BALTIMORE - AUGUST 28: Andre Brown #22 of the New York Giants fumbles a kickoff against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 28 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. The Ravens lead the Giants at halftime 17-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Ravens 24, Giants 10: Coughlin 'Disappointed' By Giants' Performance

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Flacco, Ravens Too Much For Giants

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – Joe Flacco played into the third quarter and passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-34 efficiency, pacing the Ravens over the Giants, 24-10, in preseason action.

Flacco was also picked off once and threw TDs to Anquan Boldin and Todd Heap in the second quarter to build an early lead following Billy Cundiff’s 25-yard field goal midway through the opening frame.

Heap caught six passes for 69 yards, while Boldin hauled in four for 52 for Baltimore, winners of seven consecutive warm-up games over the past two years.

Eli Manning, who missed a game as a result of having stitches in his forehead, completed just 9-of-18 passes for 63 yards with an interception, leading the Giants’ first-team offense to just three points — Lawrence Tynes’ 42-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.

Brandon Jacobs had a team-high 41 yards on six carries in defeat.

Baltimore third-stringer Troy Smith threw an 11-yard TD to Marcus Smith in the fourth quarter, and Rhett Bomar finally got New York into the end zone with a one-yard toss to Victor Cruz under the two-minute warning.


Hakeem Nicks, Ike Taylor Each Fined $10,000 For Fight

Hakeem Nicks of the Giants and Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers are each out $10,000 after last Saturday’s fight during the New York-Pittsburgh preseason game.

Both players got ejected. By the way, as Mike Garafolo points out, the $10,000 is more than NFL players make for the four preseason games, when they are earning $1,500 per week. So, in this case, crime definitely did not pay.


Manning Back In Action Saturday Night

(Sports Network) – Eli Manning is expected back on the field for the New York Giants on Saturday night, when Manning and the G-Men square off with the homestanding Baltimore Ravens in the third preseason game for each team.

Manning was injured after his un-helmeted head made contact with Jets safety Jim Leonhard’s facemask in the Giants’ 31-16 win on Aug. 16th, and the laceration on his head forced him to miss last Saturday’s 24-17 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With would-be backup Jim Sorgi also sidelined due to a shoulder injury, third- stringer Rhett Bomar was forced to go the entire way against the Steelers. The former Oklahoma and Sam Houston State star completed 13-of-26 passes for 167 yards with an interception in the contest.

With Sorgi still out this week, Bomar figures to take the bulk of the second- half snaps in relief of Manning.

Cornerback Aaron Ross (foot) will not play for the Giants on Saturday, and defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) and Chris Canty (groin) are question marks. Running back Brandon Jacobs (neck), who was sidelined for the Pittsburgh game, could see some time against the Ravens.

Baltimore, meanwhile, will be trying to build on the success of preseason victories over the Panthers (17-12) and Redskins (23-3).

Against Washington last week, three Ravens quarterbacks combined for 253 yards on 28-of-40 passing, while the defense forced four turnovers and knocked quarterback Donovan McNabb out for at least a week with an ankle injury.

Baltimore, which finished the 2009 preseason at 4-0, has won six consecutive warm-up games since a loss to Atlanta on Aug. 28, 2008.

Starting right tackle Jared Gaither (back) will miss the game for the Ravens, and one of his potential replacements, Oniel Cousins (concussion), is a question mark for the contest.

The Ravens have a 6-5 edge in their all-time preseason series with the Giants, but were 13-12 home losers in the last such meeting, prior to the 2007 campaign.

The teams last met in meaningful play during the 2008 regular season, a 30-10 Giants win at the Meadowlands.

The most memorable game played between the franchises was Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, won by Baltimore, 34-7.


Tendinitis In Ankle May Sideline O'Hara For Preseason

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara will not play Saturday vs. Baltimore due to tendinitis in his ankle.

Vacchiano also says that O’Hara may be sidelined until the beginning of the regular season. Mike Garafolo Tweeted this afternoon that O’Hara will be in a cast for the next few days.

Rich Seubert will get the start at center for the Giants. Adam Koets is also expected to see significant playing time.


Manning Says 'Nothing Special' About Helmet

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning can wear a helmet again.

Manning swapped the baseball cap he has sported since he needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his forehead sustained during a preseason game against the New York Jets, for his helmet during Wednesday’s practice.

“Nothing special about it,” Manning said. “No new padding or anything. Just a little different helmet. Something with the chinstrap, buttoned a little different than I used to just to ensure it’s on tight.”

Hey, he’s a real football player again

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