Archive for October, 2011


Next Sunday vs. Miami
Looking at what follows this game this is a must win, but historically the Giants have not been good after a bye so this could be a trap game.

 

Nov. 6 at New England
Super Bowl XLII both teams still have a lot of the players from this game on their rosters and you don’t forget the team that took away your perfect season.

 

Nov. 13 at San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh’s has turned this team around and with the way they stop the run and pound the ball with Frank Gore this is no easy task for the Giants.

 

Nov. 20 vs. Philadelphia
Even with the Eagles struggles this will be one of the toughest games the Giants have all year. With no love lost between these teams this will be a very volatile game and it may come down to composure and who doesn’t get penalized.

 

Nov. 28 at New Orleans
This is a tough matchup the Giants they have trouble with teams that utilize the short passing game i.e. Green Bay, Bills, and you guessed it the Saints.

Dec. 4 vs. Green Bay

Again the Giants struggle with slants and quick outs, but when the champs come to town you get up to play to the level of your opponent. This could be the game that makes the media consider the Giants real contenders or an overachieving injury riddled team that can’t compete with legitimate teams.

 

Dec. 11 at Dallas
It’s been tough to figure the Cowboys because their five games have been decided by a total of 16 points, but they haven’t played a team with a losing record, so they must be pretty good to keep them all close.

 

Dec. 18 vs. Washington
The Redskins aren’t impressive at 3-2 and they didn’t really outplay the Giants in Week 1. The Giants should win here.

 

Dec. 24 at Jets
This game will be about ejections

 

Jan. 1 at Dallas

Someway, somehow, we feel this game will be for the NFC East. Maybe not between these two teams, and perhaps it’ll involve three teams, but this race will come down to the

 

 

Tim Jones Original score (75 episodes, 2007-2011)

Scott Schirle Music editor (77 episodes, 2007-2011)

 

Most of the time people use what they know works and don’t venture too much out of that comfort zone. Jones and Schirle has noticed that their spy show doesn’t employ your typical James Bond/Jason Bourne type of spy and they reflect it in the shows score. It all starts with the opening theme it’s a version of the Cake song short skirt and long jacket it sets the comical yet serious stone to the program. The rest of the scores are songs from little known singer songwriters mostly in live acoustic fashion. It gives the show a real honest feel and is an effective way to convey the emotions of the actors. In many circumstances music is considered a crutch used to legitimize poor works of cinema, but this is a masterful use of music and is the perfect compliment to the story and presentation.

After an 8-year career, which includes a Super Bowl ring and a Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning still has trouble convincing people of his elite status. This season however Eli is in the top 10 in every passing category except in interceptions.

 

5th in passing yards 1778

9th in completion percentage 63.8

2nd in yards per attempt 9.1 yards

6th in TD’s with 11

3rd in QB rating 101.1

1st in plays over 40 yards

3rd in plays over 20 yards

 

In addition to these impressive stats Eli now has the longest active starting streak of any NFL QB, which until week one this year was a record that belonged to his brother. This is also the first season in which Eli hasn’t had to compete with his brother’s stat line due to Peytons neck injury.  So for the first time in his career Eli doesn’t have to deal with the medias constant comparisons of he and his brother’s stat lines. Now he may never be Tom Brady or his brother Peyton but Eli is in the Elite category. Not only are his numbers in the top 10 in every category and in most cases in the top five, but his commanded of reading the defense and audibling to the right play run or pass is second to none. All Eli has done this season is overcome what people said he couldn’t, he loses Kevin Boss and Steve Smith; he loses two pro bowl caliber offensive linemen, and after losing these players all he has done is have the best statistical season of his career.

Key Match-Ups

 

Tavris Jackson and the Giants defensive line, the Giants line currently leads the NFL in sacks and QB pressures. Jackson isn’t thought of as an elite QB and it will be interesting to see if the Giants can rattle him and create a few turnovers. Jason Pierre Paul and Russell Okung were both first round picks and it will be interesting to see who will win this matchup.

 

Mario Manningham can he produce at the levels we saw last season but have yet to see this season. Victor Cruz has over shadowed Mario but Manningham has the speed and hands to be a huge weapon for the Giants offense and with a weak Seahawks secondary should have a chance for resurgence.

 

Giants run game and the Seahawks defense the Giants aren’t getting their regular production on the ground and will have a weak Seahawks Line backing core so if there was ever a week to get things together this is it.

 

Prediction

The Giants get after the QB and have to many offensive weapons for the Seahawks. Giants win 31 to 10

 

Match Ups

 

Giants Defense and Freddy Jackson Jackson is in the top 5 in every running back category and considering the Giants gave up big plays last week to Marshaun Lynch they will need to do a lot better this week to pull out a win.

 

Eli and the Bills secondary just last week the Bills picked of Tom Brady 4 times, his entire total for last season. So considering Eli past turnover problems and the Giants tendency to tip passes they will have to be on the same page this week.

 

Cory Webster and Stevie Johnson so far this season Webster has been lined up across from the best #1 revivers in the game and held more then just his own this season but Stevie is moved all over the field and is utilized regularly in the short passing game much like Greg Jennings of the Packers who has given Webster trouble in the past.

 

Predictions

 

This is a tough one because it’s hard to know what the Bills really are, both of these teams are performing above expectations but history says the Giants are the better team so in a close one Giants win 17 to 14.

 

 

Matchups

The big matchup of the day will be the Giants secondary vs. Larry Fitzgerald. So far Kevin Kolb is having difficulty picking up the Cardinals playbook and meshing with his new team, but has no trouble when it comes to getting Fitzgerald the ball. Arron Ross is having a resurgence after being benched earlier in the season and is showing why he was a first round pick and was an integral part to the Giants supper bowl run in 2007. He along with fellow defensive back Corry Webster will try to contain Fitzgerald look for Giants Defensive Coordinator to give safety help to whatever side of the field Fitzgerald lines up on. Osi Umenyiora is also back on the field for the first time this season maybe in an attempt to flash his skills again before the week six trade deadline alleviating any doubts about his knee. He and Jason Pierre Paul will try to apply constant pressure to Kolb in an attempt to help the DB’s contain Fitzgerald.

 

Prediction

Each week it seems more and more like the quality of the games is depreciating and we aren’t looking at the strengths of teams but rather if they can overcome injuries and weaknesses. Unfortunately this game comes down who has better chemistry, Eli will connect with Nicks and utilize the running game enough to eek out a W. Giants win 28-17

 

In Memoriam

One day we may live in a world without newspapers and landlines. A quarter of Americans do not have a landline and report having a cell phone only. More Americans are now report getting their news from the internet than newspapers. In the fast paced global community people want the convenience of mobility and the speed of instant updates. And while these innovations serve as signs of progression in the age of modern technology there may be something amiss about the thought that future generations and even some individuals  of the current generation may never know the simple satisfaction of enjoying a cup of coffee and leisurely reading a newspaper. Future generations may never use the phrase “house phone” and may not be cognizant of a world without cell phones. What a sad day that may be. But then again, the only thing scarier than change is the idea that things may never change.

Most of us try to forget how the Giants defense looked like back when Tim Lewis was the defensive coordinator. At times it looked anemic at best the only player he seemed to get consistent production was Michel Strahan. That being said Lewis was given a great talent out of LSU a young corner back named Corey Webster, in his first few seasons with the Giants Lewis used Webster in a limited capacity never giving him the opportunity to flourish. Enter Steve Spagnuolo in 2007, Spags often left Webster and Rookie Corner Arron Ross on islands in order to execute his exotic blitz packages. The two young corners responded to the challenge and rewarded the trust with a championship. The Giants current defensive coordinator is placing his trust in Webster and Ross and they currently are performing at their 2007 level. Over the first six weeks of the season Webster has shadowed every teams #1 receiver, while Ross has taken out the #2. The result is an average of just about one interception a game and the highest team sack total in the NFL.

Aesthetic Appeal- 🙂 The movie was shot perfectly, but if you can find fault with the film it’s that the story itself dictates and drives most of its presentation leaving very little room for creativity on the directing and editing side of things. As unfair as it is, to make this movie effective it had to be shot the way it way which was great but not groundbreaking.

 

Story- 🙂 🙂 The story is so good that all it will get is a ranking because it’s something you have to see and experience for yourself.

 

Acting-  🙂 🙂 Robert Downey Jr. is absolutely amazing and it makes you wonder if Marisa Tomei can win an Oscar for MY Cousin Vinny why didn’t Downey add another Oscar to his collection for best actor. This film also sees the resurgence of Val Kilmer. Long removed from Top Gun, The Saint, and The Ghost And The Darkness Kilmer shows us why he was considered one of Hollywood’s elite. On a personal note I haven’t enjoyed Val Kilmer’s portrayal of a character this much since Madmartigan in Willow.