Although the New York Giants would like to think they have a reputation for doing their talking on the field, several members of the organization have engaged some very public bashing of their opponents in 2012. It started in the offseason with Osi Umenyiora changing Robert Griffin III's first name to "Bob," continued into the season as Justin Tuck and Kevin Gilbride each made comments regarding the San Francisco 49ers and has made its way into week nine as well. While addressing the media after Thursday's practice, Tuck accused the Pittsburgh Steelers of being the benefactors of some questionable officiating this season.
Obviously, officiating has a huge impact on the outcome of the game. We all saw the Green Bay Packers have a win taken off the board in week three due to a blown call, so it makes sense that Tuck would urge the officials to watch for holding on Sunday.
"I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder," Tuck said. "They've done a very good job protecting Ben (Roethlisberger) – they don't hold on every play. But we've seen a whole lot of it."
Putting pressure on Ben Roethlisberger this Sunday will be a huge aspect of the Giants' game plan. Despite a bevy of interceptions, Big Blue's secondary has been shaky as of late. The Giants have given up 539 yards through the air in their last two games. With Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders coming to the Meadowlands this Sunday, the Giants are going to have to get some serious pressure on Big Ben to disrupt his timing. If the Steelers get away with holding on every play, the Giants are in for a long day.
Roethlisberger has been the Steelers offensive catalyst so far this season. Pittsburgh is currently ranked seventh in the NFL in passing, while only registering 97.3 yards rushing per game. With that, the Steelers offensive line is a work in progress. Justin Tuck knows that the Giants are going to be facing an explosive offense on Sunday and that stopping Ben Roethlisberger will be a key to victory.
"He is the reason why they are so successful in their offense," Tuck said. "That is not a knock on their running game. But when you think of Pittsburgh, first you got to think of him. He is, I think, the main reason why they are so successful on third down, is his ability to prolong plays and you got guys hanging off of him and he's still figuring it out. I would bet money that his completion percentage is higher when somebody is hanging off of him than when he is standing straight."
Although some well timed trash talk is good for the soul, the Giants have readily engaged the media this season with comments about their opponents. Frankly, as the defending Super Bowl champions and current holders of first place in the NFC East, Big Blue can say anything they want. Unlike most teams, the Giants have backed up their talk in the media with victories. However, it's about time fans stop pretending this team is above casual trash talk between opposing players.
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