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5 bold predictions for Giants in the second half of the 2022-23 season | Great Blue View
BBV’s Ed Valentine looks into his crystal ball at what to expect in the second half of the season, including whether the Giants will make the playoffs, two wide receivers who will influence offense in the second half, a linemen who will make it in the Pro Bowl will make and why the Giants will let the 72 dolphins pop champagne bottles again.
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Giants know how to finish but need to find a way to start faster | NJ.com
The Giants have been great closers this season, outscoring their opponents 61-36 overall in the fourth quarter and 56-12 in their six wins. Their ability to finish is the main reason they come out of bye week with a 6-2 record and have an excellent shot at ending their five-year playoff drought. Now in their last nine games, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans, they’re looking to figure out how to start faster.
Former Giant Tiki Barber: “The expectation has to rise”
‘Job isn’t finished yet’: Giants know mission remains incomplete | New York Post
A few weeks ago, after the Giants had already stunned the outside world with their quick start, head coach Brian Daboll played his players a clip of the late, great Kobe Bryant being interviewed with his Lakers, who went 2-0 up in 2009 NBA Finals.
The clip showed Bryant being asked why he didn’t seem happy that his team had a commanding lead and was two games away from an NBA title, and a stone-faced Bryant replied, “The job isn’t up yet completed.”
That’s the Giants’ mantra right now.
The NY Giants have transitioned from empty seats to the ‘electric’ home field edge | The recording
“Playing well at home – and winning – helps everyone,” said Daboll. “As much credit as I give to Pete Guelli and our marketing department and of course our team, the players and coaches, the biggest credit goes to the fans. They came out every game and supported us, I mean the crowd was electric. I’ve always talked to our team about the process and I believe in that, but we live in a world of results and when you’ve got that kind of fanbase that’s been there for every game and bought in – been there from the start and stayed to the end – that has an impact on the football pitch.”
NFL All-Pro Team: Tyreek Hill and Micah Parsons stand out in our mid-season staffing poll | the athlete
Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas makes the list.
The third-year pro is establishing himself as one of the best young linemen in the game, consistently ranking himself as a top performer at his position while anchoring the line of a Giants offensive line that has made significant strides under Brian Daboll’s stewardship. Thomas ended up ahead of perpetual Pro Bowl pick Trent Williams, who remains one of the NFL’s best left tackles despite missing three games with a sprained ankle.
PFF 2022 Midseason NFL All-Rookie Team: Giants TE Recognized | PFF
TE Daniel Bellinger, New York Giants. Bellinger had been Steady Eddie out of goal for the Giants and had 16 of 17 goals for 152 yards and two points seven weeks before the injury. He fractured his eye socket against the Jaguars so it’s not yet known if he will return this season.
Dabs’ Digest: “I enjoy every part of this job” | Giants.com
“See, I enjoy everything about this job except losing,” Daboll said. “Speaking to different departments in the building, having lunch with different groups, meeting with different sides of the ball, the media commitments, the leadership part of it, the adversity part of it – it’s not the easiest thing – but I enjoy every part of this one Work. I feel very fortunate and blessed.”
Eli Manning, back in the lab
This week’s opponent
PFF 2022 Midseason NFL All-Rookie Team: RB Dameon Pierce Makes Headlines on Offense, | PFF
RB Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans. Kenneth Walker III and Breece Hall lived up to their pre-draft billing and beyond, but that spot belongs to Pierce for now because he’s backing the Texans as best he can.
The 22-year-old isn’t just good for a rookie — he’s already alongside the best in the NFL. He is fifth in rushing grade (90.4), fourth in yards after contact per attempt (3.79), and third in missed tackles forced (50).
Houston Texans’ Jerry Hughes discusses what’s changed for him in 2022 to get sacks | HoustonTexans.com
In the first nine games, the Houston Texans’ veteran pass rusher leads the team with 7.0 sacks, surpassing or equaling his total from nine different seasons. With 3.0 more sacks, Hughes will match his season-best 10.0 sacks, which he equaled twice in Buffalo (2013, 2014). Hughes has logged multi-sack games against the Colts, the Bears and on Thursday night Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. His three multiple-sack games are the most in the AFC and second in the NFL.
around the league
Cowboys’ Tony Pollard disagrees with RB coach on max snap load | CBSSports.com
Steelers’ TJ Watt awaits return against the Saints on Sunday | NFL.com
NFL Announces Annual ‘John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration’ ProFootballTalk
The NFL is returning to the rugged German fanbase it left behind – The Ringer
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