New York Giants News and Notes: Nothing Could Be Finer Edition

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6: Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants gains yards in the second half against the New England Patriots on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Giants won 24-20. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Good morning fellow Giants' fans. That headline wrote itself, I had nothing to do with it. It's just that nothing really could be finer than to beat the 49ers on Sunday. We have come to know that we can't take anything for granted with Big Blue, especially in the second half of the season. But this is another game where they can make a statement by winning, and ( I'm going to hate myself for saying this) it could later determine the 2-seed in the NFC. That said, this is going to be really difficult, and it's going to come down to how well Kevin Gilbride game plans to move the ball against a stout defense, and how well Perry Fewell game plans to stop Frank Gore. I do know this for sure--it's going to be a great game, and one that I'm looking forward to, antacids in hand.

Gilbride had this to say Thursday when asked if he needs to use the pass to set up the run:

"What I've always said is the only thing that matters to me is what do you have to do to move the ball? That's the only thing that matters to me. Whatever is working most effectively, that's what we look to focus on and then when certain defensive adjustments are made, it sets up the other aspect. Then the key is when those other opportunities present themselves, are you good enough to take advantage of them?"

That's true, and adjustments will surely be key on Sunday. Speaking of which, Chad Pennington wrote a nice analysis for FoxSports.com about what Eli Manning needs to do on Sunday, specifically to use the play-action pass to his advantage.

Fewell was asked if the Giants' run defense would be as good as it was last week in New England:

"I hope so. I definitely hope so because we definitely have confidence that we can stop. Sometimes we don't do a good job of tackling. Sometimes we don't do a good job of playing together as a unit. I thought we played much better as a unit last week. When we do that, then we're able to stop the run and stop the pass."

Sounds simple enough, right?

Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw to miss San Francisco 49ers game Sunday | NJ.com
After sitting out the victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Giants’ running back won’t play against the San Francisco 49ers this coming weekend, according to someone briefed on his injury status. The person, who requested anonymity because the Giants haven’t yet ruled out Bradshaw, said it appears Bradshaw could also be sidelined for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 20.

This means Brandon Jacobs needs to Step Up and Make Big Plays, but it also means that so do DJ Ware and Da'Rel Scott. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what the electrifying Scott can do in the return game as well.

New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs needs to quit the complaining and just play - ESPN New York
The Giants started off a tortuous make-or-break stretch of their schedule with an upset over the Patriots. Yet by the time reporters arrived, Jacobs had started talking about running hard like this until the Giants "give me the ax." It was just a little dig, that's all. It fell a few yards shy of an I-told-you-so. But it was still the worse cutback move Jacobs made all day.

NY Giants' Brandon Jacobs is in a Big Blue rush to prove he's still same power back - NY Daily News
He knows that he will face the NFL’s best run defense on Sunday, a San Francisco 49ers unit that allows just 70.8 yards on the ground. He knows that linebacker Patrick Willis will be lying in wait for him on nearly every play. And he knows he will likely be shouldering the Giants’ rushing load alone. And Jacobs can’t wait.

Eli Manning and his new receivers - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Jake Ballard's no dope. If you're a New York Giants tight end and the starting tight end signs elsewhere and they don't bring in anyone to replace him ... well, that's an opportunity. Ballard figured this out pretty early in August. Then he figured the best way to cash in on that opportunity would be to go wherever the quarterback went. Eli Manning has a film study session every Friday after practice, and Ballard starting sitting in.

Good move, kid. Seriously, Ballard just might be the feel-good story of the year for the Giants.

San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith and New York Giants' Eli Manning have been among NFL's most efficient quarterbacks - San Jose Mercury News
Alex Smith smiled in the euphoric 49ers locker room as coach Jim Harbaugh pointed in his direction and shouted: "Clutch! Clutch!" That exuberant scene occurred after Smith led his team to a comeback victory in Detroit. Three weeks later, the team's winning streak stands at six and Harbaugh has become only more enamored with his quarterback. "He's every bit the elite quarterback as there is playing in the game right now," Harbaugh said Wednesday.

Finally, I know everyone will be talking about this. In the Sporting News' poll of 111 NFL players, Tom Coughlin is the one those players would least like to play for. Well, I guess that's not really a shock, but I thought it would be fun to open it up for debate among BBV readers. And I'm guessing there will be some Giants coming to TC's defense. Ed, in fact, has already come to Coughlin's defense over at SB Nation New York.

Have a great Friday everyone. I need to go find my game face......

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