Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Are they a playoff team? They will show us over the next four games whether or not they deserve to be one.
Beat the Washington Commanders on Sunday night in Landover, Md. they probably reach the NFC playoffs as a wild card team. Do that and one more victory in their final three games against the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles would get them to nine wins, which should be enough.
Lose to the Commanders on Sunday night, they probably go home after the Week 18 season finale.
From Big Blue View
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- Poll: Will the Giants defeat the Washington Commanders on Sunday?
- Giants’ S Xavier McKinney expected to remain sidelined vs. Washington
- Giants’ Saquon Barkley still leading Pro Bowl vote getter at running back
- The present and future of the Giants’ secondary
Other Giant observations
Q: Do you view this as a ‘must win’ game?
Coach Brian Daboll: I view every game as a ‘must win’ game. That’s why you go play them. It’s the next game, it’s important, it’s against a division team. We got to go out there and play well.
OBJ waiting until next year?
Several NFL teams believe Odell Beckham is leaning toward sitting out the rest of the year and gearing up for free agency in March, per sources.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 14, 2022
‘He’ll be the prize’ of the free agency receiver class, one executive said. https://t.co/jGmzrIuHEb
Patricia Traina writes that “Barkley’s contract—and I do believe he’ll get a new deal from the Giants—probably won’t be easy to get done, at least by the start of free agency. The Giants will almost certainly have to use the franchise tag on Barkley to keep other suitors away while the two sides hammer out the deal...Given his bounce back season and his versatility, it wouldn’t be a stretch to anticipate Barkley looking to become the highest-paid at his position.”
“Which free agent would you want if you’re the Giants? Jimmy G, injury prone, we don’t want him. Tom Brady could potentially come available, aging, I don’t want him. Aaron Rodgers….at least another year, because the cap hit would be enormous. Then there’s guys like Lamar Jackson, who I remember earlier in the season, saying, ‘If the Giants could get Lamar Jackson, get Lamar Jackson.’ Now I look at Lamar Jackson, he’s gonna cost a grip, he’s constantly having injuries, and it feels like something has fallen off the table with him. There was this luster on Lamar Jackson. He won the MVP young, kept getting the team into the postseason…but has he peaked?”
Whether Daniel Jones is the long-term answer at QB for the Giants may still be in question, but it's one Brian Daboll thinks he can answer.
In three career starts inside FedEx Field, Jones has thrown seven touchdown passes with no interceptions, completing 73 of 108 passes (67.6%) for 813 yards in addition to 111 rushing yards and another score. If not for a pair of bone-headed penalties by teammates in Week 2 of last season, the Giants' quarterback would be undefeated in Landover, Md.
There's a statistic that runs counter to that success, however. Jones and the Giants are 0-9 in prime time with him at the helm of their offense. Now granted, some of that has to do with the opponents they have faced, and where they have faced them, such as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Kansas City and Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
The rookie from Oregon does not lack for confidence
Does Kayvon Thibodeaux like playing prime time football?— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) December 14, 2022
"Prime time likes me" pic.twitter.com/1icUOMBCzn
Feliciano is at least trying to get his money back by appealing the fine. He and his agent recently pleaded his case to James Thrash, the NFL’s appeal officer since 2015.
“Our argument was that the refs that were close to it didn’t call it,” Feliciano said. “The ref from far behind called it and there was no gathering of the refs to discuss it. I feel like the refs that were close knew I wasn’t saying anything and knew where I was looking.”
League will offer their two cents when it comes to the new MetLife playing surface
Jeff Miller of the NFL said league would give Giants and Jets data on injuries and what surfaces they happen on as the teams decide how best to improve the turf at MetLife Stadium. John Mara has said he will confer with players on the matter too.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) December 14, 2022
This week’s opponent
Tyler Larsen suffered a season-ending knee injury vs the Giants in Week 13, and was placed on IR yesterday. Wes Schweitzer was activated from IR two weeks ago, after missing 9 games due to a concussion. He came into the game at RG after RT Sam Cosmi, who was filling in for an injured Trai Turner, left the game with an ankle injury. Rivera said that Schweitzer is a smart player, and he kept himself in shape while he was sidelined. He will get the start at center over backup Nick Martin who replaced Larsen when he was injured.
So, is Sunday’s primetime game the moment Young makes his season debut? Maybe, but either way, Young is trusting the process.
“Still taking it one day at a time,” Young said in the Commanders’ locker room. “I guess I found that spot where I’m trusting in God, trusting the process. I just found that median and just taking my time. When I’m ready, I’m gonna be ready.”
The attorneys for more than three dozen former Washington Commanders employees demanded the removal of "sexualized and salacious photographs" of the organization's former cheerleaders from any congressional records.
Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz sent a strongly worded letter to House Committee on Oversight and Reform ranking member James Comer (R-KY) saying their clients are "humiliated and incensed by the GOP's reckless dissemination of these photographs."
Around the league
NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent said the Competition Committee will discuss whether to make roughing the passer reviewable as well as whether more players should be ejected for roughing the passer penalties.
“Quarterback goes down by a hit. Obviously, there’s a flag on the field,” Vincent said. “Should that player be automatically ejected or should that be a reviewable play? That’ll be a topic of what’s reviewed. What should be reviewable? Do you want to add things to that bucket? Is that something we should taking a look at? Should a disqualification automatically come with a player that is actually taken out of the game?”
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