Gameday Linky – Sept. 11, 2011 – Eli’s “meh” attitude the most important thing that happened for the Giants this summer?

Worth it?

SportsDay picks: Cowboys at Jets – Rob Stroope, SportsDay DFW

7-1 Jets, and the one guy that picked the Cowboys had this comment to go along with his pick.

Just want to say ‘I told you so’ if Cowboys win and no one else picks them.

Ha, well played.

Not everyone thinks Cowboys’ Ratliff worth the money – Eric Edholm, Pro Football Weekly

Ratliff, who received a five-year extension worth $40 million ($18 million guaranteed, including a $10 million signing bonus) this week, got a mere passing review from one pro personnel director who is familiar with his work. “The past few seasons, (Ratliff) hasn’t been the same,” the director said. “In (2007 and ’08), you could see it: He was splitting gaps, slanting well, getting low, wrecking blocking (schemes). They used him well. Wade (Phillips) should have moved him off the nose; they thought he was best there. But he gets swallowed up a lot. He gets pushed around more inside. The size (6-4, 285) is prohibitive now as the quickness has gone a bit. I’d play him at the five (technique) more.”

Jets Gameday: Jets host Dallas in season opener – Jenny Vrentas, Star Ledger

Jenny awards the following position battles to the Jets: RB, WR (disagree), OL, LB, and CB.

She awards the following to the Cowboys: QB, TE, and DL (Huh?).  OK, just looked… Yeah, the Jets DL isn’t very impressive either.

Cowboys-Jets game features Dez vs. Revis – Sam Farmer, LA Times

Yeah, I don’t know about that one.  If I’m Rex Ryan and Co., Revis is following Miles Austin all over the field, not Dez.

What do the Cowboys need to do to beat the Jets – Rainer Sabin,

We get 4 bullet points here. A couple are fairly obvious. All 4 are easier said than done.

(Redskins, Eagles, and Giants news after the jump)…

If the Silverback takes his game to the next level, the Skins might have the best OL in the bEast this season.

Dan Snyder drops his lawsuit against Washington City Paper – Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

A lose-lose situation finally ends.  For you non-Redskins fans that haven’t been following this, the lawsuit was in response to this piece by Dave McKenna, one of the most well-researched and entertaining sports reads I’ve ever seen.

Michael Lombardi picked the Redskins to win the division and we all laughedNow he explains his rationale – Me, BGN

Shameless link to… myself.

Chris Cooley art gallery robber is a Darwin award nominee – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven

Great story about the worst thief ever.

Tandler and O’Halloran season predictions – Real Redskins

(Video) I have the Skins at 7-9 this year just like O’Halloran and (more importantly) Jennifer Williams.  No offense, O’Halloran.  Tandler is a little more optimistic.

Redskins offensive line holds the key – Eric Edholm, Pro Football Weekly

It’s a group that is not proven yet, but the Redskins are telling people privately that they are very encouraged by this group and that Mike Shanahan likes the situation better now than he had since the day he arrived.

For one thing, the versatility is good. The starting trio inside — OGs Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester and C Will Montgomery, plus backup Erik Cook — all can play any of those positions, so injuries are less of a worry. And it could turn out that the two starting tackles, Trent Williams and Jammal Brown, end up being the strength of the group. Williams showed up to camp in good condition and appears to have improved, heading into his second season.

This group has the potential to be the best in the division this season.

2 legends square off today, when Nnamdi Asomugha will try to cover Danny Amendola.

Eagles won’t get cute with OL – Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East blog

This is all about Evan Mathis.

“(Eagles GM Howie Roseman) said, ‘We’re ready to win, we’re going to be selfish about it and we’re going to play the best five guys’,” Mathis said. “That was enough for me. I came in with the intention of proving I was one of the best five.”

I also had a chance to speak with Mathis during camp.  I asked him if there were any other teams that had interest in bringing him in, and surprisingly, his answer was a pretty blunt “No.”

Eagles reject evolves into threat as Rams receiver – Geoff Mosher,

“Reject” is kind of a rough word to use, and “threat” might be a little generous:

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound former Texas Tech standout made one of the league’s biggest jumps last season, catching 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns, operating as an inside and outside receiver — up from his 43 receptions for 326 yards in 2009.

For those of you without calculators, that’s 8.1 yards per catch.  Not exactly a threat in my book.

Big Red must win it all — or he’s gone – Kevin Callahan,

That’s just dumb.

Drew Rosenhaus is at Eagles’ hotel in St. Louis – John Clark’s twitter account

Rosenhaus is of course the agent for DeSean Jackson.  I don’t think I’d make a lot of this, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Darryl Tapp takes a pay cut – Reuben Frank’s twitter account

The Eagles save another $500K.

"Iron" Eli Manning

Giants limp into opener vs Redskins – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

Paul sees a 23-21 Giants win.  I think I see an ugly win for the Skins. Something like… say… 16-13.

Giants Gameday: Redskins host Giants in season opener – Zach Berman, Start Ledger

Zach gives the positional edge to the Giants in every single category, but the linebackers.  I’m not so sure about the OL, and if Justin Tuck doesn’t play, I’m swinging the advantage there over to the Skins.

Ailing Giants looking at long year – Geoff Mosher,

“You can’t worry about who’s out there and who’s not,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “You have to trust the guys that are out there and go out there and do a great job. You game-plan, play hard, and find a way to win.”

Good luck with that.

With Giants losing player after player, Iron Eli Manning is worth his weight in gold – Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News

Everywhere he looks these days, Eli Manning can see holes in the lineup. Some of his favorite teammates and targets are gone from his offense. On the defense, it seems he sees a new devastating injury every day.

Manning shrugs it all off, as usual. Then he puts on his helmet and goes to work. That’s what he does.

That’s what he always does.

In the end, that may be the most important thing that’s happened to the Giants this summer. Despite all the bad news, all the unbelievable injuries, Manning is still standing. He’ll still be out there with his decimated team when he opens the season Sunday afternoon against the Redskins.

Whether he’s really a “Top 5” quarterback or not, there’s really no better feeling for the Giants than knowing he’s there.

Anybody buying any of that?


  1. cwel87 says:

    Daniel Snyder is such a scumbag that I hope the Redskins always suck under his reign.

    Thankfully, he seems to comply with such hopes.

  2. The Legend says:

    Scouts Inc. was really liked the signing of Mathis so it makes me wonder if he is actually a good player I guess we’ll find out today

    1. says:

      Pro Football Focus loves the guy too.

  3. brisulph says:

    Man, I am pretty sure no one believes in the Giants this year. If pundits and talking heads are right, this is a patented 4-12 season en route.

    1. cwel87 says:

      The Eagles are starting to have no one believe in them. The Rams are putting up 40 points on us today, the pundits proclaim!

      1. brisulph says:

        I’m not saying the pundits are going to be wrong either, but still they are getting no love from any quarter.

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