Nov 302012
 

Approach to the Game – New York Giants at Washington Redskins, December 3, 2012: This is the biggest game in the NFC East this season. For the Redskins (5-6 overall, 2-1 in the division), it’s basically a playoff game. Washington must win this game to have a serious chance to win the NFC East. For the Giants (7-4 overall, 2-2 in the division), while this is not a “must” game, winning would give New York a commanding lead in the NFC East with four games left to play. And given the difficulty of the Giants’ schedule down the stretch, losing this game would once again put the Giants in a worrisome situation.

In other words, the Giants can make it easy or difficult on themselves by winning this game. The Giants are the better team, but New York has an annoying habit of making things more difficult than they should be. The good news for the Giants is that the Redskins are 5-6 for a reason. And they haven’t played in a game this big against the Giants since Jim Fassel was the head coach.

Giants on Offense: The Redskins’ defense always seems to give the Giants more problems than they do other teams. The Redskins are currently ranked 28th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed (390.5 per game) and 25th in points allowed (25.9 per game). And they are a terrible 31st in the NFL against the pass (301.4 yards per game). But they are a remarkable 3rd in the NFL in run defense (89.2 yards per game). Why that figure is so impressive is, that on paper, their defensive personnel doesn’t seem overly intimidating in the front seven, especially with the early-season losses of DE Adam Carriker and LB Brian Orakpo. But Washington’s 3-4 defense had been getting the job done up front against the run.

The man in the middle on the defensive line is our old friend Barry Cofield. He’s been a big asset for Washington and he gave OC David Baas problems in the first game. (Keep in mind the oft-injured Baas is hurting again, this time with a shoulder injury). Inside linebackers London Fletcher (88 tackles) and Perry Riley (85 tackles) are the top two tacklers on the defense – just the way you draw it up in a 3-4 defense. With Orakpo out, OLB Ryan Kerrigan is their best pass rusher (6.5 sacks) and a physical presence against the run.

While Washington is not one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing teams (20 sacks), they do a great job of creating turnovers. They have 14 interceptions and have returned three of those for touchdowns. They have also forced nine fumbles, recovering seven for two additional touchdowns.

The Redskins’ secondary is not as strong, but for some reason QB Eli Manning never seems to have his best games against Washington. CB DeAngelo Hall is a feast-or-famine-type of player. He leads the Redskins in interceptions and has a history of picking off Eli. But he also is vulnerable to double moves and getting beat deep. The other starting corner is Josh Wilson. The safeties – Reed Doughty and Madieu Williams – are not very strong against the pass.

Ball security is imperative. And Manning needs to elevate his game against the team and a defense not known for playing the pass very well. In the last three Giants-Redskins games, Eli has completed 60 percent of his passes, but he has only thrown one touchdown against six interceptions. If Eli plays like that again, the Giants will likely lose the game.

The real key question is can the Giants run on this defense? In the last three games, the Giants have rushed for 75, 91, and 64 yards against Washington. Earlier this season, Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown managed only 60 yards on 17 carries. That’s not going to get it done either. Should the Giants come out throwing or try to remain balanced from the start? If they try to remain balanced, they obviously need to run and block better. The loss of Brown due to injury will probably negatively impact the Giants in short-yardage situations. How much will that hurt in this game? On the other hand, David Wilson brings an added dimension with his explosiveness. He should get the most touches he has had all season. Obviously, the Giants need him to perform well in pass protection and hold onto the football. But his ability may surprise Washington.

Giants on Defense: Robert Griffin III is the real deal. He’s completing over 67 percent of his passes and has a 16-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He’s passed for almost 2,500 yards and rushed for 642 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Most impressively, he doesn’t seem to get flustered.

The Giants’ defense got torched in the first meeting between these two teams. Griffin completed 20-of-28 of his passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns. More troubling is the Giants gave up 248 rushing yards!!! If the Giants had not recovered three fumbles and picked off Griffin once, the game really would have been out of hand.

The Giants have to stop the run. The Giants did not seem prepared at all for the Pistol Offense in the first game. HB Alfred Morris ran for 120 yards on 22 carries (5.5 yards per carry) and Griffin ran for 89 yards on nine carries (almost 10 yards a pop). Even FB Darrel Young rushed for 26 yards on five carries. The problem for the Giants is that Griffin’s play-action out of the Pistol is so good, that when the linebackers step up, Griffin just lobs the ball over their heads for the easy completion over the middle. TE Logan Paulson hurt the Giants with four receptions for 76 yards and the Giants will have to keep an eye on the other two tight ends as well (Niles Paul and Chris Cooley).

I would be tempted to run the three- and four-safety packages a lot against Washington. On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense against the NFL’s #1 rushing team (163.5 yards per game), but the Giants have good safeties and the added athleticism will help against Griffin. Obviously, much depends on if S Kenny Phillips (knee) can play and stay on the field. In my mind, the keys are to adequately recognize the play (pass or run), not bite on play-action, and maintain great gap discipline. The Redskins will stretch a play out with their zone-blocking schemes and Morris is a good cut-back runner. Worse, if the backside end or linebacker doesn’t stay at home, Griffin can break a big play on rollout off play-action.

For the multiple safety package to work, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Chris Canty, Linval Joseph, and Rocky Bernard have to play their best game of the season in terms of run defense. The tackles inside must be stout.

The Giants will benefit from TE Fred Davis being out, but they will have to contend with WR Pierre Garcon – Washington’s best receiver – in this game. Garcon can get deep and make the big play. Josh Morgan is more of an intermediate threat, but Santana Moss continues to give the Giants fits, including scoring two touchdowns in the last game. Leonard Hankerson is a deep threat.

Mike Shanahan loves trickery. The Redskins will use a lot misdirection in this game. He has used Griffin as a receiver and he has run the flea flicker and other gadget plays against New York. Given this is Washington’s most important game of the season, the defense needs to play it smart.

The Giants need to play with a great combination of intelligence (in order to correctly read the plays) and toughness (in order to defense the run) on Monday night. I would mix things up and try to confuse Griffin. I would also hit him extremely hard every time you can. He’s not a big guy. Pound him.

Giants on Special Teams: Brandon Banks is an explosive kick and punt returner. The Giants must do a good job against him. Close division games often come down to special teams. This would be a great time for the Giants to block a punt or field goal.

Nov 302012
 

November 29, 2012 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Injury Update: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), OC David Baas (shoulder), OT David Diehl (shoulder), and S Kenny Phillips (knee) did not practice yesterday.

WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (shoulder) were limited in practice.

Selvish Capers Re-Signed to Practice Squad: The Giants have re-signed OG Selvish Capers to the Practice Squad.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants Online: The video of this week’s edition of Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Article on Halfbacks Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin: RB’s Torain and Lumpkin Play Catch Up by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on WR Jerrel Jernigan: WR Jerrel Jernigan Preps for Dual Role by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Nov 292012
 
New York Giants 38 (7-4) – Green Bay Packers 10 (7-4)

By rnargi for BigBlueInteractive.com

Game Overview:

The New York Giants came out of their bye week knowing that the Redskins had won two straight games including a win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. If the Giants did not beat the Packers on Sunday night, the Redskins could tie the Giants for first place in the NFC East next Monday night in Washington.

Fortunately, New York was rested and ready after the bye week, and using several new wrinkles on both offense and defense, the Giants quickly took charge of the game and cruised to an easy victory over the Packers.

Interestingly, it didn’t look like it was going to be an easy game early on. First, WR Victor Cruz dropped an easy pass on a wide open crossing pattern and then Eli Manning threw wildly over the head of FB Henry Hynoski who was all alone in the flat of the end zone. The Giants still converted a touchdown on that drive, but then gave up yet another long touchdown when CB Corey Webster got caught looking into the backfield, allowing WR Jordy Nelson run right by him for a 61 yard score which tied the game.

Three things went unmistakably in the Giants’ favor on Sunday night. First, they won the turnover battle, taking the ball away twice and not giving it up. New York turned those turnovers into 10 points. Second, New York’s defensive line was on fire from the word go. The Giants had constant pressure on QB Aaron Rodgers, hitting him seven times and sacking him five times. Third, the Giants turned five green zone opportunities into touchdowns. Too often this year, the Giants have settled for field goals. Not on Sunday night. The only time they didn’t convert from inside the green zone was on their last prolonged drive of the game. By that time, the outcome was no longer in doubt and the Giants attempted to score on fourth down instead of settling for the field goal.

From a statistical standpoint, the Giants didn’t do much more than Green Bay. Both teams ran the ball pretty well. Both teams were very good at converting third downs. The passing statistics were nearly identical, and in the end New York had just two and a half minutes or so more time of possession. The biggest difference between the two teams was simply the fact that the Giants converted most of their opportunities into touchdowns and made very few mistakes. Green Bay made two critical turnovers, couldn’t keep the pressure off Rodgers, and committed seven penalties to New York’s four.

In the end, the Giants had re-established their two game lead in the NFC East and have provided themselves the opportunity to go in to Washington next Monday and put a stranglehold on the division with a win.

Offense:

The Giants definitely mixed things up on offense and it paid off. The only starter out for the Giants was WR Domenik Hixon, replaced by rookie WR Rueben Randle. The Giants did a great job of mixing the run between HBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown early to keep the running game fresh. In fact, a wrinkle that they showed was having both Bradshaw and Brown in the backfield at the same time. The biggest wrinkle, however, was the best designed and executed screen I’ve seen since Dave Meggett was a Giant on their first drive. The Giants used play action and a pump fake to Manning’s left before coming back to Bradshaw on the right. The play was wide open with outstanding blocking from FB Henry Hynoski and others. Bradshaw was almost able to break it for a touchdown.

New York did an outstanding job converting third downs, making six of 12. Of their five touchdowns plays, New York scored three of them on third down: third-and-five, third-and-six, and third-and-13. That’s finishing, and it was the difference between 21 and 9 points.

Overall, New York had great balance on offense. The Giants rushed 31 times for 147 total yards and dropped back to pass 31 times for 249 gross yards. Balance like that is what what works best for the Giants. It will be interesting to see if they can continue that now with the loss of HB Andre Brown.

I want to make it clear that though I believe that the offense did a great job finishing on Sunday, I also felt they left a lot of points out there on the field. As good as they were, they could’ve been better. There is a risk of making too much of this game. The Giants would have been in trouble had they lost this game and it was critically important that they won. It’s tempting to say that they’re back on track. That may or may not be true, as Manning, Cruz and Bradshaw all had moments that made you scratch your head.

Quarterback:

QB Eli Manning finally ended his touchdown drought, totalling three on the night and surpassing the great Phil Simms as the all-time touchdown passing leader in Giants history. Manning’s stats were quite pedestrian as he completed just 16 of 31 attempts for 249 yards. Manning threw no interceptions but he easily could have thrown two early. The first was on the Giants’ second drive when he tried to hit WR Victor Cruz on a slant. Cruz quit on the route because he could not go through the defender and Manning threw it anyway, right to the defender. Luckily, the defender reacted poorly or was surprised at the ball being thrown. Later, Manning had WR Hakeem Nicks breaking on an inside post but woefully underthrew him. The ball came up about four yards short into the arms of two Packer defenders who were unable to make the play. Manning also missed a couple other seemingly simple throws and was victimized by several drops.

Manning’s first touchdown pass to Rueben Randle was an outstanding touch throw. That touchdown came three plays after Manning took off on a third and seven scramble in which he didn’t slide. Instead, even though he was well past the first down line, Manning put his shoulder into Packers CB Tramon Williams and gained a few extra yards. There is no way the rest of the offense didn’t get pumped up when Manning pulled that off.

Manning’s passer rating was a robust 114.4 and his total QBR for the day was 87.9, good for fifth in the league this week.

Running Backs:

The Giants had a great thing going with Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown. Both backs were enjoying success and it looked like Brown was going to get the bulk of the fourth quarter carries when he broke his leg on a 16 yard gain with just over 11 minutes to go in the game. Andre Brown has arguably been New York’s best running back this season and his loss is going to be huge. Brown has been the Giants’ primary short yardage back and through Sunday night had eight rushing touchdowns, all of them coming from two yards or less. The Giants will have to find a way to substitute for that performance.

Brown rushed 13 times for 64 yards (4.9 ypc) on Sunday night including a two yard touchdown run.

HB Ahmad Bradshaw had a solid first half and got most of the second half off when the Giants were well ahead. Bradshaw looked healthy; rushing for 58 yards on 10 carries (5.8 ypc) including a beautiful 13 yard touchdown run. Additionally, Bradshaw caught two of three passes thrown his way for 61 yards. The play that sparked the offense and got the ball rolling was the 59-yard screen on the Giants’ first drive.

For better or for worse, rookie HB David Wilson is now the number two back on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. On Sunday, Wilson gained 13 yards on six carries, mostly in garbage time. Wilson also caught one ball for five yards. Let’s face it, many in The Corner Forum were clamoring for the kid to get his chance and now he will. What he does, or doesn’t do, could very well be the difference this season for the Giants.

FB Henry Hynoski was a one-man wrecking crew on Sunday night. Hank the Tank led the way on the screen to Bradshaw that started the Giants on their way and was at the second level all night. Hynoski also had a great block on Brown’s two yard touchdown run. Hynoski lost his bid for a sure touchdown when Manning air mailed the easy pass five yards over his head.

Receivers:

The Giants only completed 16 passes on Sunday night. It was obvious that Manning was trying to re-establish his rhythm and timing with WR Hakeem Nicks, who looked significantly better this week than he has in quite some time. Manning threw 13 times to Nicks, completing just five for 77 yards including one for a touchdown that was an incredible extra effort on Nicks’ part to control his body and extend the ball beyond the goal line before hitting the turf. Manning and Nicks attempted several fade patterns, including a stop fade, in the end zone that they simply weren’t able to convert. At the least, it was good to see them attempting that play again. It’s a staple when working and the Giants could use that threat in the green zone going forward.

WR Victor Cruz only saw six passes thrown his way, catching three for 36 yards and a touchdown. As mentioned, Cruz dropped an easy catch early in the game and it seemed that another rough night might be in store for the young receiver. He picked it up after that, running a great route and providing Manning a perfect window to throw into for the Giants third touchdown. Cruz was also a crucial blocker downfield on several runs as well as making the crucial seal block on Bradshaw’s long gain on the screen pass.

WR Rueben Randle had two eventful catches, one for a touchdown and another where he got spun around and looked as though he was about to make a three yard gain into a six yard loss. Despite the spinning and hitting, somehow Randle got away and ended up securing a first down on the play.

TE Martellus Bennett managed to catch all three balls thrown to him for 44 yards, good for second on the team in both completions and yardage, but his main contributions were blocking in both the running and passing games. The Black Unicorn seems to be nearing 100% and his blocking was vastly improved this week.

Offensive Line:

Speaking of blocking, the entire line had a great game on Sunday, but again it was particularly William Beatty at LT that shined. Beatty was beaten for one hold/sack (on the same play) but overall continues to be outstanding at keeping Eli from getting hit from the blind side. RT David Diehl was having a solid game before having to give way to Sean Locklear after suffering a burner injury to his shoulder. The middle of the line did well, opening good holes for the running game. Manning was sacked just the one time and had few pressures and hits (two total hits).

Defensive Front 7:

This was a total bounce back game for a unit that got absolutely nothing going against Cincinnati two weeks ago. The Giants changed their look on Sunday, playing LB/DE/DT Mathais Kiwanuka exclusively on the line where he had his best game of the year, finishing the game with two sacks and six tackles. Kiwi and company kept constant pressure on Aaron Rodgers, resulting in five total sacks (Kiwi 2, Canty 1, Umenyiora 1, and Blackburn 1) and at least seven quarterback hits. Most importantly, New York’s DEs did not allow QB Aaron Rodgers to escape the pocket and convert third downs into first downs. Rodgers scrambled just three times for 22 yards with a long of 11. Last year, Rodgers tormented the Giants by getting away from pressure and scrambling. This was the first time in three games that Rodgers was not the leading rusher for the Packers against the Giants.

Speaking of the run, early on the Giants looked like they might have trouble against the Green Bay ground game, but in the end it didn’t matter because the Packers got so far behind so quickly. Green Bay tried to stay balanced, but frankly, this played into the Giants’ hands.

Linebackers Chase Blackburn and Michael Boley had solid games, particularly Blackburn. I am fully aware that many people find him to be a liability. After games like this, however, I wonder where the negative comments have gone. Blackburn nearly had two interceptions, dropping a tipped ball that ended up being completed to a Packer and breaking up a play in the end zone. Blackburn also had a sack on Rodgers off a blitz.

Secondary:

The Giants went back to their three safety look with the return of S Kenny Phillips and the tactic completely caught the Packers off guard. S Antrel Rolle moved to the nickel CB position, leaving Jayron Hosley largely on the bench.

Rolle was incredible, forcing Rodgers to look elsewhere on numerous occasions when Rolle took WR Randall Cobb or TE Jermichael Finley. Cobb, who’s been a dynamic player all year for the Packers, caught just four passes for 39 yards. Rolle also had five solo tackles.

S Kenny Phillips was playing an outstanding game, also recording five solo tackles (three of them at or near the line of scrimmage on running plays) before going out of the game after aggravating the knee injury he’s been dealing with. The Giants have really missed Phillips and his ability to take away deep threats. S Stevie Brown and S Will Hill also got playing time, Hill when the Giants used a four safety look.

Again, Giants fans did not hear the name “Prince Amukamara” very often after the initial introductions. The main reason is no one is throwing at him with Corey Webster having his worst year in quite some time. Webster isn’t bad, he’s just making poor decisions such as the one to peek into the backfield with Nelson running by him on Sunday night. Two series later, Webster went off script and came off his assignment to pick off Rodgers and set up a Giants field goal. In my opinion, Webster isn’t concentrating or he has lost confidence. His skills are still there.

Special Teams:

The Giants special teams did an outstanding job of bottling up Randall Cobb as a returner, too. He did manage one 15-yard punt return but it led to nothing.

The Giants return teams were another story. KR David Wilson is getting nothing going on kickoff returns after a strong start earlier this year. Lately, he’s been taking out balls five yards deep in his end zone and not making the 20 yard line. I’d rather he just kneel on it if that’s going to be the case. As for punt returns, Rueben Randle muffed two punts, and that has got to stop. Randle claimed it was a concentration issue. My question is, what the hell are you thinking about when the ball is kicked? If it’s NOT football, get someone else in there that is!

P Steve Weatherford continues his awesome season as does K Lawrence Tynes, who hit his only field goal attempt and made five extra points. Of his seven kickoffs, five were in the end zone.

Coaching:

Head Coach Tom Coughlin again pushed all the right buttons during the bye period, as the Giants won their fifth straight post bye matchup. Additionally, Tom Coughlin and the Giants were paid a visit by a boy from Vermont named Adam Merchant through the Make-A-Wish foundation. Merchant, just 15 years old, is currently in remission battling Burkitt’s lymphoma. Apparently, Merchant wanted to see the Giants show some grit after falling flat in Cincinnati two weeks ago. From published reports, Merchant spoke at the Friday practice and said, “I told them to go out and play like they are world champions. It just came from the heart.” When he was asked how the Giants players responded to his words, Adam said, “They freaked out.” Later, Osi Umenyiora said that the words rung true to the entire team and they needed to be heard.

Indeed.

As for the moves on both offense and defense, the Giants did a great job of changing up their tendencies. They dramtically improved their green zone performance. They also moved Kiwanuka back to the line and Rolle back to the nickel in the three-safety package.

Final Thoughts:

I mentioned in the last review that Washington could win their games leading up to this coming Monday night and be at 5-6 and that’s exactly what’s happened. The Giants are motivated, and so are the Redskins. Interestingly, New York gets to be the first team to see Robert Griffin for a second time. That will be valuable as they now know exactly what to expect. The Redskins still run a basic scheme and with tape and experience they should be able to figure out how to contain the Redskins. It’s a big game, and the Giants still have the Falcons, Saints and Ravens on their schedule. New York has used up their quota of missteps by losing to the woeful Eagles and then to the Bengals. Throw in the fact that they blew a fourth quarter lead against Pittsburgh and the Giants can’t blow another one. It’s my opinion that the Redskins are still not ready to contend, but that does not mean they aren’t ready to win this game. Washington beat the Giants twice last year without Griffin. The Giants really need to just come out swinging and take this team out early like they did to the Packers.

If the Giants can win this game and somehow the Eagles win against the Cowboys on Sunday night, the division will be all but theirs.

(Box Score – Green Bay Packers at New York Giants, November 25, 2012)
Nov 292012
 

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants.com Q&A With HB David Wilson: The video of a recent Q&A session with HB David Wilson is available at Giants.com.

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Packers Game: Check out the sights and sounds video from the Giants-Packers game at Giants.com.

Article on Former Giant OT Kareem McKenzie: A Former Giant Looks to Share What He Learned On and Off the Field by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Nov 282012
 

New York Giants Sign Running Backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin: The Giants signed running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin yesterday. Torain has spent time with the Broncos (2008-09) and Redskins (2010-11). Lumpkin has spent time with the Packers (2008-09), Buccaneers (2010-11), and Seahawks (2012).

To make room for one of the backs, OG Selvish Capers was waived. The other roster spot was created when HB Andre Brown was placed on short-term injured reserve on Monday.

RB Joe Martinek also had his Practice Squad contract terminated.

Giants on WFAN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s WFAN Radio interviews with the following players are available at CBSNewYork.com:

Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

Nov 272012
 

November 26, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report – Andre Brown to Short-Term Injured Reserve: HB Andre Brown (broken leg) was placed on the short-term Injured Reserve yesterday. However, a player on short-term injured reserve must be held out six weeks of practice and eight games. Thus, the earliest Brown could possibly be eligible to be re-activated to the 53-man roster would be the Super Bowl. Obviously, this was the last week the Giants could have used the temporary designation.

“I think it’s going to provide Andre with great incentive and we want that experience for him,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He was very disappointed last night, let’s put it that way, frustrated. He’s had some seasons end in this way before and I think this is a way to, perhaps, motivate, inspire him, give him great purpose and hopefully that will help…There is an option (for surgery). I think it’s something that is being discussed.”

The Giants are not sure about the severity of S Kenny Phillips’ knee injury. “I don’t know what to expect right now,” said Coughlin when asked about Phillips’ availability. “He came out of the game because he felt something, but it’s not anything new. Hopefully, he can deal with it and it’s not going to be anything major, but I can’t speak to that just yet because he’s going to have to go through a couple of days of examination…He aggravated (the previous knee injury).”

OT David Diehl suffered a burner in the game. “I hope (the injury is not an issue),” said Coughlin. “I’m not going to play down these things, these very painful, if you will, type of injuries, but I hope he can play through it.”

Giants Waive CB Michael Coe from Injured Reserve: The Giants waived CB Michael Coe from Injured Reserve yesterday. Coe was placed on Injured Reserve on November 10 with a hamstring injury.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Article on the Giants’ Remaining Schedule: Giants’ Games Against Saints, Falcons and Ravens Won’t Be Flexed to Primetime by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants-Packers Game: ‘A Familiar Place’:The Giants Break Down a Thrashing of Green Bay by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com

Articles on the Giants’ Running Game:

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants’ Antrel Rolle Returns to Nickel Cornerback Role by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on Adam Merchant and the Giants: Giants Inspired by Speech of 15-Year-Old Adam Merchant in Rout Over Packers by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Notes: The Giants have won five consecutive games following a regular-season bye.

QB Eli Manning is now the Giants’ career leader with 200 touchdown passes, surpassing QB Phil Simms who threw 199 touchdown passes from 1979-93.

Nov 262012
 

Giants Clobber Packers, But Andre Brown Breaks Leg: The New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers 38-10 on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. The win improved the Giants’ overall record to 7-4.

The bad news for the Giants was HB Andre Brown broke the fibula in one of his legs and is done for the season.

The game was more one-sided than the final statistics demonstrate. The Giants out-gained the Packers in first downs (23-16), total net yards (390-317), net yards rushing (147-116), net yards passing (243-201), red zone efficiency (83%-0%), and time of possession (31:13-28:47). The Giants did not turn the football over while the Packers turned it over twice.

The Giants took command of the game in the first half, scoring five times on their seven first-half possessions:

  • First Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards resulting in a 2-yard touchdown run by Brown.
  • Second Drive: 3 plays and a punt.
  • Third Drive: 8 plays, 55 yards resulting in a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Eli Manning to WR Rueben Randle.
  • Fourth Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards resulting in a 43-yard field field goal by PK Lawrence Tynes.
  • Fifth Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards resulting in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Manning to WR Victor Cruz.
  • Sixth Drive: 3 plays and a punt.
  • Seventh Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards resulting in a 13-yard touchdown run by HB Ahmad Bradshaw.

Meanwhile, the Giants’ defense held the high-flying Packers’ offense to 10 first-half points, the big play being a 61-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Jordy Nelson on Green Bay’s first possession. The Packers only scored on one more of their 11 total possessions, a 10-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a field goal. The Giants’ defense also set up the Giants’ offense on a short field on their fourth and seventh possessions of the first half with an interception by CB Corey Webster and a forced fumbled by DE Osi Umenyiora, leading directly to 10 points.

At the half, the Giants led 31-10.

The second half was rather anti-climatic as the Giants scored the only second-half points on their second possession of the half with a 6-play, 53-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Manning to WR Hakeem Nicks. On the Giants’ other two drives of the half, New York gained one first down and punted on their first drive. Then on their third drive, the Giants took over nine minutes off of the clock by moving the ball 85 yards in 17 plays before turning the ball over on downs at the Green Bay 1-yard line with less than five minutes to play.

Green Bay was shut out in the second half. Their first two possessions of the second half gained a total of 15 net yards and two first downs before punting. They drove 60 yards in 11 plays on their third possession befre turning the ball over on downs at the Giants’ 14-yard line early in the 4th quarter. The Packers also picked up 45 yards in garbage time on their last possession before being forced to punt.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 16-of-30 for 249 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. WR Hakeem Nicks caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Brown rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries before breaking his leg. Bradshaw rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Defensively, the Giants sacked Rodgers five times with LB Mathias Kiwanuka (2), LB Chase Blackburn, Umenyiora, and DT Chris Canty picking up the sacks. Webster intercepted a pass and Umenyiora forced a fumble that DE Jason Pierre-Paul recovered.

Highlights of the game are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report – Brown Done for Season, Phillips Re-Injures Knee: HB Andre Brown broke the fibula in one of his legs in the 4th quarter of the game and is done for the season. “Yeah, he broke his fibula,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It takes a lot off of the win, to be honest with you.”

S Kenny Phillips re-injured his right knee in the 3rd quarter of the game and did not return. Phillips missed six games before this one with an MCL injury to the right knee. “I’m not worried at all,” said Phillips after the game. “I probably could have continued to play, but with the score how it was, I figured it wouldn’t make any sense to go out there and try to hurt it some more…I was like ‘here we go again,’ but I got to the sidelines and the doctors took a look at it. It feels pretty good right now. I didn’t want to take that chance to go back out there and miss the next week.”

Coughlin was more non-committal about Phillips. “I don’t know,” said Coughlin. “We’re going to have to see about that.”

OT David Diehl left the game in the 2nd quarter with a burner.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of the following player media Q&As after the game are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), TE Adrien Robinson, OT James Brewer, OG Selvish Capers, DE Adewale Ojomo, DT Marvin Austin, and LB Jacquian Williams (knee).

Nov 252012
 

Article on the Giants and the Hail Mary: Giants’ Design for Desperation: Heave Into End Zone, Jump, Exhale by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Article on the Giants’ Passing Game: Eli Lost in No Mann’s Land as Packers Arrive by Hank Gola of The Daily News

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants Defense Looking to Go Back to the Future by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on HB Andre Brown: Brown Getting the Goal Line Carries by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Hakeem Nicks’ Dad Helps Fuel Giants WR by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

NY Post Q&A with CB Prince Amukamara: Serby’s Sunday Q & A with… Prince Amukamara by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Giants’ Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes: Giants Trainer Intent on Identifying Concussions by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Nov 242012
 

November 23, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: WR Domenik Hixon (ankle) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not practice yesterday. Both have officially been ruled “out” of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if Williams suffered a setback. “Not really,” responded Coughlin. “He was sick today so we didn’t push him.”

HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Linval Joseph (knee), LB Keith Rivers (calf/knee), and S Kenny Phillips (knee) were limited in practice. Bradshaw and Joseph are “probable” for the game against the Packers while Rivers and Phillips are “questionable.”

Coughlin was asked if was optimistic about Phillips playing. “I am, but we’ll see. We’ll see,” said Coughlin. “I can’t tell you; each day we’ve been a little better and he’s done a little better and a little more on the practice field. Hopefully he’ll feel like he can make a strong contribution.”

OC David Baas (ankle/elbow), OG Chris Snee (ankle), and S Tyler Sash (ankle) practiced fully. All three players are “probable” for the game.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Returning from Bye by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: G-Men Need Nicks to Provide a Spark by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on S Kenny Phillips: In a Slump, Giants Hope Phillips Can Help Them Out of It by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times

Nov 232012
 

November 22, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report – Joseph Misses Practice Again: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), and DT Linval Joseph (knee) did not practice yesterday.

LB Keith Rivers (calf/knee), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), and S Kenny Phillips (knee) were limited in practice.

OC David Baas (ankle/elbow), OG Chris Snee (ankle), and S Tyler Sash (ankle) practiced fully.

WR Dan DePalma Signed to Practice Squad: With the loss of WR David Douglas off of the Practice Squad to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants added WR Dan DePalma to the Practice Squad to fill that vacancy.

Article on PK Lawrence Tynes: Giants’ Lawrence Tynes in a Groove by Jeff Roberts of The Bergen Record