NYG {Hurts} 13 Eagles 7

Written by: Curmudgeon Nabob of Reality

Bravo! I got fired and the offense still sucks! Stick your headset up your ass. Perhaps you can hear better Joe!

Before the Giants versus Eagles game, a report surfaced from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, regarding the demise of embattled Giants GM David Gettleman. We are not in the least surprised by this as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see Shit For Brains has been in operating in Cover his Ass mode for the last two seasons. All you need to do is look at the cap, free agent signings and safe pick of LT Thomas. All of this has amounted to the treadmill of suckatude. As the Giants have posted a record of 19-40 under his watch.

Many in the NYG twitter universe and social media ( echo chambers of depravity) are all drooling over themselves about this rumor. We, however, do not think much of this in the grand scheme of things. Yes, we want Gettleman gone but he is just a symptom of a much larger problem. Over the last decade, ownership has compounded the treadmill of suckatude with poor decision making. It started with loyalty and trust in Reese for way too long. The TC firing debacle. The McAdoo folly. Then going back to the old boys network in Gettleman hire who then hired Shurmur. Then the hire of Garrett-the adapt less offensive coordinator. ( Thankfully- Garrett was fired last week). The pattern starts with the rot that is the culture of the organization. Why do we believe the next GM hired by ownership will turn this from the treadmill of suckatude to the treadmill of contending? Unless this ownership group hires a consulting firm to root out the losing culture of bad decisions the odds are more wretched hires in the future will continue. Mara’s and Tisch’s resume of hiring plus management would result in the unemployment line for the average employee in any industry but football. They will continue to make millions whether they lose or win. There is a local team where I live (Detroit) that are the world champions of losing yet they still make money hand over fist. This is not the road we all should want this team to go down.

Our other concern is the rumor states that ownership still believes in their HC. We have heard the mantra of patience by the ownership history but we are calling Bullshit . It is called a mask to own up to poor hiring and decision making. But it isn’t just about that but how can you stick a coach on a new GM hire? Isn’t a GM supposed to be independent of ownership to make personnel decisions? It is like when a GM was hired because ownership still believed in the past in thinking Eli still had fuel in the tank. How did that turn out? In the end a GM and HC need to be tied at the hip in terms of philosophy, culture of team and long term plan for success. Unlike this disjointed current organization. Don’t make me list my points that are evident above.

As for the game:

On a day the Giants were honoring Number 92 Michael Strahan, they edged the dreaded Iggles. It is always great to beat those deadbeats from filthadelphia. The final score was a whopping 13-7. By the way, a game total of 318 passing yards for both teams. Think about that. The rules of the game are totally predicated on passing. The average NFL QB will racks up that amount by himself. Judge fired Clapper Garrett but can we discernibly tell any difference in this offensive Offense? Has it improved the team’s ability to get TDs versus going for FGs? BTW, the Giants were gift wrapped 4 turnovers and it lead to 13 total points. The game planning and management is an issue that Gettleman is not responsible. This is on Judge who deserves to be fired at years end too. We are exhausted by this and frankly tired of watching a sub sub standard product of football. Just be honest with yourself in watching the Pats, Titans, Bucs, Colts, Packers and Rams this Sunday versus this 13-7 game and ask would either team really compete in a playoff game? This Giants team sucks! Do not believe in this hollowed win. Just go back to 2013. The Giants began the season 0-6. And they were able to muster wins vs shitty QBs. Recall. Matt Barkley playing for the Eagles. Pryor under center for the Raiders. Scott Tolzien chucking 3 INTs as the Packers QB. And the best is Josh Freeman. He was picked up by Minnesota to start against the Giants on Monday Night Football. So 0-6 became 7-9. Giants owner John Mara believed the Giants were going to fix their broken offense by getting rid of much maligned OC Kevin Gilbride. (Gilbride retired before getting the axe.). How did this work? Subsequently, the Giants had back to back seasons posting 6-10 records. Treadmill of suckatude……. It has been like this for too long.

Prophet’s Pulpit-Giants vs Bucs on MNF

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

RAIDERS WIN RECAP

The Giants finally win a game where the defense stepped up. Everyone in the free world thought that the defense would be the strong side of the ball for this Giants team. Hopefully this is where Graham’s side of the ball exerts its dominance because the offense has not shown much yet. The defense is ranked 18stvs the run and 23rd vs the pass giving up over 372 yards/game. The Giants defense did give up 403 yards to the Raiders but they made huge stops in the red zone to win this game. 

Both teams score on their first scripted drives. In less than 10 minutes into the game the score was 7-7. The teams trade possessions next. Then on first down, Jones as he is prone to do, does not feel the pressure from the blind side. Jones gets hit on the upper arm by Ngakoue and fumbles the ball. Philon for the Raiders recovers it. The Giants defense does a strong job holding the Raiders to a field goal making it 10-7 Raiders. The drive started on the Giants 30-yard line and stalled on the 6-yardline forcing the field goal. 

The teams trade drives. When the Giants get the ball back at their own 40-yard line. They end up stalling and can only get to the Raiders 17-yard line where Gano hits a 35-yard field goal tying the game up 10-10. The Raiders get the ball with 3:17 at their own 30-yard line. Carr makes a good drive to take them to the Giants 14-yard line where they kick a 32-yard field goal to take the lead 13-10. It was an even game by the stats at the half. The Raiders had 161 yards, ran 30 plays and had 10 first downs. The Giants had 159 yards, ran 29 plays and had 8 first downs. You can’t have it any closer for the half. The Giants defense takes this game over in the second half to win the game. 

On the third play of the second half, on a 3rd and 7, McKinney steps in front of a pass intended for Renfrow and takes it to the house for a 41-yard touchdown. The pass was underthrown and Renfrow was waiting for it. This was the beginning of the end for the Raiders. The Giants go ahead 17-13. 

The Raiders make a long drive after the pick. They drive 85 yards in 15 plays taking 8:08 off the clock. The4 Giants defense stiffens again when the Raiders had a 1at and 10 from the Giants 14-yard line. The Raiders are forced to kick a 25-yard field goal. The Giants are up 17-16. The Giants defense forced the Raiders to kick 2 25-yard field goals and a 32-yard field goal. This is the difference in the game as all these kicks are less than an extra point try in yardage. 

The Giants go on a long drive taking them into the 4th quarter but get stopped at the Raiders 11-yard line and Gano has to kick a short field goal. The Giants are up 20-16 but the game is still within 1 possession. The Raiders go on a long drive to the Giants 7-yard line. Once again the defense keeps them out of the end zone. Carlson tries a chip shot 25-yard field goal but he misses it. The Giants do nothing on their nest drive. When the Raiders get the ball, McKinney picks Carr for the second time and the game is over. The Raiders were 1-6 in the red zone for a super low 17% efficiency. The Gmen add a field goal makingthe final 23-16 for the New Yorkers. 

This game was how the unimaginative, conservative Garrett offensive game plan for the Giants has been since he’s been here. If you take a look at the 9 prior wins for Daniel Jones, the team has rushed for an average of 132 yards and has throw for only 203 yards. Today Jones threw for 110 yards, 1 touchdown, and 5.5 YPA. Is this what we expect from the 6th overall pick in any draft? The Giants ran for 132 yards. The Giants were outgained 403 to 247. The defense came through but what happens when you are behind? Can you win with long term this formula?

Of the 15 completions, 12 were to running backs and tight end so that makes only 3 to wide receivers! This is a pathetic offensive. There were 11 receptions to running back and tight ends the week before vs the Chiefs. 

Here is the pathetic performance of the Giants wide receivers this year.

The top 4 receivers have made 71 catches in 9 games, 7.9 catches per game.

The top 4 receivers also missed 16.5 games during the 9 games:•

Shepard 32 catches, missed 5 games including week 11•

Golladay 19 catches, missed 3.5 games, missed 11 last year, $72M contract

!• Slayton, 6 catches, missed 3 games• Ross, 8 catches, missed 3 games

 

Golladay is on pace to catch 36 balls! I was on record before the season saying this this signing was a waste of money. The Giants still owe him $63.9M. As a footnote, he missed 11 games last year and you sign him to a huge deal? 

 

THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP

 

When the Buccaneers have the ball, they are a lethal offense. The Buccaneers are:

• 3rd in yards per game, 406 yards•

3rd in points/game, 31•

3rd in 3rd down efficiency, 48.2%•

2nd in yards per play, 6.22 yards•

4th in passing yards, 315.6•

2nd in completions of 20+ yards, 43• Brady is 1st in TD throws, 27

 

The Bucs will try to throw more on first down. They will try to establish the lead so they can blend in the run game. Fournette has distanced himself from Jones. He can be effective and he can also catch the ball. He has 486 yards rushing for 4.3 YPC. He also has 284 receiving yards on 38 receptions. Antonio Brown will be out. He has become Brady’s most trusted receiver. Brady also gets Gronk back. He has been gone since week 3. He is his favorite red zone target along with Mike Evans. Brady gets the ball out quickly. He gets his passes off in an average of 2.38 seconds and that is 2nd in the league.

 

The Giants will have to get pressure on Brady. We all know that after 2 decades in the league, Brady’s Achille’s Heel is A-Gap pressure right up the middle. It will be up to Williams, Lawrence and Johnson to provide that pressure vs Brady. Ojulari can apply pressure from the outside. That is easier said than done because the Buccaneers have only given up 12 sacks which is tied for the league best. 

 

The Giants will also need to get turnovers to win. Tampa has given up 12 so far so there is hope to get them. The Giants linebackers and secondary will have to make tackles upon contact. Tampa has 1374 yards of YAC (yards after contact). Brady has always been successful with the short passing plays that turn into big gains. Bradberry will have to take Evans out of the game. I don’t know if he can do it unless he travels. Evans has been lined up in the slot on almost 40% of the snaps. Previously he was predominantly the X receiver. 

 

When the Giants have the ball, they need to establish an effective pass game to the wide receivers. Jones needs time from the underperforming offensive line. You cannot run against the Bucs. They are the number 1 run defense only giving up 80 yards/game. They must try at times to run just to keep the Bucs D from winding up on this Swiss Cheese offensive line. 

 

The key to the Giants victory is Kadarius Toney. He has been hurt some, but Garrett has not figured out to use him and get him in space. He only had 1 dominant game; He is a tremendousmismatch for many defenders. Last game he had 1 target, 1 reception for 9 yards. If Toney does not get 10 targets in this game, I would fire Garrett after the game and give him bus money to get home! He has tanked this offense since he’s been here. With Shepard out, Golladay needs to step up too. Game manager Jones needs a minimum of 275 passing yards to have any chance in this game. 

 

The Buccaneers come off 2 losses so they are looking at the Giants to get right, The Giants played the Bucs on a Monday night game last year and the Bucs barely beast them 25-23. The Giants caught them in a trap game last year when they had to face the Saints the next week for the second time (they got smoked in the first game and were looking for revenge that did not happen) off a short week. The Giants come off a bye where their record over history has been bad. However, the Gmen have been road warriors. They are 12-3 against the spread on the road the last 15 games. If you take the time to go back further it is just as good since 2017. I think this game will be closer than the 11 points favorite the Bucs are. I’m worried about the Giants offense but I think the defense can keep this game from being a blowout. I am going to call this game, Buccaneers 27, Giants 20. For this week the Giants stay in the NFC East cellar. The schedule does get easier going forward. However, the Eagles do look like they are playing much better and play the Gmen twice in the remaining schedule.

Prophet’s Pulpit- Raiders vs NYG Preview & Prediction; Plus Arrowhead Choke Commentary

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

GROUNDHOG DAY-GIANTS CHOKE ON VICTORY AND LOSE AGAIN

It is very painful to watch the Giants continue to blow games that they had won. It is a sorry Groundhog Day for all Giants fans. Joe Judge was right. He said the fish rots from the head down and that is John Mara. We have the rest of the cast of incompetent characters. Gettleman cannot evaluate talent. He has been trying to rebuild the offensive line since he got here and it has been a 4-year utter failure. Garrett cannot call an imaginative game to use the healthy weapons that he has left. Graham was the only coach that performed well except at the beginning of the game. He ran a soft umbrella coverage that gave The Cheetah, Tyreek Hill, 8 receptions on 12 targets and a touchdown in the first half alone. 

Now I want to talk about Joe Judge. He is a FRAUD. He snowed Mara, Tish, and Gettleman with his tough talk interview. They swallowed the bait hook. Line and sinker. We have not seen any of it. He was supposed to bring the non-nonsense Patriot Way with discipline and tough play. This team is making the same mistakes game after game, and critical situation after critical situation. His press conferences are a broken record and nothing changes the next week. He hit a new low saying that he has had headphone problems in this game and all year. The next day the NFL came out and said there are no problems. Someone suggested that maybe he didn’t know that they shut them off with 15 seconds on the play clock. 

The game opens with a long well scripted first drive for the Chiefs. They get all the way down to the Giants 5-yard line. Then Mahomes throws a pick to Jordan Love. Two plays later it was nullified when Daniel Jones telegraphed his throw to Slayton. William Gay followed “One Read Danny’s” eyes right to the ball and intercepted Jones. It only took Mahomes 4 plays to find Hill in the end zone and a huge opportunity was wasted.

On their 2nd drive since then the Giants score on a touchdown pass to Rudolph tying the game. The Chiefs have to punt on the next series and Pettis fumbles the punt and recovers it. He was popped in the process is knocked out of the game for his mistake. The Giants are already down Golladay and Shepard got hurt in the game not to return.. On the second drive for the Chiefs after that score, they drive 68 yards. McKinney nearly picked Mahomes earlier in the drive but the ball hit the ground. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Johnson gets called for taunting moving the ball back to the Giants’ 9-yard line. The Giants drive the length of the field buy with 3:09 left on clock with a 3rd and 4 from the Chiefs 7-yard line, Judge has to call a time out because there is utter confusion lining up the play. On third down, “One Read Danny” throws a short pass to Shepard who runs a short route and is 2 yards short. Now on 4th and 2 the conservative Judge kicks a field goal. He went on 4th and 2 before and scored. You are a 2-5 team with nothing to lose playing a team that can put up points like a pinball machine, go for it! They kick the field goal and it’s 14-10 Chiefs. 

With 3:36 in the 3rd quarter Logan Ryan punches out the ball from Kelce on a completed pass and the Giants recover the fumble on their own 43-yard line. The Gmen for once capitalize on a break and score on a 2-yard Engram touchdown, his first catch of the game and first TD of the year. The Giants finally get the lead in this game at 14:53 of the 4th quarter. 

The Giants continue to make mistakes when they get the ball back. Penny is called for a taunting penalty and on the punt, the Giants get called for illegal touching. The Chiefs get the ball back at 4:41 left in the game and it is tied 17-17. During the drive the Giants intercept Mahomes form the second time. There were 5 plays where he could have been picked during the game. However, lack of discipline and mental mistakes kill this team and Joe Judge is responsible! On 2nd and 20, Ximines jumps off side and the Holmes interception does not count. It would be overtime at the worst and the Giants could get a chance to win with 4:22 left. Then on the next play Crowder gets called for a facemask but he never touched the facemask. The officiating has been horrendous again this year but you can’t blame this loss on the officials. 

RAIDERS/GIANTS MATCHUP

There is adversity for both teams coming into this game. The Raiders are dealing with the Henry Ruggs DUI case and itsaftereffects for the team. They have won 2 games with coach, Bisaccia, since the team fired Gruden. The Giants are coming off another blown gut-wrenching loss caused by mental mistakes and penalties. They were also hit by COVID this week. They dealt with a number of false positives. However, Barkley, McKinney, Skura, and Brightwell are in the Covid protocol. They cannot afford to lose McKinney and Skura. Barkley as expected to miss the game.

When the Raiders have the ball, they will want to throw the long ball and beat the Giants deep. They will want to run somewhat to set up play action. With the injuries to Jacobs, who will be back for this game, they have only been able to run for 87 yards/game which is 29th. Waller, who is back for this game, is the main target. The Giants need to run the same defense that they used vs the Chiefs. They ran cover 2 with 2 deep safeties and doubled Kelce who only had 4 receptions for 27 yards and Logan Ryan punched the ball out of his hands on one of the receptions. Renfrow is the next target with Edwards and Jones moving up the depth chart.

Carr has 16 deep completions of 20+ yards in 7 games. He has a 116.5 passer rating on these deep throws which is 4th. The Giants are 5th on allowing such long attempts. Their rating vs these long throws is 112.3. So, this is the key matchup of the game. Carr is 5th in total passing yards in the NFL. The 4 quarterbacks in front of him all have played one more game, so in reality he is even higher. The only way the Raiders can beat the Giants is through the air. 

The Giants proved last week they could hold Mahomes to 275 yards passing and 20 points when they average 296 yards/game. Carr should easily have over 300 yards passing. For whatever reason Gruden did not like Kenyan Drake. In the 2 games since he has been gone he scored both weeks. Look for him to be effective in the pass game especially on 3rd downs. 

Once again the Giants are the walking wounded. News update on Friday, Barkley and McKinney were removed from the COVID list. Besides the COVID protocol players (Barkley ankle too) Shepard, Pettis, McKinney, Carter, Ebner, do not look good to play. It appears that 3 of the 4 Covid tests were false positives. The Giants probably use the same COVID testing company as they do for their headphones. Golladay, Toney, Smith, and Ross are questionable and had limited practices. There is a chance all 4 will play. 

For the Giants to win, they will have to run for well over 100 yards. That means Booker needs a big day along with Jones rushing. They have no one else. If Garrett had imagination, he should use Toney on jet sweeps and also look to get a bigger role for Penny. The Raiders are 28th vs the run and give up 131 yards/game. 

It seemed Toney was on a pitch count especially in the first half last week where he was used as a decoy. Booker was the leading receiver last week with 5 receptions. If Jones has to be Captain Checkdown because of the Swiss Cheese offensive line again this week, they will certainly lose. The Raiders have given up 44 receptions to tight ends for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns in 7 games. Both Engram and Rudolph scored last week because Jones was under pressure and he was throwing underneath. Toney had 4 receptions for 26 yards last week. Garrett will have to design deeper plays for him especially if Shepard is out, if they want a chance to win. Slayton has been in the Witness Protection Program. He had 0 catches on 2 targets last week. They need the real production from him as the X receiver with Golladay out as usual. I told you before the season, Golladay would be a bust based on his injury history! The latest report shows him questionable so he may finally see the field. 

THE PREDICTION

The Raiders are coming off their bye. It is a 10am Pacific Time game for the Raiders. Historically they have not performed well in those games. The Giants have not performed well at home either. They are 10-27 since the start of 2017. The Gmen can keep this one close but The Raiders win their 3rd game in a row under their new coach. The deep passes ultimately do them in. I am calling this one, Raiders 27, Giants 20. The second score I liked was Raiders 28, Giants 23. The Giants can’t lose next week because they are on their bye. 

GIANTS DECADE OF MALAISE

Dave Gettleman’s Record since becoming GM: 16-38

Giants Record since last Super Bowl win: 59-93

Giants Record since the start of 2017: 20-52

Giants Home Record since 2017: 10-27

Jason Garrett’s Record: 8-16

Daniel Jones Record as a Starter: 10-24

Daniel Jones: 46 TD’s (39 pass,5 rush); 46 turnovers (27Interceptions, 36 fumbles, 19 lost)

Joe Judge’s Record: 8-16

Winning Seasons since 2011 Super Bowl Year: 2

Chiefs 20 Giants 17

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Pig slop! What a poorly executed game by both teams. And the Giants find another way to lose a game. The Giants fall to 2-6 on the season. Another lost season. This franchise is broken! Time to blow it up! We have been stating this for 5 years. It overdue to overhaul this abomination of an organization.

Pigpen football: A whopping 22 penalties accepted in this game. The Chiefs were flagged for 12 penalties totaling 102 yards. While the Joe Judge “disciplined” or lack there of Giants squad had 10 infractions totaling 88 yards. Too many unsportsmanlike penalties cost the Giants this game. In particular, the Penny taunting and the Crowder’s two penalties were daggers in the Giants heart. The former stalled a potential scoring drive. While the latter, first one ( roughing) allowed the Chiefs to tie the game at 17. Subsequently on the Chiefs next drive, Crowder was flagged for a phantom face mask, which allowed the Chiefs to sustain their drive and get the winning points.

If you believed Joe Judge in his introductory press conference a year ago, as a fan, you have to be livid with the lack of discipline of his team.

Joe Judge in his own words:

What I’m about is an old school physical mentality. We’re going to put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are going to be proud of because this team will represent this area. We will play fast, we will play downhill, we will play aggressive. We will punch you in the nose for 60 minutes, we will play every play like it has a history and a life of its own, with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves. That is our mission right here. I’m about caring for the players in the locker room. Let’s not forget there’s a human element to this game. Let’s not think that in professional sports that paying a pay check to somebody makes it absent of empathy. We need to make sure that we take care of the players in our locker room, that we treat them the right way, that we teach them the correct techniques, and that we put them in the right situations to be successful. We’re going to ask these men to come in and give everything they have every day. We’re going to demand it, and we appreciate everything they give us. It’s our responsibility to take care of them on a daily basis and make sure that when they are done with our game, they are better furthered for the rest of their career as a father, a husband, and a professional in whatever avenue they take.

The Giants do not play fundamentally sound. This is on Joe Judge. Instead of making excuses, like the latest, a headset problem. Judge has to be honest and hold himself accountable.

What should Judge do when his players are committing dopey penalties? take the Bill Parcells approach, ‘if you get called for penalties, we’re taking you out of the game.’ The only way that you’re going to stop this, you have to have a sense of responsibility for your actions. So if you’re going to get called offsides and if you’re going to make mistakes then you’re coming out of the game. There has to be a fear; fear does the work of reason.

Fear not headsets. Judge does not know when to keep his mouth shut. His idiotic excuse about headsets has made it crystal clear. Joe Judge is unfit to be a NFL head coach. On top of his nonsense, his boss John Mara made it a point of emphasis about zero tolerance with taunting penalties.

“Nobody wants to see a player taunting another player. I know, I certainly don’t. I think the rest of the members of the competition committee feel the same way, too.”- John Mara

So what is going on in the Giants building? Judge did not take note his boss who is part of the competition committee put this new rule in effect. Then Giants Elijah Penny taunts a Chiefs player at a critical point late in the game. In turn, squandered the Giants chances of taking control of the game. But all we hear about is headsets. Unbelievable!

Other Observations:

Daniel Jones in rare form. After the Giants defense intercepts Mahomes, Jones was in an early Christmas mode. Throws an ill advised pass which is intercepted. Daniel Jones is Dave Brown 2.0. Difference Brown threw more pick 6 interceptions. We are in QB Hell!

Change coaches. Change players. Going back to 2016, the Giants cannot score enough points. More importantly, they are at the bottom of red zone scoring. From scouting to evaluating, they do not have an accurate gauge on grading players. Then the coaches do not know how to effectively attack in the red zone.

Prophet’s Pulpit-KC vs Giants Preview and Prediction; Plus A Giant win vs Panthers Commentary

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

WINNING IS THE BEST DEODORANT

Whoever said winning is the greatest deodorant could not be a more positive statement when it comes to the Giants recent victory over the Panthers. The Giants gave up 82 points the previous 2 weeks and were outscored by 51 points vs the Rams and the Cowboys. 

The game was relatively close until the end of the third quarter when the Giants scored to improve their lead over the Panthers to 12-3. With the Panthers offense looking impotent, the touchdown sealed victory at home. Broken and inept, Panthers QB Sam Darnold had a horrible game. He was pulled by the beginning of the 4th quarter. He was replaced by PJ Walker of XFL fame. He was actually worse. On his first series the Panthers had to punt. On the second series he had a 4th and 16 from his own 19. Walker threw an incomplete pass. The Giants took over and Booker ran for a 19-yard touchdown. On his next series Walker drove the Panthers from his own 25 to the Giants 29, but their drive stalled. Walker was sacked on that 4thand 10 and the game was over.

It was the first real appearance of the Giants defense since last year. They played great but were helped by the absence of Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers have not won a game since he went down. Here are some of the defense stats from this game: 6 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hits, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. Ojulari had a great game. I was in favor of drafting him. It is one of Gettleman’s best picks. Ojulari was projected as a first round pick and he fell to the second round to Spick 50. Ojulari’s stat line looks like this: 5 tackles (3 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for loss and 4 quarterback hits.

Jones played well. However, he does not give you the kind of stats that elite franchise quarterbacks have. Jones had a pedestrian day passing 23/33 for 203 yards, 6.1 YPA, and 1 touchdown. He also ran for 25 yards on 8 carries, 3.1 YPC. This was the formula that we saw last year. In the Giants wins, the Giants ran for over 100 yards in every win and Jones averaged 210/yards/game last year. However, this performance and the New Orleans game should cement the future for Jones as the starting quarterback for the Gmen. Yes, I wrote this. The Prophet thinks Jones has shown enough where he can be successful in the NFL.

Here are some other poor stats form the Panthers caused by the strong play of the Giants defense:•

Panthers’ 3rd down percentage: 13.3% (2/15) Giants 43.8% (7/15)•

Panthers only 11 first downs.•

Panthers only 173 total yards•

Panthers only 145 yards passing•

Panthers only 3.7 YPA passing•

Panthers 56 yards rushing without McCaffrey• Panthers only 2.8 yards/offensive play•

Time of possession: Panthers 25:25 Giants 34:35•

18 quarterback pressures by the Giants• 40% pressure rate for the Giants, highest of the year.

Giants DEE-FENSE stepped it up!

MONDAY NIGHT MATCHUP

 

Looking at this week’s game. I like the Giants to keep the game within 7 points with the Chiefs. The Giants have a golden opportunity to get a lot of yards and the potential to score 30 versus a beleaguered Chiefs defense. The key to the game will be can the Giants defense get pressure on Mahomes? If they can, they have a very good chance to keep this game close. The Chiefs want to get the ball to their playmakers Hill and Kelce. The spotlight will be on the household name players on the Giants defense. Bradberry will be charged with keeping Hill in check. McKinney will be looking to cover Kelce. He will need help on most plays. Ryan and Jackson will also be trying to limit the Chiefs big plays. It becomes more difficult with safety, Peppers going on IR this week.

 

Mahomes has self-destructed when he has been under pressure and he has a completion rate a 35.6%. He has only 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with a 51.8 passer rating under pressure. It comes down to Ojulari and Lawrence to apply the pressure. Together they had 4 sacks last week.

 

The Chiefs are used to throwing for 300+ yards/week. They also get around 120 Yards/game in the rushing game. The Chiefs will use Darrel Williams to run the ball because they need to keep Mahomes out of obvious passing situations where they have turned the ball over. The Chiefs have the worst turnover ratio at -10. They have turned the ball over 17 times. This is worse than the bottom feeder teams like the Jets, Texans, and Jaguars who all turned it over 12 times. They want to get Kelce open over the middle where the Giants have been vulnerable. Bradberry will have to handle the Cheetah, Tyreek Hill, on his own on many plays. Kelce and Hill have combined for 1174 yards. They do have other passing targets like Hardman, Pringle and but they pale in comparison to the big two wide outs.

When the Giants get the ball, they will want to establish the run. The Chiefs are 27th against the run. The offensive line with Thomas, who is on IR played well last week. It will be up to Booker almost exclusively. The Giants use Penny on short yardage and they will get at least 30 yards from Jones running on average. If they can establish the run it will keep Mahomes and the powerful offense off the field. It will also set up play action. The Chiefs defense is bad and they are also 26th vs the pass. Barkley and Golladay are out again. However, it looks like Toney and Shepard could play. Together with Slaton, Engram, Pettis and Ross, Jones needs to throw for at least 275 yards if they are to have a chance in this one. `

 

THE PREDICTION

 

The Giants have been road warriors, they are 11-3 against the spread on the road their last 14 games. Conversely, the Chiefs play close games when they win. They are 3-14-1 against the spread their last 18 games. They are even worse at home, 1-8 ATS at home their last 9 games. The Chiefs defense has not been able to stop anyone. The were blown out last week by the Titans 27-3. I am calling this one Chiefs 31 and the Giants 27 as they just come up short and Kansas City gets to .500.

 

I am still including the Giants Decade of Malaise because this team is 2-5 with no chance to make the playoffs. You would think that the Giants won the Super Bowl by listening to the fans on Twitter. They beat an imploding team without their best player. These fans need some perspective as this team will probably win 6 games again. I’m glad they won but let’s see some more wins . I do realize these wins are rare and many overreact. 

 

GIANTS DECADE OF MALAISE

Dave Gettleman’s Record since becoming GM: 17-38

Giants Record since last Super Bowl win: 53-72

Giants Record since the start of 2017: 20-51 

Giants Home Record since 2017: 10-27

Jason Garrett’s Record: 8-15

Daniel Jones Record as a Starter: 10-23

Daniel Jones: 45 TD’s (40 pass,5 rush); 45 turnovers (26 Interceptions, 35 fumbles, 19 lost)

Joe Judge’s Record: 8-15

Winning Seasons since 2011 Super Bowl Year: 2

 

Prophet’s Pulpit-Panthers vs Giants Preview & Prediction Plus Commentary On The Sad State Of The Giants

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

This is all on you John Mara.

GIANTS DECADE OF MALAISE

Dave Gettleman’s Record since becoming GM: 16-38

Giants Record since last Super Bowl win: 52-72

Giants Record since the start of 2017: 19-51 (.271)

Giants Home Record since 2017: 9-27

Jason Garrett’s Record: 7-15

Daniel Jones Record as a Starter: 9-23

Daniel Jones: 44 TD’s (39 pass,5 rush); 45 turnovers (26 Interceptions, 35 fumbles, 19 lost)

Joe Judge’s Record: 7-15

Winning Seasons since 2011 Super Bowl Year: 2

 

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I am putting the Decade of Malaise at the top of the article to highlight how bad things are. The Giants are starting 1-5 for the fifth year in a row. The Giants season is over before October 15th 5 years in a row.

 

Mara and Tisch are to blame. They always hire within bringing ex-Giant exec Gettleman back. He is the King of Dead Money mounting up a $100M to correct the mistakes of the past just in his first 3 years. Believe you I can document plenty of busts that Gettleman has brought in who are already gone. That’s a paper for another day. He was going to fix the offensive line bringing in his “Hog Mollies”. He’s been here 4 years and it is still a bottom 5 line. The team was devoid of talent says Gettleman coming into 2021. I want to make sure Jones has enough weapons. So, he spends well over $200M on free agents. He spends the money on the wrong players like Golladay and Rudolph. Can you name 1 player on this team that can make the Pro Bowl? Toney is the only one worthy but he will not have played enough games. 

 

The Giants have a decade of excessive injuries. It is systemic. They bring in players that are not durable. They do not do their due diligence. They need to make major changes in their scouting and pro personnel evaluations. I remember watching the program, “Finding Giants” on the NFL Network starting in September 2014 for 6 weeks. I bet you 90% of the Giants fans didn’t even know this program existed. The Prophet remembers everything Giants. After watching it, I said I would fire all the scouts! I was vindicated when after the 2015 draft not one player from that draft was on the 2019 roster. That year included one of Jerry “Reach’s” worst picks ever., Ereck Flowers!

The great Michael Lombardi who has worked with Bill Belichick, Al Davis and Bill Walsh had a great analysis of the Giants’ mess after their debacle loss in week 1 to the Broncos. I quote him:

 

They can’t evaluate their own players. They over judge their own players. They’re not good. They’re not even good on defense. They gave up 420 yards! And that’s with K J Hamler dropping a touchdown pass.”

On Jason Garrett he said: “ ….There’s no imagination…. Barkley and Booker had 14 carries for 33 yards. I mean there’s no design in the running game. The Clapper refuses to design a run game, this is not just a misdemeanor. But look, the Giants have been bad for five years. They’re 28th in win percentage over the past five years. They’re 26th over the last 10 years. This isn’t just a one-time thing.” With 4 more losses since that was written, they now have the worst record in the NFL since 2017.

 

Here are Lombardi’s comments on Mara after saying John Mara is a very nice man: “Unfortunately, John Mara can’t have an honest conversation about his organization and evaluate himself. That’s just a problem. It’s just a hard thing. He’s loyal to people, he likes people. They’re stuck in time. They can’t get out of it. They won’t change, and they think Garrett is a good coach! They think because he went to Princeton, he’s a great offensive mind-no he’s not!

 

Yes #DannyTurnover is back! Jones threw 3 picks and fumbled twice and lost one last week vs the Rams. Jones folds under pressure. Hed has gotten better but he is still subject to turnovers. After three years is this what you get for the 6th pick overall?. A leopard doesn’t change its spots. Long term you will not able to win playoff games with Jones. I don’t know if he can make the playoffs. The Giants will keep him. I would get off him next year especially since they will be drafting in the top 6 with 2 first round picks. Rodgers will be on the market also. With Rodgers this is an instant playoff team. 

 

THIS WEEK’S MATCHUP- Panthers vs Giants

 

When the Panthers have the ball, they will be looking to crank up the run game vs the Giants. Matt Rhule said this week that he wants to run the ball more. McCaffrey is out but Chuba Hubbard has been a decent replacement. He had 81 yards/game rushing the past 2 weeks. He has 13 receptions for the year. The Giants are 29th vs the run and give up 137 yards a game. They give up 4.5 yards/carry. The Panthers are second in the NFL in time of possession. The run game also takes the pressure off of Darnold. 

 

Darnold had been shaky lately after the first 3 wins vs patsies. He has 7 touchdown and 7 interceptions for the year. He does have 5 rushing touchdowns which is an added dimension to his game. However, to his credit Darnold engineered a 96-yarddrive in 90 seconds at the end of the game vs the Vikings last week. He threw a game tying touchdown with 46 seconds left to get within 2 points of the Vikings. Then he threw for the 2-pointconversion to tie the game. He still can make a difference at times. 

 

The Giants have to get pressure on Darnold. The Panthers give up pressure on 39.5% of the plays which is the 8th most in the NFL. If they can pressure Darnold, the Giants can get turnovers which is a path to victory. Darnold can beat you deep which has been a problem for the Giants this year. Darnold has 21 passes of 20 yards or more and he has a passer rating of 111.5 on these 20-yard passes. DJ Moore is tied for 4th in receptions at 40 with 531 yards and 3 TD’s. Robby Anderson is having a down year. Darnold spreads the ball to the open man. 9 Panthers had at least 1 reception last week and 8 had 2 receptions oir more. 

 

The Giants are the walking wounded as they have been for the past few years. 16 players are out for this game or on IR. Barkley, Golladay, Toney are out and starting LT, Andrew Thomas, is now on IR. This is the 19th game for both Barkley and Golladay in their careers that they are out. Barkley has missed 19 of 36 (53%). You have to start to consider that he has been a bust missing more games than he’s played as a number 2 overall pick! Golladay has missed 19 of 53 (36%) games. I have said from day 1 he was not worth the $72M, $63.6M is owed on the cap for the next 3 years! It’s week 7 Dave Gettleman and how’s is it working out with his 17 catches! That’s a yearly projected rate of 41! He’s never caught more than 70 catches in a year! Reason 98765469 that Dave Gettleman will be in the unemployment line at the end of the year.

 

It will be difficult for the Giants to move the ball vs the Panthers. They are 16th vs the run giving up 111.5 yards/game. Without Barkley the Giants have not demonstrated that they can run the ball for big yards with Booker. I don’t think they cantake advantage of the weaker side of the ball.  Every week the Giants have a different list of starting personnel on the offensive line. Andrew Thomas on IR hurts them. Jones may be the lead rusher because he may be running for his life on pressure plays. The Panthers are 2nd vs the pass (196 yards/game) and unfortunately for the Giants, I think that is the way they have to beat them. The Vikings threw for 373 yards last week and that included overtime. You can see that with 196 yards average for the season, even giving up 373 yards they have been lethal before that. 

 

The Giants need a big pass game from Jones. Shepard should be his number one target. I expect him to have double digit targets. Pettis should get at least 6 targets and Engram, “The Drop King”, should see some action. Slayton and Ross are questionable. Slayton will be in play if he’s active. 

 

THE PREDICTION

 

As noted above the Giants have been horrible at home. The Carolina defense will be too much. The only way the Giants win is to turn over Darnold 2 or 3 times. With the shaky OL, Jones may be the one making the turnovers. I am calling this one Panthers 24 and the Giants 16.

 

 

Rams 38 Gano 3

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Wow! What a difference two weeks makes.

Riding high from their incredible come from behind OT win over the Saints in New Orleans, the Giants have played poorly in consecutive weeks. Not just losing but getting blown out. They received a Texas sized butt kicking- losing to Dallas by the score of 44-20. And this week, in front of a sold out home game, got pulverized by the Rams 38-3. ( Here at the NYGunderground we do not count garbage Points).

What is so demoralizing, this current team under the leadership of HC Joe Judge played so shitty on a day in which the Giants organization commemorated the 2011 Super Bowl squad. It has been ten long years… when the Giants were exciting and fun to watch.

Now back to 2021. I had two questions after the victory over the Saints.

1. Can the Giants win three games in a row and get to a .500 record?

2. What took so long for the coaching staff to get more targets for rookie sensation Kadarius Toney?

Instead of using the Saints win as a springboard, the Giants foundered into the deep end of the pool. These crappy back to back performances is what gets a coached fired. A 24 point loss followed up by a 31 point loss. The NYGUNDERGROUND is putting Joe Judge on notice. His team is playing like hot stinking garbage. More uncompetitive games will get him fired at seasons end.

Joe Judge overall record: 7-15. Clock is ticking…

As for Toney, too bad he had to leave Sunday’s game because of injury. Let us face it: he is the only bright on this wretched team. Quite frankly, it is malfeasance upon the coaching staff for having him stand on the sidelines for 3 games. What were they thinking?

Other Observations:

In last weeks FMIA column written by Peter King, he noted the following:

Two questions: Can Daniel Jones make this a game against the rested Rams, coming off their long-weekend mini-bye? And can the Giants survive the Dallas-Rams-Carolina-Kansas City-Las Vegas-Tampa Bay pre-Thanksgiving gauntlet?

Daniel Jones was awful. Barf…. 4 Turnovers. 3 Interceptions and 2 Fumbles (one fumble recovered by the Gmen). In a game in which, the Giants needed Jones to step up, he failed miserably. A QB in the NFL cannot turn the ball over FOUR times and expect to win especially against a top notch NFC foe like the Rams. I did not like him the day he was drafted. He is a back up NFL quarterback not a starting one.

David Gettleman:, Since taking over as GM, the Giants have posted a piss poor record. 16 wins and 38 losses. Thru 6 games to begin each year, the Giants have the following records.

2018 1-5 
2019. 2-4
2020. 1-5
2021. 1-5

Notice a disturbing pattern here. Dreadful starts of seasons. They are out of contention before the second half of a season begins. What is it going to take for owner John Mara to fire him already?

It has been extremely frustrating following this losing team. It has been 10 years since the Giants won a playoff game. This organization has lost its way. It used to be a culture of winning. Now it is a culture of losing.

Prophet’s Pulpit-Rams vs Giants Preview & Prediction Plus Dallas Game Autopsy

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

DALLAS GAME AUTOPSY

Dallas’ offense had their way with the Giants defense.

I thought that the Giants had a good chance to keep the Dallas game within a touchdown given that the Giants have been road warriors since 2017 especially as an underdog. However, the start of the game was a litany of miscues including the one that got Barkley injured. 

 

On the first Dallas drive it is 4th and 2 yards from the Giants 44-yard line. Dak tries a short pass to Elliott that Lorenzo Carter tips and in a great play intercepts the ball. On 2nd and 5 from the Dallas 36-yard line, Jones missed Ross near the 5-yard line for a touchdown. The throw was 4-5 yards too far to the outside. Unfortunately, the Giants could only muster a 54-yard field goal try. Gano, who is usually automatic from the 50’s, misses it. 

 

Then disaster strikes. Jones overthrows Barkley. Barkley is still looking down the field while still moving to his right. He steps on the left foot of Jordan Lewis and suffer a severe ankle injury. Barkley is done for the day. This was the end of the game for the Giants.

 

The Giants mount a nice drive before the half. Because Barkley was out Booker was ineffective trying to punch the ball in from the 2-yard line. He made 1 yard on 2 tries. So, Garrett orders up a naked bootleg for Jones. He gets stopped short of the goal line. However, he suffers a helmet to helmet hit that knocks him out of the game with a concussion. 

 

It’s unfortunate for the Giants because on 4th down from the 1-yard line. Booker dives over the pile for a touchdown. The game is 10-10 but the Giants as they do every week, give up a touchdown before halftime. The road warrior Gmen without Barkley and Jones at this point are done. It only takes Dak and the Cowboys 2:15 on 8 plays and 75 yards to score the touchdown making it Dallas 17-10. The play before the 24-yardtouchdown to Amari Cooper, Bradberry dropped a sure interception that hit him right in the breadbasket between the numbers. Bradberry has had far from a Pro Bowl season this year. 

 

In the final analysis, once again the Giants beat themselves in this game. They have a small margin for error in all these games if they are to win. We have consistently in the Joe Judge era seen the mistakes and penalties continue. 

 

Looking at this game, here are the missed opportunities in the first half alone: 

• The Giants get no points off the Carter interception.•

Jones overthrows Ross for a sure touchdown at the 5-yardline on that drive.•

Gano misses a long field goal but certainly within his range.•

Barkley steps on Lewis’ foot because he is looking ahead and not aware of what is around him.•

Booker cannot punch the ball in from the 2-yard line on 2 tries so Garrett sends Jones to do it and he gets a concussion in the process.•

Bradberry drops an easy interception. On the next play Dallas scores a touchdown.

 

With Glennon in this game is basically over. Kenny Golladay got hurt in this game. That has been his problem. He will miss his 18th career game Sunday out of 48 games. He missed the entire preseason. I never wanted him on the team. This $72M man has 17 catches and 282 yards. He is an overpaid bust. He never had more than 70 catches in his career. He is on pace for 48 catches if he comes back in week 7. 

 

The other issue is that the Giants defense has been giving up an unbelievable amount of run yards every week. This has especially true since Blake Martinez got hurt. We need Snacks Harrison back! They gave up 201 yards vs Dallas and an average of 157 rushing yards the last 3 weeks. Everyone thought the defense was the strength of this Giants team. Well, think again! The Giants defense gives up 419 yards a game in their first 5 games. 

 

RAMS/GIANTS MATCHUP

 

Looking ahead to the Rams game, the Giants have no chance to win unless they get 2-3 turnovers. The Rams have a very efficient offense. They get a whopping 6.71 yards/play and 9 yards/play passing. The Rams have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Stafford has only been sacked on 2.3% of his drop backs which is the best in the league. 

 

The Rams will establish a run game with Henderson and Michel. Remember the Giants gave up an average of 157 rush yards the past 3 weeks. Then Stafford will have plenty of time to survey his weapons. He has the choice to pass to Kupp, Woods, Van Johnson and the tight end Higbee. McVay knows how to get them in space. Expect some jet sweeps and crossing patterns over the middle where the Giants are vulnerable. I don’t think the Rams will have any problems moving the ball vs the Giants unless they hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers. 

 

When the Giants have the ball, they must establish the run game with Booker. The few times in his career when he was the lead back, he has not done well. The run game is necessary so they are not on obvious passing downs vs this defense. They also want to keep the Rams high powered offense off the field. The Rams are tied for 5th in sacks with the Bills at 14. Jones got the green light to play this week. This is huge because he will be under pressure all game. He is much more mobile than Glennon. There will be plays where he will be flushed out of the pocket. Jones is the Giants leading rusher. He has 197 yards to Barkley’s 195. I doubt this offensive line can hold up all game especially if the Giants have a ton of 3rd and longs. 

 

It took 5 weeks for Garrett to utilize Kadarius Toney. This was due to necessity with Shepard, Slater out and Golladay getting hurt in game. Toney is a sensation. He does not need blockers to make defenders miss. He set the Giants rookie single game receiving record at 189 yards. He could have broken 200 yards if he didn’t stupidly throw a punch with less than 5 minutes left in the game. He was ejected. He will be a huge part of the offensive in this game. Garrett just needs to get him the ball in space. The bad news for Toney is that he will probably see Jalen Ramsey most of the day as he has been covering the slot. Maybe Garrett can move him outside because Shepard is coming back. They should play Shepard on the outside. 

 

THE PREDICTION

 

The Giants play worse at home. Maybe it’s because they have more pressure on them in front of fans during this 5-year losing streak. Last year the Giants played the Rams close. It was on the road where they play better. The defense was better last year with Fackrell and Martinez, who is out. The Rams had Goff last year. Stafford is a better quarterback who can utilize the complete McVay playbook unlike Goff. I’m calling this an easy day in the park for the Rams, Rams 34 and the Giants 19.

 

GIANTS DECADE OF MALAISE

Dave Gettleman’s Record since becoming GM: 16-37

Giants Record since last Super Bowl win: 52-71

Jason Garrett’s Record: 7-14

Daniel Jones Record: 9-22

Joe Judge’s Record: 7-14

Winning Seasons since 2011 Super Bowl Year: 2

Prophet’s Pulpit-NYG vs Cowboys Preview & Prediction Plus Surprising Win Over the Saints

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

The Giants come from behind OT win probably saved many jobs at the Meadowlands. It gives a lease on life to Gettleman and Garrett. This is pending of course what happens for the rest of the season. The Giants were headed to another start to the season where the first win occurs in late October like it has the past halfdecade.

Sunday’s game was the first time in 30 tries that you got an inkling that Daniel Jones may be the future starting quarterback for the New York Giants for years to come. He was 28 on 40 attempts, 402 yards, 10 YPA, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Sean Payton coached the game like the Giants played, awful, the first 3 weeks.

The Giants made a great comeback in the 4th quarter. It was even more amazing given that they were missing Shepard and Slayton. The offensive line had new players Price and Skura. They played surprisingly well and gave up zero sacks! Garrett called an innovative game. Maybe he heard the calls from the #TogetherBlue Giants Nation for him to be fired. They have gotten louder the first 3 weeks. He got Toney involved for the first time with 6 catches on 9 targets for 78 yards. Golladay had for 116 yards on 6 catches. Lattimore was not on him the whole game. 

We even had the first appearance of John Ross. His claim to fame is that he holds the fastest 40-yard time at the Combine, 4.22. He caught a TD bomb that he fumbled going into the endzone. He had the sense to fall on his fumble or it would not have been a touchdown. Kudos for Gettleman for taking a dart throw on him because the rest of the league did not want him. 

I am happy that the Giants finally won a game, which has been a rare occurrence the last 5 years, but Sean Payton handed the Giants the victory after he had an 11-point lead with 12:09 left in the game.

Sean Payton’s Blunders

His first bad decision was not to kick a 47 yards field goal from the Giants 29-yard line after a 9 play 6-minute drive. The game would not have been in overtime if he made it. It was well within the range of Rosas. I can remember Mike Francesca saying over 25 years ago, it’s always better to get the first score out of the way early as it becomes more difficult as the game progresses. On a 4th and 3 (3:51 minutes 1st quarter) Winston pitches the ball to Kamara who is 11 yards behind the first down mark. He gets stopped short and 3 points are wasted. 

The second bad decision was to try a 58-yard field goal from theGiants 48-yard line. He didn’t try a 47-yard field goal, which is probable, early in the game. Peyton thinks he can hit a 58 yards field goal which is highly unlikely. He misses and gives the ball back to the Giants at midfield. On the next play Jones throws a bomb to Ross for the first score, a touchdown, of the day. The score should be Giants 7-3 not 7-0. It was good to see that Garrett took my suggestion in last week’s Pulpit about taking a touchdown shot after a change of possession. If the Saintspunted at best the Giants would have had the ball on their own 20. 

The third bad decision was to have Taysom Hill throw a bomb to Harris. The ball travelled 50 yards in the air. It was an underthrown, wobbly pass to the outside of Harris, and he had no chance to catch it. Bradberry makes the interception. The ball had to be thrown to the inside, if you are going to throw a bomb, you have to have the stronger armed Winston deliver it. Hill was brilliant on 2 touchdown runs. On the first one 7 Giants had a chance to tackle him and he ran through and tossed away all of them. Peyton needs to have him stick to that. 

The fourth bad decision was not to throw a pass to Kamara! Brees always hit Kamara in space. He has had 80+ receptions in all 4 years since he’s been in the league. Kamara in the 4 years he’s been in the league coming into this season, he has averaged only 188 fewer receiving yards each year than rush yards. We are talking slightly over 10 yards more rushing yards/game over his career. Sunday he had 0 receiving yards!

Giants Positives……

• The offense had 485 yards. The last time off the top of my head that they had as many was probably vs the Lions in 2019.
• The Giants only had 3 penalties as we finally see the discipline that Judge talks about.
• Saquon had his best game since his rookie year. The Giants usually win when he has over 100 total yards
• We finally see life from the Golladay and Toney. Because the Giants moved Golladay around he was not on Lattimore 100%. Garrett finally figured out how to use Toney.


Giants vs Cowboys Preview and Prediction

Turning to Sunday’s game, the Cowboys have a chameleon offense. They can beat you with the run or the pass. In week 1 vs the Buccaneers, Dak threw 58 times. That was because historically the Bucs have been great vs the run. With defensive back problems by the Bucs, Dak threw for 403 yards and 3 TD’s. The next 3 weeks Dak did not throw for more than 238 yards. Other than the Chargers game, where he was held in check, the last 2 weeks Dak only averaged 213 yards/game. However, he has been every efficient throwing 7 touchdowns the last 2 weeks on 35 completions! A 20% touchdown rate is unheard of!

The Cowboys can beat you on the ground. They are 2nd in rushing yards/game at 166 and 5.35 yards/carry. They have the Zeke and Pollard 1-2 punch. Zeke is back to his rookie year form and Pollard may be better than Zeke. He is more explosive. 

The Cowboys will establish the run to use play action. They will also run to keep the Giants off the field. You have to be worried that given the fact that the Giants gave up 170 rushing to the Saints last week. You have to expect if the Giants have not made adjustments, the Cowboys will run for 150+ yards. Then Dak will look to take some shots. Gallup, the Cowboys deep threat, is on IR. Amari Cooper is nursing a sore hamstring but he should play. 

The Cowboys have enough weapons still to get the win. CeeDee Lamb should see a lot of Bradberry defending him. Bradberry has not been the shutdown corner this year except on the Washington interception. He has been getting beat. I expect Lamb to have a good day. The Cowboys have 2 tight ends that will be active. Dalton Schultz is having a good year. He has been strong stats the last 2 weeks. He has 12 catches on 15 targets for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Giants are 4th worst vs the tight end and I expect Schultz to have a big day, The Cowboys also have Blake Jarwin, a competent tight end. 

When the Giants have the ball, hopefully Garrett will use the more aggressive game plan that he employed last week vs the Saints. The Giants need to get Barkley going again. He seems to be back from his injury. He had 126 scrimmage yards vs the Saints and 2 TD’s, one rushing and one receiving. It will be difficult to run vs the Cowboys as they only give up 81 yards a game rushing. Their linebackers, including probable defensive rookie of the year, Micah Parsons, have been all over the line of scrimmage 

The way to beat the Cowboys is through the air. They give up 315 passing yards/game and 6.42 yards a play because of it. Even though Shepard and Slater are still out, the Giants have plenty of targets. Golladay had his first 100+ yard game with 116 yards. The Giants finally unleashed their first-round pick, Kadarius Toney. He had 78 yards from 9 targets and 6 catches. He may be the team’s best receiver after the catch. They also unveiled John Ross. He was a first round pick of the Bengals.He has had a bust career but he showed his 4.22 speed on a 52-yard touchdown last week. Jones, who won FedEx Offensive Player of the Week for throwing for 402 yards, has players he can work with. 

The Giants had lost seven in a row in this series until then last game of 2020. The Giants beat the Cowboys in week 17 on an Andy Dalton wounded duck throw of his back foot in the end zone at the end of the game. If you have been reading this column, you know that the Giants are road warriors. They are 11-2 against the spread on the road their last 13 games. They are especially good as an underdog. Off the top of my head, they are probably 16-6 against the spread over the last 22. 

This game will be close. It score will be within the 7-point spread. I am calling this one Cowboys 31 and the Giants 27.

Prophet’s Pulpit-NYG vs Saints Preview & Prediction Plus Falcons Fiasco Commentary

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

INEPTITUDE

Hot Stinking Giants Garbage

In this “Decade of Malaise” (term coined by the Prophet) many times for the Giants I had thought that the Giants hit their rock bottom over this period. The Gmen may have hit that low point last Sunday in their loss to the hapless Atlanta Falcons. The Giants lost the second game in a row by a last-minute field goal as time expired. The Falcons gave up 80 points the previous 2 weeks. The pathetic Giants could only score 14 points! I don’t know if they can win another game all year. We saw the same mistakes and lack of execution that we have come to expect under the Judge, Garrett and Graham regime. 

Let me say a word about Joe Judge. After 19 games, you can tell that Judge is a FRAUD! He came into New York with all talk that that Mara, Tisch and Gettleman swallowed hook, line and sinker! After every game, they should just play the tape from their first loss with him at the post-game press conference. He says the same thing over and over but the results never change! 

Judge states, “We didn’t finish plays and drives especially at the end of the game. We have to do a better job playing the game for 60 minutes and finishing. We have to do a better job coaching and executing and we will be back hard at work on Monday. We have to go back to work, correct mistakes and stay together as a team. We have to give this city a team that they will be proud of as they come in here and spend their hard-earned money.” Blah, Blah, Blah! The one thing is that nothing changes is a win the next week, it’s all the same.

Judge is a Belichick Wannabee who was never a coordinator. He plays Mr. Tough guy without the gravitas of winning like Belichick. He makes the players run laps as he alienates them further. I am not saying he should not be tough but his approach does not work. How about Judge runs some laps after each loss for the fans! He is stubborn like Mara and refuses to make any changes on offense. I will outline below why it is futile. He will be blown out with Garrett if he doesn’t make any changes to this anemic offense.

I am not going to review this game as it is pointless. I want to talk to the bigger issues at play here that will plague the Giants all year. It was an anemic pathetic offensive performance because of the unimaginative, vanilla garbage play calling by Jason Garrett. The Dallas fans wanted to run him out of Dallas for years. I never saw it looking at the occasional Dallas national TV game and the RedZone. However, when you see this garbage week after week and play after play, you understand what they were talking about.

With Garrett, The Giants are 6-13. Here are some other horrible stats for Garrett since he’s been in New York:

:➢ 28th in yards per play➢

30th in points per drive➢

31st in explosive plays➢

31st in points➢

32nd in yards to go on 3rd down

 

One theory I heard is Garrett is vanilla because it is the only way he has cut down the turnovers for #DannyTurnover. If that’s true, they are really doomed because they can’t score enough points to win. Please take a look at the data provided by Ben Baldwin. One can deduce the rumor is true.

 

Mara, Tisch, nepotism Chris Mara, and Gettleman WAKE UP, Garrett is garbage. No motion, jet sweeps, or schemes to get players open in the vulnerable spots of the defense. Sitting on your couch you can call the next play. If I can, the defense sureas hell can. Get him the hell out of there. You need to find someone else to call plays! Let me tell you it is not Freddy Kitchens. Judge’s buddy from Mississippi State, Kitchens was 6-10 at Cleveland. As soon as he left they won their first playoff game in decades. He has the maturity of a 2-year-old. While at the Browns, the week after the Myles Garrett helmet swinging incident against Mason Rudolph, he said his daughter said he should wear a t-shirt that read “It was Pittsburgh’s fault”. He is not a professional or a mature grown up. I don’t want him on my team. Mara because of Judge welcomes him in with open arms. 

 

GAME ANALYSIS

 

Let’s get to the game before I get more aggravated than I am already. The Giants will not be able to run the ball vs the Saints. They only give up 60 yards/game which is third in the league. That means the rushers will get about 30 yards and Jones as we have seen vs tough rush defenses gets the rest. The Giants have the 4th starting lineup on the offensive line in 4 weeks. Billy Price gets his second start and Bredeson is out. That means the recently acquired Matt Skura gets the start. He’s from the Ravens but has no chemistry with this group. This means the backs will be getting hit at the line of scrimmage or behind and Jones will have to get rid of the ball quickly. 

 

The Giants will have to throw the ball to win this game. With Shepard and Slayton out, it is time for $72M man, Golladay to step up. However, he may not be able to going up against Lattimore. Lattimore has regularly taken out Mike Evans and Julio Jones in his own division. I say Golladay only has 2 catches for 12 yards. He is on pace for 60 catches with 11 now and 0 touchdowns. Also, Garrett needs to figure out starting this game how to use Toney. He’s the first-round pick. Let’s get him in the slot, on the outside and on jet sweeps and reverses. His usage is up. From a total of 24 snaps in week 1 & 2 total, he saw 46 snaps last week which was 66% of the plays. Collin Johnson was a pleasant surprise last week. He had 5 catches on 7 targets for 51 yards. We may see the first appearance of John Ross who is off IR. Ross is a first round bust for the Bengals who has not played much. His claim to fame is having the fastest time ever, 4.22, at the Combine in the 40-yard dash. 

 

When the Saints have the ball it will be Kamara early and often. He has 62 touches including 10 receptions in 3 games accounting for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Blake Martinez out he will be sprung over the middle. He run at least 15 times and probably more with a lead at the end of the game. Winston has not thrown for a ton of yards but he has been efficient with 7 touchdowns in 3 games. The Saints have 5 lessor know receivers with Mike Thomas on IR. The best 3 are Calloway, Stills and Tre’Quon Smith. I can see Calloway beating the Giants corners deep for a 50+ yard TD bomb. 

 

THE PREDICTION

 

The Giants are playing in the Superdome and it is the home opener for the Saints and first game in 2 years with fans. It will be a tough atmosphere for the Gmen, although I have documented that they play better on the road. In the final analysis, I expect the Giants to lose because of the offensive line problems, the injuries to the receivers, and the New Orleans defense that only gives up 14 points a game and 4,86 yards per play. The Giants will be one dimensional when they cannot run the ball. I expect the Giants to be in 2nd and 3rd and long all day. Garrett will have to get imaginative but we have no evidence of that since he’s been here. I am calling this game the Saints 28 and the Giants 10.

 

GIANTS DECADE OF MALAISE

Dave Gettleman’s Record since becoming GM: 15-36

Giants Record since last Super Bowl win: 51-70

Jason Garrett’s Record: 6-13

Daniel Jones Record: 8-21, has not beaten a team with a winning record.

Joe Judge’s Record: 6-13

Winning Seasons since 2011 Super Bowl Year: 2