Prophet’s Pulpit-Giants vs Vikings- Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

The Giants played one of the worst teams in the league, the Washington Redskins. Along with Miami and Cincinnati, they are at the bottom of the league. This game was over early in the second quarter. It is certainly a feel good game for the Giants and Daniel Jones. They dominated the time of possession 36:09 to 23:51. However, it was a sloppy game and a better opponent could have easily put the Giants away in this one. Both Gallman and Hilliman fumbled. Hilliman fumbled inside the 5 yard line. Jones also threw 2 picks. The Giants were up 14-0 within the first 18 minutes of the game.

Gallman had a respectable day in replacing Barkley. He had 2 touchdowns, one rushing and 1 receiving. However his YPC average of 3.3 is not great. He did combine for 118 yards rushing and receiving. Jones had an average day. He completed 23 of 31 for 225 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. He did not have many deeps throws and the Giants receivers were able to take short passes and turn them into 15-20+ yard plays. I counted 145 yards on 7 such plays. When Jones threw deeper he was picked twice once at 24 yards and again at 23 yards. We will have to see if this is a trend. 

The Redskins were just inept at offense just generating 176 total yards. When Keenum threw his first pick they had no patience based on his previous 3 pick performance vs the Bears. They yanked him in favor of Haskins. Haskins only played 14 games at Ohio State and he certainly is not ready for prime time. Haskins said at the draft that he would make the Giants pay for not drafting him. I don’t think so! He made this Giants defense look like the 1986 version. He also made Jenkins, who I have been critical of in the past, look like Revis Island. He had 2 picks and caused a third deflecting a pass that Connolly intercepted. Jenkins will be tested for many weeks to come vs some of the best receivers in the league.  Haskins threw 3 more interceptions for a total of 4 for the team cementing the Giants victory. 

The Redskins only had 8 first downs and a third down conversion percentage of 18%. Giants’ rookie linebacker Connolly hurt his knee and had to leave the game. This is a big loss given that he has played so well. However, David Mayo, a 2015 Gettleman Carolina draft pick, played well in his absence with 8 tackles, 5 solos and 1 tackle for loss. I have not been happy with Gettleman but I admit this is a good pick up. 

So turning to this week and the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants start the Gauntlet portion of their schedule playing the entire NFC North, the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles twice. That’s 8 games that they will probably lose. Best case is that they win 2 of these. 

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Monday Morning Giants-NYG 24 Deathly Deadskins 3

Written by: Glenn Warciski and Paul Burke

What a difference in 14 days. After 2 miserable games, both resulting in ugly losses, this 2019 Giants team was foundering. Then, finally, the decision was made to pull the plug on the aging and unproductive Eli Manning. As a coincidence, the Giants, with Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback, has won two consecutive games. Now, the Giants have a 2-2 record, more importantly, they are tied for second in the NFC East. This means, as we head into October, this team still has meaningful games to play.

An ugly win, without question, but this was for the Giants fans. Justin Penik and David Powis of the Bleeding Blue Podcast was at the game. MetLife Stadium was packed and excited to watch their team play. As we pointed out two weeks ago, over the last two plus seasons, the Giants have been atrocious in front of their loyal fan base, posting a record of 4-13, ; but now 5-13 at MetLife Stadium. Indeed, it was an uplifting win because they defeated a division rival and are 1-1 in their division-NFC East.

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Prophet’s Pulpit-Redskins vs Giants Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

Wow what a shock! Daniel Jones exceeded every Giant’s fan wildest dreams, with a come from behind miracle win by 1 point 32-31. He did have a perfect storm that brought him the victory. The thing that you noticed right away that the team had a new energy that just was not evident with Eli. 

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Monday Morning Giants-Daniel Jones 32 Bucs 31

Written by: Paul Burke and Glenn Warciski

We now have reason to be excited, engaged, and more hopeful for the future in watching our team.  It took one player at the most impactful position; quarterback which has the most value. It is our belief,  Daniel Jones had one of the all time great first career games as a Giants rookie QB which is an understatement.  His 4 TDs with 2 from his feet and 2 from his arm hasn’t been seen since the days of Francis Tarkenton.  The Giants O scored 32 points with their best offensive weapon, Barkley, out and limited to 37 total yards (more on that later)   The total rushing yards equated to 74.  His OL gave up FIVE sacks including 3 by his LT, Solder (more on that later).
These are remarkable individual stats and stats to overcome to lead a team to 32 points of offense but there are other intangibles that stick out that make us nerds on NYGunderground more encouraged.  Below is a footage of Jones feeling pressure, using his feet and delivering a deep pass in stride.  It’s the awareness, mobility and athleticism that gets you excited about the future.

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Prophet’s Pulpit-Giants vs Tampa Bay-Preview & Prediction

Bleeding Blue’s Justin Penik with today’s starting quarterback for the New York Football Giants

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

The Prophet had last week’s game called right almost to the exact score. I had predicted the Bills game to be in favor of the Bills 27-16. The actual score was 28-14. The Giants could not do what I said was one key to the game. They did not keep Allen in the pocket and he did run for a touchdown also. The Bills did not torch the defense like Dallas did. However they did not have to when they mounted 21 unanswered points by halftime after the Giants scored on the opening drive. That drive was all rushing and all Barkley. He had over 100 yards rushing in the game but it does not matter when the rest of the team is a mess. The Giants are 5-13 with Barkley. The Bills shortened the contest with the run game amounting to 151 yards and almost 33 minutes of time of possession. Over 9 minutes of that came in the 4th quarter where they salted the game away. Giant’s defense did give up a 51 pass play to Beasley in the second quarter on a scoring drive. They were not blameless in the loss. 

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Bills 28 NYG 14-Giants Stink Up MetLife Stadium

photo courtesy of NJ.com

Written by: Paul Burke and Glenn Warciski

Home field advantage? The Giants do not have an advantage at home. After yet another ugly loss at home, losing to the Bills, the Giants stunk it up and, fall to 0-2 on the season. Over the last two plus seasons, the Giants have a record of 4-13 in the dull, drab, and gray confines located in northern New Jersey.

Speaking of stinking things up, in the offseason, prominent NBC football reporter Peter King characterized the Giants as “having a dark cloud” around them. The takeaway: whatever the Giants brass do to ameliorate their wretched mess, it does not seem to get better. In fact we asked King on Twitter about the Giants which we have coined a franchise in crisis.

Like last week, the Giants offense got off to a fast start. With 5 running plays, culminating with All-World Barkley’s 27 yard scamper, the Giants took a 7-0 lead. Then, the suspect Giants defense stopped the Bills on their first possession- a 3 and out. Subsequently, on the Giants next possession, Barkley gained 5 yards on first down. Then, inexplicably, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur removed him from the game. The Giants went three and out. We believe this was the turning point of the game. Because the Bills scored 21 unanswered points. What is going on with Shurmur? Why did Barkley leave the game?

The past 7 years we’ve heard about execution, play better as a team, practice better, I need to do a better job, tighten things up, execute our assignments…….on and on.  Here’s a novel approach, start playing better.  Own that you are not a good team.  Own that you lack talent and flawless execution isn’t going to help you in W column.  Eli is lead spokesperson (insert tweet)
Let us bash Eli more.  He’s 116-116 in regular season.  He’s a HOF candidate? No, he is not a HOF candidate.   We love Eli.  He brought us 2 Super Bowls, but please walk away in grace. Please, we want to remember you for the glory not the gory.
Saquon is on an island.  He was shipped out and isolated.  At one point in game he accounted for 55+ percentage of yards for Giants before Bills clamped down.  Their secondary was signed for Engram from sidelines all game and stacked box.  The safeties and CBs were communicated from Bills sideline on were Engram was positioned.  Great game planning by Bills as he was the only WR threat.  
Shout out to Tony as I thought it would be a toss up.  You nailed it.
We are sooooooo tired of losing.  Really tired of losing.  Please help us and Saquon from our island!

Prophet’s Pulpit-Bills vs NYG Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

Giants looking for their first win of 2019

Dave Gettleman’s arrogance by ignoring to create a pass rush in the off season has bit the Giants in the butt! They could not get to Zak last week and he had a field day carving up a Giants defense that looks worse than last year! I’m talking about the defense that was without Snacks Harrison and Eli Apple. I don’t know how that is possible. The defense is very young. The DB’s are also young. First round pick Baker got burnt for a TD and Bethea looks like a slow 14 year veteran. He may have hit the wall and not being able to catch up. 

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Monday Morning Giants- Dallas 35 NYG 10

Super Barkley

Written by: Glenn Warciski and Paul Burke

Ugh! The more things change with the Giants team the more they remain the same. The arch rival Dallas Cowboys mauled the Giants 35-10. We are not counting the garbage touchdown scored by the Giants late in the game. Another Sunday and yet again another Giants loss. Chew on this Giants fans. 4 losses in a row dating back to last year. Going back to 2012, 47-67 overall record and 16-27 record in the NFC East. This is a franchise in crisis! To make matters worse, this 2019 Giants team, clearly overmatched, could not stay toe to toe with a much better Cowboys team. With so much optimism entering this season and a proclamation made by Giants GM Dave Gettleman, “Check the Resume” and “Trust Me”- blew up like an imprecation in his face. Albeit, we are not surprised, because if you read our prediction post; well, we think this is a 5 win team. We were surprised they played this poorly on offense and defense.

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Prophet’s Pulpit-NYG vs Cowboys Week 1 Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony "The Prophet" Yantosca

Prophet Bleeds Blue

This is the 5th year that I am embarking on previewing and predicting Giants games with “The Prophet’s Pulpit”. I want to thank Glenn at nygunderground.com for giving me the opportunity. I have been a Giants’ fan since 1960 when I started watching them as a 7 year old. That was also the first year of the AFL. This is my 60th year of watching the NFL and I am grateful for that. I have witnessed “real” football and not the watered down product of today. I also do not want to see anyone get hurt. I have seen every Super Bowl and every big game like: The Immaculate Reception, the Ice Bowl, The Catch, The Fumble, The Tuck Rule, The Sea of Hands game, The Heidi Bowl, The Holy Roller, Miracle at the Meadowlands 1&2, The Fog Bowl, The Hail Mary, The Epic in Miami, (that was the best game ever until the Rams/Chiefs game this year), Music City Miracle, The Comeback, Ambush at Mile High, et. al. So I try to bring some history to this post. 

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