With the playoffs around the corner Big Blue hopes to clinch their spot. The current Ny Giants record of 8-4 gives them a 75% percent chance of making the playoffs and everyone knows when the G-Men make it to the playoffs they are not to be taken lightly. The road ahead is going to be very challenging especially this Sunday night against Dak Prescott and the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been on fire this season between Prescott’s accuracy and Ezekiel Elliot’s ability to run the ball. Though the Cowboys are doing so well they must keep in mind that their only loss came from their first game against the New York Giants. Big Blue will be looking to cause a major upset this Sunday night and give Dallas a second loss. After their game against Dallas the Ny Giants schedule will include games against the Eagles, Lions and Redskins. Though they have such a rough lineup the Giants need 11 wins to guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. Depending on how other teams end up doing in the next four weeks, 9 or 10 wins can possibly lead to tie breakers. Eli Manning and the New York Giants have not been in a playoff game since 2011 when they won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. It has been far too long since the G-Men have gotten this close to the Lombardi Trophy; they have put on an entertaining season why not end it with a bang?
Defensive end Jason Pierre Paul was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft and signed a five-year, 20 million dollar deal with Big Blue. Since 2010 JPP has been a valued defensive player on the team with 362 tackles, 50 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns. The star DE hit a wall in his career when he severely injured his right hand in a fireworks accident in July of 2015. This unfortunate event caused the amputation of his right index finger and tip of his right thumb. His middle finger was also severely damaged by the accident. Since the accident JPP has fought through this obstacle and shows great dedication to the New York Giants. Pierre Paul has used a variety of rehab tools to help better his condition which include soft putty for pinching and squeezing exercises, hand grippers to work individual fingers, pinch pins for coordination and playing basketball to apply impact to his hand. Recently JPP has stepped up his game and has shown Giants fans that he is still a threat to opposing offenses. In week 12 against the Browns he earned the title of defensive player of the week with 7 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and a 43 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. It is clear that JPP is still a valuable player to the Ny Giants roster and is definitely one of a kind.
The 2016-2017 NFL season has given Giants fans the urge to salsa dance as the return of Victor Cruz has finally become a reality. It has been almost two years since the wide receiver has played a game with big blue and he is excited to show fans that he is the same player he once was. On October 12th, 2014 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon after landing awkwardly after a play. Fans including myself were torn to see such a talented athlete leave the game for so long. Since his debut against the Dallas Cowboys on September 11th, 2016 the Victor Cruz we have missed has finally returned and once again making the game saving plays he is known for. His first game back with big blue was unforgettable as he caught a game winning touchdown pass putting the Giants in the lead over Dallas 20-19 with just over six minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Cruz has had a good start to the season and has made it known that he is still in the game with 11 receptions and 195 yards receiving. He has great receivers to work with this year whether it’s OBJ or Sterling Shepard to help relieve the load. If there is one thing we should expect from Victor Cruz this year, it’s some more salsa dancing!
This year the 2017 New York Giants will try to make a turn around from last years season in their run for the Lombardi trophy. The team is in very good shape and have many key assets that will help them during the season. Since retired coach Tom Coughlin has stepped down after their previous season, former offensive coach Ben McAdoo has taken the stage and has shown nothing but a positive attitude towards the success of the team. Not only has the coaching structure changed but their have been major changes towards both offense and defense. The giants offense has returned this year with some major deep threat weapons including leading receiver Odell Beckham Junior, newly drafted Sterling Shepard, and of course the return of Victor Cruz. The giants defense has also added some new talent over the off season including newly drafted cornerback Eli Apple, nose tackle Damon Harrison, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins who previously played for the Rams. This years lineup is without a doubt a promising one and the security provided by two time Superbowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning is astounding. Eli has a great offense this year and if he gets the time he needs in the pocket he is a major threat to any opposing team in the NFL, especially having a career high of 44,762 yards. This is an outlook of your 2017 Giants, let the games begin!