The Giants know what is coming -- a physical, straight-ahead attack featuring a back in Lynch who is not afraid of dishing out punishment.
"I'm more impressed with Marshawn just for the fact that he's a running back that gives more of a pounding than taking it," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "That scheme really fits him well. It's a constant that you see him falling forward, breaking tackles. You really don't see him getting hit for negative yardage, so that's going to keep the sticks in their favor. Plus, he's one of those backs that when he does break it, he can take it to the house. We've played a lot of great backs this year and hopefully that experience helps us out with him, because he's a load."
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The New York Giants' playoff hopes are history, and so is the Super Bowl countdown calendar in their locker room. The Giants (5-8) removed the calendar after being eliminated from playoff contention following a 37-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Giants general manager Jerry Reese put up the countdown calendar to the cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in late July to stress the importance of this season after New York missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. ''I didn't even notice it was down,'' quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday he is willing to talk this offseason about restructuring his contract if it becomes necessary to ease the burden on the team. "I haven't thought about it, but if they come to me, yeah, we'll discuss it and figure out a plan," Manning said, via NJ.com. The 32-year-old Manning is signed through 2015 at salaries of $15.15 million and $17 million over the next two seasons. Manning reworked his contract in 2009.
Manning is set to earn $15.2 million next season and $17 million in 2015. His cap numbers are $20.4 million and $19.75 million, respectively. Manning counts more against the salary cap than any other player in the league.
Tuck showed up Sunday on the stat sheet. He was credited with six tackles, one for a loss, two sacks, three quarterback hits and a forced fumble. That's a quality line. So I put him under the spotlight to see just how he got it done, and if it was as good as the number said.
"I mean, yeah, of course," Brown told The Star-Ledger Wednesday. "Storybook, I'd be here but the situation is the situation. I don't really want to discuss it, you know, it is what it is. It's going to be what it's going to be, so I just go ahead and let God deal with it."
Rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib has done a good job on the scout team, usually impersonating the more mobile opposing quarterbacks.
The former Giants receiver is still looking for a way to explain how he came down with that one amazing catch that helped end the Patriots' attempt at a perfect season.
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