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New York Giants Notes: Happy Hump Day Edition

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Hey folks, sorry if I still feel good after Sunday's win, but I do, and better that we fans enjoy a couple extra days of that feeling than the players, who should be deep into the film of their next opponent, the Washington Redskins, on Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium. How are you feeling today? Are you still savoring, or thinking about our arch nemesis, Donovan McNabb, coming to town Sunday? Anyway, here's what is going on around the web...

I'm sure you've heard about the Antrel Rolle comments. Our own Ed Valentine has the best and most pointed words about Rolle's complaints about fans booing in the first half last Sunday. But if you want to read more, naturally the NY Post jumped on this as well, and Giants' beat writer Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News goes into detail on the subject. news: These eight games will chart map to playoff course
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants, Dec. 19: These are the only teams in the hunt for the NFC East title but a wild-card berth could also be at stake, which makes winning this game of particular importance. The Bears, Packers, Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers could all be in the wild-card hunt with the Eagles and Giants and any losses down the stretch could eliminate them from the postseason. The Eagles won the first matchup in November and a double-dip could seal the Giants' fate.

Ed's going to talk about the playoff picture more later today, but this article is dead on about the importance of the game on December 19. Hopefully we'll have SS12 and Hakeem back by then, and maybe some of our O-linemen back. Maybe the Eagles will lose to Houston or Dallas before that, but none of us are really counting on that.

Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Giants defense must carry Big Blue for playoff dreams to come true
The Giants' defense better be on the right physical and mental track now because it won't get to the postseason if the players are getting pushed around and feeling sorry for themselves over the course of the final five games of the season. The defense has to play with the same kind of fiery intensity and emotion it summoned in the second half against Jacksonville to ensure the Giants will be playing deep into January. There is no reason to believe that the players can't do it.

This surely isn't the same unit that collapsed against Carolina and Minnesota at the end of the 2009 season. Hopefully they will come out of the tunnel Sunday with the intensity to stop McNabb and whoever is running the ball for the Redskins.

New York Giants to add wrinkles to simplified game plan - am New York
With a litany of injuries decimating their receiving corps and offensive line, the Giants (7-4) employed a scaled-down game plan against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. The result: No turnovers during an inspired, come-from-behind 24-20 victory that earned Big Blue a share of first place with rival Philadelphia in the NFC East entering this weekend’s divisional meeting with visiting Washington (5-6).

I saw this same theme multiple times this morning, and while we don't want our team playing ultra-conservatively the rest of the season, the fact that ball security was stressed and (except for the Hagan non-fumble) carried out is big.

And here are two players who are being saluted for an outstanding game Sunday....

Pro Football NYC: JPP Nominated For Rookie Of The Week Honors
New York Giants DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL recorded six tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Giants’ 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This dude continues to be a man-beast, and I'm glad that it appears Jerry Reese saw something that most of us didn't on draft day this past April. I know I was screaming at the TV when they showed JPP on the phone with Reese right before the pick.

2010 Week 12 High Energy NFC - NFC East Blog - ESPN
.....late in the third quarter, Boss started atoning for his errors with two catches for a combined 42 yards. With 3:24 left in the game, Boss and quarterback Eli Manning made a sight adjustment at the line of scrimmage. Boss found some open space and Manning unloaded the ball against the Jags' blitz. Boss broke Courtney Greene's attempt at a tackle and raced 32 yards for the game-winning touchdown. That's why he's our High Energy Player of the Week.

I'm not looking at stats to back this up at the moment, but I seem to recall Boss coming on strong last year as well, so let's hope it's the start of Kevin Boss Time, because we sure need him right now.

With playoffs slipping from reach, Redskins must use final games to evaluate young talent
Although it appears the Washington Redskins were all but eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Coach Mike Shanahan's season-long evaluation of the roster will continue during the final five games.

Yikes, I didn't realize things were so bleak in Washington, or that they had so much turnover on that roster. But their defense sure isn't playing the way we've come to expect them to. Still, I expect them to be fired up on Sunday, the same way the Jags were, and our depleted offense must be up to the challenge once again.

Finally, I leave you all with this. I couldn't find video footage of it on YouTube, but did anyone else notice how new Giants' WR Michael Clayton was trying to fire up the crowd on Sunday? It's really nice to see a newcomer being that passionate, even if he has no idea how long he'll be wearing the Big Blue uniform. Man, I think it's official. I'm getting fired up right now as I sit at my desk--fired up for Sunday. Must be time to let the Jacksonville game go and look forward to the Redskins' game. Must be hump day.