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Top Games to Watch with New York Giants on Bye Week

October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The New York Giants will not play this week, as the team will enjoy its bye, but there is still plenty of good football to watch.

The NFL tries to load each week with pivotal matchups, and this week is no different. Giants 101 outlines the top games to watch with the Giants off this week:

  • Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals: It's an AFC North divisional matchup, and while it has no impact on New York's season, this game has the makeup to be very, very good. The Bengals have slipped after starting the season hot, and they are trying to catch the division-leading Ravens. Steve Smith has been a force at the wide receiver position, looking to prove his doubters wrong as an aging player.
  • Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers: Andrew Luck is going into Pittsburgh to face a not-so-daunting defense. The Steelers just don't look like the same team many have come to expect this season. Luck, on the other hand, is emerging as an elite quarterback. The Giants will play Luck and the Colts next week, so a little scouting doesn't hurt. T
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NFC East Watch: New York Giants Hope to Gain Ground Without Playing This Week

October 25th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The New York Giants are sitting at 3-4 at their bye week this Sunday, but hope that they can get slips from certain divisional foes.

The Philadelphia Eagles travel to play the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow. The game is certainly not an easy win for the Eagles, who sit at 5-1. The Cardinals have the same record as the Eagles, but sit atop the NFC West. Arizona is looking to create more separation in their own division, and if they succeed, the Giants could benefit.

Giants fans are also not accustomed to rooting for the Washington Redskins, but it may be in their best interests to do so. Washington will play the division-leading Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, in Dallas. The odds of Washington taking the Cowboys down at this point in the season aren't very high. Dallas has been playing very good football, and the Redskins are resorting to playing Colt McCoy at the quarterback position. A divisional game is always tough, despite what the records are for each team, but asking for the Cowboys to drop one to the Redskins could be like asking for a miracle.

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New York Giants in the Middle of the Pack in Time of Possession

October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The New York Giants put an emphasis on running the ball this season to take the pressure off of Eli Manning, and while the running game helps the quarterback, it also has a huge part in keeping the ball out of the hands of the opposition.

The Giants rank 14th in the NFL in average time of possession, holding the ball for 30:15 per-game. The Giants are averaging 3.7 yards-per-game on the ground and 5.1 total yards-per-game, allowing them to move the ball methodically down the field. While the time of possession numbers for the Giants are decent, that statistic doesn't always translate to points.

The Giants have scored just 154 points this season, ranking 16th on the season. Of course, those numbers are a bit skewed considering they were shutout by the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago. The Giants are happy to hold the ball for more than half of the game, but if points aren't being produced, it's hard to win, especially in the NFL.

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Tom Coughlin Feeling the Heat as New York Giants are in Danger of Missing Playoffs, Again

October 24th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The New York Giants have not been to the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season, and if they miss again this year, head coach Tom Coughlin could be back on the hot seat.

Coughlin was able to maintain his position with the Giants after winning two Super Bowl's in five years, but in a league where present results are all that matter, and in a market like New York, Coughlin could be employed on borrowed time.

Last season was dreadful for New York, as the team lost its first six games of the season. A resurgence late in the year helped the Giants earn a 7-9 record, but the team missed the playoffs for the second-straight season. This season for New York has been one of streaks. The Giants lost the first two games of the season before rattling off three-straight wins. However, they enter this week's bye on a two-game skid with a 3-4 record.

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New York Giants May Revert to 3 Safety Look; Give Stevie Brown More Playing Time

October 24th, 2014 at 10:48 AM
By Doug Rush

With a little less than two weeks until the New York Giants are back on the field at MetLife Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Giants defense may look a bit different when they return from the bye.

For one, they'll be without Cullen Jenkins for a few weeks and Jon Beason for possibly the rest of the season. But they may have another look to their defense, which is the three-safety look that the Giants and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell have used before, going back to when the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI almost three years ago.

With the Giants considering it, that would allow Stevie Brown to get back onto the field and see more playing time; something he did brielfy in last week's 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium and impressed the coaches enough in which they feel comfortable making the switch for the time being.

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