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Talkings Points: Giants-Eagles

Well thankfully the Giants still have a shot to make the playoffs. Although they have to count on the Cowboys fully crumbling, which is entirely possible.

I’m not believing it until I see it though.

The Giants hold the tie-breaker with Dallas so they just need to win one more game than Dallas the rest of the season and Dallas has a difficult schedule, but the way the Giants are playing I can seem them losing the next couple of weeks.

Let’s start off with some of the good before we get to the bad (which will be a pretty short list)

Hakeem Nicks

What was not impressive was Hakeem Nicks’ drop after drop early in the game, but what was impressive was his resolve.

There may have been a lot of players who folded after the start Nicks had to that game.

But Nicks responded with one great run after the catch for a long touchdown, and another amazing catch on the sideline.

What I like even more though is Nicks is ALWAYS trying to throw a block.

Watch Hixon’s long touchdown run, you see Nicks running up the field ready to block someone if he gets the chance.

I know he had some easy dropped passes, but it’s nice to see a Wide Receiver get so wide open on this team.

I wanted Kenny Britt before the draft (I like to toot my horn when I’m right so I’ll let you guys know when I’m wrong), but Nicks has change me.

Percy Harvin might be the more explosive all around player, but I think Hakeem Nicks very well could turn out to THE top Wide Receiver from this draft.

Thing of beauty.

Steve Smith

Old Reliable Steve Smith. Smith was not overwhelming in the game, but he did have 74 yards and 7 more catches to give him a Franchise Record  85 catches for the season.

He averages 5 catches a game over the next 3 games he’ll become the first Giants WR to ever amass 100 receptions in one season. Smith also has 1,053 yards receiving on the season and has a realistic chance at making the Pro Bowl.

Plaxico was all the rage before the season, but the Giants have a Fantastic young Wide Receiver corps, and this is before the Giants even get their full complement of Wide Receiver which includes 6’6” Ramses Barden.

Domenik Hixon’s Touchdown Catch.

Good for Hixon.

Heading into the season I thought Hixon could have a solid year, unfortuantely for him the Giants discovered Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham has too much upside to rest.

Hixon has been a trooper. No complaining just going out there and doing what he needs to do.

Hixon is only 25 and has speed to burn. He will not be in the Giants plans moving forwad, but hopefully he has done enough to get a job elsewhere.

Hixon, remember, was the player who knocled Kevin Everett out of football, but he’s bounced back.

Brandon Jacob’s running-post Fumble.

He looked possessed. Best I’ve seen him all year. I told my friend (who’s an Eagles fan) if Jacobs ran like this all year I think the Giants would have at least 2 more wins.

Better late than never, and hopefully next year is a big bounce back year from everyone.

Eli Manning.

If the Giants could play any defense Manning might be vying for a top ten M.V.P vote.

He’s been great this year, except for that stretch right after the Kansas City game when his foot injury was most severe.

He has a 93 QB rating over 60 percent completion percentage and his averaging 8 yards per pass attempt, which is the highest in his career by far. He also has 23 touchdowns and 11 Interceptions.

Despite having “one of the worst WR corps in the league” like everyone said before the season began, Eli is going to put up career numbers even though he is on pace to throw the 4th most season attempts in his career.

J. Goff’s interception.

Last week a near caused fumble this week an Interception. Those two plays in the past two weeks are more than all the other middle linebackers have made in their careers.

Now, from what I’ve seen so far Goff does not look like a great cover-guy.

The Run Defense

Not bad. Did a good job.

Now onto the Bad (terrible. awful, or embarassing are all more accurate descriptions)

The Pass Defense.

God awful. Nest.

Bill Sheridan.

Please report to the unemployment line.

Return Coverage.

Lost containment. Next.

The Fumbles All Over the Field.

Jacob’s fumbled seem to snap his crappy play out of him.

The “Clutchness of the defense”

Eli brings back the offense all the way back to take the lead at 31-30.

15 seconds later.

60 yard pass to DeSean Jackson.

Touchdown. Game Over.


Well, fent your frustrations.

You know the Giants have been to the playoffs four years in a row, won a division title and a Superbowl in the past two seasons.

If they don’t make the playoffs this season can get a pass.

In the N.F.L. it happens.

But I don’t think Bill Sheridan can get a pass.

I think Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin deserve a pass though.

All that Jerry Reese did in the off-season was lose James Butler from the defense, seriously that’s it.

And last year the Giants defense was 5th overall in yards per game, and 5th overall in points per game despite facing one of the best schedules in the league (they played something like 10 or 11 playoff teams in a row (and won almost all of them).

They lost James Butler!!!

He’s not an impact player. The Rams have Butler now and they’re one of the worst defenses in the year.

So Reese loses James Butler gains Osi Umeinyora, and tries to augment the defense with Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley.

And this defense is 27th in points per game

The talent of the defense is there. There is more talent than last year, the only thing gone is the defensive coordinator.

Coughlin is one of the winningest coaches in all of football.

He’s won a lot with the New York Giants, and he won with an upstart Jacksonville franchise.

He’s a good coach. Teams could do much much worse.

The Giants though have some work to do and we’ll see what comes of this.

But Reese and Coughlin get my pass, especially since it seems to me like the Giants are still playing hard.

Eli has played well.

But EVERYONE (exagerration, Corey Webster is having a down year from last year, but not a career worst year, his career worst was pretty awful) on the defense is having career worst years, especially up front.

It’s unimaginable.’

Just keep in mind that despite all of these problems this team still has a winning record and that should be a testatment to how well the offense has played and what the Giants offense has moving forward.

Have a nice day, everyone.

Keep the faith, the Giants needs one more win than Dallas with two winninable games coming up and one two loseable games for the Cowboys coming up (both play the Redskins, but lately the Giants have played the Redskins MUCH better than Dallas has)

If they win these two and Dallas loses these next two the Giants are in, no matter what happens the last week of the playoffs.

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