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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
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
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.
(0-2) vs Texans (2-0)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sept 18 Special
Report - After Arizona: The good, The bad, The ugly
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(0-1) vs Cardinals (1-0)
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.
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 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.
Sept 13 The Giants will try and right the ship against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a game that could seriously alter the fortunes of both teams. Since 1990, the rate at which teams made the playoffs after starting 0-2 is 11.6 percent. At 1-1, teams make the playoffs at a rate of 41.1 percent.
Though we did anticipate the offense failing last week, we didn't see all three units spitting the bit. It was a bad match-up all around that realistically had little chance of turning out well for this team that is very much in transition, if not rebuilding. This week the situation is better.
The Giants have an entirely new offense, a new system and a ton of new faces. They have a new coach overseeing the offense, too. It's not an excuse for finishing with under 200 yards of total offense and two turnovers in the opener.
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was brought to the Giants to help stop some of the league's top receivers, not enable them to run wild in front of a national audience. Rodgers-Cromartie was too often left in the dust by the league's top receiver in Detroit. Calvin Johnson had seven catches on 11 targets for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
They play the same position, wear the same number and share the same last name. Yet Sunday's game between the Giants and Arizona Cardinals will mark the first time that brothers Daniel and Darren Fells will be on the same football field together.
NFC East News
Sept 12 Tom Coughlin keeps Giants after practice for remembrance, moment of silence. Like so many people, Tom Coughlin has a connection to Sept. 11, 2001 that stays close to his heart.
Moore went from the Giants' sacks leader and best pass-rusher in the preseason
to forgotten man in Monday's loss. He got just 10 snaps in Detroit, a glaring
lack of playing time that had even Tom Coughlin befuddled and deflecting questions
to his defensive coordinator.
McAdoo: The encouraging thing is that offense's mistakes are different each
week. It is unrealistic to think that all of the mistakes made by the Giants offense
on Monday night are fixable, at least in a period of six days.
From the day he arrived with the Giants this spring, Corey Washington has been looking forward to Sunday's game. The receiver was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Cardinals but unceremoniously waived 10 days later before signing with the Giants.
Giants defense vs. Lions: 5 takeaways from DC Perry Fewell including calling it a 'comedy of errors'. After getting three full days to absorb the opening game letdown in Detroit, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell talked about what went wrong and how the Giants intend to turn it around.
people may be losing faith in Eli Manning, in the wake of a poor 2013 season
and an equally disappointing 2014 debut. Eli Manning isn't one of them. "No, no
doubts," Manning said.
five shaky preseason games and one ugly season opener, Tom Coughlin knows
exactly one thing about this new Giants offense: The unit has no clue what it
wants to do or how it wants to attack its opponents.
Brown hasn't punted in an NFL game since 2004, but the New York Giants' placekicker
was practicing it Wednesday just in case he needs to do it Sunday.
Cruz wants the damn ball. Alright, he didn't say it quite like that, or publish
a book with the same title, but the Giants receiver was pretty clear in the aftermath
of the opening-season loss. What Victor Cruz really needs: Another receiver to
emerge as a threat in the passing game.
Cruz: I thought Giants offense would be in rhythm by now.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 14, Lions 35.
ESPN - Top stats to know: Lions 35, Giants 14.
ESPN - Tom Coughlin: 'A nightmare performance'.
ESPN - Eli Manning in Giant need of help.
ESPN - Giants with nothing to like about opener.
ESPN - Big Blue Morning: Big Blue Bummer.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Lions 35, Giants 14.
Giants.com - How concerned are the Giants after loss to Lions?
NYDailyNews - Giants lose to Lions, 35-14: Instant analysis.
NYDailyNews - New-look Giants still the same, put up Week 1 dud vs. Lions in 35-14 loss.
NYDailyNews - Giants offensive line can't help Eli Manning out.
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning and Giants look terrible in Ben McAdoo's West Coast offense.
NYPost - Giants confirm all your worst nightmares in dreadful debut.
NYPost - Eli Manning insists he isn't concerned -- but he should be.
NYPost - Calvin Johnson makes absolute mockery of Giants.
NYPost - These brand-new, shiny Giants...look a lot like the old ones.
StarLedger - Eli Manning off the mark, defense lost as Giants fall to Lions.
StarLedger - Offensive line as troublesome as expected.
StarLedger - Giants look every bit as bad as fans feared they'd be this season.
StarLedger - Eli Manning: Blame both those interceptions in Giants loss on me.
StarLedger - Tom Coughlin calls loss to Lions 'a nightmare performance.
StarLedger - Calvin Johnson touchdowns: What happened to the Giants secondary?
Newsday - Same old Giants in opening loss to Lions.
Newsday - Lions' Calvin Johnson too much for Giants' secondary.
DetroitNews - Matthew Stafford, Lions start fast to roll past Giants in opener
DetroitFreePress - Matthew Stafford's big day highlights Lions' rout of Giants.
(0-0) vs Lions (0-0)
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