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New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and center David Baas will meet with the team's trainers Tuesday to judge their progress and set a rehabilitation path, coach Tom Coughlin said during a Monday conference call with reporters.
"They're improving," Coughlin said today on a conference call with reporters. "Again it's going to end up being how they feel tomorrow and to what extent they can do some things tomorrow, Tuesday, with the trainers."
Bradshaw missed New York's comeback 24-20 victory against the New England Patriots with a stress fracture in his right foot. Nicks missed the game due to a hamstring injury suffered during Week 8, and Baas missed it to nurse a knee injury.
"We're hopeful," Coughlin said. "We have encouraging signs coming out of the training room but I wouldn't go so far as to say what can be expected."
Coughlin said the team will do whatever the doctors recommend in regards to Bradshaw. The running back's availability could depend on his ability to control the soreness.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara traveled with the team for the first time this weekend, but the first-round pick was still listed as inactive.
"There has to be in everyone's opinion the proof, how he's performed on the practice field before we can simply just say he's ready to go," Coughlin said. "He gets better each week and everyone is thinking the time is approaching. There's still some things I think that have to be cleared up on the practice field. When that happens we will welcome him."
Ho-hum. Another Monday morning, another fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory by the New York Giants to discuss. This is becoming routine, isn't it? Six victories by the Giants in 2011, five of them engineered this way. None more exhilirating than Sunday's 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots, though.
Here is a review of the good and bad from the victory in Big Blue View's traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style.
The New York Giants woke up this morning in a place no prognosticator thought they would be halfway through the 2011 NFL season -- 6-2 and clearly in the lead in the NFC East. The Giants' improbable 24-20 victory in New England Sunday against the Patriots was the clearest indication yet that the Giants are indeed for real in the fight for the playoffs in the NFC.
At 6-2, the Giants have a two-game lead over the Dallas Cowboys (4-4), and still. have two games to play against the Cowboys. The Philadelphia Eagles can improved to 4-4 with a victory over the Chicago Bears this evening on Monday Night Football. The Washington Redskins (3-5) are fading slowly out of the picture.
The Giants face a difficult road over the final eight weeks of the season. New York's remaining schedule may be the toughest in all of football.
At San Francisco, vs. Philadelphia, at New Orleans, vs. Green Bay, at Dallas, vs. Washington, at New York Jets, vs. Dallas.
The Giants served notice on Sunday, though, that they will be a force to be reckoned with in all of those games.
The New York Giants’ 24-20 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday was another come-from-behind game that was eerily reminiscent of the Giants’ Super Bolw 42 victory over then-unbeaten New England. Here are some notes and quotes from Sunday.
“I knew we would win. It definitely took me back to the Super Bowl.
“When you’ve got Eli as the quarterback in a two-minute situation, I am confident all the way in and out. Eli has been a beast all season long, ever since I’ve been in the league, on two-minute drives. He has been great.”
— Giants’ running back Brandon Jacobs
“I’d rather be down by three with a minute-thirty (left) than up by four with a minute-thirty with Tom Brady, with their offense on the field. You like those situations where you have an opportunity to go win the game.”
— Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning
“Half our offense wasn’t here and we still came out and beat a great football team."
— Giants’ defensive end Osi Umenyiora
— The Giants’ victory ended three significant Patriots streaks. New England had won 20 consecutive regular season home games, 18 straight home games vs. NFC teams and they had won 31 regular season games in a row started by quarterback Tom Brady.
— Tom Coughlin moved into a tie for 20th on two significant NFL coaching lists. The victory was Coughlin’s 139th regular season triumph, tying him with Tony Dungy for 20th on the league’s career list. Including his eight postseason victories, Coughlin has 147 wins. That ties him with former Tennessee Coach Jeff Fisher for 20th on that list.
— Manning’s 250 yards increased his career total to 25,023. He is the second player in Giants history with 25,000 passing yards. Phil Simms holds the franchise record with 33,462.
Here is a quick look back at Sunday’s 24-20 victory by the New York Giants over the New England Patriots.
It Was Over When …
Eli Manning hit Jake Ballard for a one-yard touchdown pass to give the Giants the winning margin with just 15 seconds to play.
Turning Point Of The Game
This game had tons of twists and turns so it’s tough to pick out a single turning point. Two plays on the Giants’ final drive are worth mentioning. Ballard’s leaping 28-yard catch on third down to set the Giants up in New England territory. Next, the pass interference call at the goal line on a questionable throw by Manning where Victor Cruz was double covered. That put the Giants at the one-yard line.
— Manning led the Giants to a fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory for the fifth time this season. In fact, he brought the Giants from behind twice in the final period Sunday..
— Ballard continues to amaze with pass-catching prowess he was not supposed to possess. He caught four passes Sunday for 57 yards.
— Brandon Jacobs ran 18 times for 72 yards and caught four passes for 28 yards. Jacobs ran with authority.
— Devin Thomas dropped one kickoff and his three returns averaged only 14 yards. He was replaced by rookie Jerrel Jernigan after muffing a kickoff in the fourth quarter.
— Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. I usually don’t comment on announcers, but could these two have been any more negative about Manning? They spent the entire game belittling his mechanics and his back-foot throws, which I will admit can be annoying. They ignored the fact that he was getting results.
— Kevin Boothe had a rough day with shotgun snaps. He hit himself in the butt on one snap, and sent a second one way high and wide to Manning’s right.
“I knew we would win,” Giants running back Brandon Jacobs said. “It definitely took me back to the Super Bowl.”
The number 85 will continue to haunt the New England Patriots. Tonight with 15 seconds left in the game Jake Ballard quieted the Foxboro faithful pulling in a pass to put the Giants ahead four points with a beautiful touchdown reception. The entire fourth quarter was a back and forth affair from both teams trying to create enough of a buffer to put the other away.
The Patriots tied the game up with a touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez. They then went ahead with a 45 yard field goal. Eli Manning led the Giants down the field from their own 15, ending the drive with a 10 yard pass to Mario Manningham. The Patriots retook the lead with a Tom Brady pass to Rob Gronkowski, putting the Pats up 20-17. Finally, it was Eli Manning taking the Giants 80 yards to end the game with a touch down to Jake Ballard. The touchdown was set up by a pass interference.
The Patriots tried to stage a last second comeback with a lateral play that quickly fell apart as soon as it started. The Giants now end the Patriot's undefeated home record and improve to 6-2 on the season.
The New York Giants hard nosed game against the New England Patriots finally saw some scoring in the third quarter. In a game that was mirroring the LSU/Alabama game from Saturday night through two quarters, both teams finally got on the board in the third. The Giants continued to throw off Tom Brady's timing, forcing the Pro Bowl quarter back to throw his second interception of the game in the opening drive. The Giants used the momentum to draw first blood with a field goal.
On the next Patriot's drive, Tom Brady fumbled the ball. This set the Giants up with some great field position in the Patriot's red zone. A 10 yard run from Brandon Jacobs put the Giants up 10-0 with nine minutes remaining in the third. The Patriots were finally able to get on the board with a 32 yard field goal from Stephan Gostkowski, leaving the score at 10-3 to close the third quarter.
The New York Giants traveled to Foxborough to play the New England Patriots on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. The game has been a defensive battle with both teams holding the other scoreless in the first half. The Giants held the Patriots to 183 total yards in the first quarter. They intercepted the ball on the third drive and were extremely lucky when the Patriots missed a field goal after driving 83 yards at the end of the half.
The Patriots were just as dominant on defense holding the Giants to 95 yards in the first half, forcing the Giants to punt on ever drive. The Giants were able to disrupt Tom Brady's timing enough that he's not looked like himself at all this afternoon. The game remained scoreless with the Patriots receiving the ball at the start of the second half.
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Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had been questionable with a possible concussion, will be today for the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. For New England, wide receiver Wes Welker (neck) is active.
The Giants will also have wide receiver Ramses Barden active for the first time this season. Barden was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Saturday.
The Giants will be without starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, No. 1 wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, starting center David Baas and fullback Henry Hynoski.
Here are all of the Giants’ inactives:
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB
David Baas, C
Henry Hynoski, FB
James Brewer, T
Stacy Andrews, T
Hakeem Nicks, WR
Prince Amukamara, CB
Here are all of the Patriots inactives:
QB Ryan Mallett
WR Taylor Price
RB Kevin Faulk
LB Dane Fletcher
G Donald Thomas
DL Shaun Ellis
DE Jermaine Cunningham
Price, who tweaked a hamstring, is a surprising inactive. Faulk (knee) is also a bit surprising.
The Giants will be without Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw in their showdown with the 5-2 New England Patriots.
Wide receiver Ramses Barden could make his long-awaited 2011 debut Sunday for the New York Giants when they face the New England Patriots in Foxboro.
But offensive starters Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks and David Baas did not travel with the team and will not play in the game.
Barden, the third-year receiver, was activated from the reserve/PUP list, where he has spent the entire season. Barden has not played since Nov. 14, 2010, when he fractured his ankle in a game against Dallas. He returned to practice after the bye two weeks ago. In his first two seasons, Barden played in nine games and had six catches for 80 yards.
Bradshaw, the team’s leading rusher with 440 yards; Nicks, the top receiver with 38 catches; and Baas, the starting center, were downgraded to out after being listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report Friday. Bradshaw has a fractured bone in his foot, Nicks has a sore hamstring and Baas has a knee injury. All three players were hurt in last week’s victory over Miami.
Brandon Jacobs is expected to start at running back for Bradshaw. Victor Cruz will likely fill in for Nicks, and Kevin Boothe will step in for Baas at center for the second time this season. Baas also missed the Seattle game on Oct. 9.
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Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker heads a list of nine players questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Also on the list are defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
The New York Giants offense will could be missing key pieces to both its passing and running attacks Sunday when the team takes on the New England Patriots. On Friday, the team named both wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw doubtful for the contest after Bradshaw cracked a bone in his foot in this past Sunday's game and Nicks injured his hamstring in the same game.
Center David Baas is also listed as doubtful with a knee injury, while offensive tackle Stacy Andrews will miss the game with a back injury. Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara has been healing steadily from his foot injury and is listed as questionable for the game, along with fullback Henry Hynoski (neck) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (concussion).
The following Giants are listed as probable: linebacker Michael Boley (knee), wide receiver Mario Manningham (illness), tight end Bear Pascoe (finger), defensive end Justin Tuck (groin) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee, shoulder).
(Sports Network) – Despite being held in check by Pittsburgh’s formidable defense last week, the Patriots still boast one of the NFL’s most potent and dangerous offenses that tops the league in first downs (25.7 avg.), stands second in passing yards (324.7 ypg), third in total yards (437.1 ypg) and fourth in third-down conversions (50.6 pct.). The key to it all is obviously Tom Brady (2361 passing yards, 18 TD, 8 INT), who’s enjoying another stellar season even though he’s had twice as many interceptions as he did during his MVP campaign of 2010. The standout quarterback has four quality options to throw to, led by prolific slot receiver Wes Welker (57 receptions, 824 yards, 6 TD), the league’s leader in both catches and receiving yards per game. Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch (30 receptions, 3 TD) provides a reliable outside presence to the mix, while second-year tight ends Rob Gronkowski (36 receptions, 495 yards, 5 TD) and Aaron Hernandez (29 receptions, 4 TD) are both lethal inside the red zone and often Brady’s preferred choices in that area. New England also has an interesting collection of running backs, with leading rusher BenJarvus Green- Ellis (400 rushing yards, 5 TD) a physical and sure-handed performer between the tackles and 13-year vet Kevin Faulk now back from an ACL tear to reprise his longtime role as the team’s third-down specialist.
Brady and his cast of receivers will be taking on a New York defense that’s played quite well against the pass in recent weeks, albeit the Pats do represent a step up in class. The Giants have yielded just four touchdowns through the air and bagged eight interceptions over their last five games, with cornerbacks Corey Webster (26 tackles, 3 INT, 9 PD) and Aaron Ross (24 tackles, 3 INT, 8 PD) each recording three picks during that stretch, and allowed a scant 101 net passing yards to Miami’s anemic offense last Sunday. The duo is backed by an excellent pass rush that’s amassed a league-best 26 sacks thus far and is now at full strength now that valued end Justin Tuck (7 tackles, 2 sacks) is over neck and groin injuries that have limited him to three games. The 2010 All-Pro honoree teams with two-time Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora (12 tackles, 6 sacks) and second-year phenom Jason Pierre-Paul (35 tackles, 8.5 sacks) to give New York an outstanding collection of pressure-creators. Umenyiora has racked up six sacks in just four games since returning from early-season knee surgery. The Giants haven’t fared well in containing the run, however, having allowed at least 145 yards on the ground in five straight outings and owning an unwanted 28th overall ranking in rush defense (130.1 ypg).
(Sports Network) – Eli Manning (2127 passing yards, 13 TD, 5 INT) is in the midst of the best season of his eight-year career, with the formerly-erratic quarterback having completed a personal-high 64.7 percent of his throws and ranking second only to Rodgers in yards per attempt (8.8), and he’s also drastically cut down his turnovers one year after leading the league with 25 interceptions. The Giants have needed him to step up and shine as well, since a running game that was once an integral part of the team’s offense has been close to non-existent this season. New York has generated the third-fewest rushing yards (85.6 ypg) in the NFL and was held to just 58 yards on the ground by the Dolphins last week, and top back Ahmad Bradshaw (440 rushing yards, 24 receptions, 6 total TD) is dealing with a cracked bone in his foot that could sideline him on Sunday. The Giants do have a two-time 1,000-yard rusher in reserve in Brandon Jacobs (126 rushing yards, 3 total TD), but the unhappy veteran is averaging a meager 3.0 yards per carry on the year. Manning’s No. 1 target, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (38 receptions, 575 yards, 3 TD), has also been bothered by a hamstring injury, though he’s tentatively believed to play this week. If he’s unable to go, New York does have some outside depth in the young combo of Victor Cruz (28 receptions, 497 yards, 4 TD) and Mario Manningham (24 receptions, 1 TD), who combined for 13 catches, 162 yards and two touchdowns against Miami, and oversized tight end Jake Ballard (19 receptions, 2 TD) has also made contributions to the club’s fourth-ranked aerial attack (287.6 ypg).
The Giants figure to take to the air early and often come Sunday, considering the game has the makings of being high-scoring and the Patriots have been dreadful in preventing enemy passers from piling up yards at will. A secondary littered with marginal talents other than cornerback Devin McCourty (49 tackles) and safety Patrick Chung (50 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) has permitted a league-worst 323.1 passing yards per game, and all but one quarterback the team has faced this year has eclipsed the 300-yard mark. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger torched the group for 365 yards and two scores a week ago. New England did register a season-high five sacks in the loss, including two by veteran end Andre Carter (28 tackles, 4.5 sacks), and both he and situational rusher Mark Anderson (10 tackles, 4.5 sacks) will be counted on to bring the heat upon Manning. The Patriots are in the top 10 in run defense (101.0 ypg), though that’s partly because they’ve been thrown on so much, but do possess three proven stoppers up front in three-time Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork (19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INT) and linebackers Brandon Spikes (39 tackles) and Jerod Mayo (27 tackles), who returned last week from a two-game absence caused by a knee sprain.
Bradshaw missed Friday's practice and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's meeting with the New England Patriots. He is joined on the injury report by a host of other important contributors.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for Sunday amid concerns that he might have a concussion. Pierre-Paul underwent concussion tests after a practice collision resulted in a headache, and missed Friday's practice.
First-round draft choice Prince Amukamara (questionable) will travel with the team this weekend and could see his first game action of the season. He has missed the first eight weeks of the season with a broken foot suffered in August.
Center David Baas (knee) is listed as doubtful.
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As we mentioned earlier, the big news out of Giants practice Thursday was that running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a broken foot and is out indefinitely, but New York also has other injury concerns leading up to Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul practiced only on a limited basis with a neck injury he suffered during practice, while wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sat out for the second straight day as he recovers from the hamstring injury he sustained this past Sunday, as did offensive tackle Stacy Andrews (back) and center David Baas (knee).
The Giants did have some good news in the form of defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee, shoulder), who praticed on a limited basis after missing practice Wednesday and defensive end Justin Tuck (groin, neck), who participated in full after being limited Wednesday. Wide receiver Mario Manningham also had full participation in practice after being out sick Wednesday.
A source told the Star-Ledger that Bradshaw is deciding whether to have corrective surgery after cracking a bone in his foot. Bradshaw has had previous problems with his feet, including a prior bone crack injury which required offseason surgery to insert screws into both his feet.
Bradshaw exited the Miami game to undergo X-rays, but did return. At the time, he was thought to have no structural damage.
With Bradshaw shelved indefinitely, backup Brandon Jacobs could get his wish for more carries. Jacobs has been outspoken about his lack of touches this season and last discussed his unhappiness with a minimal role after carrying the ball just four times for 10 yards against Miami.
Though New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks told reporters he was feeling better Wednesday, he did not participate in practice and is said to be day-to-day due to the hamstring strain he suffered this past Sunday against the Dolphins.
Fellow wide receiver Mario Manningham also missed practiced with an illness, as did tackle Stacy Andrews (back), center David Baas (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee, shoulder). Coughlin seemed to indicate that the absence of Umenyiora was the result of preventative rest more than anything, but he did say that Bradshaw's foot was "swollen and sore."
In other news, fullback Henry Hynoski (neck) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing the Giants' past two games. Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara made limited participation in practice as he begins to make his way back from a foot injury, as did Justin Tuck (groin, neck).
Linebacker Michael Boley (knee) participated fully in the practice session.
In case you're wondering, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle isn't even remotely worried about taking on New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker this Sunday. Welker leads the NFL in receptions and is second in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, but when asked Wednesday, Rolle couldn't think of what made Welker so difficult to cover. In fact, he didn't think Welker would be much trouble at all.
"I don't know," Rolle said. "You've got to ask those guys he's giving trouble to," Rolle said. "I don't plan on having to answer to those questions."
Though Rolle did credit Welker for being a "monster elite receiver," he refused to acknowledge it would be a "mismatch" in Welker's favor if Rolle was given the task of covering New England's slot receiver, who missed the Patriots' practice Wednesday with a neck injury sustained this past Sunday.
"A mismatch for who?" Rolle asked. "He is a great receiver and you don't take anything from him, but he is human at the end of the day. And like I said, the game has to be played on Sunday. I'll answer more questions after the game."
"I can handle anything."
The comments seemed to stem more from Rolle's confidence in himself and his teammates than they did any sort of disrespect for Welker or his talents. Rolle pointed to how the Steelers were able to shut Welker down by playing great defense, something he believes the Giants are more than capable of doing, as well.
"I don't worry about our schedule, I feel like our schedule needs to worry about us," Rolle said. "That is my approach and the way I look at it and how I am always going to look at it."
Hakeem Nicks will not practice Wednesday after suffering a hamstring injury Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but the New York Giants wide receiver is telling coach Tom Coughlin all the right things, the team announced Wednesday.
"It's going to be day-to-day," Coughlin said of Nicks. "He tells me he's better and says all the right things. But he's not going to work today."
"All I know is he had a sore shoulder, but he seems to think that it will be manageable," Coughlin said of Umenyiora. "He's not working today, but that's normal. He normally has Wednesday (off). Last week, he did work on Wednesday - and Thursday as well, and Friday."
Wide receiver Ramses Barden, on the reserve/PUP list, will receive more reps this week.
"He's going to get pushed a little harder this week," Coughlin said. "He practiced probably 50 percent of the time last week and we'll see if he can continue, along with (cornerback) Prince (Amukamara). Prince will get a little bit more this week, too."
New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is one of three quarterbacks nominated for the Week 8 FedEx Air Player of the Week after his performance in New York's 20-17 victory against the Miami Dolphins.
Manning threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns, completing 31-of-45, as the Giants narrowly edged the Dolphins. Roethlisberger completed 36-of-50 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 25-17 win against the New England Patriots. Stafford connected on 21-of-30 passes for three touchdowns in the Lions' 45-10 drubbing of the Denver Broncos, giving him the highest quarterback ranking (130.8) of any quarterback this weekend.
Manning has thrown for 2,127 yards and 13 touchdowns this year, compiling a 102.1 quarterback rating while leading the Giants to an NFC East-leading 5-2 record.
One day after venting his frustration following a poor performance during which he was booed at MetLife Stadium, New York Giants’ running back Brandon Jacobs Tuesday vowed “You’re going to see a change.”
Jacobs told reporters at Brooklyn’s Essence middle school, where he made an appearance, that he has spoken to his wife, Kimberly, and several of his teammates.
“I went home and I realized I do want to play this game a little longer. I don’t want to leave,” said Jacobs, who told students he wants to play three more seasons. “I talked to my wife and we’ve got to get it done. This is what I want to do. I had a talk with Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle, I talked to Ahmad (Bradshaw) and a lot of other guys. At the end of the day I’m playing for them. I don’t really care about anything else. I’m playing for them.
“I want to win with them because those are my guys and they’re always going to be my guys and my friends years down the line. So I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do: stand up and stand tall for them.”
In a way, Jacobs sounds much like defensive end Osi Umenyiora who has long been unhappy with team management but puts that aside on the field and plays for his teammates. Whatever happens with him long term, that is what the Giants need Jacobs to do now.
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