Tag Archives: New York Football Giants

Original NFL franchise that actually plays in the great state of New Jersey. Their former owner said the Washington Redskins were their greatest rival. Fans seem to think the Philadelphia Eagles fill that role.

Super Bowl XLVI prediction

Here’s my quick Super Bowl prediction — New England Patriots 34 New York Football Giants 17. Last time these two met, I talked myself out of picking the Giants.

I’m pulling for the Giants for several reasons — they play in New Jersey where I was born, represent New York which is one of my favorite cities to visit and have a good, stable family ownership. They also wear classic, basic uniforms. There is something to be said for the winning Super Bowl team swept by the Washington Redskins too. For Redskins fans, it is mostly indecipherable words of confusion and frustration.

The Patriots on the other hand, stretched the limits of sportsmanship if not outright cheated during the previous Super Bowl runs, have annoying Tom Brady and have stupid uniforms. New England and Boston are nice enough and the offensive coordinator will soon coach my alma mater, I just don’t want to root for those guys.

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Uninformed NFL predictions – Conference championship games

The Northeast corridor is well represented in the NFL championship Sunday with 3 teams playing. At least one will move on to the Super Bowl. This is the best Sunday in pro football, better than the Super Bowl which is amateur night and about things like ads and half-time shows.

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots

About 400 miles of Interstate 95 separate the two stadiums. I guess I’m grudgingly rooting for Baltimore because the thought of the Ravens going to Indianapolis for a Super Bowl is kind of funny. Oh and I like their marching band too.

I think the Patriots win though, because I’ll take the Pats offense can overcome the Ravens defense better than the Ravens offense can overcome the Pats defense. If Ray Rice has a big game, which he didn’t against the Houston Texas, Baltimore has a chance. I also think New England wins because it keeps Penn State from having a full time coach for another two weeks.

PATRIOTS 34 Ravens 24

New York Football Giants at San Francisco 49ers
The battle of I-80! Or the Lincoln Highway! I’m filled with nostalgia for the NFL I loved before I went to college. Two flagship teams wearing excellent old-school (for the most part) uniforms playing on a real grass field that will probably be coming up in clumps. Candlestick Park is one of the few NFL stadiums left that has any character for the television viewer. I cannot wait to watch this game.

The sloppy field probably favors the 49ers with their run gun and stout defense. However, San Francisco gave up over 30 points last week at home to the Saints. I picked the Giants to go to the Super Bowl, so I guess I have to keep picking them. I think Eli Manning is in the zone and the Giants defense knows it is time to play. They have been through this before with head coach Tom Coughlin. Either way, I’m rooting for the winner of this game to win the Super Bowl too. I always liked the NFC better anyway.

Giants 24 49ERS 20

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Uninformed NFL predictions – Divisional Playoffs

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers

The Niners haven’t been in the playoffs in ten years. They can run the ball though and are playing at home. Weather is apparently going to be pretty good, but Saints are still a dome team. Plus, the ghost of Jim Mora may show up. I’m going with the 49ers at Candlestick.


Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

If the Broncos can get to Tom Brady, they have a shot. Still, I’ll take the Pats and their playoff experience in a night game in Foxboro over Tim Tebow.

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are hosting their first playoff game in a while. This seems like the kind of game they lose, despite a strong crowd and Houston using a third string QB. I’m rooting for the Ravens too, I’d love to see them troll Indianapolis.

New York Football Giants at Green Bay Packers

The Packers were nearly unstoppable, but the G-men are peaking at the right time and have won in Green Bay in the playoffs before, so I’m taking them in the upset. I did predict they’d make it to the Super Bowl.

GAMBLOR DISCLAIMER: If you need these predictions to place bets on these games, I don’t know what to tell you.

Okay, the Jim Mora thing was a little forced.

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Redskins vs. Giants prediction and Q&A with Brad: Game 1, 2011 season

Another Washington Redskins season means more guest prognosticators and this week is regular New York Football Giants contributor, my friend Brad Stratton.

WFY: Do you think the Giants will benefit from the lockout since they are established at quarterback?

Brad: The QBs missed out on OTAs and minicamps. There was precious little time for quarterbacks and their receivers to get in sync. To make matters worse, Manning lost his two best safety valves, Steve Smith and Kevin Boss. Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are both solid receivers, but Manning is going to need to get some production from Dominick Hixon, Victor Cruz, or Devin Thomas.

WFY: All things being equal, the better quarterback is a.) Phil Simms b.) Eli Manning?

Brad: Phil Simms didn’t play a full season until 1984. Although he had one of the best Super Bowls ever seen by a quarterback, he had 21 touchdowns and 22 interceptions that year. He was benched twice, by Bill Parcells in 1983 and by He Who Must Not Be Named in 1991. He didn’t complete at least 60 percent of his passes in a single season until 1992. I loved Simms when he played, but it’s not a competition.

Eli Manning had thrown for over 4,000 yards in two straight seasons, and had 31 touchdown passes last season. Yes, he had 25 interceptions, but nine of those were catchable passes tipped by his receivers. And Drew Brees threw 22 picks in 2010,but no one seems to care about that. He’s led the Giants to 16 wins when trailing in the fourth quarter. Eli is also the only quarterback to lead a fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown drive when nothing less than a touchdown would suffice.

Eli gets bashed a lot for multiple reasons. First is his brother. If he were Eli Jones, people were be as critical. Second was the 2004 draft, with the Mannings announcing that he wouldn’t play with the Chargers. He was the No. 1 pick in a draft with Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Schaub. And he plays in the media capital of the world.

That’s not to say Eli doesn’t have his faults. He throws off his back foot too much. When he scrambles, he tends to dive and not slide, leading to two unforced fumbles in consecutive years vs. the Eagles.

WFY: Have all the injuries caused you to reduce your expectations for the season?

Brad: Previously, I saw the Giants as contenders for the division title. Now, I think there’s more likely to be a contender for a wild card. I see them getting somewhere between 7-9 and 10-6.

WFY: Is there anything about this Redskins team that makes you think they can beat the Giants?

No reason. I’d give the edge to the Giants at QB, RB, WR, and OL. Washington fans have increased their expectations after a solid preseason. But the preseason doesn’t matter. The Giants went 6-0 in the 1974 preseason and went 2-12 in the regular season.

WFY: Did Plaxico Burress bring dishonor to the proud legacy of #17 set by Jeff Rutledge?

Brad: Actually, I find it more interesting that Plax is still #17 with the Jets. He chose that number when he joined the Giants in 2005 because he signed with New York on March 17.

WFY: Who is the greatest New York Football Giant of all time, your lifetime or both?

Brad: It’s got to be Lawrence Taylor. The man redesigned the linebacker position. Teams adjusted their game plans with the sole purpose of containing him. He was one of only two defensive players to ever be named NFL MVP.

WFY: Do you watch Giants games with the sound turned down and the radio turned up?

Brad: I tried while listening to Daryl Johnston, but there was too much of a delay.

WFY: Who are the standouts for Giant media coverage?

Brad: Mike Garofolo of the Newark Star Ledger is the best Giants beat writer. Bob Papa is the Giants play-by-play man on the radio, co-hosts “The Opening Drive” on Sirius NFL Radio, and also broadcasts at the Winter and Summer Olympics for NBC.

WFY: Oh the NJ-NY teams you follow that have won championships (Yankees, Giants, Devils), which is the most special?

Brad: The Giants. Maybe it’s because of the insanely high expectations every year for the Yankees, but the Norwood kick and the Burress touchdown keep giving me chills.

WFY: Side note, the NJ-NY teams your follow, the Nets moving to Brooklyn is kind of weak, isn’t? Would you support the NBA returning to Jersey?

Brad: I support the Nets moving to Brooklyn, and I look forward to seeing a game at Barclays (granted, I still look forward to seeing a Devils’ game in Newark. The NBA isn’t going back to New Jersey.

WFY: What is your final score prediction for Sunday’s Redskins vs. Giants game? Anything else to add?

Brad: Ginats 27, REDSKINS 13

WFY: New York Football Giants 21, REDSKINS 17

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