Giants' safety Kenny Phillips told reporters this week that the league has decided not to fine him $30k for his Week 2 hit on Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson.

Phillips launched into Jackson as Jackson tried to reel in a pass from QB Josh Freeman late in the 3rd quarter of the Giants' 41-34 victory over the Bucs on Sept 16. Phillips came in high and appeared to hit helmets with the 6'5" Jackson, dislodging him from the football for an incomplete pass. There was no flag thrown on the play, but Phillips received a letter later that week informing him that his hit was illegal and that he would be fined.

From Tom Pedulla of the New York Times:

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The Giants seemed like the logical pick last week but were instead embarrassed. The Chargers also looked bad against the Buccaneers, while the Seahawks and Rams both covered.

Here are this week?s picks. The Giants will have their bye this week. I?ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week?s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 10 Record: 2-2

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Some tidbits from yesterday's game that you may have missed....

  • The Giants won the Time of Possession - 33:29 to 26:31
  • The Giants made 31 first downs (21 via passing). Tampa only had 14.
  • The Giants went 5-13 (38%) on third down to Tampa's 20% (2-10).
  • The Giants continued to struggle in the red zone, going 1-for-5 on the day.
  • The Giants only had five passed defended on defense. The Bucs had 15.
  • There were only 7 penalties called on the day: Tampa Bay (2 for 7 yards); Giants (5 for 43 yards)
  • Of Eli Manning's 51 passing attempts, 42 of them were to three targets: Victor Cruz (17), Hakeem Nicks (15) and Martellus Bennett (10). 27 of them were completed.
  • RB Andre Brown averaged 5.5 yards per carry: 13 attempts for 71 yards.
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul recorded a sack and another QB hit along with 8 tackles - two for losses.
  • RB David Wilson had 86 yards on 3 KO attempts, including 44-yarder.
  • LB Michael Boley had an interception for the second consecutive week.
  • WR Rueben Randle is the punt returner du jour. He had two return attempts (11 and 12 yards) and 3 fair catches.
  • P Steve Weatherford only had only two punt attempts yesterday, tying his Giant low. He punted twice in the losses to NO and SF last year.
  • DT Marvin Austin dressed but did not play a down on defense or special teams.
  • OLs Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Sean Lcoklear and QB Eli Manning played all 84 offensive plays. TE Martellus Bennett played 83 and 11 more on ST.
  • CB Corey Webster, LB Michael Boley and safeties Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips played all 53 snaps on defense.
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The Giants had finished their comeback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with it. With only seconds left on the clock and no time left for the Bucs to come back, the Giants did the traditional kneel-down to end the game. When the ball is snapped, the defense usually makes light contact. The QB takes a knee and the play is over.

Yesterday, when Eli Manning took the snap, he was bowled over by the surging Bucs' defensive front. When the game ended and the two coaches met to shake hands in the middle of the field, Tom Coughlin had some heated words for new Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano.

"I don?t think you do that at this level," Coughlin told the media afterward. "You don?t do that in this league. You don?t just, you jeopardize the offensive line, you jeopardize the quarterback. Thank goodness we didn?t get anyone hurt--that I know of. A couple of the linemen were late coming in."

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The Giants put a flaccid start behind them, overcoming three Eli Manning interceptions, several dropped passes and some penalties to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-34, this afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Manning ended up with a whopping?510 yards passing and three scores - one to each of his key receivers - to lead the Blue to a thrilling win.

Hakeem Nicks battled through foot problems all day long, catching ten passes for 199 yards including a 50-yard TD. Victor Cruz had 179 yards on 11 grabs with an electric 80-yard scoring play thrown in.

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Giants CB Prince Amukamara will be inactive vs Tampa Bay this afternoon. Rookie Jayron Hosley will start in his place instead of veteran Michael Coe. This is a great move by the Giants. Get that speed out on the field.

WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) is active and will start. Same for C David Baas (hip).

Other inactives: WR Jerrel Jernigan, LB Keith Rivers, RB Da'Rel Scott, TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo and as usual - OT James Brewer.

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The Giants can't really afford to start this season 0-2, but if history has taught us anything it's that the regular season is all about getting to the postseason. Opening the season 0-2 would not be the end of the world, providing they they lose no more than four of their remaining 14 games. They've gone this route before.

After gift-wrapping an opening night win for the Cowboys, the Blue will be trying smack down a young, feisty Tampa Bay group that features the twin brother of their greatest offensive player (Ronde Barber) and the brother of their new TE (Michael Bennett).

The Bucs also come in with a new head coach (Greg Schiano), a New Jersey native who is very familiar with Giants football.?Not to mention they Bucs' new OC is Mike Sullivan, who coached under Tom Coughlin here for eight seasons and knows where all the silverware is hidden.

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Former Rutgers' head coach Greg Schiano and longtime Giants' assistant Mike Sullivan bring their Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) to MetLife Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (0-1) this afternoon.

Kickoff: 1:00pm Eastern

Surface: FieldTurf

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Tiki Barber retired after the 2006 season, leaving Giant fans wanting more and possibly foregoing a chance at the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. His twin brother Ronde, however, decided to go a different route. He is now in his 16th season as a defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Last week, Ronde was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week:

  • Barber made his NFL-record 200th consecutive start at cornerback in the Buccaneers? 16-10 win over Carolina. He had an interception, a sack, five tackles and two passes defensed in the victory.
  • The performance was the third time in his career, including playoffs, that he recorded a sack and an interception in the same game. He is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 interceptions (44) and 25 sacks (28).
  • Barber led a defense that held the Panthers to 10 total rushing yards, tied for the fewest rushing yards allowed in franchise history (12/4/94). Carolina?s offense led the NFC last year averaging 150.5 rushing yards per game.
  • In his 16th year from Virginia, this is Barber?s 10th career Player of the Week Award, including the postseason. He has won nine times on defense and once on special teams. This is his first award since he was named NFC Defensive Player of Week 3 in 2011.
  • Barber?s nine Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied for the most in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, Bruce Smith and Lawrence Taylor and Ray Lewis.
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Below is the official injury/practice report for the Giants and their upcoming opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:


DNP: WR Hakeem Nicks (Foot), DE Adewale Ojomo (Hamstring)

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