NFL Week 16
by Jon Wagner
After clinching their first losing season since 2004 last week, the New York Giants were expected by many to pack it in against the desperate Detroit Lions on the road.
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I stopped predicting Giants games a couple of weeks ago. It was becoming futile. Who knows whether Jekyll or Hyde will show up (Jekyll is the good one, btw). The Giants' offense should be able to make some headway against this Ravens defense. Ahmad Bradshaw should play and?Hakeem Nicks is a week healthier, so having those two will help. That being said, the Ravens' offense should be able to do some damage as well. The Giants will probably be chasing Ray Rice all day.
New York has to get their return game going. Today's game is outdoors, so David Wilson should get some opportunities.
Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern
Site: M&T Bank Stadium
That means DE Justin Tuck, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, G Chris Snee, S Kenny Phillips and ... well, everyone else ... are all making the trip. #NYG
? Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) December 22, 2012The Giants were talking all week as if Ravens' future HOF LB Ray Lewis was coming back this week. Doesn't appear that's going down, now...
From ESPN: Stephen A. Smith, Christian Fauria and Skip Bayless debate whether the Giants will keep their playoff hopes alive by beating the Ravens, and which team wins the NFC East.
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The Ravens are already in. The Giants hope to join them. Baltimore, which has clinched a playoff berth, can win the AFC North with a victory. The defending Super Bowl champions will assure themselves at least a postseason spot with wins in their final two games.
?If we win two games, we?re going to be in the playoffs,? says Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. ?That?s what we have to focus on. Our team knows the circumstances very well. It is a playoff situation for us. We now have to win to have the opportunity to go to the playoffs. We?ve responded to that in the past. We?re going to have to respond to that again.?
From the NFL....
The Week 16 San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, December 23 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC?s?Sunday Night Football, the NFL announced today.?
The Giants (7-7) travel across the parking lot to face their co-tenants - the Jets - in an inter-conference game that has taken on a life of its own.
Each team needs to win to better it's playoff lot, but bragging rights and the salvation of fans, players and coaches are at stake as well. This is the big one. The most important game of this series, which began right after Richard Nixon set up shop in the White House.
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Jets head coach Rex Ryan is never at a loss for words, and today was no different. The Jets simply got brutalized by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday and Ryan did not seem to want to speak too much about the spanking nor about the injuries to QB Mark Sanchez and RB Joe McKnight. You can read more about Jet-centric stuff over at The Jets Blog.
Here are some nuggets from Ryan about the Giants, this week's game and the two clubs' effort to coexist in the same space - ?courtesy of the Jets Media Relations Department:
- A real conversation I had online about how I thought about including John Kuhn in my weekly "Three Key Players" article.
Me: I almost made him a "key player"Me: but then I looked at his stats
- Tom Coughlin should be the Giants' coach next season. I believe Giants' ownership likes Coughlin and would want him back, but his contract makes things tricky.?He has one year left on his current deal, and generally a coach would either be let go or get an extension in order to avoid the lame-duck status. If the Giants don't make the playoffs, I'm not sure how comfortable the front office?will?feel about?extending the 64-year old Coughlin. Still, he should be back. The only name that people seem to be considering to replace Coughlin is Bill Cowher. That would be a lateral move. One Super Bowl for Coughlin. One for Cowher. And Cowher had some disappointments in the playoffs that people seem to forget. The Giants should stick with what they have and add at least one year to?Coughlin's contract. I know the endings to the last three years (keep in mind this one hasn't been written yet) haven't been great, but there was that championship in '07 and a lot of winning along the way.
- Yesterday was ugly, no doubt about it. Eli Manning gave the ball away too many times, and both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs fumbled away giant opportunities. People have been so quick this year to run Brandon Jacobs out of town. Before that happens, and before we anoint Bradshaw as the No. 1 back of the future, he's going to have to learn how to hold onto the football. As for Eli, yesterday's performance gave his critics a week - perhaps an entire off-season - to hammer away.
Packers Inactives: LB Frank Zombo, OL Nick McDonald, OL Marshall Newhouse, RB James Starks CB Josh Gordy, LB Diyral Briggs, DE Cullen Jenkins and Graham Harrell is the 3rd QB...
Second chances. They are not guaranteed, so they need to be utilized whenever they arrive.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning were right in trying to turn the page the day after last Sunday?s devastating collapse against Philadelphia. Sure, the Eagles made like an iceberg and busted a hole in the bottom of the Giants? ship, but this doesn?t mean it has to sink like the Titanic.
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What's at stake....for the Giants: if they win they are in the playoffs....for the Packers: they need to win to keep their Wild Card hopes alive.
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Thursday's Practice ReportNEW YORK GIANTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE - CB Will Blackmon (knee), DE Dave Tollefson (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE - DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)