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Posted on: October 16, 2008 1:33 pm
 

NFC East week 7 preview

Giants vs. 49ers

I started last week by talking about why Monday night games are so nice to watch. Well I forgot to mention one and to be honest I don't think I was objective enough at the time to state why. It's becomes a short week until the next game and there is no better way to forget about a loss then to get back out on the field and get a W and that is certainly something this teams needs.

One of my keys to the game last week was getting pressure on the QB. The Giants didn't record one sack and this certainly didn't help the situation. But after going over the game again it occured to me that the Giants still could have won that game without the defense playing well at all. Turnovers were the one and only reason the Giants lost that game. Down 13 with 7min to go and driving I was confident they could still win that game just as I was confident Eli would score running the 2min offense before the end of the half. With that said I'm going to turn my attention to the offense this week. Play smart football. I think at this point that is the most important key to this game vs. San Fran. The current line on this game is -10.5. I have to say this is a tough line and I don't think the Giants will cover. They very well can but if I had to lay money on this game I would take the points.

What we can expect:

As I stated earlier .... protecting the ball is going to be a major factor. O'Sullivan has 7 ints over this 3 game loseing streak SF has going. His recent fall from grace within the orginization will not get any easier this week. Two factors they are coming accross the country and it's a 1pm game thats 10am their time. For some reason or other you can check the stats, teams coming from the west coast playing 1pm games are just terrible ala Seattle two weeks ago. Eli will protect the ball better this week and distribute it better. At least he better! The one and only reason I'm weary about the point spread is it's my belief Pierce will have the week off. From the outside looking in most would say this isn't a big loss. AP doesn't have the measurements that make one go wow but he is our field general. He directs the linemen and the DB's. I think Chase will fill in admiralbly, however lossing leadership is tough. IMO this is a bigger loss then Osi. Let me be clear that there is no reason to believe the Giants will lose they are playing a broken team coming of a heart breaking loss, a team with a QB starting to show why he is a journeymen and a the front seven is good enough without AP to contain Frank Gore.  

Around the East:

Let me start with the Eagles. I'm going to go on record and say that I think this is going to be a one of the most dangerous teams in the second half of the season. I don't think the Eagles could have recieved a better bye week than this one. They get the 49ers prior to the bye and get the W. This allows and extra week for Westbrook to get healthy, Curtis to get readjusted, and then they get Atlanta at home the following week. Think Jim J's D will have a good time with that rookie QB? I do. Watch the Eagles second half to make a nice run at the playoffs.

Reskins vs. Cleveland: I'm going to call this game the defining game. I call it that, because I believe it to be that for both of these teams. The outcome will shape the rest of the season for these two IMO. If the Redskins can get a bounce back win it will show that they just needed a little wakeup call that entitlement is not a word that should be used in the NFL.

The current line on this game is Redskins -7. I don't think they cover that but I do believe they get the W. First and foremost I'm a believer in this team and I really believe they needed last week if they wanted to really persue the post season. You can check my previous weeks post I didn't think they were going to show up. I do believe they will show up this week vs. Cleveland and I truly believe this is a make it or break it for the Browns if they fall to 2-4 kiss is good night. With that said Clinton Portis should have a huge day. I believe he carries this team to a W. If you can take anything from the this season so far it's Campbell is very carefull with the ball. If he keeps it up and protects the ball this week Look for the Skins to pull out a 6 point W. Campbell really reminds me of David Garrad of last year.

Dallas vs. St. Louis: Come on move on. Dallas wins this game with just pure quality of tallent. They have alot of guys hurt but even so they win this game. The current spread is -7 give the points they win by 10 easy. Romo got a call from Brett the Jett and he pretty much told Romo to man up so look for Romo to possibly play this week. Even if he doesn't B. Johnson will lead this team to V. Whats funny is the injury to Romo will actually force the Cowboys to call a good game. What I mean by that is hand it early and often to M. Barber.

I just wanted to revisit this RW trade quickly. Its my own fault but I dropped by the Dallas board to state my opinion on this and took a lot of flack. Not from anyone who matters one or two nobodys but I just don't understand the move. It seems very Stienbrenner esc if you will. It is clear as day that this team needs help on Defense. Offense is not the problem, they have so many playmakers already that there was a little spat of TO complaining about only 17 balls coming his way. Can you imagine?  Now there is only one situation in which I see this trade really being useful and thats if TO is leaving.

Lets think of some teams that have a recieving core like this. Arizonia - Anquan caused trouble this offseason about not getting extended. There Defense has taken a hit for this I think its pretty clear. They lost Calvin Pace this offseason to the Jets as a free agent, because the two of them make so much. Lenord Davis walked the year before, because they couldn't afford him. The Bengals- Ever heard the phrase Ocho Cinco - Enough said about that take Anquan's complaints and move it to the 10th power. Hows there Defense been? Finally the Lions they are in a category of their own but we all no how that relationship ended. I pointed out that this trade would have been good for the Eagles and one Cowboy fan had the nerve to say that it's the same senario because the Eagles have like 9 less points scored this year. I mean really as a Cowboy fan how can you even make that statement? I'd love to get some Eagle feedback on that. How many of you out there have been completely disrespected about your offense from Cowboys fans as far as quality of recievers? I'm going to end it with this Offense doesn't win championships Defense does and unless the Cowboys address this they are going to have to wait a little while longer.

 

2007 NFL  Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants (NFC,10-6) defeated New England Patriots (AFC,16-0), Score: 17-14
2006 NFL  Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts (AFC,12-4) defeated Chicago Bears (NFC,13-3), Score: 29-17
2005 NFL  Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC,11-5) defeated Seattle Seahawks (NFC,13-3), Score: 21-10
2004 NFL  Super Bowl XXXIX: New England Patriots (AFC,14-2) defeated Philadelphia Eagles (NFC,13-3), Score: 24-21
2003 NFL  Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots (AFC,14-2) defeated Carolina Panthers (NFC,11-5), Score: 32-29
2002 NFL  Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC,12-4) defeated Oakland Raiders (AFC,11-5), Score: 48-21
2001 NFL  Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots (AFC,11-5) defeated St. Louis Rams (NFC,14-2), Score: 20-17
2000 NFL  Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens (AFC,12-4) defeated New York Giants (NFC,12-4), Score: 34-7
1999 NFL  Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams (NFC,13-3) defeated Tennessee Titans (AFC,13-3), Score: 23-16

Just to hammer home my point I wanted to add the last 9 superbowl matchups with the final outcomes. Look through these games and show me a team that didn't have an above avg. defense that won? We could go back further but you get the point. I highlighted the team with a better statistical offense. The two teams that won with a better offense didn't let the other team score more than 17 points!

Posted on: October 9, 2008 1:47 pm
 

NFC East Week 6

Week six is almost upon us. Thank goodness I'm ready for some football. We have to wait a little while longer to watch the Gmen take the field but it will be well worth it. Eli gets his number one back an extra day of rest for our guys and we get to sit back and watch what the other three do prior to taking the field on Monday. You know what's great about your team playing on Monday night. It's the terrible feeling you get about halfway through the Sunday night game when you realize the weekend is over. However, Monday morning you realize that you still get to look forward to watching your team play that night. So exciting.

Cleveland oh Cleveland. Expectations were so high for this team coming in this year. They had a new star at QB that was never anticipated, Braylon Edwards was the next big star at WR, an O-line considered to be one of the best in football, a TE that ran his mouth but backed it up on the field, and an ever imporving Defense. Oh how so much can change in just a few weeks. Fantasy football players are just miserable about their high draft picks of D. Anderson, B. Edwards, and Kellen Winslow. Now this team has played a very difficult schdule so far going 1-3 agianst the Boys, Pitt, and Baltimore. They did get a win over the Bengals.

The Giants key to the game are going to be (and I'm starting to sound repetitive) getting after D. Anderson. The one common denominator all year has been the Giants ability to hit the QB. Not alway resulting in a sack but hitting him so he knows they're there. The DB's for the Giants have been excellent this year. In my discussions prior to the season I tried to educate fans from the other three in the NFC east that these DB's aren't the ones you remember and that they would be ranked 1 or 2 at the end of the season in the divsion. Who's laughing now? Anyway going forward I truly believe that there is a possibilty that we could see a QB change in the second half of this game for Cleveland for several reasons.

1. They are coming off a bye week and D. Anderson has had pleanty of time to study film and get his act together. He is already on a short leash so one bad half on national television could be all he wrote.

2. Romeo Crennel can't have too much more time. Again his team came into the season with very high expectations. I believe the first half should be close so going into the second half we may see another QB before the oppertunity to steal one is gone.

3. The Browns have invested money and a high draft pick on a highly touted QB. He isn't going to sit on the bench too much longer and what better stage then Monday night football to showcase him?

Ok so as I said I believe this game will be a close one for a half or so but the Giants open it up in the second half. Cleveland's  D should come out fired up and it may take a few series for Eli to Plax to get readjusted. With that said the second half should be just about the time that BJ really starts to where down on Cleveland's D. If the Giants didn't already have enough motivation for this game by keeping a lead in the east, showing everyone last year wasn't a fluke, and playin on a national stage the Browns Corey Williams had this to say....

Browns' DT Corey Williams, who played with the Packers last season, on HB Brandon Jacobs and the Giants' offensive line: "It's a zone-blocking scheme that lets him run and pick a hole. There ain't nothing physical about them."

Williams on Jacobs: "We came real close to beating the Giants in the NFC title game. We were hitting (Jacobs), and he was slowing it down. He left the game. They let the Bradshaw kid come in. He's really the one who killed us."

Well congrats there Corey way to really give the big guy motivation. Didn't your parents warn you not to poke the bear? I believe the Giants pull away in the second half and win this one by 10.....

Around the East:

Dallas @ Cards - Currently the spread on this game is Dallas -5. Whew they really are coming down to earth in Vegas's mind huh. Only fav by 5? Well reports are out that Terrance Newman has a sports hernia and may need surgery and Pac well he beat up his body guard last night apprantly. Geez Not the time for this type of stuff to be happening to an already overrated Defense. Congrats you get the cards. Hopefully for your sake you win a shootout. I think the game plan for Dallas needs to change they need to take the air out of the ball slow the game down run the clock out and keep their D off the field. If they can do this they can cover and win by 7.

Eagles @ San Fran - Wow what a fall from grace with this team huh. The biggest problem for the Eagles is no Westbrook no offense. So B. West has a sprained ankle oh wait that's better now he only has some fractured ribs. Man this guy can't catch a break. The Eagles need him on the field otherwise it's going to be a long trip cross country. This is a San Fran team that isn't that good but they aren't afraid to win. You maybe saying to yourself that's the most retarded thing I've heard but hear me out. They have a QB that is finally getting a shot, a WR in I. Bruce that is getting a second chance with his fav coach, an outstanding running back, and a Defense that was supposed to be very good last year that just wasn't. They have nothing to lose at this point and everything to gain. Especially with everyone picking the Cards and the Hawks to finish above them. The Eagles D really needs to start flying around the field agian like the one were so use to seeing and carry the offense like in the times of Old. I can't say who is going to win but San Fran is getting 5 and I like the home dog. I'll turn this game on with 5 to go and see who pulls out the late win.

Washington hosting St. Loui - If this ins't a trap game I don't know what one is. Washington even has this one at home so they aren't even fighting the crowed. Listen by no means do I think they will lose this game but if your expecting a Giants or Eagles type W you can forget it. This team is now the toast of the league with 3 quality w's in a row on the road. They now get to go home with every station saying we have a new team and they get to host the worst team I've ever seen. I mean honestly the first two weeks I watched both Eagles and Giants v. St. Loui and they were horrible. Their D couldn't stop some of the top college teams and their Oline was a joke. Infact each linemen looked to be holding a clicker to check how many times Dlinemen were coming through like a turnstyle would. Well they are getting 13 here new coach Bulger back in S. Jackson finally showing improvement. I think they can keep this competitive for a while. Do they win no but take the points 13 if you hold out for a while you may get it at 14 or 15. To many people watch espn and don't do any research themselevs and will bet the hype. When was the last time a rookie head coach and first year QB in the system were double digits favs in the NFL? Maybe they can time will tell.  

Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:12 am
 

What is the deal?

Hey guys my next post was going to be later in the week with my thoughts of the up coming Brown's game (current spread is Giant's -8 give the points now before it moves) but I can't let this Plaxico thing pass up without giving my two cents.

What is the deal with Plaxico Burress? The guy gets an contract extension 4 weeks ago and then he turns around and pulls this BS. I must admit that I have been a Plaxico appologist. This stops now. You've all seen the transcripts of this guys response to how he will act in the future. He comes right out and says that he would handle it the same. He said he would try to handle better with communication but he seemed so disingenuous. Plax - you just watched your team go out and beat the snot out of a decenet team without you, you got a contract extension after belly aching all camp about it, you've been fined upwards of 40 times already, and not to mention no one other then the Giants wanted to touch you with a 10 ft pole prior to coming here, because of your behavior. You think you can show some remorse for your actions? Maybe a little?

As I've said I've been a Plaxico Burress appologist for too long. Listen I'm not pretending to think that this team doesn't need Plax it does. Most of all Eli needs Plaxico but enough is enough and I'm not sticking up for this guy any longer. Fortunatly for the Giants his behavior hasn't been that of TO "The Player" as the Parcells used to refer to him but 40 fines! Wouldn't you think that Drew Rosenhaus would work on getting these guys a personal development coach? This behavior from his players is costing him and them money not to mention heart ache of the teams they play for.

Moving on let me discuss a few things that seem odd to me. Why do the Giants seem to never catch a break? Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey, and now Plaxico Burress. This team has handled these players very well but it seems to never stop. Again the one thing the Giants have in their favor is Plax doesn't treat his QB like the aformentioned TO, Shockey, or Tiki. He usually is pretty good with his critizim towards Eli. The Giants have one of the best evaluators of tallent in Jerry Reese and good thing for them, because in my view this Plaxico saga doesn't end happily. Time will tell.

Finally what is up with the WR's now all acting crazy. What is it in their blood that most of them act a fool as they say on the street. Let's go through our list of notible WRs over the last few years. Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens, Steve Smith (carolina), Chad Ocho Cinco Johnson, Chris Henry, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Marvin "don't shoot me" Harrison, and Matt Jones we all know their stories what is up with that position? When has football changed to glorify the Wr position so much that these guys feel they can act the way they do. IMO it's due to the fact they don't play in the trenches. The closer you get to the line the less problems you have with the position players. How many offensive linemen can you name around the league? I would suspect most of us can name at least two WRs from every team. Can you do the same with the linemen?

Like to know what everyones thoughts are on this share your opinion and what you think teams should do with these players. 

Posted on: October 6, 2008 10:56 am
 

Week 5 Breakdown Review

Well as I said the loss of Plax wouldn't be as great as some predicted. Hixon as I expected had his break out game. Unfortunatley his day ended a little early. He showed excellent speed and hands. What I was most impressed with was his route running. My wildcards came to fruition as well. Manningham was on the field made a nice play on the side line where pass interfence was called and also ran the bubble screen very nicely. Looking forward to seeing more from the young man.

Santana Moss, Santana Moss, Santana Moss ladies and gents. Finally brought something to the table. The first touch down was well run. He used his blazzing speed to create seperation and made a nice catch. I will say a lot of the credit for that completion needs to go the big Easy's way. He pump faked to the left sideline to give Moss that extra second of indecision on the DB's part. However, I was very impressed with Moss.

Well Eli came out and did what a lot of people thought he couldn't and that's survive without Plax. He didn't just survive he dominated. As I said in my previous post if you didn't know already he's arived. Let me take this time to point out that the O-line is continually one of the best in the league. They are so under rated it's not even funny. I believe they have allowed the least amount of sacks so far and open lanes a bus could drive through. How many times did BJ hit the second tier of defense without being touched? A lot.

Defense, Defense, Defense. So I pointed out that the Giant D is one of the most underrated in the league with the loss of our two  bookends from last year. I also pointed out the fact that they have taken two QBs out of the game already this year as well. Well they did agian kind of. First series it looked like Hasselback was done for the game. I'm glad he was ok, because it looked like he might have had a knee injury. I'm a Giant's fan but I don't wish that on anyone. We're talking career there. Tuck was blocked or tackled from behind depending on how you want to call it right into Hasselback. Well forntuantly he was ok in that aspect. He would later be taken out when Seattle threw in the towel. And that fortuante for them theres no reason for repeat of A. Boldin mop time where your starters get hurt.

The rest of the East:

Eagles- Plain and simple no heart. They had oppertunities towards the end of the game to do some damage but couldn't get it done. Can someone please explain what happend inside the 5 yd line at the end of the game. Dono was so confussed it wasn't funny and didn't call a time out? I mean was that not a big spot or what. This game is 90% mental and 10% physical and he made a terrible mistake not using a TO there. Anyway it appears to me the window has closed on the Eagles and they need to retool badly.

Skins- Nice win. A w is a w and that's what matters. They stayed strong and came away with the W. They still have a little ways to go but if your a Skin fan you have a lot to cheer about. They weathered the storm and even over came a terrible no call or call and then no call really strange return play not sure how they picked the flag up there. Agian a lot to cheer about there but they can't let themseleves get down by 14 agianst some of the other teams in the league (the Giants) they won't be allowed back in.

Boys- Ok so will the noise about the Giants barely beating the Bengals stop from others in the league. Probably not but thats ok. The Bengals really showed some heart out there yesterday but the Boys got it done. Agian a W is a W and that's what they play for. Some things for concern. Defense of the Cowboys is just not that good. If not for Ware and a few others it would be down right bad. Romo seems to be regressing he needs to cut down on the mistakes just ask any Giant fan they'll tell you all about it. Running game. You may be asking yourself how could this even be brought up. Well IMO they are using there RBs all wrong. I thought it was a mistake before the season and still do. How they are using MDIII is all wrong. He is not a feature back. His strengths are power and punishing running. As a feature back he loses some of that later in the game. Lets face it Felix Jones is a up and coming star. He needs to be the feature and move MDIII back to his role that he excelled at for so much of his career. I think the Tuna knew what he was doing.

Stay tuned for an update for next weeks games.

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