• Parts 1 and 2 of my write-up of our preseason game against the Jets.
  • My analysis of the run defense, pass defense, return game, punter, and kicker. More of these analyses to come.
  • YahooSports has the Giants finishing first, projecting them with a 10-6 record in a tightly bunched NFC East. Sports Illustrated has the Redskins winning the division at 9-7, but the Giants and Cowboys pulling into the wildcard with the same record, and the Eagles missing the playoffs altogether with the same record. The consensus here is that the NFC East will be tough. But SI has the G-Men picking up steam during the postseason in a reverse of what happened last year, beating both the Redskins and Seahawks on the road before succumbing to the Panthers in the NFC Championship game. Interestingly, they have the Panthers as the eventual Super Bowl Champions, beating everyone’s trendy pick, the Dolphins.
  • Mike Garafolo on R.W. McQuarters, one of the coolest names in Giants history, and now that Sir Henry Anderson and Little John Flowers are out of the picture, by far the coolest name on this year’s squad. Apparently, the Giants were the only team that had even the faintest interest in ol’ R.W. – the Lions, the team that he started all 16 games for last year, didn’t even call him. I somewhat neglected R.W. in my analysis of the pass defense, but he is a big component to our depth at defensive back. If SI’s prediction comes to fruition and we wind up playing Carolina in the NFC Championship game, we probably won’t be seeing a washed-up Terrell Buckley on Steve Smith.
  • Tiki is still pissed about last year’s playoff loss. Good. Hopefully, that loss will be a springboard like the 20-0 ass-whupping that we endured in Chicago in the ’85 playoffs. By the way, I love how Tiki says “restore Giants pride.” It’s good that he’s taking on the leadership role of setting really high expectations. There’s a lot of articles on this subject today: here’s the Daily News, the Westchester Journal News, the Bergen Record, and the Post.
  • I had always wondered about Mike Garafolo’s obsession with Bob Whitfield and had even been slightly irritated by it, but after reading this, I see where he’s coming from. Frank Walker comes off as really cool too. My favorite quote in the whole exchange comes from Whitfield, dropping some Ali-esque compliments on Walker: “The boy can be a politician, congressman, senator, president, a CEO and a thief all in the same breath.”
  • With a full year under his belt, there’s really no reason to think that Eli won’t improve this year, writes Newsday’s Steve Zipay. He’ll need to improve, considering our murderous schedule. Also, promising rookie free agent E.J. Underwood is out for the year with a torn labrum. That’s a big loss – Coughlin said that he was working in the nickel and dime packages, and that “he had a really good camp.”
  • Sinorice Moss will not play in Thursday’s game. As Colonel Tom says, “The clock keeps running.” Luke Petitgout (back) and Shaun O’Hara (knee) are back at practice, but Rick Seubert (toe) is still out.
  • In a Scout.com interview about Eli Manning, Phil Simms takes an old-school, anti-statistics approach. Football stats are often misunderstood – it’s not that quantifying events on the football field is impossible, it’s that conventional statistics tend to take the wrong approach to doing so. I could go on and on, but instead I’ll point you to FootballOutsiders.com. Fascinating stuff.
  • Dan Benton of Giants 101 with an update on Brentson Buckner, who apparently is still of interest to the Giants. Benton writes that the G-Men might also sign a DT who has been cut by another team, which doesn’t sound so appealing to me.
  • Or they might just go with Barry Cofield at the Nose, Paul Schwartz writes. At 6-3 and 303 lbs, Cofield seems a little small for the Nose, but apparently, Fred Robbins is much more effective playing the off-tackle spot, where the DT lines up against a guard and getting upfield is more of a priority than holding one’s ground.