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New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips Hope to Revitalize Team with Week 16 Return

December 19th, 2012 at 3:29 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants were trounced by the Atlanta Falcons last weekend 34-0. It was the worst shutout defeat of a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history, as well as the first time the Giants were shutout since 1996. There were literally zero positives that the team could take from the game. No silver linings, it was just a good, old-fashioned butt whooping. Big Blue was clearly unprepared to play last weekend, but Ahmad Bradshaw and Kenny Phillips hope to change against the Baltimore Ravens.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Bradshaw and Phillips both missed last weekend's contest with knee injuries. Phillips, in particular, has only played in six games this season. However, given the gravity of the situation that the team finds themselves in now, both players have vowed to return to the lineup on the road in Baltimore this Sunday. 

Although Phillips hopes he can re-energize the team with his return, he has no explanation as to why the Giants tend to come out flat in games that do not carry a win-or-go-home label.

"It’s not that we’re not practicing hard. It’s not that. It’s not that guys (are) not buying into it, but for some reason, since I’ve been here the last over four or five years, that’s just how it’s been. Up and down, up and down. I hate to say it, (but) I think a lot of the guys have gotten used to it. And we win when we have to. When we don’t have to, we kind of just go out there flat."

The Giants have to win on Sunday. It's the biggest game of the season, and a loss could potentially eliminate Big Blue from playoff contention. If the team wins each of its final two games, it will have reached 10 wins on the season and squeaked into the playoffs as at least a wild card. 

We all know the history behind this team. Just when fans begin to count them out, they come back stronger than we ever thought they were. Kenny Phillips and Ahmad Bradshaw are going to be huge additions to a team that has gotten used to playing shorthanded this season. Phillips says that the team must come out with energy on Sunday for Big Blue to keep itself in playoff contention.

"We just have to get back to being passionate about the game," Phillips said. "If a guy makes a play, no one’s congratulating, no one’s jumping around. It just seems like we don’t have no fire, no energy right now."

The Giants clearly play their best football when their backs are to the wall. The talent on this roster is capable of winning a championship. However, Big Blue's mental-makeup may preclude that from happening. This group has mailed it in on the road on more than one occasion this season, which is not exactly the mark of a Super Bowl-caliber team. Phillips, Bradshaw, and even Prince Amukamara will help the Giants play at full strength this weekend. But their biggest contributions may be making sure the team is in the correct state of mind at game time.

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13 Responses to “New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips Hope to Revitalize Team with Week 16 Return”

  1.  NOLAGiant says:

    I’m more concerned about Prince than KP. Dont get me wrong KP is great, but we have some able replacements like Stevie Brown there. Obviously as seen last week we have no viable backups at corner. Any word on him?

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      From what I can gather he practiced today. So that’s obviously a good sign.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Nola- Thats actually a great Point. When KP is healthy he is as good and as valuable as any safety in the league but the drop off behind him in Brown and Hill isn’t terrible. While the drop off behind Prince is monumental. I believe Hosley will be a really solid player in this league, I’m not sure he is ready for the likes Of Torrie Smith or Anquan Boldin just yet

  2.  demo3356 says:

    If Phillips, Braddie and the Prince all play we should Roll the Ravens. They are pretty beaten up physically on the Oline and all over the defense. They have serious issues on offense and just fired their coordinator.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    I’ve seen Eli taking a TON of heat lately and I agree he his heaving a down year by ALL accounts. I dont know if he deserves much blame though. His best weapon (Nicks) has been a non factor since week 2 with a serious knee issue. This has caused teams to roll coverage towards and nullify his second biggest weapon (Cruz). His 3rd target was Mannigham who is in San Fran and has been replaced by Dom Hixon who has looked good when healthy but has missed several games with injuries. Eli loves to throw to the TE and was developing nice chemistry with Bennett util he hurt his knee. Rueben Randle who looked good at points has somehow regressed his way back into the dog house between Jernigen and Barden. They key to getting the offense moving again is David Wilson getting involved in the passing game and either Hixon or Randle stepping up to take pressure off Nicks and Cruz

    •  Levito says:

      I think most people (on here at least) realize and have mentioned that it’s apparent Eli doesn’t have the same weapons he had last year as you stated above. But he’s still made some poor decisions that he didn’t make last year. He’s thrown into double coverage when other receivers were open, and he’s consistently missing on the deep ball, where he was nailing them last season.

    •  jfunk says:

      Those things are all true, however none of them are responsible for the plain old bad plays Eli is making. The issue with Eli is right now he’s preventing the offense from being as effective as it can still be despite those issues.

      Nicks being hurt doesn’t make him overthrow and underthrow open deep receivers with shocking regularity.

      Cruz’s being doubled isn’t responsible for Eli forcing the ball to him in triple coverage when he has completely uncovered options.

      MM being gone isn’t responsible for Eli locking his eyes onto one target before the snap and never looking away for a second while half the secondary prepares the jump the route.

      I love Eli, but he’s playing as poorly right now as he ever has and it IS costing the team wins. I’m not trying to run him out of town and I’ve been one of his biggest supporters since day one, but these are simply truths.

      Eli, playing up his usual standards, should have eked out two or three more wins so far this year. He’s been in position to make plays and failed repeatedly. He needs to pick it up.

      I really hope he wakes up RIGHT NOW, because Eli playing better football is a likely thing to happen that can save this season. ALL of the other issues listed magically disappearing in time to save this season are…let’s say just a freaking touch less likely.

  4.  Krow says:

    Statistically Eli is having an ‘NFL average’ year. He suffers in comparison to his amazing 2011 season.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    Demo what you stated about Eli is fair but I agree with Jfunk. It’s like a very mini version of Sanchez. Sanchez has the very legitimate excuse of no weapons or talent around him. But that doesn’t excuse many of the decisions he has made this year as far as TOs. I think the same applies in a lessor extent to Eli. In 2010, we were down to Hagan as a #2 WR at one point but to me Eli’s decisions were better that year than they have been since week 7 this year.

    I also think if we really respect Eli the way many have stated here over the years then it’s more than fair to expect him to play at a high level regardless of having less at WR this year. A QB like Sanchez is suppose to be affected by such things. Eli while maybe not as dynamic this year due to the reasons Demo points out still should be far more efficient than he has been the last 8 games. Only the GB game did Eli really play well in that span of games and look at the result. Simply put, these last two defenses we face are not good enough to stop us if Eli is playing well.

  6.  Grateful Giants says:

    Just a thought, but Eli had a really bad day this week. He was missing a few pieces, but he looked skittish and uncomfortable in the pocket.

    I think Bradshaw coming back will help immensely. Just for the peace of mind, knowing he can take for granted that the last line of protection will be going in the right direction at least.

    As much as we all want Wilson to be the guy, it is still, as Tom Coughlin told everyone, very important to learn ALL of your responsibilities. I just think Wilson being out there was a big factor to why the offense could not get moving at all. Maybe TC was right.

    That and the fact that we ended their year last year, they built their entire season around building up to beat us, and did it. I say take it with a grain of salt, they will not play that well again this season.

  7.  Grateful Giants says:

    Amnd everyone is saying we are playing the worst ball of the ELi Era, does anyone remember what we did to the Saints last week? Just cuurious. We have played GREAT football, we have also gotten some pretty crappy breaks along the way.

    Its a team game, if the ST are playing at the rate they played against the Saints (as in, returning kicks, MAKING FGS!!!!!! it makes the O and D that much more difficult). When were missing chip shots and going for it on 4th down because of this, well, were the Jets.

    Someone says it all the time, a desperate team, at home coming off a loss will nearly always win, IMO that was the Falcon game, they got smoked last year at our hands, they deserved what they got last year, and this year, coming off the loss we didnt have a chance.

    •  Levito says:

      Yes, I remember exactly what the Giants did to the Saints: destroyed them on special teams. Giants average starting position was around midfield. They still missed opportunities on offense. If Eli played against the Saints like he did for most of last season, they could have put up 80 on them.

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