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Giants Franchise Tag Defensive Lineman Leonard Williams

One of the Giants 1-2 punch on their defensive line is locked up, as reports today that the team is going to franchise tag Leonard Williams.

Williams knows all about the franchise tag, as the team hit him up last season with the tag, so it’s the second straight year he will have the tag placed on him.

The lineman earned $16.1 million on the franchise tender in 2020, this year that should move up to about $19.3 million in 2021.

The worst part about a tag on Williams is now New York will have to carry the $19.3 million as a cap hit, which is a big chunk of the salary cap for the team.

Now with Williams locked up, the team would love to lock up Dalvin Tomlinson, who is set to be a free agent next week.

Tomlinson at age 26 set career bests in sacks (11.5), tackles for loss (14), and quarterback hits (30) in 2020.

The Giants front office needs to decide the long term fate of Tomlinson, but they have one down, one to go on the team’s defensive line saga.

Garrett Out for Sunday’s Game Calling Plays Due to Covid-19, Kitchens to Call Plays

The Giants offense could have a different look on Sunday when the Browns come to town for Sunday night football, as OC Jason Garrett is out after testing positive for Covid-19.

With Garrett out it means that current Giants tight end coach Freddie Kitchens will be calling plays for the G-Men.

Kitchens spent one season as Browns head coach, and it was a nightmare, as the team, which was expected to be a contender in the AFC, went 6-10.

The Giants remain 3.5 point underdogs for Sunday’s game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

3 Games The Giants Must Win To Qualify For The Playoffs

It’s wild to believe, but the New York Giants have a legitimate shot to make the playoffs. After 10 weeks of football, there is not a single team in the NFC East with more than three wins. At 3-7, the Giants are a half game back of the Philadelphia Eagles, and sit in second place in the division. 

As the Giants prepare for the back stretch of the season, the team has to believe they can make the playoffs. Granted, of the seven losses that the Giants have, five of those losses have come on one possession, while two have come by just one point. Six to seven wins will win the NFC East, and if the Giants are going to party in East Rutherford, then the team will have to win these three games. 

Giants @ Bengals (11/29)

A lot of normal betters will not see this on the New Jersey sports betting page, but to the avid G-Man fan, this is a critical game. The Bengals are 2-6-1, so this screams potential for the Giants. This may be hard to believe, but the Giants own the No. 7 ranked rush defense in the league, barely allowing over 100 yards per game on the ground. Joe Mixon could return by then, but even if he does, the Giants are poised to keep him in check. 

It will then come down to who is the better quarterback that day. Former top-10 draft picks Daniel Jones and Joe Burrow will get a chance to showcase their young talent. Coming out of the bye, the Giants will be well-rested. This will be a must-win game right out of the gate. 

Giants vs. Browns (12/20)

After the Giants play the Bengals, the team plays the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals. If the Giants truly want to win the division, they will need to steal at least one of those games. On the stretch side, we are going to say that six wins could get the job done, so beating Cleveland is essential. 

In terms of overall defense, the Browns are ranked No. 16 in yards allowed per game, while the Giants are ranked No. 17. The Browns are 6-3 on the year though. Given that the Giants can stop the run, beating the Browns could happen. Cleveland relies way too much on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to lead the offense. Stop Chubb, and the Giants could win this game. 

Giants vs. Cowboys (1/3)

If there is a chance the Giants are either 5-10 or 6-9, the last game of the season could dictate the team’s plans in January. The Giants should have won this game the first time around when quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury; however, Andy Dalton willed the team to a 37-34 victory. 

The Cowboys could very well be in the playoff picture too as they sit with a 2-7 record. The Giants need all the winnable games in order to make the playoffs. This could be the biggest game of the season if the Giants can take care of the work beforehand. 

Giants Can Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo Following an Argument with Judge

The Giants Wednesday announced they have fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo, replacing him with longtime NFL assistant Dave DeGuglielmo.

The firing came after Colombo got into a heated argument with Giants head coach Joe Judge after he was told that the team was hiring DeGuglielmo as a consultant.

“We appreciate what Marc has done, but I felt like this move is in the best interest of the team,” Judge said in a statement released by the team Wednesday.

ESPN reports that when Colombo was told of the DeGuglielmo hire that he didn’t agree with the move, and that he felt that he was being undermined.

A Giants spokesperson said the report of a physical altercation is “absolutely false in every way.”

New York’s line had slowly been getting better as the season has progressed, but it remains to be seen how they will do with DeGuglielmo now running the show.

In each of the last three games the Giants have run for at least 150 yards on the ground.

DeGuglielmo was an assistant offensive line coach/quality control with the Giants from 2004 to ’08. He also worked with Judge in New England when he coached the Patriots’ offensive line in 2014 and ’15.

The 42-year-old Colombo played 10 years in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Giants Kicker Graham Gano Tests Positive For COVID-19 Virus

Giants kicker Graham Gano tested positive for COVID-19, sources told Jordan Raanan of reports.

The Giants announced Monday that a player had tested positive but did not reveal his identity. The team said he was immediately self-isolated and contact tracing was initiated.

Two staff members were identified as close contacts and were told to stay home, the team said.

The Giants (3-7) are on their bye week. They are riding a two-game winning streak and play next on Nov. 29 in Cincinnati.

Players will now work remotely Tuesday and Wednesday before having the rest of the week off. The Giants’ training center will be open only to staff.

WR Tate Says “Sorry” About Spouting Off About Not Getting the Ball

Wide out Golden Tate is on the apology tour today, this after putting up “unacceptable” behavior during a game a week ago Monday against the Buccaneers.

Tate yelled the phrase “Throw me the ball!” during the loss to Tampa Bay, and for his actions the veteran was benched for last week’s game against the Washington Football Team.

Friday he took center stage to answer questions about the incident, and seemed remorseful about his actions.

“If you know me, if you know my game, I play with a lot of emotion. A lot of passion,” Tate said. “I just got caught up in the moment,” Tate said via ESPN.

“I was wrong to draw attention to myself. I take full responsibility for that. I handled it the wrong way and, again, brought negative attention to our organization. It was something that won’t happen again.”

The 32-year-old inked a big four-year deal this past offseason with New York worth a reported $37 million.

This season has been a struggle like it has been for most of the Giants, as Tate has pulled in just 22 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns.

“I was definitely disappointed, but there are consequences for your actions,” Tate said.

“My actions were unacceptable and I apologized to the team, GM, the coaches, the offense and I’m excited to move forward.”

The Giants will take on the rival Eagles this Sunday.

Giants Robbed in Final Seconds on Controversial Two-Point Play in Loss to Bucs

No one is going to confuse the 2020 New York Giants with a team that is going to be ready to head to Tampa in February to compete in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

With that said, what happened to the one-win Giants on Monday night with the game on the line at home against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was basically a crime as the game was taken away from them.

If you missed it, the game was as competitive as any in the playoffs coming up in January. It was a back and forth affair and a game that the Giants held their own against a team that many think are going to be playing a “home game” in the Super Bowl (which is to be played in Tampa in February).

The Giants, down 25-17 with 3:41 to go, went on one of their most impressive drives of the season, mixing it up and driving down the field towards the tying score, which would have to come not only with a score but then a two-point conversion.

Daniel Jones made a couple nice throws, the last of which was a throw to Golden Tate from 19 yards out with 28 seconds left that made it a 25-23 game.

The G-Men knew they would have to go for two, so they were prepared to go for it and tie the game up and hopefully send it into overtime.

On the two-point play, it appeared that there was obvious pass interference, and rightfully so a flag was thrown, which would have tied the game.

The officials though decided to huddle up and discuss the flag, and eventually they picked it up, much to the chagrin of Giants coach Joe Judge as well as the rest of the Giants who were screaming at the officials.

The play saw Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. collide with Giants running back Dion Lewis just inside the end zone near the right sideline either simultaneously with the ball or perhaps a millisecond early. The ball fell incomplete, and the Giants were denied the chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.

As one would expect, Judge was upset after the game that the flag was picked up, and the Giants were left to swallow another tough loss to fall to 1-7 in the 2020 season, 1-3 playing at home this season.

“I thought [field judge] Nate [Jones] made the right call when he threw the flag,” Judge said.

“So, I’m not sure why it got picked up. We had a pretty good view. I know they can’t use the Jumbotron for a replay. We had a pretty clear view of that as well. I thought Nate made the right call the first time. Normally, your first instinct is right.”

Bucs coach Bruce Arians saw the play a totally different way – again as one would expect.

“Well the ball hit Antoine in the back. To me there was no pass interference — I thought it was a good call,” Arians said.

“I don’t know why it took so long, but he had his hands out, there was no contact and the ball hit him in the back.”

At the end of the day, it’s the way the season has gone for New York, and another tough effort did not work out for the G-Men.

Video: Giants Hang with the Eagles, Fall Late to Wentz 22-21 to Drop to 1-6

Led by QB Carson Wentz, the Eagles improved to 2-4-1, as they scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Giants 22-21 in a game that New York was in all night.

The Giants fall to 1-6 on the season.

Here’s the highlights.

Gamblers Starting to Place Money on the Giants for Sunday’s Game Against the Cowboys

It sounds like money is starting to shift towards the G-Men for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Sports Illustrated’s gambling page reports that “Bettors in early wagering appear to be backing Big Blue who opened as 11-point favorites at opening and ticked the line up to 12 before dropping down to its current offering.”

Here’s the report on Sunday’s game between the Giants and Cowboys.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Moneyline: New York (+360) | Dallas (-435)

Spread: NYG +10 (-110) | DAL -10 (-110)

Total: 54– Over: (-110) | Under: 54 (-110)

Game Info: October 11, 2020 4:25 pm ET / 1:25 pm PT | FOX

The Cowboys (1-3 SU. 0-4 ATS) have burned their backers through the first quarter of the season and enter Week 5 reeling after being blown out at home by the Browns in Week 4 and bettors appear to be fading Dallas in this NFC East matchup. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense has put up great numbers for fantasy football owners on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense has been non-existent through four games. Despite injuries on the offensive side of the ball to star RB Saquon Barkley and WR Sterling Shephard the Giants have found a way to go 2-2 ATS despite failing to notch a straight-up win. Bettors in early wagering appear to be backing Big Blue who opened as 11-point favorites at opening and ticked the line up to 12 before dropping down to its current offering by the oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook of only 10-point home favorites.

Giants to Get LB David Mayo Back on the Practice Field

The Giants got some good news as they get ready for the Cowboys in week five, as the team will have linebacker David Mayo on the practice field for the first time in the regular season.

The linebacker was put on IR in September after roster cuts, but the team announced on Thursday that he has been designated for return.

The Giants will have 21 days to decide about activating Mayo, who tore the meniscus in his left knee this summer, or shutting him down for the year.

Last year Mayo started the final 13 games and appeared in every game. He had 82 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.