Giants Vs Vikings NFL Week Four Capsule

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-0)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

GIANTS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   14-10
STREAKS   5 of last 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 0-0 Mike Zimmer: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 29-27 vs. Washington W 22-10 at Carolina
LAST GAME 12/27/15: Giants 17 at Vikings 49. Minnesota RB Jerick McKinnon rushes for 89 yards & 2 TDs. Vikings S Harrison Smith has 35-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/27/15
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Min).

STATS

PASSING Eli Manning: 76-107-925-4-3-98.1 Sam Bradford: 40-59-457-3-0-107.8
RUSHING Rashad Jennings: 31-102-3.3-0 Jerick McKinnon: 19-53-2.7-0
RECEIVING Odell Beckham: 19-280-14.7-0 Stefon Diggs: 20-325 (2L)-16.3-1
OFFENSE 396.7 265.3
TAKE/GIVE -6 +8 (1L)
DEFENSE 339.7 295.0
SACKS 4 tied: 1 Everson Griffen: 4 (T2L)
INTs Trae Waynes: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Brad Wing: 51.5 (1L) Jeff Locke: 42.6
KICKING Josh Brown: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/6 FG) Blair Walsh: 24 (3/5 PAT; 7/9 FG

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING aims for 3rd in row with 350+ pass yards…RB ORLEANS DARKWA had rush TD last week. RB RASHAD JENNINGS had 136 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 62 rec.) in last meeting…WR ODELL BECKHAM had 7 receptions for 121 yards last week. Reached 200 catches (206) & 3,000 rec. yards (3,035) in 30th career game, fastest in NFL history. Rookie WR STERLING SHEPARD had 5 receptions for 73 yards & TD in Week 3. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games…DT DAMON HARRISON led team with 10 tackles in Wek 3. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 8 tackles, sack & FF last week. DE OLIVIER VERNON had sack last week, 1st sack with NYG. LB JONATHAN CASILLAS had 9 tackles & 1 sack in last meeting. S NAT BERHE had FF last week, 1st career FF…VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD has passed for 457 yards & 3 TDs with 0 INTs for 107.8 rating in 2 starts with Min. Threw for 320 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting (1/3/16 with Phi)…RB JERICK MC KINNON rushed for 89 yards & 2 TDs in only career meeting… WR STEFON DIGGS has TD in 2 of past 3 at home…TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 7 receptions for 70 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch…DEFENSE recorded 8 sacks in Week 3, tied for the third-most in a road game in team history. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 3 sacks in Week 3. Has 6 sacks in past 4. DT TOM JOHNSON had first-career INT last week. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 12 tackles in Week 3. CB MARCUS SHERELS had 54-yd PR-TD in Week 3. Had 86-yd PR-TD in 10/21/13 game vs. NYG. CB TRAE WAYNES aims for 3rd in row with INT. S HARRISON SMITH had 7 tackles & sack last week.

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Shane Vereen May Not Miss the Rest of the Season After All; RB Won’t Need Surgery

Shane Vereen

A day after the loss to the Redskins at home, the Giants got some good news on the health front, as running back Shane Vereen will not need surgery – and he could return to the team after being placed on IR.

The Giants themselves earlier in the day stated that Vereen would be done for the season after coach Bob McAdoo said the running back would need triceps surgery.

Now it looks like they even jumped the gun on a possible surgery.

Ryan Williams, the agent for Vereen, blasted the team after they announced via twitter the back would miss the season.

With Vereen missing time, look for the G-Men to turn to Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey to take his role on the roster.

Odell Beckham Jr. Says Officials Warned Him He Would Be Thrown Out For Any Transgressions

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters immediately following the Giants’ 29-27 loss to the Redskins that he was warned that any transgression, even his first one, would lead to him being thrown out of the game, Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

The NFL has a new rule this season that two personal fouls in a game will lead to an automatic ejection, but the Giants receiver said he was informed that it would be one-and-done for him.

“They implemented a new rule this year,” Beckham said. “Basically, I think it was the Odell Beckham Jr. rule. I had three personal fouls last year, and they said, if you come out, you get one personal foul and you (are ejected) if you get another one for the same.

“Today, they came up before the game and said, ‘If you do anything we’re throwing you out of the game.’ That was before the game. There was no, ‘You get a warning.’ There wasn’t any of that. You’ve just got to be on your best behavior. Unfortunately, this is what we’ve come to. It’s not really football any more as much as it is all of the other things that play into it.”

Fourth Quarter Failures Stall Giants; Fall at Home to Redskins 29-27

Washington Redskins v New York Giants

All the Washington Redskins needed to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start was a couple of fourth-quarter interceptions by backups and five field goals from a guy who had never made that many in a game.

Dustin Hopkins kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:51 to play and the defending NFC East champion Redskins got a much-needed 29-27 win over the penalty- and error-prone New York Giants (2-1) on Sunday.

“We needed to get that first win bad,” said cornerback Greg Toler, who played most of the game after starter Bashaud Breeland hurt an ankle early. “We couldn’t lose the first three, and we hung in there and got some real contributions from everybody. You get everyone stepping up. The coaches treat all of us the same, coaches us up whether first- or second- or third- or fourth-string like we are starters.”

The guys who really stepped up were linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

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Redskins vs Giants NFL Week Three Inactives

Redskins

  • QB Nate Sudfeld, WR Rashad Ross, CB Kendall Fuller, LB Martrell Spaight, DE Anthony Lanier, G Arie Kouandjio, DE Kendall Reyes

Giants

  • RB Rashad Jennings, RT Marshall Newhouse, S Darian Thompson, QB Josh Johnson, WR Roger Lewis, DTs Robert Thomas and Montori Hughes.

Redskins vs Giants NFL Week Three Capsule

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-2) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (2-0)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  REDSKINS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER   97-65-4
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 1-3 Ben McAdoo: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-23 vs. Dallas W 16-13 vs. New Orleans
LAST GAME 11/29/15: Giants 14 at Redskins 20. Washington QB Kirk Cousins passes for 302 yards & TD for 114.4 rating. Redskins TE Jordan Reed has 8 catches for 98 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/24/15: Giants 32, Redskins 21. New York QB Eli Manning throws for 279 yards & 2 TDs. Giants WR Rueben Randle has 7 catches for 116 yards & TD.
REFEREE John Hussey
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Was), 81 (NYG). XM: 383 (Was), 225 (NYG).

STATS

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 58-89-693 (3L)-1-3-78.5 Eli Manning: 51-69-575-3-1-106.9
RUSHING Matt Jones: 20-85-4.3-1 Rashad Jennings: 31-102-3.3-0
RECEIVING Jordan Reed (TE): 12-134-11.2-0 Odell Beckham: 12-159-13.3-0
OFFENSE 408.0 366.5
TAKE/GIVE -1 -4
DEFENSE 408.5 308.0
SACKS Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy: 1.5 Landon Collins, Leon Hall: 1
INTs Bashaud Breeland: 1
PUNTING Tress Way: 34.0 Brad Wing: 53.3 (2L)
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 21 (3/3 PAT; 6/6 FG) Josh Brown: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/4 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 364 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 1,124 pass yards (281 per game) & 9 TDs for 100.9 rating in past 4 vs. NFC East…RB MATT JONES had rush TD in Week 2…WR JAMISON CROWDER had rec. TD last week. WR PIERRE GARCON has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC East. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 63-yard TD in last meeting. TE JORDAN REED aims for 3rd in row vs. Giants with 95+ rec. yards…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack in last meeting. LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2011, is 1 of 2 with 45+ sacks (49) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB TRENY MURPHY had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. CB BASHAUD BREELAND has 8 PD in past 3 vs. NYG. CB JOSH NORMAN had FF in last meeting (12/20/15 with Car). Had FF last week…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 368 yards last week & has the 10th-most pass yards in NFL history (44,762). Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4 vs. Was. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 300+ pass yards…RB RASHAD JENNINGS has 100+ rush yards & TD in 2 of past 3 at home…WR ODELL BECKHAM had 142 rec. yards & TD in last matchup. Averaging 121.3 yards per game with 5 TDs in 3 career games vs. Was. WR VICTOR CRUZ has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 vs. Was. Rookie WR STERLING SHEPARD had 8 catches for 117 yards last week, 1st career 100-yard game…DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had 2.5 sacks & FF in 12/14/14 meeting. Had blocked FG last week. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6.5 sacks in 4 career home games vs. Was. LB JONATHAN CASILLAS had 7 tackles & sack in last home meeting. CB LEON HALL had sack last week in NYG debut. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 65-yard blocked FG-TD in Week 2. S LANDON COLLINS recorded 1st career sack in Week 2.

Giants Get Past Saints 16-13 on Last Play FG by Brown

New Orleans Saints v New York Giants

If you missed Victor Cruz’s clutch return to the NFL last week after missing more than a season, the 29-year-old New York Giants receiver offered an encore in Week 2.

Cruz, who had a winning fourth-quarter touchdown catch against Dallas last week, hauled in a 34-yard third-down pass from Eli Manning to set up Josh Brown’s winning 23-yard field goal as time expired and the Giants got off to their first 2-0 start since 2009 with a 16-13 win over New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

“I just wanted to work my way in, catch things that are in front of me, make the plays that are presented to me,” said Cruz, who had four catches for 91 yards. “To make the game-winning catch a week ago and today to make a pretty decisive catch on the sideline to seal the game, I couldn’t draw it up any other way. I just go out and play the game and I think I’m getting better as the weeks go on.”

Brown’s third field goal capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive that featured two key third-down passes by Manning and a pass interference call on a pass to Odell Beckham Jr.

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Giants at Cowboys NFL Week One Capsule

NEW YORK GIANTS AT DALLAS COWBOYS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  GIANTS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   62-43-2
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 0-0 Jason Garrett: 7-5
LAST GAME 10/25/15: Cowboys 20 at Giants 27. New York KR Dwayne Harris has 100-yard KR-TD. Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie records 2 INTs, including 58-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 09/13/15: Giants 26, Cowboys 27. Dallas QB Tony Romo throws for 356 yards & 3 TDs, including GW 7-yard TD to TE Jason Witten with seven seconds remaining.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (NYG), 82 (Dal). XM: 380 (NYG), 82 (Dal).

2015 STATS

PASSING Eli Manning: 387-618-4436-35 (T2L)-14-93.6 Dak Prescott (R) (Pre.): 39-50-454-5-0-137.8
RUSHING Rashad Jennings: 195-863-4.4-3 Ezekiel Elliott (R) (Pre.): 7-48-6.9-0
RECEIVING Odell Beckham: 96-1450-15.1-13 Jason Witten (TE): 77-713-9.3-3
OFFENSE 372.3 335.1
TAKE/GIVE +7 -22
DEFENSE 420.3 348.1
SACKS Olivier Vernon (Mia.): 7.5 Tyrone Crawford: 5
INTs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 3 Jeff Heath: 2
PUNTING Brad Wing: 44.5 Chris Jones: 45.2
KICKING Randy Bullock (Hou./NYJ): 79 (22/25 PAT; 19/23 FG) Dan Bailey: 115 (25/25 PAT; 30/32 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: BEN MC ADOO makes debut as NYG head coach…QB ELI MANNING has started 183 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. In 2015, passed for 4,000+ (4,432) yards for franchise-record 5th time. Threw 35 TDs last season, 2nd most in season in franchise history (HOFer Y.A. TITTLE, 36 in 1963). Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 6 games vs. Dal…RB RASHAD JENNINGS had career-high 1,159 scrimmage yards (863 rush, 296 rec.) with 4 TDs last year…WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 96 receptions last year, 2nd most in season in franchise history. Has 2,755 career rec. yards (1,305 in 2014 & 1,450 in 2015), most by player in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history…DE OLIVIER VERNON makes NYG debut. Had 7.5 sacks last year with Mia. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE has 7 career TDs (6 INTs, 1 FR) & averages 56.9 yards per TD. Had 2 INTs, incl. 58-yard TD, in last meeting. S LANDON COLLINS tied for 2nd among NFC S with 108 tackles last season…COWBOYS: QB DAK PRESCOTT was selected in 4th Round (No. 135 overall) by Dal. in 2016 NFL Draft. Is all-time leading passer in Mississippi St. history with 9,376 yards & 70 TDs. Led NFL with 137.8 rating & 5 pass TDs in preseason…RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT was selected No. 4 overall by Dal. in 2016 NFL Draft. Was named 2015 Big Ten Offensive Player of Year & RB of Year. RB ALFRED MORRIS makes debut with Dal. Since entering NFL in 2012, ranks 2nd in league with 4,713 rush yards & tied for 5th with 29 TDs….Since 2012, WR DEZ BRYANT ranks 2nd with 44 rec. TD. Has 1,200+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 seasons. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had career-highs in catches (52) & rec. yards (840) last season with 3 TDs…TE JASON WITTEN (1,020) is 1 of 2 TEs in NFL history with 1,000+ catches. Ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 11,215 rec. yards…LB SEAN LEE led team with 128 tackles last season. Has 12 INTs since entering NFL in 2010, most by LB. S BARRY CHURCH has 100+ tackles in 2 of past 3 seasons…K DAN BAILEY has highest FG pct. (90.6) in franchise history (min. 100 FG made).

Giants GM and Coach Decline to Talk About Situation w/ Kicker Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Giants GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo declined comment Saturday on the continued employment of kicker Josh Brown, who booted the opening kickoff of a 21-0 preseason loss to the Bills at New Era Field despite facing a Week 1 suspension for a domestic violence arrest in May 2015, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“No,” Reese said when asked for comment.

McAdoo, who had addressed the matter on Thursday, used a rehearsed answer three times to deflect questions about new information on Brown’s arrest that the Daily News has reported since he last spoke.

The News reported Friday that Brown’s now-ex-wife told authorities of more than 20 alleged physical incidents. Had McAdoo been aware of all those allegations against Brown when he first spoke?

I said everything I had to say on that situation,” the coach said.

Does McAdoo stand by what he said on Thursday, including “I stay in my lane” when it comes to whether the Giants conducted an independent investigation, and that he had not known about Brown’s incident until after the Giants re-signed him this offseason?

“I said everything I had to say,” McAdoo said.

Did McAdoo at least know that Brown was still under investigation when the Giants re-signed him? “I’ve said everything I had to say on the Josh Brown situation,” McAdoo said.

Giants WR Victor Cruz Says Groin Injury ‘Not a Big Deal’

VictorCruz

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz Wednesday’s practice due to the groin injury that limited him during Tuesday’s session, and almost assuredly will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. But Cruz took to local airwaves after missing practice to reassure this is just a minor bump on his comeback road, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“It feels good. I tweaked it yesterday, just a little bit,” Cruz told Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg on WEPN-FM’s The Michael Kay Show.

“I didn’t want to go through practice and have the risk of injuring it even more. But I woke up today, felt good, and I’ve been getting treatment on it all day. I’m not worried about it. It’s not a big deal. It’s something that happens. But I anticipate being back out there in a few days, and getting after it again.”

Cruz has missed almost all of the last two seasons due to a pair of devastating injuries – a right patellar tear in October of 2014, and a rare injury to his left calf last August that eventually cost him the entire 2015 season.

This latest groin injury has set off alarm bells for many given the similarities to the calf injury. When Cruz sprained his calf last August in training camp, he and the Giants initially brushed the injury off as nothing of concern. It turned to be the exact opposite, leading to surgery.

Cruz said he is taking it slow with the groin in order to prevent history from repeating itself.

“It’s a process. Everybody understands that it’s a process,” he said. “That time (his return to the field) will come, and I just have to make sure I’m ready when it does come, and that I am doing all necessary things I need to do in preparation for that moment. I’ve come such a long way, that I don’t want to do anything stupid to regress my progress.”

But he vows he will be back, and he has never thought, even for a moment, that he will not return.

“Never, even throughout all the rehabilitation process, the ups, the downs. I never gave up. I never give up,” Cruz said. “It’s just not the way I was cultured, the way I brought up, the way I see my future, my career ending in this league, in this profession. I definitely feel like I have a good chunk of football left in me, and I want to go out and prove it.”