Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...
?1. Seattle Seahawks?(5-1):? The number - 11?- The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they?just might?the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with?five fumbles?yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2
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Throughout the myriad of problems the New York Giants have faced this season -- a porous offensive line, the lack of a running game, the inability to get sufficient pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and special teams mistakes -- turnovers, especially interceptions, have been the biggest common denominator in keeping them winless.
It was no different on Thursday night at Soldier Field, as quarterback Eli Manning (14-for-26, 239 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions) started with his 13th and 14th picks of the year and finished with a league-high 15th on New York?s final drive, as the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (4-2) held the Giants (0-6) off, 27-21.
They have lost several key players to injury and many others are playing hurt. It's only Week Six.
The staff at BBB provides some insight on what to expect from the Giants tonight:
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- Eli Manning and Victor Cruz just barely miss on connecting deep for a touchdown.
- Both offenses look out of sync, but the Giants will be content running out the clock with Bradshaw and taking a double digit road win.
Kickoff: 4:25pm ET
Site: Candlestick Park
Sam Spiegelman: This one is going to have the feel of a playoff game for sure, but right now, San Fran is the more complete team. The Niners are clicking on both offense and defense, and they have the fortunate position of being at home in Candlestick Park -- not to mention, they want to avenge their NFC Championship Game loss ... badly. The Giants, meanwhile, have had no pass rush to bank on and it's a question about what kind of performance they can expect out of Hakeem Nicks coming off of multiple injuries. Right now, San Fran looks to be the superior team, but it wouldn't shock me to see one of the trademark Eli Manning comebacks in the fourth quarter. Prediction: 49ers 23, Giants 20.
Jim Mancari: Expect a game similar to last season's NFC Championship game. Same teams, same location, and both teams will be coming after each other. The 49ers feel that they were robbed last year based on a few special teams blunders, so they should be ready to play in full force. San Francisco's defense has been downright stingy the past two weeks, allowing just three total points. However, that was to the Bills and jets, neither of which have Eli Manning at quarterback. It should still be a low-scoring game, but the Giants have to be able to stop the rushing attack of Frank Gore. The defensive front also needs to find a way to pressure Alex Smith, or it could be a long afternoon for the Giants defense. But if Hakeem Nicks plays and Ahmad Bradshaw is even half of what he was against the Browns, the Giants will be in the game the whole way. It might once again come down to a late-game or overtime field goal from wither Lawrence Tynes or David Akers. Prediction: Giants 23, 49ers 21.
Here are the seven top moments/performances from yesterday according to the league:
Giants quarterback Eli Manning led the team to a 27-24 win over Buffalo. In his career, Manning is 22-5 (.815) as a starter in October, the best mark among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts).
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Lawrence Tynes' 23-yard FG with 1:32 remaining proved to be the difference on the scoreboard, but two key INTs by CB Corey Webster proved to be the real difference in the game.
With the victory, the Giants moved to 4-2 on the season and took sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The Redskins (3-2) lost to the Eagles (2-4) at FedEx Field today. Dallas (2-2) is playing at 4:15 vs New England.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw has a pair of TD runs and QB Eli Manning has thrown for 211 yards on 13 for 20 passing. He has not been sacked nor has he been intercepted.
The defense has surrendered huge chunks of yards again, allowing an 80-yard TD run by Buffalo RB Fred Jackson along with a 60-yard TD reception to WR Naaman Roosevelt.
DE Justin Tuck, OL Chris Snee, RB Brandon Jacobs, FB Henry Hynoski, CB Prince Amukamara, T James Brewer and DT Dwayne Hendricks
C David Baas and LS Zak DeOssie are both active. Baas will start at center; Jason Pierre-Paul will be in for Tuck again; Kevin Boothe will be at RG in Snee's spot and Bear Pascoe goes back to FB, replacing Hynoski.
The surprising 4-1 Buffalo Bills charge into MetLife Stadium to face the 3-2 New York Giants.
Last week, the Giants fell at home, 36-25 to the Seattle Seahawks while the Bills took advantage of the sloppy Philadelphia Eagles in Buffalo, 31-24.
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The weather will be perfect for football - mid-60's and sunny. There are plenty of great seats to be had...just click the title link of this post to view....
Outside of a couple of ill-advised throws (one of which went for a Victor Cruz touchdown) Manning was fantastic last week, despite a porous offensive line and a lack of a running game. ?And unlike in real life, three touchdowns and three interceptions still makes for a very good fantasy day.
The Bills have forced a lot of interceptions, but are also the 25th worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks.? I expect another strong fantasy day from Manning.
Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who was the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, on what he can tell his current players about his former team:
"I can definitely give them my insight on how their players play, what I think their strengths and weaknesses are. I?ve tried to do that and share that with them. Does that help our team? I hope it does from a preparation standpoint, but we have to play the game."
How will the Giants' porous run defense fare against the Bills' explosive rushing tandem of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller? Even more important - can the Giants' offense secure the ball vs the ballhawking Bills' defense?
The crew at SNY's WheelHouse breaks it down...
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OL Chris Snee (concussion), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), DE Justin Tuck (neck, groin), LS Zak DeOssie (concussion) and FB Henry Hynoski (burner) all sat out of practice today.
C David Baas (neck), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) and LB Michael Boley (knee) all practiced.
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BillsDNP: T Demetrius Bell (shoulder), WR Donald Jones (ankle), LB Chris Kelsay (calf), G Andy Levitre (knee), LB Shawne Merriman (shoulder), S Da'Norris Searcy (ankle), CB Aaron Williams (chest), T Kyle Williams (foot)
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At least they know this much: neither team is playing a stitch of defense. The Giants get the 3-point nod because they are at home. Not that that matters, since they are only 6-4 at the new stadium. Since MetLife opened last year, the Giants have won more games on the road (7) then they have at home.
The Bills are 3-0 at Orchard Park this year and 1-1 on the road. They are 4th in the league in rushing and aren't very careless with the football, sporting a league-best +11 turnover ratio. The Giants will have to earn this one.
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2. Saints (4-1) - Went head to head with the Panthers and needed a late scoring drive to win, but there's no shame in that against Cam Newton's upstart team.
3. Lions (5-0) - One of the best stories in football, the Lions just keep on rolling. For the first time this year, Calvin Johnson did not score two touchdowns (5 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD).
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"I need to catch the ball obviously, and I can't give them that kind of field position," Dodge would say later.
If you listened to the oddsmakers and only saw the final score, you?d have thought Sunday?s game at the New Meadowlands Stadium was a fairly easy home victory for the New York Giants (4-2) over the Detroit Lions (1-5).
Sometimes, both the oddsmakers and the final score can be misleading.
Ahmad Bradshaw had 133 yards on just 19 carries and his backfield mate Brandon Jacobs scored twice as the Giants won their third consecutive game after a 1-2 start.
The Lions may have been 10-point underdogs but they put up a fight to the very end, even after the Giants knocked starting QB Shaun Hill from the game right before the half.
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Here's the AP's Tom Canavan:
When Tom Coughlin started discussing the Lions with his New York Giants, there was no mention of either Detroit's near-record 23-game road losing streak or the 1-4 regular-season?mark.
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The Lions have as many - if not more - key injuries as the Giants have but according to Tom Coughlin, that doesn't mean they are any less dangerous.? The Lions have lost their last 23 road games, but have played well enough to win in many of them.? The Giants want to assure that Detroit does not end this infamous schneid at their expense.
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NFC Picture Gets Even More Muddled1. Falcons (4-1) - Consistently good, but never great. ?Right now, the consistency has them atop the list, but I don't think they have the talent to stay #1 for long.
2. Giants (3-2) - A complete spanking of the Texans has the Giants on the rise while other top NFC teams fall. ?The defense is for real, and Hakeem Nicks continues to develop into a top 10 wide receiver.
3. Saints (3-2) - They lost to a bad Cardinals team with a rookie QB. ?They haven't dominated a game yet, and with a few bad breaks, could be 0-5.