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Giants news, 9/30: Are Giants a contender, JPP skips charity event, more

New York Giants headlines for Wednesday, 9/30.

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Good morning, New York York Giants fans! Here are your headlines for this monsoon-like Wednesday here is upstate New York.

Are the Giants a contender?

It would be nice if they are, but one victory over the Washington Redskins, their personal patsies, does not make it so. ESPN's Dan Graziano, like it or not, accurately portrays what the Giants of recent years have, or more accurately have not, been able to accomplish:

The idea that the New York Giants might be able to contend in a wobbly NFC East is based entirely on the deficiencies of other teams. Dallas has lost Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to major injuries. Philadelphia looks all wrong. Washington remains the Giants' one reliable punching bag. The Giants' out-of-division schedule doesn't scare you too much, what with all that San Francisco and Tampa Bay and New Orleans in there.

And that's fine. None of those teams' problems are overblown. But what that narrative overlooks is the caliber of the Giants' own roster, and the legitimate question of whether they are a good enough team to take advantage of other teams' flaws.

Since the start of the 2013 season, the Giants are 5-0 against Washington and 9-21 against the rest of the league. You can make the strong case that they haven't beaten a quality team since 2012.

If the Giants are going to contend they need to prove they can beat good teams. Sunday's game against the Buffalo Billswhere the Giants are a heavy underdog, would be a good place to start.

JPP a no-show at charity event

C'mon, man! Jason Pierre-Paul skipped out on a New York City charity event he was scheduled for Tuesday night, and the New York Daily News blasted him for it:

First he blew off his hand. Now he's blown off his first scheduled public appearance in the Big Apple.

More Giants headlines

Oh, Prince. Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara has a weekly radio spot on WFAN, and maybe Prince as a public speaker isn't the greatest idea.

Art Stapleton says that cutting wide receiver James Jones, as foolish as it looks now, made sense when the Giants did it.

The Giants know they have their hands full with Tyrod Taylor, who has had an impressive start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills:

Tyrod can throw the ball,’’ said Hosley, a fourth-year cornerback and former college teammate of Taylor’s. "As much as people like to talk about how versatile he is as far as running the ball and being able to scramble and escape the pocket and make guys miss, he can throw that ball. He will put the ball on the money, he’s got a nice soft touch. He’s a complete quarterback. You can’t just look at him as a one-dimensional guy.’’

The Bills team web site lists seven things to watch on also lists five things to watch.

The Giants, unbelievably, appear to be getting healthy heading into Sunday's game.

The Buffalo News believes the Bills a"look like a safe bet to beat the Giants this weekend."

Hall of Famer and ex-Giant great Harry Carson, who had many concussions during his playing career,  talked to the Buffalo News recently about his health and the future of the NFL.

Former Giant center J.D. Walton has signed with the San Diego Chargers.

Big Blue Chat

Check out the latest edition of the Big Blue Chat podcast Pat Traina of Bleacher Report/Inside Football and yours truly. We talk about the victory over the Washington Redskins, the return of Victor Cruz, the players the Giants worked out on Tuesday, Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills and more.

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