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The New York Giants have lost three straight and a trip to Seattle will not make things easier. New York was embarrassed by the Colts on Monday Night Football, 40-24. New York faced a double digit deficit for nearly the entire game as its defense was unable to stop Andrew Luck.  Eli Manning threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. led the way with eight catches for 156 yards. New York’s once vaunted defensive line was unable to generate pressure on Luck, sacking him only one time. 

The Seattle Seahawks have won two straight games, but currently sit two games behind the Arizona Cardinals in a race for the NFC West. Last week, Seattle defeated the Oakland Raiders, 30-24. Running back Marshawn Lynch totaled 137 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Wilson only completed 17-of-35 attempts for 179 yards. Seattle’s defense, however, played very well and forced three Oakland turnovers. Seattle won the turnover battle, 3-0.

Current NFL odds list the Seahawks as 10.5 point home favorites. Last year, Seattle embarrassed New York 23-0 at MetLife Stadium. Manning threw five interceptions in the loss. Seattle out-rushed New York, 134 to 25. Expect Seattle’s raucous home crowd to make things extremely difficult for a New York defense that has struggled in recent weeks. Lay the points and take the Seahawks for your NFL picks

Official Pick: Seattle -10

It has been an indifferent season for the New York Giants. Expectations were never too high but, the playoffs were to be expected. With a record of 3-4 at the halfway mark they are by no means out of the running for the playoffs but it is going to be one hell of a challenge. A challenge that right now they don’t look capable of completing. But can they, and if so, how?

The Giants are currently way out with bet365 to win the NFC Eastern Conference, and in all fairness they are definitely not going to win that, but more worryingly, their chances of even making it as a wildcard entrant are diminishing by the weekend.

Everyone knows just how important the next few games are for the Giants. Unfortunately, they are pretty tough bunch of games to win. Not only do they have to go to defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks, but they welcome Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, an in form Dallas Cowboys and NFC East rivals the Philly Eagles. That is five extremely difficult games from their last nine fixtures. Assuming the worst and that the Metlife side lose all five of those games, which the way they are playing recently is not that much of a stretch of the imagination, it would leave them with a record of 7-9, and that is assuming they win the games that they should. The only thing a 7-9 record is good for is managerial dismissals.

If truth be told, the run in looks to strong for the Giants and far too many of the teams that they are competing against on the field are competing with them for the playoff position. Right now in the NFC there is already a two game deficit between the Giants and the playoffs. If that gap extends further than the Giants’ season is over.

However, this is the New York Giants we are talking about. The gutsy side that never throw in the towel. If they did the 2011 Super Bowl would be remembered as the year that the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl. The Giants are a gritty, resilient bunch. When the pressure is on they raise their game and that is what you can expect them to do right now. They must, and will, treat these final nine games as if they are playoff matches, and when they have that mentality they are a different side all together. Victories over the Colts and the Seahawks in their next two games will galvanise the locker room and bring some cohesion to the fragmented roster.

He has been very dodgy this season but still, you never back against a Manning. With Eli in your side you know you have a quarterback capable of picking out passes from impossible distances. He, like the Giants, just needs a couple of good games to get the old mojo back. When he does… look out.

The success of the Giants’ season will be decided in the next three matches. If they win at least two of the three they give themselves a shot, anything less and they are too far adrift.

Fresh off of their 45-14 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football, the New York Giants (2-2) will host the (2-2) Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Metlife Stadium. The much maligned Eli Manning threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Redskins. While Manning’s top two wide receivers, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, combined for 14 catches and 198 yards, Manning’s tight ends, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells secured all four touchdown grabs. Donnell, an undrafted free agent from Grambling State, leads all tight ends with four touchdowns. Given Manning’s success through the air, the running game churned out 154 yards (4.1 YPC) en-route to the win. On defense, the Giants forced Washington QB Kirk Cousins to throw four interceptions and sacked him twice. Cousins was under constant duress and was unable to develop any sort of rhythm. Cousins shredded Philadelphia’s secondary for 427 yards and three touchdowns a week earlier, which makes this performance even more impressive for New York’s defense.

The Giants will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are coming off an embarrassing 41-28 road loss to the young and somewhat inexperienced, Minnesota Vikings. Atlanta yielded 241 rushing yards and gave way to 317 passing yards to QB Teddy Bridgewater, who was making his first career start. Atlanta was able to limited Minnesota’s most dynamic wide receiver, Cordarelle Patterson, to 38 yards, but Jarius Wright (137 yards), Jerrick McKinnon (135 yards), and Matt Asiata (three touchdowns) gashed Atlanta’s lackluster defense. On offense, Matt Ryan tossed for 298 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for 22 targets, but only secured 10 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown. 

Current NFL odds list the Giants as 4.5 point home favorites. Many New York fans remember the Giants’s home playoff win over Atlanta in 2012. The Giants utilized their 24-2 victory to jump start their Super Bowl run. Expect another spirited effort from Big Blue and especially running back, Rashad Jennings, who should thrive against Atlanta’s lackluster defense.

Official Pick: NY Giants -4.5

The New York Giants (0-2) are facing a must win situation in Week 3 when they host the upstart Houston Texans (2-0). The New York Giants fell apart in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona utilized a special team touchdown to propel them to a 25-14 victory. Arizona’s starting QB, Carson Palmer, missed the game with an injury, so journeyman quarterback, Drew Stanton, started and guided Arizona to victory. Stanton hasn’t started a game in three years, but played well enough to win. Eli Manning played well, but he was plagued by numerous drops by his wide receivers. Victor Cruz dropped at least three first down throws and Rueben Randle dropped a deep post route that would have put New York in the red zone. Through their first two games, New York’s offense is averaging just 14 points while the defense is yielding 30 points per game.

New York may have a tough time scoring points on Houston’s upstart defense. Houston’s defense has allowed just ten points per game and are coming off a 30-14 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders, which was more lopsided than the final score indicates. Arian Foster rumbled for 138 yards on 28 carries while Ryan Fitzpatrick only needed complete 14 passes for 139 yards to secure the win. Through two games, Houston is the NFL’s most run-heavy team. Houston has called 43 passes and 78 runs. 

Current NFL odds have Houston slotted as a two-point favorite. While Houston has been very impressive, New York is in a must win situation. To beat Houston, New York must get out to an early lead and force Houston to throw. Houston has a dynamic pair of wide receivers in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, but New York’s restocked secondary should keep them at bay. Take a Big Blue for your NFL picks!

Official Pick: NY Giants +2

Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.

For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.

For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a  new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.

Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!

Selection: New York Giants -ML

Eli Manning, Shaun O'Hara Interview

Eli Manning tells former teammate that surgery has made him faster because “I can’t get any slower.”

Ex-Giant Shaun O’Hara took the stage to introduce former teammate Eli Manning.

The pair were promoting a recent “FinDD Eli” contest where a lucky fan would get to join Eli in an upcoming Dunkin Donuts commercial.

With Eli’s track record for commercials being arguably as great as his two-time Super Bowl MVP career, that’s quite a prize for DD to be giving away. (“Football Cops”, “Football On Your Phone”)

When O’Hara brought Eli up to the stage for a brief Q&A, Eli’s first question to him was, “How many munchkins did you eat today?” in which O’Hara, without hesitation, answered “27, does that sound familiar?”

A quick dig at Eli’s 27 interceptions in 2013.

Eli took it in stride and got his payback when asked about his ankle surgery. Asked if there were any truth to the rumors that the procedure would actually make Eli faster, he responded, “Yes, definitely, because I can’t get any slower.” He also explained that because he’s a traditional pocket passer, it’s more about elusiveness in the pocket and his ability to slide around tacklers like “after O’Hara would miss his blocking assignments.”

O’Hara 1, Eli 1

Manning made it clear he has no reservations about the ankle at all effecting him in the upcoming season. One he believes will see them back in the playoffs and hopefully winning another championship.

“Last year we got off to such a rough start, but the way the team finished and stuck with each other, we grew up as a team last year. We gotta remember that and bring it into this season to get back to the playoffs and win another championship.”

After just 12 practices at OTA’s, Manning says the team should come into training camp ready to go.

The New Giants Offensive System

“If anyone mastered a new offense in 12 practices, it would be a pretty simple offense.”

This year will be the first that Eli is playing without offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride (retired), who has been replaced with Ben McAdoo.

Ten years in one offensive system certainly allowed Eli to get more and more advanced throughout his career and become a leader for the offense. The biggest change for Manning is the verbiage of the new system. He noted that when making quick decisions, knowing what to yell out to his teammates is key. With Cruz, now the veteran of the receiving corps, it’s easy for the two to communicate with the language they’ve both become accustomed to. Look for this to increase Cruz’s targets in games where adjustments need to be made on the fly.

With so many new guys, they’re all learning this new system and studying together. Old and new players alike have been putting in the work during OTAs to get the team chemistry going and learning each other’s personalities and on-field communication routines.

Manning feels good about where the team is now and knows the preseason games this year will be highly beneficial in solidifying that chemistry.

Potential For The Giants Receivers

The Giants have a lot of new receivers, and offensive players across the board. Along with the new system, that gives potential to see some different faces rise (and fall) to the spotlight.

Manning spoke about his receiving corps:

Rueben Randle

Rueben Randle’s gotta step up and have a great year, and has the potential to do so in his third NFL season. According to Manning, it’s time for Randle to be consistent week in and week out.

Victor Cruz

Manning will continue to look to get to Victor Cruz quickly and let him make plays with the ball.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Rookie Odell Beckham Jr has got a lot of speed and talent. Beckham’s only been out there a few times (sore hamstring), but for a rookie he’s very polished with his route running and his sticks. Manning can see that he was obviously well coached at LSU and in high school.  His knack and feel for getting open, and seeing his bursts and his route running have Eli excited.

Jerrel Jernigan & Mario Manningham

With Jernigan showing some talent last season, and bringing back Super Bowl teammate Manningham after his brief stint with the 49’ers, Eli Manning says the offense has plenty of weapons.

The 2014 season should show the New York Football Giants, when fine-tuned, playing very fast. Manning will be getting the ball out quickly letting the receivers be athletic and make plays.

Going into their eleventh season together, Coach Coughlin still always talks about being a professional and taking care of your business. Everyone knows Coughlin stresses being prepared, and Eli is no different. Sticking to the Coughlin school of work hard, be passionate and dedicated, Eli has clearly left last season in the past and ready to take on 2014 with the clarity and focus that you hear promised in commercials for energy drinks.

Manning is focused on making the players around him the best that they can be, and says he’ll have the offensive team prepared to play every week.

Dunkin Donuts “FinDD Eli” Contest

FinDD Eli event in Ramsey,N.J., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

FinDD Eli winner with Shaun O’Hara and Eli Manning (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

In May, Dunkin’ Donuts launched the “FinDD Eli” on-the-cup promotion, where specially marked medium or large beverage offered guests the chance to “find” the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning via an exciting on-the-cup peel and reveal game and online scavenger hunt.

Thirty-one winners were invited to meet Eli Manning on Thursday, June 19th at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ramsey, NJ, where the ultimate grand prize was announced – the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear alongside New York Giants Superstar QB Eli Manning in an upcoming Dunkin’ Donuts commercial.

After enjoying a Q&A between Eli Manning and his former teammate Shaun O’Hara, the thirty-one attendees each received a sealed envelope. After counting down from the number ten in honor of Manning’s jersey number, the guests all ripped open their envelopes and the grand prize winner was revealed. David Driscoll of Springfield, NJ was the lucky recipient of the “FinDD Eli” cutout, and will be preparing for his television debut in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with Eli Manning. All attendees received a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, tickets to 2014 New York Giants training camp, and a photograph with Eli Manning.

Eli Manning And I Are Actually Twins

In a non-football related discovery, this was my first time meeting Eli Manning in person.

Most people will say that Eli and Peyton look very similar, which they do. Eli even told a (questionably true) story where he was in a local Dunkin Donuts one morning and some guys in the store were debating with him (not realizing who he was) whether he looked more like Eli Manning or Michael Phelps.

I was as shocked as anyone to find out that Eli Manning and I are actually twins, created from a combination of the greatest men on earth as an experiment a la Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito . Like they say, you learn something new every day.

Eli Manning Twins

 

While there were a number of names banded about before the first round of the draft, the New York Giants appear to have been fairly certain about opting for Louisiana State wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as their opening pick. Head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese were clearly keen on adding some pace to their offence and bolstering Eli Manning’s options after a tough year for the quarterback.

With Hakeem Nicks spending much of the past two seasons sidelined with injury and Reuben Randle still struggling to find any real consistency, the Giants made it a priority to find a wide receiver to help take some of the pressure off Victor Cruz. After missing out on the playoffs for the past two seasons, the Giants have made no secret they are looking to give Manning everything he needs to start getting the best out of this offensive unit and give bet365 fans something to think about ahead of the new season.

At just 5 feet 11 inches and 198 pounds, Beckham isn’t the biggest wide receiver the Giants could have gone for in this draft, but the 21-year’s raw speed and ability to return kicks and punts made him an obvious choice for the Giants management.

“We tried to get the quarterback some weapons. The quarterback needs some help. This guy is a weapon. It was an easy pick for us,” said GM Reece.

Head coach Coughlin added, “We can count on him to help us score some points. We did some work on the offensive line in the free-agency period,” he said, referring to the four veteran offensive-line free agents the franchise have signed during this offseason.

Beckham’s caught the eye after making the first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection after breaking L.S.U.’s single-season all-purpose yardage record with 2,315 yards in 2013. While not the biggest wide receiver, Beckham’s talent as a crafty and shifty runner of pass routes made him highly sought-after in the draft.

While the Giants were also looking at strengthening a number of other areas in their roster, it appears the New York management were in agreement to use their first round pick on acquiring the services of a player who will have an immediate impact on the Giants team.

It’s not a surprise to see Beckham succeeding as an athlete. His father, Odell Sr., was a running back at L.S.U. from 1989 to 1992 and his mother, Heather Van Norman, was an all-American runner for the L.S.U. track team during her time at the university. Beckham also attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans, following in the footsteps of Eli and Peyton Manning of graduating from that school.

And it will be Eli Manning who Beckham will now be hoping provides plenty of chances for him to show just why the Giants used their first pick to bring the wide-receiver to New York. The two-time Super Bowl champion may not have been at his best over the past two years but he hasn’t exactly had the strongest offensive unit to work with. A busy offseason for the Giants may now have given the quarterback what he needs to end New York’s absence from the playoffs. 

The 5-8 New York Giants were eliminated from playoff contention after suffering 37-14 beat down at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Eli Manning remained winless (0-3) against the team that drafted him in 2004. Manning was relentlessly booed throughout the game as New York’s offense failed to convert several scoring opportunities into seven points. Manning will not have to deal with the boo birds this weekend as his Giants host the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks, who are currently the NFC’s top overall seed, are coming off a hard fought 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  The Giants have a tendency to ‘play-up’ to their opponents and Sunday afternoon should not be any different. “We’ll be motivated because of the nature of the team that’s coming in here,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call Monday. “We’ll be excited to play against the Seahawks. We try to be excited and motivated for every team. We didn’t play well yesterday, but that’s not going to change the way we play each game. And yes, we are excited to host a tremendous Seahawk team. It’s a tremendous gauge for our team and any team to play against a team with the kind of record and which has accomplished the things the Seahawks have.”

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The New York Giants are 3-6 thanks to the return of running back, Andre Brown. Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards in his regular season debut last week at home against the Oakland Raiders. Brown gave the Giant running attack, which was ranked 30th in the NFL, a huge boost. Prior to Brown’s season debut, the Giants started eight different running backs in their first nine games. Entering their Week 10 match-up, the Raiders ranked 6th in rushing defense, which makes Brown’s debut a little more impressive.

This week’s opponent, the Green Bay Packers, ranks in the middle of the pack, yielding 107 rushing yards per game. Last year, Brown accounted for 64 of 147 rushing yards. Without any competition for carries, Brown seems like a sure bet for at least 100 yards. The Packers boast some skilled defensive players in BJ Raji, Clay Matthews, and AJ Hawk, but Brown found success in the past. 

The Giants are hoping that Brown’s return will take some pressure off of Eli Manning and the passing attack. Impending free agent Hakeem Nicks has yet to find the end zone while Victor Cruz hasn’t scored since Week 4. Nicks, Cruz, and third receiver Rueben Randle all scored last year during last year’s 38-10 romp over Green Bay.

The Giants opened as 5-point home favorite against Green Bay. A few sportsbook reviews have the Giants as a 6-point favorite against the Aaron Rodgers-less Pack. The Giants’ offensive line has struggled, which is obviously a cause for concern. However, as long as Brown runs hard, the Giants should find more balance on offense. Look for the Giants to establish the run early and often as they try to grind down Green Bay’s front seven.

Prediction: Giants 31 Packers 14

When the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9, they were a 7-2 team that looked like they were going to coast into the playoffs as the winners of the NFC East. However, they have gone just 2-4 since that point, and they are now on the wrong side of the postseason picture without control of their own destiny. They have to beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium if they want to still have a realistic chance to make it to the postseason.

What we have seen from the Giants though, is that they are at their best when all of the chips are in the center of the table and the most is on the line.

QB Eli Manning has been up and down all year long, but of late, he has been terrible. Arguably his worst game of the season came last week when he threw no touchdowns and two picks with just 161 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. It was the lowest of the lows for New York, which was shut out for the first time since 1996.

It also didn’t help last week that the team couldn’t figure out how to ever consistently get anything going on the ground. Take out a 20+ yard run by both RB Kregg Lumpkin and RB David Wilson, and as a team, New York averaged just 2.63 yards per carry. The good news is that RB Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to be back in the fold for this one after sitting out last week.

New York hasn’t had a fantastic history against the Ravens in the past, going just 3-4 SU and 2-5 ATS in the seven games against this franchise since 1985.

If you want to make your NFL picks on the Giants, you have to lay 2 ½-points on the road against Baltimore.