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The New York Giants officially kick off their Super Bowl title defense on Wednesday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys. In the weeks leading up to this game, both sides have exchanged varying levels of trash talk. However, talk is cheap and the Giants have beaten the Cowboys seven straight times. Going into this game, Las Vegas pegged Big Blue as a four-point favorite. Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday night…

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Over the last two days, I have highlighted the Giants’ offensive and special teams. Today, we’ll highlight the straw that stirs the drink–the defense.

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Perry Fewell likes to point out he has one year left on his contract. CREDIT: NY Daily News

Speculation mounted in New York this season that Perry Fewell was a goner. General consensus amongst fans and media members alike was that the defensive coordinator’s job would likely be (and should be) filled by someone else (rumors of a Steve Spagnuolo return come to mind…).

Turns out Perry Fewell’s job is safer than anyone knew.

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After winning their last two against rated rivals, the Giants head into the NFC Playoffs as the #4 seed. While the Giant season has been filled with ups and downs, the Giants appear to peaking and getting healthy at the right time. Osi (two sacks), Justin Tuck (one sack), and JPP (one sack) were all healthy and created chaos in the Dallas backfield. Eli Manning fell 67 yards short of 5,000 yards (for the season!!!), routinely hooking up with Victor Cruz for large gains. Add in the sheer presence of Hakeem Nicks and the three-headed rushing attack of Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and DJ Ware, and the Giant offense is balanced and explosive. Hell, even Antrel Rolle made a big play, intercepting Tony Romo in the third quarter. 

Victor Salsa-Ing His Way Into The Endzone

Bottom line, the Giants have the play makers on both sides of the ball to make a deep playoff run. Their first test will come in the form of the Wildcard, 10-6 Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta was the NFC’s top seed last season before getting routed by the Super Bowl Champion Packers. The Falcons are a classic dome team led by a quarterback (Matt Ryan) who is 0-2 in the playoffs. In addition to Ryan, the Falcons have four dynamic playmakers in Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzlaez, and Julio Jones.

I fully expect the Falcons to have a tough time in the cold, dreary Meadowlands. Traditionally, dome teams have a tough time playing outside. The Falcons were 2-3 in outdoor games this season with wins coming in Carolina, and Seattle. Their outdoor losses came in Tampa Bay, Chicago, and Houston. While it’s impossible to compare apples to oranges in terms of games, the Falcons can expect to face a similar climate as to the one they played in, in Chicago. In Week 1, the Bears routed the Falcons, 30-12 in a cold, dreary Chicago. Granted, it was the first game of the season, but it’s the only truly climate comparison for the Falcons.

The Giants are playing much better football. The team is playing with a sense of urgency–and has the potential to be downright scarryy.

I fully expect the Giants to come out and handle the Falcons next Sunday. 

Shut up, Rex.

And enough with the B.S.

The New York Football Giants had all the cards stacked against them against impetuous coach Rex Ryan and his New York Jets. It was unclear how this Giants team would respond at a point of return, with their playoff lives in their hands, just a short week after laying a dud against the lowly Washington Redskins. Add in a full week of trash talking to an already hate-filled rivalry, which left myself wondering whether the Giants had fallen for the trap and played right into the over-exuberant hand of Ryan and the Jets.

The Giants responded, though, by playing up when the time called for it – playing a solid-if-unspectacular game – all the while putting the Jets’ season in jeopardy by defeating them ‘on the road’ 29-14.

With the win, the Giants improve to 8-7 heading into next week’s battle with Dallas.

Credit: Yahoo! News

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It wasn’t pretty.

The Giants used a second half rally to top the winless Miami Dolphins, 20-17. Eli Manning threw for a season high 349 yards and 2 TDs to pace the Giant offense. Manning’s touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with six minutes to go sealed the win. The Giants signature fourth quarter pass rush preserved the win. With the win, the Giants’s record improve to 5-2 as they head to Foxboro next weekend.

Eli Playing ELIte!--AP Photo

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After last week’s embarrassing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants (3-2) will look to rebound at home against the resurgent Buffalo Bills (4-1). With next week’s bye looming and an imposing second half schedule, the Giants must have this game.With Buffalo being extremely vulnerable on the ground, the Giants must establish the run early and often. Here are three keys to the Week 6 match-up.

This Week's Key Player--AP Photo

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This is the classic example of a trap game.

Coming off an emotionally-charged victory over the Eagles, the Giants will fly to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The 1-2 Cardinals are coming off a road loss at Seattle, but have lost their two games by a total of four points. The Cardinals were without running back, Chris Wells last week and clearly suffered running the ball (90 total yards). With a daunting slate of games coming up for Big Blue, this game is a must-win if the Giants want to be a playoff team this year. Expect a lot of pressure on one of Michael Vick’s buddies (Kevin Kolb) this week. Here are three reasons why Big Blue gets it done in the desert.

Expect A Lot of Pressure on ARZ QB, Kevin Kolb--AP Photo

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The Giants sent a message to Ahmad Bradshaw yesterday by calling his bluff and inviting free-agent running back Jason Snelling to camp. With Snelling at the Giants’ practice facilities for a meeting with coaches, Bradshaw finally came around and agreed to terms on a new deal.

Meanwhile, if Osi Umenyiora wants to leave, the Giants have granted him permission to do so.

More on both situations after the jump.
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Giants fans: start getting acclimated to the thought of Plaxico Burress in Philadelphia green.

Brandon Jacobs says that Burress, who will be released from prison on Monday, will not be returning to the New York Giants once the lockout ends.

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