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Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Colts complete smackdown of the NYG

P. Manning and E. Manning greet each other after Sunday night's game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the second half of the Colts-Giants game, the most interesting aspect of the contest was this: how in the hell did New York RB Brandon Jacobs’ helmet end up in the stands? Did he hurl it like he was Al Oerter? Did somebody steal it? Did the helmet grow legs and walk into the stands? Did Jacobs slip on a banana peel and toss it into the crowd by accident?

Well, we don’t really know. All we know is that NFL security retrieved the helmet from the fan who desperately wanted to keep it for himself. We know Jacobs was yelling into the stands after he discovered his helmet no longer was in his hands. And we know that Jacobs didn’t return to the game after the Case of the Missing Helmet had been solved.

Oh, and we know that the Colts have recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to Houston, and we know that the Giants defense might not be very good. Or Indianapolis’ offense is unreal.

Peyton Manning was efficient (read: very good) and completed 20 of 26 passes for 255 yards and three TDs, and RB Joseph Addai carried the ball 20 times for 92 yards. The offensive line dominated the Giants defense, which allowed 410 yards overall. And the Giants defense dominated the offense, sacking Eli Manning into submission.

And as the teams shook hands – the Manning brothers briefly met at mid-field, patted each other on the shoulder and moved on – and headed off the field, Archie and Olivia Manning were waiting in the tunnel that leads to the Giants locker room to console their youngest boy, Eli. It looks like he needed it.

She gave him a hug, and he gave a sad little smile. Rough night for the youngest brother. Rough night for Jacobs, as well.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:00 pm
 

Manning Bowl is all Peyton so far

P. Manning and E. Manning talked before tonight's game began (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If we’re going to judge the first half of the Manning Bowl – and really, why shouldn’t we judge the first half of the Manning Bowl – you’d have to give it to Peyton Manning. By unanimous decision. Or by unanimous decision where Eli didn’t win a round on anybody’s scorecards. Or by knockout. Or by super-duper knockout.

A quick comparison:

Peyton Manning: He’s 13 of 18 for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He hit his first five passes for 52 yards, and his first incompletion was a pass that Reggie Wayne simply dropped. But for the Colts, it wasn’t only about Manning. It was as much – if not more – about the running game. Joseph Addai was awesome with 101 yards of total offense, and the offensive line opened huge holes for him and protected Manning quite well. So if Peyton is beating up on Eli, call it a group victory.

Eli Manning: He’s 3 of 8 for 17 yards, an interception, a lost fumble and a delay of game penalty. He’s not getting much help from anybody on his team. The defense can’t keep the Colts off the field, limiting Eli’s snaps, and the Giants run game is unimpressive – strange, because of how much success the Texans had against the Colts in this department last week. Considering New York is getting shellacked 24-0 at halftime, Eli should get more chances to take some shots down the field.

Still, it’s not looking good for Eli Manning or the Giants here. For Peyton, so far, is the master of the Manning Bowl.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:15 am
 

Burress: 'Can't go any lower than being here'

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress hasn't made news in a while -- his work release was denied by the state of New York and for now, he sits and waits in prison.

Recently, the New York Daily News decided to sit with him , and find out how life is going for Burress right now. Predictably, it's not going well.

"You can't go any lower than being here, other than being in the ground," Burress says. "It's about as tough as it gets, on a personal level. You learn a lot about yourself. You try to think about the bigger picture, about life outside these walls. You just try to find a way to get through."

Honestly, I shiver a little when I think of what's happening with Burress now; not because I stick guns into my sweatpants and walk into nightclubs, but because a dumb decision that was based around self-protection somehow backfired into a two-year prison sentence. 

"You can't change history, no matter what you try to do," Burress says. "I didn't do anything to anybody. I did it to myself. I committed a crime. I broke the law. That's why I'm here. I can't do anything about it, so you have to try to change your outlook, think about positive things. If I'm so intent on going back to that moment, then I'm not making any progress. I'm not moving forward."

That's the precise sort of behavioral change that both Roger Goodell and the state of New York look for when they discuss (respectively) reinstatement and parole.

And while it might seem he's a long way from playing in the NFL, at least this week there's the well-timed ascension of Michael Vick to starter of the Eagles to at least provide a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:09 am
 

Hakeem Nicks might not play this week

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At this point, it’s unclear whether Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, who caught three touchdown passes last Sunday, will play this week against the Colts. It’s because he injured his ankle Sunday, and though he started practice today, he couldn’t finish it.

So, will Hicks suit up this week?

“We’re hoping,” Coughlin told reporters, including the New York Daily News. “I really was hoping he’d get to do something today but that wasn’t the case. It’s hard to play well without practice. There are just so many things that happen out there.”

Nicks also missed practice Wednesday, so at this point, it’s not looking likely that he’ll play.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.13.10: first Monday of the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

A lot of people are wondering why Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley got back in for a few plays after suffering concussions. Fair question.

Pat Yasinkas points out that the Saints have a chance to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have to beat the 49ers in order to do it.

The huge Week 1 television ratings pretty much confirm that anyone who doesn’t watch the NFL is a loser.A. Hawk (US Presswire)

We’ll join the Revis vs. Moss hype later this week, but here’s a little taste to let you know that, even with the Jets still yet to play, it’s already starting.

Roddy White caught a career-high 13 passes against the Steelers. Matt Ryan targeted him 23 times!

A.J. Hawk did not see the field Sunday against the Eagles because Green Bay spent the entire game in nickel defense. Brandon Chillar is the club’s nickel linebacker.

Here’s another reason to like star running back Ray Rice.

The Giants may want to consider lowering their ticket prices.

Marshall Yanda will start at right tackle for the Ravens Monday night. Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins are both injured.

The Redskins might still be trying to figure out their offensive line personnel.

Vince Young says he “definitely wants the Heisman” and that he wouldn’t turn it down. But Young also said that Reggie Bush won it “fair and square”. (Of course, if Bush won it “fair and square”, no one would be talking about Young getting the Heisman.)

The Browns started fullback Peyton Hillis ahead of Jerome Harrison at tailback against the Bucs. Hmmm…


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Posted on: September 12, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Kevin Boss carted off early for Giants

Posted by Will Brinson

Kevin Boss, the Giants top tight end, suffered what appeared to be a concussion on a free play against the Panthers.

After the Panthers went offsides, Manning went over the middle for Boss, but threw it too high and Boss took a monster shot from safety Sherrod Martin and lay on the ground for a while.

He was eventually carted off, leaving the Giants with just one tight end, and it has since been reported that his return is questionable with a neck injury.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 11:10 pm
 

Data says Cowboys are still America's team

Posted by Andy Benoit

For all of you who hate hearing the Dallas Cowboys referred to as “America’s Team”…sorry, but Nielsen’s numbers seem to back up the epithet. The Cowboys are the most popular team in the United States – by far.
 
Here’s how Nielsen explains its scores:Dallas

The Nielsen Sports Media Exposure Index measured all 32 NFL teams in four categories during the 2009 regular season: local team ratings, gross national TV audience, online buzz volume, and monthly unique audiences to official team websites. Teams in each category were assigned a score, with the top rank worth 100 points and each subsequent ranking assigned a lower weighted score based its distance from the top. Final team rankings were calculated using the sum of scores across all four categories, and then indexed with the highest total equaling 100.

The Cowboys were the most-followed team on national television and their website was the most-visited. The Saints were the most popular team on a local television basis (in other words, percentage-wise, fans in New Orleans watched their home team on TV more than fans in any other NFL market watched their home team.)

The overall top 10 most popular teams in the NFL last season were as follows:

1. Cowboys
2. Steelers
3. Giants
4t. Bears
4t. Packers
4t. Vikings
7. Eagles
8t. Colts
8t. Saints
10. Patriots

It shows the power of the NFL that a team from a mid-sized western Pennsylvania market and a team from a tiny Wisconsin market can both rank in the top five in popularity. Also, you may notice that 7 of the top 10 teams last year were from the NFC. Good thing Fox pays more than CBS for broadcast rights (even if that is only a result of the NFC having an overall larger market than the AFC).

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