Ahmad Bradshaw (44) of the New York Giants fends off Chris Houston (23) of the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Giants 28, Lions 20: New York Hangs On For Fourth Victory

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Shayne Graham Released, Giants Awarded OT Jamon Meredith Off Waivers

From the New York Giants PR Dept:

The Giants today were awarded offensive tackle Jamon Meredith off waivers from Detroit and released kicker Shayne Graham, who was signed Saturday and kicked four extra points vs. the Lions.

Meredith, a 6-4½, 304-pound second-year pro, played in eight games with four starts for the Buffalo Bills in 2009 – three at right tackle (Oct. 18 at the Jets, Oct. 25 at Carolina and Nov. 1 vs. Houston) and one at left tackle (Jan. 3 vs. Indianapolis).

Meredith, who played at South Carolina, entered the NFL as a 2009 fifth round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers, the 162nd overall selection. He was waived at the end of training camp and signed to the Packers’ practice squad. The Bills signed Meredith to their roster on Sept. 22, 2009.

Meredith played the first two games of the current season for Buffalo before he was waived on Oct. 4. He was claimed two days later by the Lions, who waived him on Friday.

At South Carolina, Meredith started 38 games – 19 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle and eight at left guard. A native of Simpsonville, S.C., Meredith was born on May 11, 1986.

Graham was signed after Lawrence Tynes sprained his left ankle on Friday. But Tynes has improved and is expected to kick in Dallas.


Giants 28, Lions 20: New York Gets To 4-2, The Hard Way

The New York Giants are 4-2 after defeating the Detroit Lions, 28-20, Sunday. They know, however, that it was not easy getting there.

"We came in looking to be 4-2 and we are. Give credit to Detroit - they played hard, they played well," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. "They're on the rise, they're physical, they have a very good front."

Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who had sacks that resulted in fumbles, echoed his coach.

"They played well. They haven't won a ton of games, but we knew coming in that it was going to be a dogfight, and a struggle," Umenyiora said. "They played an outstanding ballgame, and luckily we were able to come away with the victory."

Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Giants (4-2), who have won three in a row. Antrel Rolle's last-minute interception sealed the victory.

"It was a great feeling, a great feeling. Our team was fighting all day, and we knew it was going to be a fight going into this game," Rolle said.

New York had to battle to take the victory after the Lions staged an improbable rally.

Detroit was already without injured starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, and Shaun Hill went down late in the first half with a broken left arm. But Drew Stanton came in and passed for 222 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson.

Jason Hanson kicked his second 50-yard field goal of the game with 2:50 left, and the Lions got the ball back with 2:18 on the clock after forcing a punt. Detroit (1-5) advanced into Giants territory inside the final minute, but Stanton's long pass was picked off by Rolle as New York took the win.

Hill completed 9-of-15 passes for 91 yards and score before leaving, while Stanton connected on 19 of his 34 passing attempts. But the Lions, who got their first win of the season last week against St. Louis, did not have much of a running attack. Stanton was the team's leading rusher with 30 yards, while Jahvid Best was limited to 16 yards on 12 carries.

Detroit entered the fourth with a 21-10 deficit and faced a 3rd-and-10 at its own 13 early in the quarter. But Stanton connected with Johnson on a deep pass on the left side of the field. Cornerback Terrell Thomas got twisted around and stumbled, while safety Antrel Rolle took a shallow containment route, allowing Johnson to easily run into the end zone with 13:17 to play.

Rolle took the blame for that touchdown.

"It was two-man coverage, and I should have definitely stayed over top of Terrell coming. I thought he had an interception on that play, so I kind of concentrated on not hitting him. As a safety, I have to stay on top of that play, and I have to make that play. When in doubt, I have to go in and go for the kill shot," Rolle said. "I thought Terrell Thomas was going to make that play and I eased off and came underneath."

There was a scary moment on the ensuing kickoff, when the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Lions' Zack Follett. He dropped to the ground, and play was halted as players from each team took a knee.

Trainers stabilized Follett on a backboard before he was driven off the field and transported to a local hospital. The team said that Follett has feeling and movement in all his extremities and will remain in the hospital overnight.

"Any time they bring a backboard out for a player, it's a scary situation," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "Our players were very concerned. I gathered them up on the sideline to let them know what we knew so far."

After a series of punts, the Lions got the ball back and started driving, reaching midfield with a little more than five minutes left. Stanton completed a pass to Nate Burleson for an apparent first down, but Deon Grant knocked the ball loose on the tackle and recovered at the Giants' 42.

Bradshaw immediately ran for 45 yards before Jacobs carried twice to get into the end zone, giving New York a 28-17 lead with 3:24 remaining.

Stefan Logan's 58-yard kick return helped to set up Hanson's field goal and the tense finish.

Detroit got on the scoreboard on their opening possession, after Lawrence Jackson recovered a fumble on the Giants' punt attempt. It allowed the Lions to start at the New York 43, and they scored when Burleson made a 14-yard catch in a small pocket between Giants defenders and the left edge of the end zone.

A 20-yard punt return by Darius Reynaud later in the quarter set the Giants up at the Detroit 40. Five plays later, Jacobs ran through the middle for a four- yard touchdown, tying the game with 1:30 remaining.

New York forged ahead in the second quarter, going on an 11-play, 93-yard drive that took nearly seven minutes off the clock. Manning tossed a deep 33- yard strike to Mario Manningham, who made the TD catch in the middle of the field with 3:14 left in the half.

Hill was injured on the Lions' ensuing drive, when he was hit at the knees after a pass attempt. Hill was initially questionable to return, but emerged from the locker room in the third quarter out of his uniform and wearing a sling on his left arm.

Stanton took over and led the Lions into Giants territory. Hanson capped the half with a 50-yarder to make it a 14-10 game.

"We got off to a slow start," Manning said. "They did a good job mixing in some new coverages, new schemes we hadn't really seen much. They were throwing a lot of guys in the box trying to stop our run game. They got good pressure early on that prevented us from sustaining some drives."

The Lions were back on New York's side of the field to start the third quarter, but Umenyiora forced a fumbled when he sacked Stanton, and Justin Tuck recovered.

New York went 57 yards the other way and scored on Manning's one-yard pass to Travis Beckum.

The Giants play at Dallas next Monday.

(The Sports Network contributed to this report)



Giants 28, Lions 20: Bradshaw, Defense Lead New York

Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs scored two touchdowns as the New York Giants (4-2) held off the Detroit Lions (1-5), 28-20, Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium.

Antrel Rolle sealed the victory with an interception of third-string quarterback Drew Stanton in the final minute. Stanton was playing because Shaun Hill, starting in place of Matthew Stafford, left the game with left arm injury.

The Giants were helped by 11 Detroit penalties, many at critical points in the game.


Zach Follett of Detroit Lions Suffers Potentially Serious Injury

Detroit Lions' linebacker <strong>Zach Follett</strong> had to be strapped to a back board and carted off the field Sunday.

Follett was taken to the hospital after laying motionless on the New Meadowlands Stadium turf for approximately 15 minutes following a collision with<strong> Jason Pierre-Paul</strong> of the New York Giants.

FOX Sports sideline reporter Laura Okmin reported that, according to the Lions, Follett was conscious and had some feeling.


Giants' Placekicker Lawrence Tynes Sprains Ankle

New York Giants’ placekicker Lawrence Tynes says he should be able to kick Sunday against the Detroit Lions despite spraining his left, non-kicking, ankle during Friday’s practice.

Tynes is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Rookie punter Matt Dodge has collegiate experience kicking off, and limited placekicking experience.

He was a kickoff specialist in college at East Carolina and said he feels comfortable if he’s asked to do that again.

However, he only attempted one collegiate field goal (a miss) and one collegiate extra point (good). He can do it, because he did it in college, but he admitted "It won’t be pretty."

"I’m ready if I’m asked," Dodge said.

Mike Garafolo listed available placekickers, should the Giants need to go that route. The most obvious name on the list is John Carney, who kicked for the Giants in 2008 and was released this week by the New Orleans Saints.

As for whether the Giants would sign another kicker, coach Tom Coughlin said “I can’t tell you what I don’t know. We have to watch. We’ll have to see what he does.”


'Bad, Bad C.C. Brown' Rips Eli, Shows He's Also 'Stupid, Stupid'


Guess who is running his mouth about Eli Manning and the New York Giants?

Good old 'Bad, Bad C.C. Brown,' that's who.

"You never know what you're going to get with that guy," Brown said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "You never know if he's going to come in and make bad decisions; you don't know if he's just going to have one of them Peyton Manning games where he lights you up."



Detroit Lions At New York Giants: Road Has Not Been Kind To Lions


(Sports Network) – After breaking through with their first victory of the 2010 season — and in a most impressive fashion — the Detroit Lions now set their sights on obtaining their first road win in nearly three full years.

That may be a task easier said than done, however, when the long-suffering Lions head to New Meadowlands Stadium this Sunday to battle a resurgent New York Giants team that’s also riding high after delivering a second straight notice-serving triumph in its most recent outing.

Detroit finally put an end to a 10-game losing streak that included defeats in its first four tests of 2010 with last weekend’s home rout of the St. Louis Rams. The Lions didn’t leave any doubt about the outcome either, dominating their fellow longtime doormats in all phases in a 44-6 thrashing that offered ample evidence that they’re indeed a team headed in a positive direction.

All three units had a hand in Detroit’s most lopsided win since a 44-0 decision over Jacksonville on Dec. 17, 1995. Quarterback Shaun Hill tossed three touchdown passes while subbing once again for the injured Matthew Stafford, return specialist Stefan Logan took a kickoff back 105 yards for a score in the second quarter, and cornerback Alphonso Smith put on the final exclamation point with a 42-yard interception return touchdown with just over seven minutes to go.

The Lions are now averaging 25.2 points per game for the season, the highest mark in the NFC.

While Detroit has been putting up points in bunches as of late, the Giants have been awfully stingy in giving them up during their current two-game tear. After racking up 10 sacks and yielding a minuscule 110 total yards in a 17-3 dismantling of previously-unbeaten Chicago in Week 4, New York shut down one of the league’s most diverse offenses in last Sunday’s 34-10 road verdict over Houston.

The Giants limited the high-powered Texans to 195 total yards and 11 first downs while stifling the NFL’s top-ranked running game, with Houston mustering a meager 24 yards on 15 attempts.

New York’s new-look defense has allowed a league-low 244.6 yards per game and produced 19 sacks over the course of its 3-2 start, good for a tie with Philadelphia and the improved Washington Redskins for first place in a wide- open NFC East pack.

Sustaining that success will now be the primary focus for Tom Coughlin’s squad. The Giants were 5-0 at this stage of the season a year ago, but lost eight of their final 11 contests and endured a prolonged defensive meltdown to finish out of the playoff hunt.

Detroit, meanwhile, will be aiming to halt a dubious 23-game losing streak on the road and avoid matching the franchise’s own NFL record for consecutive away setbacks set between 2001-03. The Lions haven’t prevailed as the visitor since a 16-7 besting of Chicago on Oct. 28, 2007.

Hill is expected to lead the offense for a fifth straight week with 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick Stafford still recovering from a shoulder sprain sustained in the team’s season-opening loss to the Bears, and it’s possible the Lions could be without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson as well for Sunday’s tilt. The talented fourth-year pro hurt his shoulder in the second half of last week’s win and will likely be a game-time decision.


Lions At Giants: Sports Network Prediction

The Lions’ confidence is beginning to rise, as is the talent base after stockpiling a considerable amount of good young players over the past couple of years, but the Giants are simply playing at a different level right now. The defense should have its way against a Detroit team that’s become a little too reliant on the pass, and having an ailing or sidelined Calvin Johnson won’t help the visitors’ hopes of finally ending their epic losing streak on the road. New York’s propensity for turning the ball over could leave the outcome hanging in the balance for a while, but Big Blue should make enough plays on both sides to keep the hungry but still-flawed Lions at bay.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome:
Giants 27, Lions 17


Lions At Giants: When New York Has The Ball

(Sports Network) - While the defense has gotten most of the headlines during New York’s two-game win streak, the offense came through with its best showing of the season in last week’s shellacking of the Texans. The Giants scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions to build a comfortable 21-0 lead and got a sharp effort from Eli Manning (1302 passing yards, 8 TD, 8 INT), with the highly-paid quarterback completing 27-of-42 throws for 297 yards and connecting on three scoring strikes. Second-year wideout Hakeem Nicks (33 receptions, 409 yards) enjoyed his best day as a pro, establishing career bests with 12 catches and 130 yards against a beleaguered Houston secondary and hauling in a pair of touchdowns, giving him six in five games this year. Pro Bowler Steve Smith (28 receptions, 1 TD) gives Manning a reliable target on the opposite side of Nicks, with third receiver Mario Manningham (14 receptions, 1 TD) providing a deep threat despite being held without a catch over the past two contests. New York has displayed good balance as well, with the hard-nosed Ahmad Bradshaw (449 rushing yards, 3 TD, 12 receptions) ranking second in the NFC in rushing yards as the featured back and former starter Brandon Jacobs (172 rushing yards, 2 TD, 4 receptions) averaging nearly five yards per carry as a physical complement. The offense has been sloppy at times, however, as the Giants have committed 15 giveaways in their five games and Manning has been picked off eight times already this season.

Look for the Giants to try to establish the run against a Detroit stop unit that’s given up unhealthy averages of 133.2 yards per game on the ground (26th overall) and 4.8 yards per rush for the year and allowed three individual backs to surpass the 100-yard barrier. The Lions have had major issues at linebacker, with sophomore DeAndre Levy — the intended regular in the middle — having sat out all but one game with a lingering groin injury and veteran strongside starter Julian Peterson (29 tackles, 1 sack) having been benched by Schwartz at one point earlier in the season. It’s doubtful that Levy will be available for this week’s test as well, and backup Landon Johnson’s (14 tackles) status is also in question after he incurred a concussion against the Rams. Detroit’s rebuilt defense has done some good things, however, with rookie tackle Ndamukong Suh (18 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT) and high-motor end Kyle Vanden Bosch (22 tackles, 1.5 sacks) leading a strong pass rush that’s generated 14 sacks so far and Alphonso Smith (16 tackles, 3 INT, 3 PD) playing at a high level since being inserted as a starter at cornerback. The ex-Denver washout has garnered an interception in three consecutive games.


Lions At Giants: When Detroit Has The Ball

(sports Network) - Matt tafford may be the Lions’ quarterback of the future, but the team hasn’t fared badly with Shaun Hill (1218 passing yards, 8 TD, 7 INT) at the controls in the present. The well-traveled backup has averaged over 280 passing yards and thrown for eight touchdowns in his four starts directing an offense that comes in sixth in the NFL in yards gained through the air. Calvin Johnson (24 receptions, 4 TD) is the unquestioned No. 1 target whose commanding presence helps to free up the rest of the receiving corps, but Detroit won’t exactly be up the creek if the imposing wideout isn’t able to go on Sunday. Veteran counterpart Nate Burleson (6 receptions, 1 TD) is now mostly healthy after missing a pair of games with a sprained ankle and had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win, tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (26 receptions, 1 TD) and Tony Scheffler (24 receptions, 1 TD) are both capable pass catchers who must be accounted for, and rookie running back Jahvid Best (241 rushing yards, 25 receptions, 5 total TD) has shown to be extremely dangerous as a receiver in open space. The speedy youngster hasn’t been as effective running the football, averaging a pedestrian 3.5 yards per rush attempt thus far, and the Lions are putting up just 82 yards per game on the ground (27th overall). The front line has done a solid job in protection, though, having surrendered sacks on less than four percent of the club’s pass plays, the fourth-best mark in the league.

Detroit will need to mount at least a semblance of a running game on Sunday to prevent the Giants from teeing off on Hill with their relentless pass rush. New York has been able to terrorize enemy quarterbacks even with steady end Mathias Kiwanuka (11 tackles, 4 sacks) sidelined indefinitely with a neck problem, as fellow linemen Osi Umenyiora (13 tackles, 6 sacks) and Justin Tuck (32 tackles, 4 sacks) have each raised their games a notch over the past two weeks. Umenyiora has notched five sacks and forced four fumbles during that time span, with Tuck recording four sacks in addition to helping anchor a run defense that ranks ninth in the NFL (98.6 ypg). The Giants have been even better against the pass, having permitted a league-best 146 yards per game through the air and a 55 percent completion rate. Safeties Antrel Rolle (31 tackles), signed as a free agent in the offseason, and Kenny Phillips (25 tackles, 1 INT), who missed most of last year with a knee injury, have both been difference-makers in a secondary that’s been terrific at eliminating the big play.


Detroit Lions At New York Giants: Fantasy Football Focus

(Sports Network) -- This matchup contains a pair of quality fantasy backs in Bradshaw and Best, both of whom should receive plenty of work come Sunday and warrant starts. Calvin Johnson owners will need to monitor his health status over the course of the week, as he’s certainly worth a play if active. If not, Burleson, Pettigrew and Scheffler all get significant bumps up in value. Nicks has clearly established himself as the Giants’ top pass-catching option and should be started in all formats, with Steve Smith a decent choice as a second receiver or flex player.

Manning’s a lower-end No. 1 quarterback who merits consideration as well, but use Hill only as a fall-back plan in spite of his good recent numbers, as New York has been exceptionally tough against the pass and the Lions won’t have their best receiver at 100 percent. Those with the Giants defense at their disposal need to keep riding the hot hand, especially considering Detroit’s longstanding problems on the road.


New York Giants Injury Report: O'Hara, Bulluck, Kiwanuka Improving

Good news today for the New York Giants regarding several injured players.

Center Shaun O’Hara, out the past two weeks with bursitis in his ankle, did individual drills and said “nothing was too painful.” He told reporters he hopes to practice fully Thursday.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck, out the past two weeks with turf toe, also did individua workouts and expects to practice Thursday.

Most surprisingly, Mathias Kiwanuka, out with a bulging cervical disc, was riding the exercise bike at practice and said “you always have a chance to come back.”

— See the complete list of players on the Giants’ injury report.


Detroit Lions At New York Giants: Schwartz Knows Giants' Pass Rush Is Key

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz knows the biggest strength — and weakness — of the New York Giants.

“When they take care of the football and sack the quarterback, they play well. The two times they lost, Indianapolis and Tennessee, I think they only had one sack apiece in those games. That sort of neutralizes the strength of the Giants defense, the pass rush,” Schwartz said. “They’re gaining a lot of yards and they’re not letting opponents gain a lot of yards, being number one in the NFL. They have turned the ball over a little bit, but there are a lot of similarities there with our team. They’re in a better position being 3-2, but when we rush the passer well, we can do some things defensively. Our Achilles heel offensively has been turnovers, particularly turnovers in the scoring zone.”

The Giants are third in the league with 19 sacks after fives games.

Schwartz is trying to change a losing culture in Detroit, and expressed admiration for the way Giants coach Tom Coughlin goes about his business.

“The one thing you don’t want to do is change course and over react to things. You need to have confidence that your plan is going to work, and you need to be able to stick with that plan. I greatly admire Tom Coughlin for that reason,” Schwartz said. “he is the same guy every week. He is very, very consistent as a coach, and there is not a whole lot of changes and surprises. I think the players know what to expect. If we can get that kind of atmosphere here, we draft good players, we sign good players, we develop good players, and we put them in a scheme that fits them, we don’t panic and we don’t change, we have confidence in what we’re doing, and then we’ll get out of the issues that we’ve had in the past, and we’ll be a good, consistent team.”

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