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New York Giants News And Notes: Osi, Nicks Questionable

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Happy Saturday, New York Giants' fans! Only about 36 hours to Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title and the right to advance to the playoffs. Basically, the Sunday night game is the opening game of the playoffs since it is an elimination game. Let's look around as what is making news today around the Giants.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that both defensive end Osi Umenyiora and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did "okay" during practice this week. Both are listed as questionable, while Jake Ballard is out for the second straight week with a knee injury.

Ware: Coughlin might be old, but he’s tough
"He’s old, so you hit an old guy like that and he’s standing up, that’s pretty good."

Scout.com: Coughlin Should Return

Veteran Giants beat writer Ernie Palladino pretty much echoes my thoughts on Coughlin. Here is how he put it:

What if the Giants lose and finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs for a third straight year? Will Mara's patience with the 65-year-old coach wear thin enough for him to go searching for another head man? Might he eat the final year of Coughlin's contract to woo a veteran coach not named Bill Cowher, who has said time and again he's staying in television?

The answer here is no. If Mara represents anything, it is the pride the Giants have in staying the course and maintaining stability from up top until a situation becomes untenable. And regardless of how this team finishes the season, the current situation hasn't reached that point.

So Coughlin not only will likely stay, he deserves to stay.

Giants' newer players want to know the feeling of postseason | NJ.com
'We just want to be there,' third-year wide receiver Hakeem Nicks says.

Finally, I leave you with a few links from the Dallas side of the ledger.

Rob Ryan brings family to New York to see Cowboys defeat Giants, win NFC East - NYPOST.com
IRVING, Texas -- The family of Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is already in New York to do some sightseeing before Sunday's NFC East showdown game with the Giants.

Dear Dallas Cowboys, Please Shut Brandon Jacobs Up. Immediately. - SB Nation Dallas
The Cowboys face off against the New York Giants on Sunday night with everything on the line. The victory is paramount, but there's some unfinished business Dallas has to take care of on behalf of their legion of supporters. Oh, and their own pride, too.

Cowboys @ Giants Media Roundup: Who's Picking The Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
A look at waht the experts are predicting for the Sunday night showdown.