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2012 Preview: New York Giants

The 2012 New York Giants come into this season as Superbowl Champs!  We are all eager to watch them in the home opener against division foe, the Dallas Cowboys.   The Giants organization and their fans should feel really good going into this season.  The main reason they should feel good, is because the Giants aren’t favored to win ANYTHING.  They aren’t favored to repeat as Super Bowl champs.   They are not favored to win their division, and some think they won’t even make the playoffs.   But that suits most fans just fine, because in the Giants two recent Super Bowl wins, they weren’t favored to do any of those things.  A lot of the credit has to go to Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese, who have done a great job putting this team together.  They developed an elite QB, an awesome defensive pass rush, and Pro Bowl caliber receivers.   If they do plan on returning to the Super Bowl, it will be difficult since they have one of the most challenging schedules in the league. Also, the Giants acquired TE Martellus Bennett, who blew up to about 300 pounds (according to “reports”).  Good one Jerry!  Here is more on the 2012 New York Giants. Continue reading

No ICE Please…Week 13

The NFC East had a BAD week!  Not a win for any of the teams.  Who said we had the best division?  First,  the Eagles were embarrassed by Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks on Thursday night.  During the off-season, after the lockout, I looked in amazement at the team the Eagles were putting together.  And I thought to myself, this team will beat ANYBODY!  Man, was I wrong.  The Eagles are a bad team that can’t stop anyone.  Instead of teams fearing them, they come thinking that they can do anything they want to the Eagles:  run, pass, anything they want.  Andy Reid has done a lot for Philly, but he needs to go.  It’s time!

The Skins’ season went from bad to worse.  They not only lost their 8th game of the season, but apparently they lost two key pieces to their offense for the rest of the year.  Their most productive offensive weapon, TE Fred Davis, and their key O Lineman, Trent Williams will be suspended for 4 games for drug policy violations.  It’s a shame to see this happen for any team.  As for the game, the Skins made Shonn Green look like a perennial Pro Bowler.  But, they also did the same thing for their own Roy Helu.  This guy is really good.  They really should use him more. (Kyle, are you listening?)  Continue reading

Stories of QBs and RBs..Week 9

Oddly enough, Peyton Manning is not the Manning that boldly faces Tom Brady and pulls out a huge W…it’s Eli.  I’ve been the first to criticize Eli in the past (heck, just this summer).  I have to admit he’s playing better than he ever has before.  If someone told me a QB in that game would come back with a game winning drive, I (like the rest of you) would have assumed that QB would be Tom Brady.  Eli was great yesterday.  Additionally, Tom Coughlin and that Giants DEF simply have Tom Brady’s number.  Speaking of DEF, it didn’t hurt Eli was going against the worst Defense in the league.  Who thought one could ever write that about a Bill Belichik Defense?

I cannot tell you the emotional rollercoaster that Philip Rivers put me through yesterday.  I made a prediction earlier in the day that said Green Bay would get its first loss due to the hot hand of Rivers, resulting in a breakout performance.  It started off pretty well too.  He quickly hooked up with Vincent Jackson for a quick score, and things were looking great.  But then Rivers happened again!  He threw, not one, BUT two Pick 6s.  I hadn’t seen anything like since the QB from my favorite team did it against the Lions, earlier this season.  I yelled and screamed and vowed that this guy would never see my Fantasy lineups again.  But things took a turn that I’ve been waiting for all season.  He threw another TD, and another, and ANOTHER, totaling 4 TDs along with 385 yards.  He did throw another pick to make it league leading 14 for the year, but I got 35 points from him yesterday.  I AM NOT MAD AT THAT!

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We Are Learning..Week 5

We all heard about the death of iconic NFL owner:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.  It’s only fitting that as HUGE fans of the NFL that we show respect for a man who left a huge mark on the game.  While we personally did not agree with many of his decisions (and we weren’t the only ones), we certainly love the fact that Al Davis was brazen enough to walk to the beat of his own drum.  As African-Americans, it’s also great to see what he contributed to the game in terms of diversity.  Here’s to you Al Davis for bringing mystique and BOLDNESS to the NFL, along with that vertical passing game. This quote of Al Davis really sums up his belief in the vertical passing game: “When we came out of the huddle, we didn’t want first downs and move the chains. We wanted touchdowns-the quick strike.  We were going to take what we wanted and that was Raider’s Football”  Raiders Football was Al Davis.  R.I.P. Continue reading

The G-Men

Since the NFC East is the division that is nearest and dearest to us, we have invited bloggers to guest post a season preview about their favorite in the NFC East to precede our Fantasy Football analysis. Introducing: 

2011 New York Giants Outlook (by The Sportz Guru at www.sportstories23.wordpress.com)

Let’s first talk about the 2011 NFL Draft. The Giants selected Prince Amukamara (CB) with the 19th overall pick. Many feel that the selection of Amukamara addresses a big problem the Giants last year: defense. They were a little weak at the CB position, so I think Amukamara can help them in that regard. He’s a very quick CB who can definitely pick-off a few balls, possibly in his rookie year. In his junior year at Nebraska, Amukamara totaled 60 tackles. 

After the selection of Amukamara, the Giants selected Marvin Austin (DT) with the 52nd pick (2nd round). This was a great pick because the Giants D-line was kinda beat up last year. This addresses that problem accordingly. The last pick of great significance was the selection of Greg Jones in the 6th round. Greg was projected to go much earlier; in the 3rd round. The Giants definitely got a steal by selecting him 3 rounds earlier then projected. Also, he possesses incredible speed and tackling prowess for a linebacker. Most believe he has the potential to become a stud in the NFL, provided he works his butt off day in and day out. Overall, the Giants had one of the best drafts in the league. They properly prepared for this, and their work certainly showed. If I were an ESPN analyst, I’d give the Giants an A- for this draft.
I think the Giants used the draft to address their major problems from last season. After all, that is the purpose of the draft right? I have a very positive outlook on the Giants in 2011 (provided there is an NFL season). I feel that they’ll win at least 10 games, which may not seem like a lot, but after a few years their rookies will be able to wreak havoc on the league. Just give it time and they’ll win lots of games.

Eli Manning is a player in which many fantasy football owners (and Giants Fans) have mixed emotions about.    Last year Eli ended the season with 4002 passing yards (5th in the league) and 31 TDs (again 5th in the league).  So why the mixed emotions?  Should be a no brainer right?  I’ll tell you why: the 25 INTs ( a league HIGH by the way) and the 7 Forced Fumbles.  Decision Making is the name of the Game when it comes to Eli Manning.  With the numbers Eli puts up in a season, he’s still a go to Fantasy QB.  Just know that his decision-making may cost you a few penalty points some weeks.  He won’t led the league in interceptions again this season.

Eli has some very good weapons on the WR front.  Hakeem Nicks has established himself as the go -to receiver for the Gmen.  He led the team with 1052 receiving yards and hauled in 79 receptions and 11 TDs in 13 games.  Nicks does have a durability problem:  He has not played a full season since he was drafted in 2009.  Nicks is still a stud receiver that you can count on, when he’s healthy.  Draft him with known hesitation but make sure you have a good plug in if he goes down.  The other receivers, you can count are Mario Manningham and Steve Smith.  Manningham is that one player that you forget about.  He starts to make noise and you’re like “Oh Yeah, I need to pick him up before somebody else gets him.”  Last season he caught 944 receiving yards and 9 TDs.  He was also a nice fill in when Nicks went out.  This guy has to be drafted in Fantasy.  Smith is a receiver that can move the chains as well.  But like Nicks, he also stays nicked up.  He only played 9 games last season.  He will be a good free agent for the latter part of the Fantasy season.  TE Kevin Boss is a sleeper Fantasy player.  He has yet to break into that Top tier of Fantasy TEs but he has potential.  He had 500 plus receiving yards and 5 TDs last season.  He is a draft worthy player but definitely in the later rounds.    

The Giants still have an aggressive defense.  Last season they led the league in tackles ( 886 solo and 737 assisted). Terrell Thomas has 101 (solo and assisted).   We are used to seeing huge stats in sacks, but last year the GMEN did not disappoint.  Last season they had 46 sacks lead by the usual suspects: Justin Tuck with 11.5 and Osi Umenyiora with 11.5.  Who can forget the havoc they wreaked on the Bears (I know Jay Cutler remembers) when they got 10 sacks (9 in the 1st half).  They were also 2nd in the league in recovered fumbles with 17.  Sadly, all of this defense only resulted in 1 TD.  Not such hot news for Fantasy owners.  But the opportunities this defense creates to score makes them exciting to watch live and on Stattracker.

 Last year, the RBs were in a game of musical chairs.  We saw  Brandon Jacobs lose his job, lose his cool, and get his job back, at least for a little while.  Ahmad Bradshaw became the starter, then started fumbling, which put him in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse.  Despite the up and downs of being in the backfield, the Giant RBs had very good seasons.  Bradshaw lead the team in rushing with 1235 yards and had 8 TDs.  He did have BIG PROBLEMS holding on to the ball, fumbling 7 times and losing 6.  This can KILL a Fantasy team.  We’ve all been there!  Jacobs had a decent year, rushing for 823 yards and 9 TDs.  He did do a better job protecting the ball, but he did cough it up twice.  This year look for Bradshaw to be the main man, which he should be, despite his slippery fingers.  He is the more elusive of the two backs and gives them another dynamic in the passing game.  He is an every week starter.  Lets hope he gets his fumbling problem corrected.  Remember Bradshaw:HIGH and TIGHT!  Jacobs can still make some noise on the field(and off it too apparently).  He doesn’t run with the same power like before, but he can still run over people (Laron Landry still sees Jacobs in his dreams).  Look at the matchups before you start him, but Jacobs is definitely worth drafting.

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