Week 5 Standings
Week 5 Results
Week 5 Standings
Week 5 Results
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.
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.
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
But at least I have a better overall winning percentage than the Giants.
Here are this week?s picks. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Chris Carlin and Adam Schein discuss how the 0-4 New York Giants must win in their upcoming game against the Eagles.
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
Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
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.
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.
O/U Trends - Seahawks:
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
2. Saints (3-1) - They didn't blow out the Jags like they should have, but they got the win. Jimmy Graham is a breakout star at tight end.
3. Lions (4-0) - Another huge comeback, this time from down 24 in Dallas. Calvin Johnson has two touchdowns in every game, and is a serious MVP contender.
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.
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.
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
In the Daily News, Ralph Vacchiano?takes a look at the increased role of rookie Jason Pierre-Paul.
"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.
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."
After ransacking the Bears' pass-happy attack with 10 sacks against Mike Martz's swiss cheese line, the Giants take on what defensive coordinator Perry Fewell calls the most balanced offense they have faced so far. The Texans average 415.5 yards per game behind quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson (game-time decision)?but it all starts with a precision rushing attack that averages 172 yards a game.That rushing attack is led by Arian Foster, who?is tops in the NFL in rushing (134.3 yards per game), total yards from scrimmage (172.3) and first downs gained (35). Houston is averaging 27 points a game, but they've also given up, on average,?25.5 points and 408 total yards (last in the NFL).
Oddly enough, this game may come down to the Houston defense and the Giants' offense....
Here's some facts.
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.
2. Falcons (3-1) - Battled back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat an underperforming 49ers team.
3. Saints (3-1) - The offense still isn't clicking, and they could easily be 1-3 right now. ?Still, they have the pieces in place.