Category: Sports


One Super task for the Elite

The media was a buzz at the beginning of the season because the normally reserved Manning was asked if he thought he was Elite at his position. He responded with a passionate yes and put himself in a class with the QB he beat in Super Bowl XLII. This weekend Eli goes head to head again with the universally revered Tom Brady, this may not be the Super Bowl but it will be the measuring stick that will define what has been an amazing season for Eli. This weekend Brady will have all his weapons at his disposal, while the constantly doubted Eli will be missing his #1 target in Hakeem Nicks and could also be without his #2 due to an undisclosed illness and even if he is available he wasn’t able to practice all week so we should expect rust. If that wasn’t enough the Giants won’t have the services of Ahamad Bradshaw who will be out due to a broken foot. Traditionally Eli has been most effective passing after play-action which will be less effective this weekend due to the increasingly ineffective running game of the Giants. The sad fact is even if Eli overcomes all of these things and gives an inspired performance he will still fail to silence his critics.

In a rematch of Super Bowl XLII this Sunday it’s the Giants Vs. the Pats.

Matchups

Justin Tuck and Tom Brady: Tuck could have easily been Bowl XLII MVP. It will be interesting to see how Giants defensive coordinator utilizes Tuck he has found success rushing from the d-tackle spot as well as end and linebacker.

 

Eli Vs. the World: earlier this year Eli said he was Elite and said he was in the same class as Brady. This weekend he gets to go head to head with that statement. He will also not be able to rely on the running game which has been anemic as of late and has taken another hit with its leading rusher breaking his foot. If that wasn’t enough Eli’s number one target Hakeem Nicks is expected to miss the game and Mario Manningham had miss practice all week with an undisclosed illness. Eli will have to excel by using receivers he hasn’t spent much time with this season.

 

Victor Cruz and the Pats DB’s: Nicks is down Manningham has missed practice all week and most likely the starting receiver across from him will have just come off the PUP list and will see his first action of the season. Cruz needs to have a big game and will probably see regular safety help given to covering him.

Prediction:

If the Giants sack Brady like they did in Bowl XLII then they win if they don’t they lose. I see a high scoring affair Giants get up big to overcome for their coach 31:28

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

 

 

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

 

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.

Megatron

Typically I stick to talking about the Giants but there are two players in this league that you can’t help but admire and love to watch. One will be talked about later in an upcoming post about a team fantasy draft. Calvin Johnson (megatron) at 6’5 236 pounds and in his 5th season is the best wide receiver I have ever seen. It’s still debated if he’s a top five receiver by the media, but with 4.3 speed and size that is comparable to that of a tight end has anyone seen a DB or LB that can hope to cover him? Average size for a DB is less than 6’0 and 190 pounds and these are the only guys who can match his speed his QB throws the ball high and 90% of the time Johnson comes down with it. Then we come to safeties and linebackers none can match size with speed with Johnson, This is Johnsons first season with a QB that we all would say is average or better then average (Matt Staford) and Johnson has 679 10 TD’s and is averaging a staggering 16.6 yards per reception. That means he’s averaging more then a TD per game and is averaging almost 100 yards per game (97 to be exact). So being one of the most productive and physically gifted WR’s to ever play in the NFL given the choice of any WR in the game today there isn’t another option and he should be in the argument of all time, and yes it’s only been 5 years but no one needed more then a year to tell you Gail Sayers, LT, or Decon Jones were all time greats.