After finishing 11-5 and clinching a playoff berth in the 2016 NFL season, the New York Giants finally became relevant again for the first time since Super Bowl XLVI. Although the team only lost one defensive starter (Jonathan Hankins) and added offensive firepower in Evan Engram and Brandon Marshall, New York will have to be at their best in order to compile another winning season.
The Divisional Matchups
The Giants finished 4-2 within the division last year, and only lost by a combined seven points to the Redskins at home and the Eagles on the road. They also swept the No. 1 seed in the NFC if I remember. Crazy to say, but Philadelphia made some great moves this off-season with the signings of Alshon Jeffery and LeGarrette Blount. Paired up with a great offensive-line and a productive front seven, Philly can cause some havoc for the Giants on both sides of the ball. The Redskins are a little less worrying since there are questions on defense and within the management of that organization. Anything could happen between Dallas and New York, but the Giants defense matches up very well against Dak and company. The Cowboys revenge (in the words of Ringo Starr) won’t come easy.
On the Road Again
This is where the going gets tough and the tough gets going. New York has to travel to Oakland, Tampa Bay, Denver, Arizona and San Francisco. It’s important to note that NONE of those games follow each other. That’s right. The G-Men have to fly back to East Rutherford, N.J. after each of those games. The Buccaneers and Broncos games are the only matchups that occur before their Bye Week (Week 8). Head Coach Ben McAdoo will have to carefully plan out time management on these long and frequent trips, along with finding his guys some time to rest.
Not much needs to be said about Oakland. With a healthy Derek Carr and Khalil Mack manning the line of scrimmage, this might end up being the most difficult game of the season for the Giants. Denver still has a majority of their Super Bowl Champion defensive roster under contract. Von Miller could disrupt a game for any offensive lineman, let alone going up against Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers or even D.J. Fluker. The Cardinals were a shell of their 2015 team last season, but the squad finished as the No. 2 ranked defense and the No. 9 ranked offense in the league, according to ESPN.com. The Buccaneers also have some great potential on offense and began to make some strides last season as a team. Desean Jackson finds a way to play against the Giants even when he leaves the division. The 49ers don’t appear to be too threatening, but you’d imagine they’ll be better than 2-14 under Kyle Shanahan and an upgraded defense.
Another cause for concern is the Giants’ play in road games last season. Besides Week 1 in Dallas (which is hardly a road game) and Week 17 in Washington, the Giants didn’t have a road win of much significance. They had flat performances against the Vikings, the Steelers, the Packers on two occasions, and even the Eagles in Week 16. This road stretch is more crucial than it appears.
The Safe Haven Games
Although New York faces some uncertainty on the road, they have a few home games that can easily tilt in their favor. Games against the Lions, Chargers, Rams and Chiefs are totally winnable and can all be controlled by Big Blue’s defensive front and secondary. The Giants beat the Lions and Rams last season, each game being dominated by Steve Spagnuolo’s bunch. Los Angeles and Kansas City won’t be easy wins, but home-field advantage can really make a difference against teams with sub-par offensive lines. The only real challenging non-divisional home game would be the Seattle Seahawks. The LOB is still alive and well and Russel Wilson’s scrambling could cause some fits. Beckham vs. Sherman Part 2 should be exciting.
So yes, the Giants do have a tough schedule, but when you’re a good team you have to beat, well, good teams. Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. If they get into the postseason, they can easily become a Super Bowl contender with their dominance on defense and lightning receiving core. But first thing’s first, they must survive the 2017 regular season.
It’s possibly the most boring part of the NFL season (except the Scouting Combine): The practice sessions before training camp. Luckily, thanks to many hard-working reporters, us fans get a little sniff of the 2017 NFL rosters.
Former NY Jets’ WR Eric Decker is meeting today with the Tennessee Titans, as @fhnixon said. Tennessee had appeal to Decker family.
I would be a huge fan of this signing. Tennessee’s receiving core is a little murky, and even though Decker is far from a No. 1 receiver, he brings some experience to their position. Plus they have to cut Harry Douglass, guy is more focused on tearing ACL’s than catching passes.
I really don’t blame the guy, I think he deserves a new deal. In his past three seasons, he’s recorded 1,000 yards-receiving in each year. If that doesn’t convince you enough, Zach Ertz and Charles Clay are making more than him, according to NBC Sports. Not saying they’re terrible, but Olsen is practically Carolina’s best receiving target.
That Ravens receiving core was looking very strange with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman set in stone as their two outside guys. Luckily, the Chiefs gave them a blessing in the form of Jeremy Maclin. He already enters the team as the best route-runner, pass catcher and overall receiver. Kinda makes me question Baltimore. Like, if Kansas City never released him, that was their plan? Wallace and Perriman? Ozzie Newsome must be sipping some shit.
Thank the lord this crisis it over. Yes Odell is “back” as he says, and the NFL world can go back to their normal state. The more I think about it, the more silly it seems. The guy missed OTAs and fifty different rumors emerged. You would’ve thought he was skipping actual games to go clubbing with Lavar Ball and co.
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Thanks to the services of Joe Ruback (AKA License Plate Guy), Landon Collins, Brandon Jacobs and many other New York Giants, the first annual Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game was a huge success. The proceeds from the event went to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, a charity run by the coach that helps families (financially, emotionally, and practically) who have children with cancer.
Because of all the support and ticket sales, the game raised $30,000 for the Jay Fund.
The event also featured a dodge-ball tournament and a home run derby (which was dominated by safety Andrew Adams after hitting 16 home runs) along with the actual softball game. The current New York Giants roster was matched up against the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl Champion Rosters.
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The rosters were jam-packed with Giants legends such as Mario Manningham, Chris Snee and Plaxico Burress, along with current New York stars Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Pierre-Paul.
I was lucky enough to be there for the event (helping shoot video with SharkBite Productions) and got a chance to be around the enviroment of the fans and the players. Many viewers noticed that the event was “more structured” than charity softball games attempted in years prior.
The players were everything you’d expect. Zak DeOssie, JPP and Corey Webster were atop the list of humorous players, while Eli and Landon were very layed-back. Seriously, like 30,000 people asked them for a picture and they posed for everyone, along with signing a copious amount of autographs for fans.
New York Giants owner John Mara received many ’emotional’ fan letters regarding the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. They were not thrilled to say the least.
Is anybody really surprised by this? I’ve become used to the standards that the NFL has created and clearly it has trickled down to the fans as well. It’s the same old bullshit. A player does something controversial, and then a Colin Kaepernick becomes the source for all the hate in the world.
The real issue are the NFL owners. Did you know that the US Defense Department paid NFL teams $5.4 mil just to have military veterans honored at football games following the 2014 season? If anything, that should get people far more angry for a clear lack of respect given by team owners.
Rarely do you see the same amount of hate for the people chilling in the booths upstairs.
Giants fans also confuse me in another way. There wasn’t nearly this much backlash when the world realized that they had a domestic-abusive kicker on the team in Josh Brown. How does Mara receive more mail for a kneeling the Giants never partook in, compared to an actual abuser they had on their team?!
All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara told The MMQB. “‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game.’ It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more-so than any other issue I’ve run into,” according to ESPN.com
In fact, I’ve seen more outrage over Odell Beckham Jr. skipping OTAs compared to the Giants knowingly keeping Josh Brown on their roster despite his illegal activity.
Come on Odell. Giants just picked up your 5th-year option and this is how you repay them? I know why, it’s because you’re too preoccupied with hanging out with Drake, dancing (constantly, the dancing never fucking stops with him) and now a new shoe deal with Nike. Don’t bother being on my team with that bullshit.
Nah, I’m just joking.
Is Odell wrong for not going to OTAs? Yes. They’re an organized team activity that’s voluntary, but it’s basically like a “you should just go” kind of thing. Eli’s been on the team since 2004 and he’s there. Same goes for Janoris Jenkins, who broke bank last season. Just because he’s Odell doesn’t mean he should get a free pass.
Now…on the contrary, some Giants fans are fucking crazy. And there’s two types of crazy we’re talking about. Old Giants fans, and young Giants fans.
Old Giants fans (noun)
Giants fans that support the team but are always just grumpy when they watch the game, so then they wait for something bad to happen, therefore they can have a reason to be pissed off. Also hate:
Players that get penalties
Players that are flashy, compared to an Eli Manning
So basically if you’re an old Giants fan, you have an issue with Odell Beckham Jr.
2. Young Giants fans (noun)
Giants fans that have a lot more passion for the team/games, but justify the actions for any player for their wrongdoings, even when they’re really wrong.
They usually spend 16 hours out of their day defending Odell’s actions.
It’s good to be somewhere in the middle on this scale. Bottom line is this. Is Odell a perfect person? No.
Is he the devil? I’d like to think not.
Okay so the guy missed OTAs, he doesn’t deserve to be burned at the stake. In games against the Ravens and the Cowboys, he put the team on his back by breaking routine slants to the endzone.
And he’s never created locker room issues. He’s not an issue to the team, but he can fix some things about himself, like anyone.
Johnny Manziel and Odell Beckham Jr. worked out together this week.
I really don’t care what anyone says, no quarterback in the league makes this play. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is thinking, “Fuck this. Let’s just bring seven so he can’t afford the extra time he always buys in the pocket.” And it pretty much worked.
He couldn’t sit in the pocket and wait for his receivers to get down field. He couldn’t get off an ideal loft to the endzone. But he fucking did it anyway. Off his back foot, he launched a 50-yard bomb and took a smack by Markus Golden right after.
Now, I love Tom Brady more than the average Giants fan. He’s the greatest football player ever. BUT, I’m still taking Aaron Rodgers over him if I were a GM or coach. Here’s why:
Rodgers is more accurate and has a better arm.
His play-making ability.
How he can pretty much make any throw from anywhere on the field.
Brady has the best coach in NFL history (not a knock on him, just the truth).
And Rodgers wins too.
I want to take this moment to give a nice, “Fuck you” to anyone that even attempted blaming Aaron Rodgers for the Packers 4-6 record. They were 4-2 and then it looked like I was cloned 11 times and placed at every position on their starting defense. They gave up an AVERAGE of 38 points per game in their losses to the Falcons, Colts (they lost that game at home, what the fuck??), Titans and Redskins.
Rodgers and the offense, that featured a NON-EXISTENT running game, a shifting offensive-line, and constant injured receiving-targets (Randall Cobb, Jared Cook, Ty Montgomery), averaged 26 points per game. He not only led them to six straight wins and a division title, Rodgers also bullied the New York Giants vaunted defense and beat the NFC’s No. 1 seed on the road (Dallas Cowboys). It was Rodgers world, and we were all just living in it.
Then in the NFC Championship, the defense went back to their old ways and gave up a fat 44-point burger on the Packers.
He’s an MVP candidate every season and has helped lead the most consistent team in the NFC over the past couple seasons.
Think about it, if Larry Fitzgerald didn’t crush their dreams in 2015, they would’ve made three consecutive NFC Championship games from 2014-2016.
Also, he’s just a cool guy too. Every time the media comes scrambling to him asking him why the Packers suck, he basically says, “Chill out, I’ll go win some games really quick, brb.”
It’s funny, because everyone knew some crazy shit was about to happen when they SPANKED the Seahawks on FOX: America’s Game of the Week during week 14. Seattle (8-3-1 at the time) was coming off a home blowout against the Panthers, and even though they lost Earl Thomas, many figured they would still give Rodgers some fits in the passing game. In the words of Donald Trump, “Wrong.”
That’s what Rodgers can do for you. One game, one quarter, one play can spark a run for any team he’s around.
That shit must be annoying for Bears, Lions and Vikings fans to endure, but it’s pretty fun to analyze.