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New York Giants Preview

Warning: If you're a diehard Giants fan, you might find the below diatribe a bit hard to digest. If you are a realist that understands the globe spins for a reason and change is constant, read on...

This offseason, the Giants were hellbent on change. A new offensive coordinator with a new system and several other coaches were brought in. They went out and fortified the back seven of their defense and grabbed a handful of offensive linemen and a top RB in free agency. In the draft, they filled in the blanks with some very promising players.

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Our countdown continues with the guy who scored the Super Bowl 46 winning "butt-down."

Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner

Votes received: Johnson (3rd place), Fennelly (5th), Chachkes (6th), Santucci (6th), Stack (7th), Dansby (9th), Resch (10th)

Tags: 2012, Antrel Rolle, countdown, most important players, New York Giants, preview
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There is nothing more annoying than hearing a fan say: "the only team that can beat [my team] is [my team]," implying that said team is so dominant that the only way they could possibly lose is by shooting themselves in the foot. If the opposing team is able to upset the favorite, this arrogant mantra downplays the opposing team's accomplishments by implying they were lucky enough to be the beneficiary of the far superior team's mistakes.

Surely, there were tons of Packers and Saints fans that felt this way this past weekend, and there will be Giants and 49ers fans that feel this way now. Fans of both teams are uttering the old phrase "if we play our A-game, it doesn't matter who we're playing." But what if both teams play their A-games?

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Matt Ryan

They call him "Matty Ice" because he literally has ice flowing through his veins. It is a serious, yet treatable medical condition, but it also allows him to remain calm and undaunted in close, fourth quarter situations. Like Eli Manning, Ryan has been known to put his team on his back and lead them to late, game-winning drives. The Giants need to keep dialing up the pressure to beat their third "Ryan" in three weeks.

Sean Weatherspoon

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Cowboys That Scare Me: Round 1

Tony Romo

The Pro Bowl snub was electric the last time these teams met, completing 21 of 31 passes for 321 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Giants' secondary played much better last week, and the return of Osi Umenyiora should help pressure the quarterback, but if he's healthy, Romo is someone who could put the offense on his back. If he's not healthy, I'm worried that NBC will show numerous close-ups of his disgusting, sausage-sized fingers. Gross.

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Darrelle Revis

I'm not really worried that Revis will totally shut down Hakeem Nicks, who needs to have a big game to make up for his blunderous performance against the Redskins. If Eli Manning and Nicks are playing at their highest level, not even Revis can keep them quiet. What I'm more afraid of is that Manning will simply shy away from throwing in Revis' direction simply based on his reputation, as teams often seem to do against top cornerbacks. Giants receivers have said they are not afraid of Revis, which is the correct attitude.

For what it's worth, the series finale of "Lost" probably would have been a lot less disappointing had it taken place on Revis Island.

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Brian Orakpo

What's scarier than a man who fraternizes with Neanderthals? Orakpo is the most dynamic player on either side of the ball for the Redskins, and is a menace on and off the Scrabble board. The last time these two teams faced off, Eli Manning was sacked four times. Overall, the Giants have given up the third least amount of sacks in the NFL, so that likely will not happen this time, but there's still the chance that Manning get's Orakpo'd once or twice.

Roy Helu

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Instead of my usual "three key players," which has gotten stale and?predictable, I'm going to try something new and highlight which Cowboys players should scare Giants fans and coordinators the most.

DeMarcus Ware: Bar-none, the best player on the Cowboys, and he has been for at least five years. Doesn't it just seem like every time these teams play, Ware has a strip sack? I'm sure Redskins and Eagles fans feel the same way; Ware is just a beast.

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1. Frank Gore

(Note: Gore is questionable with an ankle injury)

Anyone who has watched the 2011 NFC West Champs (Yeah, it's just about official), this year knows that Frank Gore makes their offense go. Heck, anyone who has watched the Niners over the past five years knows that Gore is the key to their offense. Gore is having another fantastic year, with 782 yards, five touchdowns and an excellent 4.9 yards per carry.

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1. Rex Grossman

Sexy Rexy has more career interceptions than touchdowns, but he's actually been solid since replacing Donovan McNabb this season. He has five touchdowns and three interceptions, but has been sacked seven times. The Giants' defense did a terrible job of pressuring and sacking Aaron Rodgers last week, so they'll have to regroup quickly and get back to rushing the quarterback. The Redskins can move the ball through the air, but are terrible in every other aspect of the game, so getting to the mistake-prone Grossman is key.

2. DeAngelo Hall

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Scouting the Minnesota Vikings' Defense

Yards Allowed: 302.2 (6th)

Pass Yards Allowed: 210.2 (12th)

Rush Yards Allowed: ?92.0 (4th)

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1. Donovan McNabb

Just like when facing the Eagles of the 2000s, stopping the Redskins all starts with Donovan McNabb. Two things work against New York this week: McNabb is always difficult to sack, and has a history of being tough on the Giants. The Redskins rely on McNabb more than any other player; they are 26th in rushing but 10th in passing. Unfortunately for McNabb, the Giants are the #1 pass defense in the NFL, so the Giants should be able to limit the damage McNabb causes through the air. They just need to make sure to keep the pressure up all game and actually wrap him up when he's in their sights.

2. Brian Orakpo

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1. Maurice Jones-Drew

The Jaguars do one thing well, and that's run the ball. ?They are 6th overall in the NFL with 135 rushing yards per game, and Jones Drew's 878 is 4th most in the league. ?Jones-Drew is only 5-7, 208 pounds, but he has great strength and will push the pile forward for extra yards. ?He disappears at the line, making it difficult for the defense to spot him at times. ?He is also a threat to catch the ball; he hasn't had less than 40 receptions in his four years prior to this one, and even though he's not being thrown to as often as the past couple of years, he's still their most dangerous weapon. ?If the Giants can shut down Jones-Drew, the Jaguars should not be able to move the ball.

2. David Garrard

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Since these two teams played only three weeks ago, I will not repeat any of the key players I highlighted last time (Tony Romo, Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware).

1. Dez Bryant

Bryant is one of the most talented young wide receivers in the game, and he is a favorite of new QB Jon Kitna. ?The Cowboys have made it a point to get Bryant the ball, whether its on quick hitters or fades in the end zone. ?Although Miles Austin is still the better receiver at this point, the Cowboys seem to care more about getting Bryant the ball. ?Bryant is fast, strong and elusive, and the Giants need to wrap him up, especially on punt returns.

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1. Earl Thomas

Before the Giants signed Antrel Rolle, Thomas was the player I wanted the Giants to draft. ?The 5-10 safety out of Texas is a playmaker, and has made an instant impact on Seattle's defense.

Eli Manning has had some accuracy issues, and the receivers have had trouble holding on to Manning's passes early in games. ?A poorly thrown ball or a deflected pass could is trouble with Thomas flying around the defensive backfield; he already has four interceptions in his young career.

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1. Matt Schaub

Andre Johnson is the big weapon on this offense, and Arian Foster is the NFL's leading rusher, but it all starts and ends with Matt Schaub. ?If the Giants can recreate the pressure they put on Jay Cutler, it'll be hard for the Texans to move the ball. ?Schaub has a quicker release than Cutler, so it won't be that easy, but a good pass rush can disrupt the entire offense. ?It all falls on the shoulders of the front four, because the Texans' offense is too multi-faceted to overcompensate against one part of their attack. ?If they play with 6 defensive backs like they did against the Colts, the Texans will run the ball down their throats. ? If they blitz too often, Schaub will beat them with quick-hitters. ?It is?imperative?that their front four continue to?wreak?havoc.

2. Mario Williams

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