday.

Here are some numbers to help tell the story of the game:


1: Stephen Gostkowski nailed his game-winning 54-yard field goal with 1 second remaining. For the second time in the past three games, the Giants were beaten on a field goal with one second or less left. In New Orleans two weeks ago, Kai Forbath kicked a 50-yarder as time expired.

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Eli Manning and the Giants are hoping to spring another upset of the Patriots on Sunday. (AP)
Eli Manning and the Giants are hoping to spring another upset of the Patriots on Sunday. (AP)

The New England Patriots (8-0) visit the New York Giants (5-4) on Sunday in a Week 10 clash.

The Patriots are an NFL-best 41-15 in the month of November since 2001, which is good for a .732 winning percentage. Tom Brady is 12-2 all-time against the NFC East. The Giants lead the all-time series with the Pats 6-5 with three consecutive wins dating back to Super Bowl XLII.

Here's a short breakdown of what to expect as well as a prediction:

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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 10 opponent, the New England Patriots.

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the Pats, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…


0: Eli Manning has missed 0 starts since making his debut. Manning's 176 consecutive starts is the longest active streak among NFL players, regardless of position. It's also the third-longest streak in history for a quarterback behind Brett Favre (297) and Peyton Manning (208).

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 (Brian Blanco)
(Brian Blanco)

Tom Brady, 38, has a few years on Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

But thus far, Brady has beaten Father Time.

Brady ranks third in the NFL in passing with 2,709 to go along with 22 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions.

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(Brian Blanco)

Shane Vereen is preparing to face his former time for the first since leaving them in free agency this spring.

Fear not - there are no hard feelings.

Vereen hasn't paid much attention to the success New England is having this season, but he's well aware the Patriots are 8-0.

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 (Brian Blanco)
(Brian Blanco)

When it comes to the Patriots, you have to expect the unexpected.

The Patriots constantly switch up game plans, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Eli Manning has plenty experience facing off against Bill Belichick, but knows he can't rely on what New England did last week as he prepares for Sunday.

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

It will take a near-perfect effort for the New York Giants to give the New England Patriots a run for their money.

Jonathan Casillas knows that.

The Giants try to enter each week with strong outings at practice to fully prepare for Sunday. Casillas believes it'll take another strong week of practice - and more - to take down the Patriots Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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 (Phelan M. Ebenhack)
(Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Giants are 5-4 and sit atop the NFC East.

This marks the first time the Giants own a winning record and lead the division after nine games for the first time since the 2012 season.

In both 2013 and 2014, the Giants were 3-6 and in third place at this point in the year. This time around, the Giants are in the mix for an NFC East crown, giving the Giants more motivation as they prepare for the stretch run.

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 (Brian Blanco)
(Brian Blanco)

The Giants offense has been effective even without a healthy Rueben Randle opposite Odell Beckham Jr.

Randle has continued to play despite a lingering hamstring injury, but the wide receiver continues to feel better on the injury front and believes he'll be a full speed after the Week 11 bye.

"It's still a little sore, but it's better than the past weeks," Randle said. "As much as I can rest it, I try to rest it to allow me to go longer in the game. Just trying to find a way to manage my way around it … hopefully, I'll be where I can go out there and play full speed (in) probably one more week and then after the bye."

Tags: Rueben Randle, Sam Spiegelman
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 (Phelan M. Ebenhack)
(Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The New York Giants remained on top of the NFC East with a 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here are the numbers that tell the story:


0: For the second week in a row, the Giants recorded 0 sacks. Last week, Dree Brees remained upright despite 50 dropbacks. This time around, Jameis Winston was clean after 36 dropbacks.

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 (Jonathan Bachman)
(Jonathan Bachman)

Every week, our regular game predictions will be released on gameday. That leaves Saturday for our bold predictions column.

Last week was a tough one to be bold, but Odell Beckham Jr. gave us a performance to remember in his return to New Orleans.

Onto Week 9 as the Giants take on Tampa Bay:

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The Giants and Bucs enter Sunday's Week 9 tilt on opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Giants came up short in a shootout against the Saints last week in New Orleans, while Tampa Bay upended the Falcons on the road to improve to 3-4 on the year.

Tampa Bay has won two of its last three, and the Bucs have caught the attention of Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

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Odell Beckham Jr. isn't concerned with statistics. The only thing in the box score the Giants' top receiver cares about is the final score.

Last week, it wasn't good enough against the Saints.

Beckham caught three touchdown passes and topped 100 yards receiving, but in the end, the Giants lost, and that's left a bad taste in his mouth heading into Week 9.

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 (David Goldman/AP)
(David Goldman/AP)

With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 9 opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the Bucs, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…


1: The Bucs and Giants will both be starting former No. 1 overall picks Sunday. Jameis Winston was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Eli Manning was the top pick 11 years ago in 2004.

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The NFL trade is Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. ET.

The Giants (4-4) have shined bright at times, but lagged at others. They seem to be missing a piece or two on both sides of the ball.

Sure, Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to be back in the lineup sooner rather than later, but no longer is he a guaranteed commodity.

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The New Orleans Saints (3-4) host the New York Giants (4-3) on Sunday for The Giants are 15-12 all-time against the Saints, but winless in the Superdome over the last 12 years.

 

Here's a short breakdown, what to expect, as well as a prediction.

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Every week, our regular game predictions will be released on gameday. That leaves Saturday for our bold predictions column.

Last week was a good one to be bold. Dwayne Harris found the end zone against his former mates and Dallas registered only two sacks.

Onto Week 8 as the Giants take on New Orleans:

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The Giants are getting healthy … especially in the receiving corps.

Rueben Randle said as much on Thursday, adding that when both he and Odell Beckham Jr. are healthy, the big-play spark will be back.

"We feel it coming," Randle said. "We've just got to stay with it, stay patient, got to let it come to us a little bit. Don't try to rush it and force some things. We know the time will come, big plays are going to come. Just got to continue to do the right thing for us to be prepared for the opportunities."

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The Giants received a pleasant surprise this week as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to terms on a contract.

The Giants, which lack a competitive pass rush this season, will slowly work Pierre-Paul back into the fray during practice over the next few weeks.

More importantly, Pierre-Paul's return had an emotional impact on the team.

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Don't count out Jon Beason just yet.

The veteran linebacker plans to play Sunday in New Orleans despite a rolled ankle and a knee injury, he said Thursday.

"That's the plan. That is the plan, feeling better every day, but it happens when you go out and you play a lot of reps," Beason said.

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The New York Giants own the 28th-ranked rush defense in the NFL.

In six games, the Giants have failed to eclipse 100 yards on the ground.

The team has used the combination of Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams, and perhaps the second-year back could be in store of more carries.

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Victor Cruz has still not yet been cleared to return to practice, Tom Coughlin said Thursday.

Cruz remains with the trainers as he continues to deal with a strained calf.

Additionally, Odell Beckham Jr. did not practice on Thursday due to hamstring soreness.

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With game day nearing, we delve into the scouting report to break down the Giants' Week 7 opponent, the Dallas Cowboys

Here are some numbers that tell the story about the Cowboys, including how they have fared so far in the 2015 season and the Giants' history against them…


 1: Matt Cassel will make his first start for Dallas Sunday. In the quarterback's career, he's 0-1 in one start against the Giants. In that game, Cassel threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

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The New York Giants gave up three sacks Monday night to the Philadelphia Eagles after surrendering only four in the previous five games.

Next up, the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys, who have notched 11 sacks in four games this season and now boast a healthy pass-rushing tandem of Greg Hardy and rookie Randy Gregory.

The Giants expect pressure; it's a matter of countering it.

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Chip Kelly's squad claimed a share of first place in the NFC East after defeating the Giants, 27-7, on Monday night.

Here's what the Eagles coach had to say after the game:

  • On pressuring Eli Manning: "Well, it's twofold because coverage leads to it. So we knew in the quick passing game that we had to get up tighter in coverage and that makes him hold the ball a little bit longer. So I thought our guys did a really good job from a coverage standpoint. Aside from really that first drive, we were just off a little bit in that first drive, but they did a better job in coverage which leads to him holding on to the ball a little bit longer. And then I thought our D-Line, especially the front four, got to him. It wasn't a real big blitz game for us, just because the ball is out so quick and you don't want to leave too many voids in behind, so we had to play well in coverage and then the coverage allows the rush to get home."

 

  • On slowing down Odell Beckahm Jr. in the second half: "Billy (Billy Davis) and (defensive backs coach) Cory (Undlin) and those guys did a really good job of scheming it. We tried to get him doubled as much as possible and there was a lot of double coverage going on on Odell."

 

  • On taking Shane Vereen out of the game: "You know when he's in there, he's a big part of - it's almost like Eli quickly goes to who his first read is and it's one of the wide receivers or the tight end and then gets to the back. So I thought our linebackers did a really good job in coverage on the back."

The Washington Redskins (1-1) will come to MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants look to get in the win column for the first time in 2015 on Thursday Night Football. New York is?has won five of its last six meetings against Washington dating back to 2012, including each of the last four games. Here?s a short breakdown, what to expect, as well as a prediction.

Game: Week 3 vs.?Washington

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Washington has been one of the NFL's biggest surprises early on this season, but the formula that has allowed the team to go 1-1 should not come as a shock to anyone.

Washington has built a team with stout defensive play and a ball-control offense. Kirk Cousins has operated the offense, which leans on a 1-2 rushing tandem of Alfred Morris and rookie Matt Jones, and has made the team much more formidable this season.

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Every week, our regular game predictions will be released on game day. So this week it's Thursday, leaving Wednesday for the weekly bold predictions column.

Last week, some of our bold predictions proved true. Odell Beckham Jr. topped 100 yards receiving; Shane Vereen led the Giants in receptions; Vic Beasley got the best of Ereck Flowers; and Eli Manning and Matt Ryan combined for more than 600 yards passing.

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