NFL Week 9
The Giants host the powerful Indianapolis Colts this coming Monday in a game both teams need to win to stay afloat in their respective division races.
Indianapolis is 5-3 and are currently one game ahead of the 4-4 Houston Texans in the AFC South. The Giants are 3-4 and are in third place looking up at the 6-2 Dallas Cowboys and 5-2 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.
At 1pm, FOX will be covering Saints-Jets, a matchup between the Ryan twins. The Saints are 6-1 and the Jets 4-4. New Orleans is favored by 6 1/2. Kevin Burhardt, the field reporter for SNY's Mets' broadcasts will call the play-by-play and former Buc and Bronco safety John Lynch will provide the color.
At 4pm on CBS, the 2-5 Steelers travel to New England to face the 6-2 Patriots. New England is a 7-pt fave in this one. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the action.
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Some points of interest to watch for this week....
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Dallas is dead last in the league in total defense. Philly (31st) and Washington (29th) are right down there with them. The Giants are 18th in the NFL in overall defense.
At 1pm, Dallas (4-4) will host the 1-6 Minnesota Vikings as the 2-5 Redskins entertain the 4-3 San Diego Chargers at FedFex Field.
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LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Keith Rivers (calf), TE Bear Pascoe (ankle), TE Adrien Robinson and DE Adewale Ojomo
TE Travis Beckum is active for the first time this season.
The?Salute to Service?campaign, which began during last night?s Chiefs-Chargers game on NFL Network, is designed to unify and elevate the extensive military appreciation work of the NFL and its clubs.? Throughout November, teams will designate one home game to honor the military.? During these games, teams will display a number of?Salute to Service-branded elements in stadiums, with the majority in and around the end zone in order to highlight the league?s new donation program tied to scoring. Branded elements include goal post wraps, pylons with camouflage ribbon decals, wall banners and the words?Salute to Service?written in the back of the end zone.
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Today, the Giants host the Steelers in a game that could make or break Pittsburgh's season. It also could put the Giants in the driver's seat in the NFC East.
The Giants are 6-2 and sitting atop the NFC East, 2 1/2 games ahead of the 3-4 Eagles and Cowboys and 3 games in front of Washington. ?With a W, the Blue maintains that lead at the least. That's provided the other teams all win, which is unlikely. The Redskins are hosting the struggling Panthers, so they have the best shot at a win this week. Dallas is in Atlanta to face the undefeated Falcons and the Eagles will be in New Orleans tomorrow night, where the Saints have a clear advantage. Can't see the NFC East going 4-0 this week.
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Kickoff: 4:25pm Eastern
Site: MetLife Stadium
ESPN:?Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi break down the upcoming matchup between the Steelers and Giants.
Big Blue 16-9 against the AFC during the regular season since 2006, the second-best mark among NFC clubs. Additionally, the Giants are 2-0 in Super Bowls against the AFC during that span, defeating New England in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
The NFC teams with the best interconference records since 2006: Atlanta (19-9-0 .679); Giants (16-9-0 .640); New Orleans (16-11-0 .593); Chicago (15-11-0 .577); Philadelphia (15-11-1 .574)
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Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) at New York Giants (6-2) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)Two storied NFL franchises will meet in Week 9 when the Steelers visit the Giants. Pittsburgh has won two games in a row while the defending Super Bowl champion Giants are seeking their fifth consecutive victory.
Pittsburgh looks for its second consecutive win over an NFC East foe after knocking off Washington last week 27-12. Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 107 yards in his second career NFL start and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for three touchdowns. In his career, Roethlisberger is now 14-0 in starts against a rookie quarterback, a list that includes his opponent this week, Eli Manning.
?It?s fun having so many options and being able to throw to anybody,? says Roethlisberger, who completed 24 passes to nine different players.
?You have to have a short memory when it comes to winning and losing,? said Giants linebacker Michael Boley. ?We had a big win in New England but we have to put it behind us and look forward to the next game. It is going to be a big game this week. Everybody sees that they?re doing well. Us going out there, it?s going to be a tough challenge.?
In the Giants? Week 9 victory at New England, quarterback Eli Manning, who leads the NFL with a 121.7 fourth-quarter passer rating, threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:03 to end the Patriots? 20-game regular-season home winning streak.
The injury-laden?New York Giants (5-2) are in Foxborough today to face Tom Brady and 5-2 New England Patriots. It is their first non-preaseason meeting since the Giants upset the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The Patriots lead the all-time series, 5-3.
Last week the Giants rallied to beat the sorry Miami Dolphins while the Patriots fell to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
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Here are some trends ATS (against the spread) for the Giants and Patriots:
- Giants are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Giants are 29-13 ATS in their last 42 road games.
- Giants are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a road underdog.
- Giants are 16-36-2 ATS in their last 54 games in November.
- Giants are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Giants are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Giants are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Giants are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
- Giants are 0-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Patriots are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Patriots are 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games after accumulating less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
- Patriots are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games as a home favorite of 3.5-10.0.
- Patriots are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Patriots are 25-9-1 ATS in their last 35 games following a S.U. loss.
- Patriots are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Patriots are 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0.
- Patriots are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 9.
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Quick to Rebound: Entering Week 9, five teams ? Buffalo (5-2), Carolina (2-6), Cincinnati (5-2), Detroit (6-2) and San Francisco (6-1) ? have already equaled or surpassed their win totals of last year.
The Houston Texans (5-3) can accomplish the feat this week when they host the Cleveland Browns. If Houston earns a victory, it will mark the sixth team this season to have equaled or surpassed their previous season?s win total through nine weeks, tied for the second-most since 1990.
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We had a very good first half, with contributions on all three sides. With the exception of the one ball that Leon Washington broke out with in the middle of the field, we did a nice job with our strategic placement of the ball in terms of our kickoff. He's an incredible weapon, obviously, for their team in terms of field position. We had just the one punt, and the coverage on the punt was very good. We thought Leon would be back there, and he was. Our defense played well.
We gave up the one double-move touchdown. I was pleased with the end of the game because of the way we put the ball on the ground. We haven't always been able to do that or have been successful with that. We were a little bit frustrated by not getting the ball in the end zone for a touchdown at the opposite end of the field on a couple of occasions. But we give them, obviously, credit. They played hard all the way. They had a lot of things they had to overcome today." (On switching the offensive line around?) We felt that coming in here that the noise and what have you ? we just felt like we would have a better handle of what was going on in terms of veterans on the field. Of course, the other thing is Adam [Koets] gives us total flexibility. He played tackle on Wednesday, played center and guard on Thursday and Friday. We just felt like when we came in here the right move was to try and put as many veterans out there you can. We may have had, what, one false start, maybe? There's definitely times we've been here with a lot of those.
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However, the Seattle Seahawks must feel that he can get the job done. Whitehurst was acquired in a deal with the San Diego Chargers this past offseason, with Seattle and San Diego swapping 2nd round picks and Seattle giving up a 2011 3rd round choice. That is an awful lot to deal just for a run of the mill backup. Matt Hasselbeck is in the last year of his contract, and many expect Whitehurst to be Seattle's QB of the future no matter what happens with Hasselbeck this year.
Well, this Sunday will be the first chance for Charlie Whitehurst to prove that he is a viable QB in the NFL. But Seattle wouldn't have traded for him if he had say, 0 career regular season attempts, right? Well, that's exactly what Seattle did.
Mike Tanier, NY Times:?Great teams do not win close games. Great teams win blowouts, then go a little better than .500 in close games. The Giants blew out Carolina and Houston, and their wins over Chicago and Dallas were not as close as the score. If they can figure out how to punt and cover punts properly, and if they get a few breaks on tip-drill interceptions (the official count is at seven), the Giants could easily be the best team in the N.F.L. Even with those flaws/misfortunes, they are pretty close. Bad luck may be partly to blame for the tipped passes, but that does not mean the Giants will leave them to chance. ?I think it comes back to the basics of football and route running,? the receivers coach Sean Ryan told reporters. ?If the route is supposed to be run at 12 yards, don?t run it at 11 so that Eli knows where we?re going to be.? As for Matt Dodge, he is gaining confidence, and the Jets? Steve Weatherford took some heat off? him with his failed Gale Sayers impersonation last week. The way New York punters are going, Jeff Feagles will be elected mayor in 2012. A few more blowouts, and the Giants could start getting some national attention, assuming Randy Moss does not smash a grapefruit into someone?s face.
Sean Brennan, Daily News: The Giants seemingly have almost everything going for them in this game. A monstrous pass rush that treats opposing quarterbacks like rag dolls (see: Tony Romo), own a solid ground game and are facing a team coming off a 33-3 loss to the Raiders. But the Seahawks are a completely different team at home. This season they own a 3-0 ledger at Quest Field and have outscored their opponents, 80-36. Couple that with the decibel factor in what is widely considered the noisiest stadium in the land (the Giants were flagged for 11 false start penalties there in 2005) and the Jints penchant for turnovers (Eli Manning's 11 INTs are tied for the league high and Big Blue has logged 10 fumbles in their last seven games) and this could turn into a long afternoon for the Giants. However, on talent alone the Giants, who have never won at Quest Field and have dropped their last four games in Seattle overall, should prevail, especially with Charlie Whitehurst playing QB for Seattle.