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Sept 15   DenverL  41-23
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Sept 29at Kansas CityL  31-7
Oct 6    PhiladelphiaL  36-21
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Dec 8at San DiegoL  37-14
Dec 15   SeattleL  23-0
Dec 22at DetroitW  23-20
Dec 29    WashingtonW  20-6

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Sept 30 Sunday's day off afforded what Tom Coughlin called a "live scout" of the next opponent, Atlanta, something that can be more instinctive, more reactive and basic but helpful nonetheless. He said there was a checklist of observations he prepared for live scouts.
Giants know schedule only gets tougher, starting with Falcons - and they are ready for it. Matt Ryan brings a steadying hand to Atlanta's air attack, the first quality QB the Giants have seen since they fell to Matthew Stafford and the Lions in Detroit in the opener.
The Atlanta Falcons come to town Sunday, and one of their pass-rushers is former Giant Osi Umenyiora, who meant a great deal to left tackle Will Beatty when Beatty and Umenyiora was at the top of his game.

The target has been set. Now it's just a matter of whether Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can receive clearance for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after struggling for months with a hamstring injury.
Physically, he's healed and back on the practice field. Now he has to convince the coaching staff he knows the offense and convince himself he can turn it loose and show that blazing speed.o

Sept 29 Two victories have, for now, dispelled the notion the Giants are no better this season than they were a year ago, when the offensive line marched front and center behind the banner reading "Things That Went Bad in 2013." It looks as if the Giants have a five-man unit capable of competing at a reasonable level, or perhaps beyond that.
The extreme results that the Giants have gotten out of their offense in the past two weeks are pretty startling. After Rashad Jennings led the charge with 176 rushing yards in Week 3's 30-17 win over Houston, Eli Manning captained a ruthlessly efficient passing attack to defeat Washington.

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Eagles - Nick Foles turns in worst game of his career in Eagles 26-21 loss to the 49ers. - More
Cowboys -Cowboys get payback vs. inept Saints, Rob Ryan with 38-17 win. - More

Sept 28 Just how far Manning has come in this West Coast-flavored offense. Per the Giants weekly grade book distributed by Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Manning went 9-for-10 for 124 yards, three touchdowns, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws 10-19 yards down field.
Tom Coughlin said this week that he and the Giants always saw the potential in Larry Donnell, liked his athleticism, and hoped he could develop into a pretty good tight end. It turns out he wasn't the first coach to go down that path. That distinction belongs to Rod Broadway.

Forget the two-game nightmare that opened the season; in the wins over the Houston Texans and Washington, the secondary has made seven interceptions and forced eight turnovers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick? Kirk Cousins? Now the Giants' defense can get tested. The Giants get to sit back this weekend and watch, and what awaits them after this early-season mini-bye surely will be a stiffer challenge for their resurgent secondary.
Quintin Demps: How the veteran safety fared in his first start for the Giants (Film Review). Perry Fewell elected to start veteran Quintin Demps opposite Anrel Rolle on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins. Demps recorded seven tackles, an interception and two passes defended.

Eli Manning has done a lot of good things in his NFL career, most notably winning two Super Bowls. Rushing for touchdowns is something he hasn't done very often, and is almost as rare. "It is almost like seeing a UFO or seeing a unicorn or something like that," wide receiver Victor Cruz said.
Rueben Randle is raising his game in the Nicks of time for the Giants. Tom Coughlin still rides him for his every mental lapse, and there are still plenty of critics who insist that he's an incomplete receiver.
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Sept 27 Eli Manning and the Giants offense had their most productive day on Thursday since the 2012 season finale. They scored 45 points in a demolition of the Redskins and Manning accounted for five touchdowns.
Part of what's helped the pass protection is the ability of Eli Manning and the Giants' offense to operate their no-huddle offense, built on quick drops and Manning's ability to unload the ball about a half-second quicker on average than he did last year.

The Giants have gone from 0-2 to 2-2 in the span of just five days. It's a remarkable turnaround, but the Giants don't sound very surprised. "I'm not shocked by it. I just give credit to the hard work that we put in," wideout Victor Cruz said Friday, on a conference call with reporters.
The NFL is a week-to-week league, but few teams experience the kind of changes that the Giants have undergone in the past seven days. The offense is tuned to efficiency. The defense is ferocious and greedy. The team they were just a few short days ago is now practically unrecognizable.
Victor Cruz can't pinpoint one particular moment when the Giants' season turned around. But he can pinpoint one particular player -- and it's not him, nor is it Eli Manning or any of the Giants' other high-salaried stars. "I think when Larry Donnell started to come to fruition, and catch the ball well and make some plays for us, I think that's when things kind of shifted," Cruz said.

Eli Manning has thrown nine touchdown passes this season. Seven of them have been to tight ends. Larry Donnell scored the Giants' first three touchdowns in their 45-14 dismantling of the Washington Redskins in FedEx Field. He is the first Giants tight end with three touchdown receptions in a game since Joe Walton 52 years ago. Daniel Fells scored the other touchdown, his third in as many games.

Jason Pierre-Paul: The moment the Giants knew their best defensive player had grown up. Jason Pierre-Paul was not previously viewed by his teammates as a mainstay in the film room. But over the last week, he began picking up on some of Cousins' mannerisms and couldn't help himself.

Larry Donnell: Maybe Jerry Reese was right, the Giants do have their Julius Thomas on the roster. Donnell had seven catches on eight targets for 54 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday night alone. He has 25 receptions for 236 yards and four touchdowns in four games this season.
Thursday night's surprising 45-14 rout here of the Redskins not only showed that Big Blue is just fine at that spot, but that the Giants also might have the deepest and most dangerous corps of pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.

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On The Game: Game 4
Gamegirl - "The Giants were everything you wanted to see tonight.... It's sure nice to go from 0-2 to 2-2 and notch a division win to boot."
Mikefan. - "Coming into this season the worry was that the Giants didn't have a tight end they could rely upon. Say 'Hello' to Larry Donnell. The Redskins certainly did as he pulled in three touchdowns against them."

ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 45 Redskins 14.
ESPN - Manning throws short in big win.
ESPN - Eli-to-Donnell connection is clicking as Giants tailor offense to their personnel.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 45, Washington 14.
Giants.com - 3 impressions from Giants win in Washington.
NYDailyNews - Larry Donnell has three touchdowns as NY Giants rout Washington, 45-14.
NYDailyNews - Giants defense unleashes capital punishment.
NYPost - Eli Manning throws 4 TDs in Giants' rout of Redskins.
NYPost - Manning, Donnell do their best Simms-Bavaro imitation.
NYPost - Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle come up big in Giants laugher.
NYPost - Opportunistic Giants defense forces six Redskins turnovers.
NYPost - Playing it safe, Beason sits and watches happily as Giants roll.
StarLedger - Giants defense: Kirk Cousins was 'staring down' Redskins receivers all night,
StarLedger - Quintin Demps: 'I did what I was supposed to do' on hit that knocked Niles Paul out.
StarLedger - Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: Giants 'flat out kicked our (butts)'.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants put it all together, send notice to NFC East.
StarLedger - Studs and Duds: Giants' Larry Donnell, Eli Manning shine, Redskins QB Kirk Cousins scuffles.
StarLedger - Giants-Redskins: 10 observations, including that tight end we didn't think Big Blue had.
Newsday - Larry Donnell's 3 TD catches lead Giants in rout.
Newsday - Giants secondary gets a tip from Jason Pierre-Paul.
Newsday - Eli Manning ready to take baton from Derek Jeter as NYC's biggest star.
TheRecord - Giants blow out Redskins, 45-14, behind Eli Manning's 4 TD passes.
NYTimes - Giants' Smooth Offense Runs Redskins Ragged.
WashingtonTimes - Giant setback for Redskins in ugly nationally televised loss.
WashingtonPost - Kirk Cousins has five turnovers, Eli Manning has five TDs, and Giants top Redskins, 45-14.
WashingtonPost - Phil Simms slipped and said 'Redskins' during Redskins-Giants game.

Giants (1-2) vs Redskins (1-2)
Things got out of hand last Sunday when the Redskins battled the Eagles. Players were ejected from the game and there was a total of 8 touchdowns and 5 field goals scored. The Eagles trailed by 10 points, but they took over the lead and gave their home crowd a 37-34 win.
The Giants won their first game of the season 30-17. It wasn't always pretty, especially in the first quarter, but they showed what they are capable of as they continue to improve.
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Sept 25 Close call, but take Redskins as favorites over Giants. Big Blue is coming off an impressive win Sunday over Houston that featured a balanced offensive attack.
It had to happen eventually and, at long last, the first NFC East game arrives at an opportune time for the Giants.
Even when the Giants were 0-6 last season, they were able to stay alive for a while because no one else in the division was winning a lot of games. That's not the case this year.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie understands there is one constant when it comes to covering DeSean Jackson. It's not his speed. It's not his quickness. It's not his moves. It's his volume.
Rodgers-Cromartie and Jackson were teammates in Philadelphia before going their separate ways: Rodgers-Cromartie and Jackson will line up across from one another, this time on opposite sides of an NFC East rivalry that takes center stage Thursday night in Landover, Md.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has gone from trade bait to the potential savior of the Washington Redskins.
From a distance, Cousins appear to be doing some good things. Is there a belief that he is for real, and could potentially take the job from RG3?

While calling Giants game, Phil Simms says he will try to avoid Washington's offensive nicknames. While Simms will do his best to avoid saying the name, he realizes a few may slip out.

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Sept 24 The Giants signed Quintin Demps primarily to be a kick returner, but he's a safety too, and he knows the most important thing about playing the position. "You've got to be deeper than the deepest," Demps said Tuesday. "Deeper than the deepest, that's what it's all about."
When free safety Stevie Brown allowed Texans speedster Damaris Johnson to slip behind him in Sunday's Giants victory, he also may have lost his grip on the starting job. It was the final defensive snap Brown saw in the contest, and may be the last time he's viewed as the starter at that position this year.

For two weeks, they looked like a colossal disappointment, an overpaid, underperforming defense that kept committing penalties and just couldn't get off the field. And then the Giants 'D' came out on Sunday against the Houston Texans and dominated the first half of a cruise-control victory. And now, the Big Blue defense is starting to think big things.

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Sept 23 Time is limited, practice time on a field is mostly non-existent. Monday is a Wednesday. Tuesday is a Thursday. Such is life for an NFL team that plays on Thursday Night Football.
The Giants will attempt to do what has been an imposing and impossible task: Winning on the road on Thursday night. The home team this season is 3-0, winning by a combined score of 118-36.

There are plenty of reasons to point to why the Giants' offense, defense and special teams finally clicked in a 30-17 victory over the Texans on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
The player who stood out the most on Sunday was right tackle Justin Pugh, who did a fine job while mostly facing Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt.
Late in Sunday's game, veteran safety Stevie Brown left the field in favor of rookie Nat Berhe, a fifth-round pick who impressed the coaching staff this preseason. The Giants would only say today that the change was not injury related.

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Sept 22 Giants win over the Texans 30-17  | Photos  | Video
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Mikefan. - "Last week against Arizona the Giants edge was that the starting quarterback Carson Palmer was out and they still lost. This week the Texans spoted the Giants their starting running back Arian Foster. Today the Giants were able to make that stick."

ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 30 Texans 17.
ESPN - Giants' O-line gets better of Watt, Texans.
ESPN - Cruz, Giants get much-needed win, relief.
ESPN - Giants respond to Tom Coughlin's lighter touch.
ESPN - Giants defense provides turnovers, finally.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 30, Texans 17.
Giants.com - 7 takeaways from Giants Postgame Interviews (9/21).
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings lead Giants to 30-17 win over Texans.
NYDailyNews - Rashad Jennings fueled by rush from dad.
NYDailyNews - Giants shake off special teams mistakes in win over Texans.
NYDailyNews - Victor Cruz erases boos with big day.
NYPost - Giants' offense back on track as Big Blue picks up first victory.
NYPost - Big stand made when Giants needed it most.
NYPost - Big Blue O-line pushes Texans' defense around.
NYPost - Rolle, Big Blue 'D' turnover a new lead.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants dominate Texans, 30-17, for first win of the season.
StarLedger - Giants defense makes a statement in victory over Houston.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Texans instant observations: Running game finally makes a return.
StarLedger - Texans' J.J. Watt, Houston defense 'tapped out' and were 'worn down,' Giants say.
StarLedger - Victor Cruz: Win 'takes a lot of weight off' Giants shoulders
StarLedger - Why did Jennings run wild? 'nothing was working,' says Texans LB Brian Cushing.
StarLedger - What Tom Coughlin did this week to keep the season from slipping away.
StarLedger - Eli Manning, Giants offense solve timing issue in win over Texans.
StarLedger - Rashad Jennings dedicated his 176-yard game to his double-amputee father.
Newsday - Giants capitalize on turnovers, beat Texans for first win of season.
Newsday - Eli Manning has his best game yet in Giants' new West Coast offense.
Newsday - Victor Cruz wins back fans with big game.
TheRecord - Rashad Jennings (176 yards) leads Giants past Texans, 30-17 .
NYTimes - Giants Thrash Texans and Shake Off Gloom.
AZCentral - Cardinals top Giants, move to 2-0 on season.
AZCentral - Stanton shakes off rust, leads impressive win.

NFC East News
Cowboys - Cowboys erase 21-point deficit, beat Rams 34-31. - More.
Redskins - Eagles top Redskins, 37-34, in feisty affair. - More.
Eagles - Cary Williams criticizes Chip Kelly, teammates after 37-34 win. - More.

Giants (0-2) vs Texans (2-0)
Last week the Texans had a 27-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. They went on to win their second straight game, beating the Oakland Raiders 30-14.
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did themselves in playing against a watered down Arizona team. They were ahead at one point, but then the mistakes just kept coming and they lost the game 25-14.
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Both teams hope that history doesn't repeat. Last season at this time, the Texans and Giants held the same win-loss record heading into game 3. The Texans lost all the rest of their games and the Giants fell to 0-6 before they managed to pull out a win. One of these teams will continue on that path and one won't.
Turnovers could be the key in this game as the Texans on defense are forcing them to happen and the Giants can't get out of their own way in assisting other teams from being successful in that cause. If the Giants cut down on their penalties, missed assignments, and turnovers, they should send the fans home happy this Sunday.

Sept 21 There are two things the Giants haven't done this year that seem to go hand in hand. The first is win a game. The second is force a takeaway on defense. They seem confident that both situations are about to be rectified.

Following a summer during which so much was made about the Giants not having a tight end capable of starting in the NFL on the roster, Larry Donnell has proven so far that they just might.

Rashad Jennings knows what he has to do to save Giants. It's on him. The holes have been there, Jennings adamantly said, and he hasn't produced.

Victor Cruz has been targeted 16 by Eli Manning this season but has only caught seven passes in the Giants' first two games. But Cruz says he no longer cares if those fans are on his side.

Sept 20 Starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and the Giants held out the slimmest sliver of hope that he'd be able to play Sunday against the Houston Texans despite a foot injury. They've been advised it's not in his best interest.
The Giants are taking a careful, watchful approach to Jon Beason's foot/toe injury, holding the middle linebacker out of Sunday's game, even with the team looking at a 0-3 start with a loss to Houston.

The feeling around the Giants is that their 0-2 start is more a function of their own mishaps and lack of execution than anything the Lions and Cardinals did to beat them. As far as they're concerned, it's Giants vs. Giants. They're hoping the better team wins. So far it hasn't.

As much as Tom Coughlin has earned a reputation for being terse and rigid around players, he has a team that sees him as a chameleon of sorts that has the ability to to motivate almost anyone.
The sounds of Biggie Small's "Hypnotize" and Mystikal's "Danger" blasted throughout Giants practice on Friday- unusual sound effects to watch old-school coach Tom Coughlin run his team.
The grizzled coach agreed to the music being played during warm-ups after it was suggested by the players' leadership council. "The players wanted that," Coughlin said.

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Sept 19 You might see a Giants team you don't recognize from the first two weeks of this season when they play the 2-0 Texans Sunday at MetLife Stadium. You might see a more aggressive, angry Giants team playing with less tentativeness and more abandon than you saw in their lackluster losses to the Lions and Cardinals that so far have marred this season.

The Giants only scored 14 points again in Week 2, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo likes the direction his unit is headed. Eli Manning in particular looked much better against the Cardinals, completing 26 of 39 passes for 277 yards -- and he could have had a few more completions, if his receivers had held onto the ball.

Victor Cruz has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 4 last season in Kansas City -- a string of 12 games played. He missed the final two games of 2013 with a knee injury. Teammate Antrel Rolle told WFAN in a Tuesday interview: "Victor will definitely give them something to play that salsa music soon enough." Coach Tom Coughlin and Cruz met Tuesday and discussed, among other things, the Giants' need to stay positive despite their 0-2 start.

The Houston Texans are 2-0 and the New York Giants are 0-2, but Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is sleeping comfortably this week.
Jason Pierre-Paul isn't scared at all by the Houston Texans offense. What worries Jason Pierre-Paul about the Houston Texans offense? Uh, nothing!"

It appears the Giants have not lost their middle linebacker after all. Jon Beason says his injured foot "feels a whole lot better," and he is not ruling out playing Sunday against the Houston Texans despite not practicing the past two days.
The Giants middle linebacker (foot/toe) was no longer walking around in a protective boot on Thursday, and on Friday, he will see noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.

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Sept 18 Special Report - After Arizona: The good, The bad, The ugly
Well, that didn't go as planned now, did it? For the pessimists out there, the season is almost over. For the optimists, the new offense showed some signs of life and the defensive front had a decent (not great) showing. The facts, however, are thus: there were too many dropped passes, too many turnovers, the defense let a career backup quarterback keep his team in the game and a crucial failure on special teams was a back breaker. The Giants have proven one thing over the last few years: they're consistent in their inconsistency.

Cruz needs to connect with Eli, teammates. This is new for Victor Cruz, his role as a team captain, his saying he wants the ball thrown his way more often, the boos he heard after dropping passes last Sunday against the Cardinals. And so, Cruz admits he's learning as he goes along.
Victor Cruz leads the NFL with four dropped passes, according to STATS. Depending on who is counting, it could be five after a rough outing on Sunday, where Cruz's drops contributed significantly to the loss. It prompted a meeting between the wide receiver and coach Tom Coughlin this week.

This would be the ideal week for the Giants to get Odell Beckham Jr. back on the field. But it hasn't been an ideal kind of season, has it?. Tom Coughlin all but ruled out the first-round pick who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the spring.
While Giants coach Tom Coughlin indicated that the rookie receiver is making progress in his return from a hamstring injury, the coach said Wednesday that Beckham will not see any snaps with the team this week. He will work off to the side.

The Giants pride themselves on flipping every stone when it comes to finding talent. One of their wide receivers was an afterthought from UMass. Another was buried at Division II Newberry College. But Preston Parker? "Begging for money, that's all," he said when asked what he was doing last year. "Trying to find a job."
With Jerrel Jernigan, who suffered a mid-foot sprain in Sunday's loss to Arizona, out for the remainder of the season, Parker will have first shot at his No. 3 receiver position. Parker, who is also the primary punt returner, had one catch for 29 yards last Sunday.
In training camp, Parker seemed to catch every pass thrown his way. He got an opportunity to return punts when Beckham suffered a hamstring injury that still has him on the sidelines. Now Jernigan is out and Parker's importance continues to grow.

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The NFL and the players union announced that after several years of feuding over drug-testing protocols, they had reached an agreement on a new plan. The most significant change is that players will be tested for human growth hormone for the first time.

Sept 17 The Giants were busy trying to modify their roster in order to survive the season. Injuries to starting middle linebacker Jon Beason, nickel cornerback Walter Thurmond and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan prompted the moves.
Jon Beason's return to the Giants' lineup looks like it will go through Charlotte. The Giants are already thin at linebacker with promising rookie Devon Kennard sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Receiver Jerrel Jernigan was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday with a mid-foot injury, joining cornerback Walter Thurmond, who went down Sunday with a torn pectoral muscle.

There are no guarantees that Odell Beckham Jr.'s balky hamstring will allow him to play, but Tom Coughlin has yet to rule him out, a dramatic shift after weeks of expecting nothing from the receiver.

Giants' secondary a mess so far. Aggressive enough to be called for way too many penalties; not aggressive enough to force any turnovers.

Victor Cruz has four dropped passes this season, and the two he dropped last Sunday helped fuel the Cardinals comeback as they turned a 14-10 deficit into a 25-14 victory over the Giants.

Antrel Rolle tabbed Sunday's showdown with the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium as a "must-win" game and promised a more impactful brand of football out of Big Blue. And he asked for the Giants fan base to give the team a hand, too.

A look at the NFL officiating this season. The NFL today has many of the best possible individuals working as officials.

Sept 16 For Eli Manning to fit into Giants West Coast offense, he needs help from receivers Dropping the ball is a bad thing, and it's a real problem when it happens three times in a row in the fourth quarter.
What has become of the Giants? Why does everything they touch turn to dust, unless of course they cannot touch it and instead drop it or have it glance off someone's fingers and into the hands of someone who doesn't wear their uniform?

The Giants, already buckling under the weight of a 0-2 start to their season, suffered a significant injury loss on Sunday when cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season.
Is it worth making a phone call to Terrell Thomas? According to two sources familiar with the situation, the Giants have yet to reach out to their former Nickel corner, who last played in the preseason for Seattle.

The Giants as a whole sounded surprisingly upbeat Monday, despite losing their home opener by 11 points to a team starting a backup quarterback who hadn't thrown a pass in a regular-season game since 2010.
Lost in the mess that the Giants devolved into in a second straight meltdown was one potentially critical development, something that will be of vital importance if the team somehow finds its way out of an 0-2 hole: Eli Manning looked like a mostly functional quarterback again.

Sept 15 Giants lose to the Cardinals, 25-14  | Photos  | Video
On The Game: Game 2
Gamegirl - "It's always great to watch the Giants play at home. It's too bad they couldn't come away with a win for the fans."
Mikefan. - "With Carson Palmer suddenly unable to play and the Cardinals having to make a last minute switch to backup quarterback Drew Stanton, this should have been a cakewalk for the Giants."

ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 14 Cardinals 25.
ESPN - No margin for error, yet Giants make many.
ESPN - Victor Cruz really letting Giants down.
ESPN - Special teams costs the Giants, again.
ESPN - Pierre-Paul and the pass rush show life.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Cardinals 25, Giants 14.
Giants.com - 7 takeaways from Postgame Media Hour (9/14).
NYDailyNews - Giant mistakes doom Big Blue in loss to Cardinals.
NYDailyNews - Rashad Jennings fumble has Tom Coughlin at a loss.
NYDailyNews - If Victor Cruz wants the ball, he better catch it.
NYDailyNews - New faces, same results as Giants still look like sorry bunch.
NYPost - Ugliness continues as Giants stomped by Cardinals.
NYPost - Special teams drops the ball for Giants.
NYPost - Big boo-hoo: This may be Giants' new reality.
NYPost - Eli on 'O': 'Better, but not where it needs to be'.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants self-destruct in fourth quarter vs. Cardinals.
StarLedger - Giants-Cardinals final: 10 observations include a defense that is just as much to blame.
StarLedger - Justin Pugh: 'I got punched in the face and got flagged for 15'.
StarLedger - Victor Cruz on hearing Giants fans boo him: 'I could care less'.
StarLedger - Giants' studs and duds in loss to Cardinals: What's up with Victor Cruz?
StarLedger - Rashad Jennings fumble: Giants RB says he cost his team a touchdown.
StarLedger - What went wrong on Ted Ginn's punt return for a TD that doomed the Giants.
Newsday - Giants drop the ball again, fall to Cardinals.
Newsday - Giants hurt by an epidemic of dropped passes.
Newsday - Giants still have 4 games to improve on 2013.
TheRecord - Giants replay: Cardinals.
NYTimes - Offense Makes Strides, but Giants Pay for Turnovers and Special-Teams Play.
AZCentral - Cardinals top Giants, move to 2-0 on season.
AZCentral - Stanton shakes off rust, leads impressive win.

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Giants (0-1) vs Cardinals (1-0)
The Cardinals started their season right after the Giants in the second Monday Night Football game broadcast last week. They managed to beat the Chargers 18-17 by coming from behind with 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
The Giants were working in a new system and it showed. The resulting 35-14 loss to the Lions now has them losing in their last four consecutive season openers. The 21 point margin on Monday was their biggest since losing 35-0 to the Cowboys in 1995.

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Sept 14 Eli Manning at this moment - given the state of the offensive line, given that underachieving weapons around him - is hardly the only problem. He is, however, the only solution.
They don't need to be the Green Bay Packers. They just need to find a way to win. The more Eli Manning ponders this new Giants offense, the more he comes to that conclusion.

Victor Cruz made the very strong point that the Giants' success hinges on the ball being thrown in his direction, and in the direction of Rueben Randle, too.
The Giants threw to Jerrel Jernigan and Larry Donnell a lot Monday because those guys were open, so the question becomes whether Randle and Cruz can get separation from defenders in short range better than they have so far.

Since the Giants are learning a new offensive system, how well the players are communicating has become a hot topic. Interviews with Giants players last week about what goes on in the 40 seconds between plays revealed a world of nonstop, esoteric interaction.
When the Giants' defense is on the field for a big play Sunday against the Cardinals, the megaboards in the corners of MetLife Stadium will start pulsing and flashing. Video images of Giants defensive players will remind the fans to get up out of their seats, get rowdy and make some noise. Jon Beason wishes they wouldn't.

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