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Tag:Hakeem Nicks
Posted on: October 26, 2009 10:03 am
 

3-Way?

Tie for the NFC East division lead, that is.  If the Eagles beat the Redskins tonight (which should happen, considering how terrible the Skins have been), the top three teams in the division will be at two losses, with the Giants on top because they haven't had their bye week yet.

Giants vs. Cardinals

And speaking of the Giants, how disappointing was that?  I went to bed feeling sick because of that loss last night.  Though it looked like Eli would drive back and tie the game, he uncharacteristically threw an interception in the clutch when Steve Smith wasn't able to wrestle the ball away.

Steve Smith actually had a fantastic day, making a few key 3rd down catches, and remains as Eli's safety net.  Kevin Boss took a HUGE shot but held onto the ball, gaining a ton of respect from me and many other Giants fans.  Nicks, despite the fact that his TD was very lucky, is emerging as one of the Giants better receivers, and I'm hoping he'll continue to improve.

But one guy I just can't stand is Mario Manningham.  I don't like his attitude, his effort, and most of all, his hands.  He dropped an easy touchdown pass which would have put the Giants down by 3, instead of having to settle for a FG.  Eli, who was shaky all game, threw a perfect pass to him, but he dropped it.  This guy had character issues in college, which is why the Giants were able to get him in round 3 of the 2008 draft, but he's dropped many key passes so far.  Give the ball to Nicks or Smith.

Blowouts

Six games this weekend were decided by more than 28 points.  Most surprising of all these games was the Bengals domination of the Bears, and Palmer's 5 TD game.  Many people (including myself) thought that the Jay Cutler acquisition would benefit the Bears greatly, but he's been wildly inconsistent over his first 6 games.

Also, I can't stand the fact that the Raiders still want to start JaMarcus Russell.  He was terrible, and at least Gradkowski gave people the impression that he could play above a 60 passer rating.  The worst part is that Russell doesn't take any blame, while the rest of his team does.

Eagles vs. Redskins

As a Giants fan, I would love to see the Redskins pull off an upset to take down the Eagles, but I really don't see that happening.  Andy Reid is too good of a coach to let his team lose back to back games to below average teams. 

Posted on: September 22, 2009 11:10 am
 

Super Mario!

Many thought that Domenik Hixon or Hakeem Nicks would have to step up to fill in for Plaxico Burress' enormous shoes, but both went down with injury.

Enter: Mario Manningham.

Eli Manning was able to rely on Manningham 10 times throughout the game, ultimately leading to a game-winning field goal in some of the worst conditions most people will ever have to play in.  The expression on Jerry Jones' face was priceless.

The most impressive thing about Manningham in the game against the Cowboys was the effort he put forth when the game was close (which was just about the entire time).  His ability to stay focused made him seem like a veteran.  One example of this was on his touchdown catch where he stuck with the ball after bobbling it.  In addition, on his comeback routes, he really came back towards the quarterback to shed the defenders, fighting for the ball and the extra yardage.

But let's not take away what Steve Smith did too.  He is definitely Eli Manning's most consistent receiver, and has stepped up where Amani Toomer left in the off-season.  Many people don't realize that Manning relied on Toomer heavily on third down situations, which is where Steve Smith has shined.  Smith also had 10 catches and over 100 yards receiving.

Eli Manning also looked a lot like his brother, notching his 12th 4th-quarter comeback in his career.  Though Eli usually plays very well in his first 8 to 10 games of the season, it seems as though he has solidified himself as a veteran, and perhaps even an elite quarterback in the NFL.

The thing that I like most about the Giants current situation is that their upcoming schedule looks fairly soft.  The play Tampa Bay next week (watch out for Carnell Williams!), then Kansas City and Oakland.  If the Giants are able to win their next three games (which is not easy considering they're in the middle of a 3-game road trip), they'll be 2-0 in the division, 3-0 in the conference, and 5-0 overall.  That will be very useful as their schedule gets harder.
Posted on: August 30, 2009 4:46 pm
 

Giants vs. Jets

I was at the Giants vs. Jets preseason game last night and noticed a few things that I would like to point out.

First, Mark Sanchez looked fairly poised, given that the Giants blitzed quite often.  Although the Giants were missing Antonio Pierce and a few other key defenders, he held his ground and was only sacked once.  He also didn't commit any turnovers, which is a great sign for the Jets.

Leon Washington also had quite a game.  Thomas Jones continues to bore the crowd while Washington fights for every yard and gives the fans something to cheer about.  I'm thinking of picking him up for my fantasy team if he continues to produce.

I honestly think that the Jets may be a contender this year.  When you look at Rex Ryan's defense, their running game, and their potential for Sanchez, it is quite possible that the Jets could give the Patriots a run for their money.  What they'll need is consistency with their passing game, and a #2 receiver to step up after losing Coles to free agency.

As for the Giants... I have very mixed feelings.  Their very first drive was perfect, and I thought I was in store for a blowout.  Eli Manning looked very accurate throughout the game, and looks as though he is comfortable throwing in the pocket.  The offensive line also did a very good job with protection.

The Giants running game was also stellar, with all three running backs averaging very well.  Danny Ware is showing that he really wants to get that #2 spot in the Giants depth chart.

Plus, how about David Carr and Hakeem Nicks!  David Carr was able to run the ball successfully while still throwing for two touchdowns to Nicks, who looked fantastic except for a dropped ball early on.  I'm really hoping he turns out to be a #1 receiver for the Giants in a few years.

Now for the bad.  What in the world is wrong with the Giants receivers?  Eli went 9/21 solely because his receivers could not catch the ball.  Steve Smith, a usually reliable player, dropped a 90-yard bomb, which ultimately would have won them the game.  Manningham looked sluggish and sloppy, while backup tight end Darcy Johnson couldn't hold onto the ball either.  It looked like they became too comfortable with an early score.  Boss remained consistent and Hixon didn't get many touches, so hopefully they can bounce back in the regular season, considering we won't see many (if any) starters in the fourth preseason game against the Patriots.

Overall, if the Giants were at full strength, I don't believe they would have given up as many points, but I wasn't quite happy with their performance.  On the bright side, Hakeem Nicks and David Carr looked brilliant, and Eli continues to be consistent while his running game carries the load.
 
 
 
 
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