After a bye week, football is back. With snow. Seriously, weather? Snow? In October? And not just flurries. 12 inches. I can’t handle it. It probably shouldn’t have too much of an effect on the game, but still.
Doubtful: CB Vontae Davis (hamstring), RB Daniel Thomas (hamstring)
Questionable: G Richie Incognito (ankle), S Reshad Jones (knee), DE Kendall Langford (hip)
Probable: RB Reggie Bush (neck), CB Nolan Carroll (hamstring), S Chris Clemons (hamstring), T Marc Colombo (knee), WR Edmond Gates (groin), QB Matt Moore (ribs), DE Jared Odrick (knee)
Out: CB Prince Amukamara (foot)
Doubtful: RB Henry Hynoski (neck)
Questionable: T Stacy Andrews (back), DE Justin Tuck (groin, neck)
Probable: LB Michael Boley (knee), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), G Chris Snee (concussion), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
The Giants have been rolling on offense. Eli Manning is perhaps playing the best football of his career. Contributions from guys like Jake Ballard and Victor Cruz have been enormous. The Giants need to get the run game consistently going, but last game at Buffalo was a good start. We’ll see how the return of Brandon Jacobs impacts the ground game. I do think the Giants still need to get Mario Manningham more involved. Hakeem Nicks is going to draw double teams, and while Cruz has stepped up, if Manningham were to also step up, it would make things that much better. The Dolphins secondary is banged up, so maybe this would be a good week to start.
The Giants should have an easy time against a punchless Miami offense. Matt Moore is not a NFL QB. Reggie Bush is overpaid, and was always overrated (By the way, how smart does Houston look for taking Mario Williams? Houston probably should have tried to trade down from that number one pick, but regardless, they won that draft). Brandon Marshall is a legit number one receiver, but he’s had issues so far this year with holding onto the ball and consistently beating double teams. The Giants should be able to overpower the Fins, especially on the pass rush. If Tuck is to come back, that will improve things markedly.
The Dolphins suck (for Luck). Plain and simple. Yes, they have injuries, most notably to Chad Henne. But their defense is awful. And surprisingly so, because they have a bunch of talented guys, and a talented coordinator in Mike Nolan. But this is a team that is on its last legs. I doubt Tony Sparano stays much longer, especially with flirtations with Bill Cowher reportedly happening. The Dolphins will be playing for pride, and you have to be on alert for the trap game. The Giants are just so much more talented.
Like I said above, you have to be on alert for the trap game scenario. The Dolphins are probably angry hearing about the whole Suck For Luck crap, that you might see them come out with some pride, just let it fly. Are they talented enough to beat the Giants? No. But, Any Given Sunday. That said, I think that the Giants are playing too well right now, the Dolphins are playing too poorly, and it will end up working itself out. FINAL SCORE: Giants 28, Dolphins 10
No game coverage today. My apologies. My girlfriend is meeting the parents. We’ll check in with score updates and such.