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Giants vs. Patriots, Open Thread

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Date: August 28, 2008 Location: East Rutherford, N.J.
Time: 7 p.m. EST
Stadium: Giants Stadium
TV: WNBC Radio: WFAN (660 AM)
Final Score: Giants 19, Patriots 14

Here is your Giants-New England Patriots open thread. Remember to leave your browser open to the comments if you want to participate in an in-game 'live blog.' The page will auto-refresh with each new comment if you do that.

You won't see much of the regulars tonight. In fact, many of them probably won't play at all. There are a few things worth paying attention to, though.

  • The backup QB battle. Will Eli Manning's backup be David Carr or Anthony Wright? This is the last chance for both veterans to make an impression.
  • Can Josh Huston win the kicking job? At this point there is no word on when, or if, Lawrence Tynes will be back this season. Huston, wo almost won the job last season, has missed a pair of 42-yard field goals subbing for Tynes. His kickoffs have been excellent, but any more misses and the Giants will be looking at some of the veteran kickers who will be available.
  • Can Danny Ware unseat Reuben Droughns? Ware has been impressive in the backfield and running back kickoffs. Droughns has barely played the last two games. If the Giants think Ware is the reincarnation of Ryan Grant, Droughns' NFL career might be at an end.
  • Defensive tackle battle. We know Barry Cofield, Fred Robbins and Jay Alford are solid. But, there are a host of players vying for the fourth defensive tackle slot. I am interested to see if any of the young backups steps forward tonight.