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Scouting the Giants

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Scouting the Giants

    November 3, 2009 at 7:08 p.m.

    Chargers' next opponent: New York Giants (5-3)

    1:15 p.m. Sunday at Giants Stadium
    The last time many New Yorkers really paid close attention to the Giants, it was mid-October and Big Blue was 5-0 and on its way to the Super Bowl. But a funny thing happened while New York put the Giants in the background to concentrate on the Yankees – it all turned out to be a mirage.
    Four of those five wins came against the dregs of the league (Redskins, Bucs, Chiefs and Raiders) and the fifth was against Wade Phillips. Since then the Giants have been outscored by a whopping 112-61 while losing consecutive games to the Saints, Cardinals and Eagles. Not only does the Super Bowl seem a long way away, there's no guarantee the Giants will even make the playoffs.
    “We're a complete embarrassment,” linebacker Antonio Pierce said after a 40-17 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
    The Giants have been inconsistent on offense and terrible on defense, particularly against the pass. The question now is whether the Chargers are playing them at the right time (because they're sliding) or at the wrong time (because they can't be bad enough to lose four in a row)? One clue is the lack of panic coming from coach Tom Coughlin; another is the return to health of at least three starters.
    Jay Posner
    Eli Manning, QB. The man every Chargers fan loves to hate certainly wasn't fazed in his first meeting with the Chargers in 2005, passing for 206 yards in the first half and 352 – then a career high – overall in a Giants loss. He hasn't played well recently, perhaps because of a foot injury, but he ranks second in the league on third down yards and has some big-play receivers who will test the Chargers secondary.
    Brandon Jacobs, RB. The Chargers can be vulnerable to bruising running games, and the Giants have one of those with the 264-pound Jacobs, who averaged 5.0 yards a carry in each of the last two seasons. He's down to 3.9 yards this season, but his running partner, Ahmad Bradshaw, is at 5.3 yards despite a sore ankle.
    Osi Umenyiora, DE. The team's sack leader every season from 2004-07 and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, Umenyiora missed last season with a knee injury but is back leading the Giants again with four sacks. His matchup with Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill should be one of Sunday's highlights.
    Running back Gartrell Johnson was claimed by the Giants in Week 2 when the Chargers tried to sneak him through waivers and onto the practice squad. He's played in five games and has 11 carries for 39 yards. Also, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was the Chargers' head coach for 22 games in 1997-98.
    The Giants played last week without wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), cornerback Aaron Ross (hamstring), linebacker Michael Boley (knee) and defensive tackle Chris Canty (calf). All but Ross likely will return this week.
    The Giants lead 3-2 at home and 5-4 overall, but the teams haven't played in New Jersey since 1995 (the famous snowball game) and have met only once since 1998. That lone meeting was in 2005 at Qualcomm Stadium, where Eli Manning was treated as Public Enemy No. 1. The Chargers squandered an 18 point first-half lead, going into halftime one point ahead. They won the game 45-23. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 192 yards and threw a TD pass (remember when he used to do that?).
    Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has coached against 77 different coaches in the NFL, including postseason games. He has at least one victory against 65 of those coaches and either leads or is tied in the lifetime series with 57 of the 77. One of the 20 coaches against whom Coughlin has a losing record? Norv Turner, who defeated Coughlin in 1997 and 2000 when Turner coached Washington and Coughlin was with Jacksonville. Coughlin won their most recent meeting, in 2005, when he was with the Giants and Turner was coaching his final game with Oakland.
    “The right word is swagger, that's what we need to get back. We haven't had that the last few weeks and we need to get it back.” – defensive end Justin Tuck, on the Giants' three-game losing streak.
    1-2 Giants' record vs. Chargers at Giants Stadium, winning in 1986 but losing in 1983 and 1995. This is the team's last season before a new stadium opens next year.
    10.45 Average gain per passing attempt on third down by Eli Manning this season, second in NFL
    10-26 Record of five teams Giants defeated this season
    16-5 Record of three teams to defeat Giants this season
    32nd Giants' ranking in red-zone defense, with TDs allowed 73 percent of time
    53 Catches by Steve Smith, most in NFL
  2. Zeus

    Zeus BoltTalker

    Nov 21, 2006
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Brandon Jacobs

    Slow him down and we win


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