We move into week 4 with NFL analysts and fans in a frenzy over the replacement referees, as they should be. I’ll just quickly hit on how this ties in to our NY Football Giants…
- In the past two years, the Packers and Giants have both gone on championship runs from the playoff wildcard spot. Ending the season with one less win (as Green Bay now has, due to a blown call) would have prevented these teams from making the playoffs and winning the super bowl. The Packers may be able to afford this loss this season, but can other teams? Can the Giants? Hopefully we won’t have to find out…
- NJ State Senate President Steve Sweeney announced today plans for introducing legislation that prohibits replacement referees from calling professional sporting events in the state of New Jersey. He cites an increased likelihood of injury to athletes, but guess who Sweeney’s football team is… the Packers! Surprise surprise. Anyway, if this legislation passed, the Giants and Jets would be unable to play their games in MetLife stadium, which would be a complete disaster for obvious reasons. But don’t worry big blue nation, it should be fairly obvious to all parties involved that this is not much more than a hissy fit from a cheese head.
Speaking about actual football, the NFC had a little shake-up in week 3. The overwhelmingly favorite 49ers dropped a game to the Vikings — the Lions lost a wild game against the Titans — the Saints fell to 0-3 against the Chiefs — the Eagles got trounced by the Cardinals — and, as we all know, the Packers were robbed in their loss to the Seahawks. The two undefeated teams in the NFC are the Falcons and the Cardinals, the latter of which has to be one of the biggest surprises in the NFL. In my opinion, this is all good news for the Giants, who now seem to be on an upswing while their competitors are all stumbling. We’ve only played three games though, so it would be somewhat of a stretch to call any team “hot” or “cold”.
Looking at our upcoming opponent: the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a horrible loss to the Cardinals. Their offensive line has been shaken up (with a new [LT] and [C]) and as a result, [QB] Michael Vick is taking way too many hits and turning the ball over more than he’s making plays. Head coach Andy Reid even slipped up in implying the Eagles are re-evaluating their quarterback situation, but quickly backpedaled in a later interview and gave Vick the vote of confidence. I don’t expect Vick to be able to keep his jersey clean on Sunday. The good news for Eagles fans is that [WR] Jeremy Maclin is expected to play, and starting from week 11 of last season Philadelphia is 7-0 when Maclin is active and 0-3 when he isn’t. Also, the feud between [RB] LeSean McCoy and Giants [DE] Osi Umenyiora has been reignited… McCoy has referred to Osi as a “ballerina” and the “4th best D-Lineman” on the Giants… Osi joked that he is the 9th best on our D-Line, and then proceeded to call McCoy young and called into question his maturity.
Finally, some good old fashioned quick hits on the G-Men:
- Both [WR] Hakeem Nicks (foot) and [RB] Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) are confident they will play Sunday after missing Thursday @Carolina
- [WR] Domenik Hixon (concussion) to return to practice Wednesday
- [OL] David Diehl (knee) could also return to practice this week
- [SS] Kenny Phillips was fined $30,000 for his momentum swinging big hit on [WR] Vincent Jackson in week 2
- [QB] Eli Manning leads the league (and is the first to break the 1k mark) with 1011 passing yards