Saints VS Giants Recap

By: Damian Adams

Last season the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants played against each other in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This may have been the craziest game of the 2015 season as the Saints won 52-49, both offenses ran up and down the field as if no one was in front of them. Drew Brees went 39-50, passing for 505 yards, and 7 touchdowns.  Eli Manning wasn’t bad himself, as he went 30-41, passing for 350 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Last year’s shootout had many expecting a similar result this year. What a difference a year makes?

This year’s match-up was the complete opposite of last year’s game, this one was played at MetLife Stadium. The Saints punted on their first five possessions as they could not get in a rhythm. The black and gold’s longest possession was two minutes and 38 seconds during that span. New Orleans’ defense did a great job during that time, despite constantly being on the field. They gave up a lot yards to the Giants but were able to force four turnovers (three fumbles, turnover on downs), bending but not breaking. The last fumble recovered by New Orleans put their offense in position to kick a field goal.

The Giants blocked the low kicked field goal attempt, Janoris Jenkins scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown. This play was a ten point swing for the Giants as they took three points away from the Saints and gained seven points. New Orleans did recover on the next drive and ended it with a made field goal. The New York Giants were up 7-3 at the half.

New York started the second half by missing a 53 yard field goal attempt. New Orleans’ offense again did not capitalize on the mishap, as they punted after another sub-three minute possession. Eli Manning and the Giants offense responded with an 11 play drive, which lasted six minutes and ended with a made field goal. Giants were up 10-3 at this point. Drew Brees and the saints offense responded with their best drive of the game, going 74 yards on nine plays, ending the drive with a touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Willie Snead IV. This drive was just over four minutes long. Game was tied 10-10. New York came right back with another, 11 play drive that ended with a made field goal, 13-10 Giants.  The Saints offense would respond with a eight play drive, going 47 yards, ending that drive with a made field goal, game tied 13-13.

The Giants got the ball back with two minutes and 54 seconds left in the game. The drive looked to be stalling when Eli Manning threw a jump ball up to Victor Cruz. Saints defensive back Ken Crawley was in perfect position to get an interception or knock the ball down. Crawley was not able to do so as he made a rookie mistake,trying to catch the ball as if he was an open receiver giving Cruz the opportunity to snatch the ball away from him. Cruz made a great play on this 34 yard reception, which forced the Saints to take their final timeout, as the Giants were on the Saints two yard line. New York played it smart, taking knees and killing time until they kicked the very short game winning field goal as time expired, Giants won 16-13.

This game may have ended with the Giants offense getting the best of the Saints defense but New Orleans’ offense is the one to blame for this lost. The Saints have a very young defense especially in the secondary and the game plan should have been to control the clock and keep the Giants offense off the field. Sean Payton seemed to want to do that at the start of the game but got away from the run, the Saints only ran the ball 13 times for 41 yards. The Giants ran the ball 32 times for 64 yards. Even though New York only averaged two yards per carry, they stuck with it and were not one dimensional. This lack of a running game by New Orleans forced their defense to be on the field a lot more than it should have. The Saints lost the time of possession battle 34:07 to 25:53. This caused New Orleans’ defense to be tired at the end of the game.

The key play of the game was the blocked field goal turned touchdown by the Giants, that was a ten point swing and New York won by three points.

The fan bases of both teams can go into next week with a positive outlook. The Giants are (2-0) with two ugly victories where their defense has played very well. The offense has had two sloppy performances and they still came out with wins in both games. To be (2-0) with room to improve is a great place to be. The Saints are (0-2) but have lost both games by a combined four points, game one the offense was great and defense didn’t show up, game two it was vice versa. Hopefully week 3 and throughout the rest of the season they can put it all together. Next week may be a “must win” game for the black and gold.

NFL Review 8/8-8/14

By LaDonna Williams

It’s a new week, that means it’s time for a new weekly review. This week’s NFL review there have been several severe injuries and a few that have been just a scare. There also have been, somewhat were they thinking moments.

Injuries

Lions, TE, Eric Ebron, hurt his lower leg in practice this past weekend. Different sources saying it was devastating, but others are saying it’s not as serious as it seems. Lions organization still hasn’t released a statement about his injury.

Buccaneers, DE, George Johnson, fractured his hip on Thursday at practice, he has been placed on the IR this past Saturday.

August 8, 2016

Dolphins, CB, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, tore his ACL in practice. He tore his other  ACL while playing at Oregon. Dolphins released him afterwards.

Bears, C, Hroniss Grasu, tore his ACL and he is out for the season

August 9, 2016

Patriots, DE, Rob Ninkovich, tore his triceps, return to be announced.

Patriots, WR, Julian Edelman, went down at practice today and needed help to get off the field. Later on sources stated the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought.

Giants, WR, Victor Cruz, left practice due to groin tightness. This isn’t good for Cruz because he just got off the injured reserved from last year’s injury. Can Cruz get 100% healthy this year?

Update on Stevie Johnson status as of  August 11th, he will be out for the rest of the year.

On Thursday, during the Eagles vs Tampa Bay game Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs. He will miss a few weeks, the team thinks he will be back by week one. In the Steelers camp tight end Ladarius Green was sidelined not for an ankle injury, but for reoccurring headaches. At this point Steelers may want to look at another option at tight end.

On Saturday, Bills OLB IK Enemkpali tore his right ACL in the team’s preseason opener vs the Colts. He will be out the whole season.

Things that make you go hmm?

Eagles, OT, Lane Johnson facing 10-game suspension for PED violation. He is denying the report. He states what he took that triggered the violation isn’t on the NFL PED banned list.

On Aug 8th, RGIII was named starter by the Cleveland Browns. Was there another option?

Not really football related, but Tim Tebow has decided he wants to be a baseball player. Will he be a better baseball player than he was a quarterback? Good Luck Tim!

Did Jeff Fisher cut Deon Long for bringing a woman to his camp dorm room? The answer to that is YES! Long was cut July 31st but the reasons of why weren’t disclosed. It was until the Tuesday debut of Hard Knocks came on and it came out that evening.

Josh Norman is already causing issues with the Redskins. He decided (without notifying any of his coaches) to sign a deal with Fox to be a part of their NFL coverage. Yes, there are other players doing this, but I am pretty sure they spoke to their coaches before they signed the contract.

 Farewell

Wide receiver Lance Moore who just got signed by the Atlanta Falcons, announced his retirement. He has played in the NFL for 10 years.

The Packers Will Clinch a Playoff Spot this Week if…

The NFL realeased their playoffs scenarios for the upcoming games, and for the Packers it’s not that complicated at all. All Green Bay has to do to assure themselves a spot in this year’s playoffs, is win their Week 15 matchup against the Raiders.

This should be very good motivation for a team that has been looking to right their ship over the last few weeks, as they go into the Coliseum to face an Oakland team that is coming off an exciting upset victory against the Denver Broncos.

However, the Packers will have to wait until at least Week 16 before they can start thinking about winning the division, and clinching a bye or home field advantage, as their are no scenarios available this week that would make that possible.

Packer fans should be happy about how simple the plan is for their team. Win and your in. For a team that is loaded with experience, talent and potential, that should be a simple task going in against a Raiders team who’s record sits at 6-7. However, the Packers biggest problem this year has been staying focused. This very straight forward plan should help greatly with that problem.  

 
If for some reason, the Packers should fail to accomplish that goal, there is still hope for them to clinch a playoff spot this week. 

They would need Tampa Bay to either lose or tie tomorrow night on the road against the Rams, and they would need for the Giants to either lose or tie at home against the Panthers, or the Redskins to lose or tie at home against the Bills on Sunday.

Playoff scenarios

  • 1. Packers win.
  • 2. Buccaneers lose or tie, and Giants lose or tie.
  • 3. Buccaneers lose or tie, and Redskins lose or tie.

Of Course I Know Who Will Win Super Bowl 50! …and the 2016 election for that matter.

The NFL has captured the passion and imagination of our country for so long that it has entwined itself with every part of our culture. They say that life imitates art. One has to wonder, are we just becoming an imitation of the performances they put in front of us on the field every Sunday? The question you will need to ask yourself as we go back through the last decade and a half of Super Bowls and politics is, “Has it gone too far?” Feel free to follow along as we discover that not only has every Super Bowl this century had a specific theme, but it is also a reflection of what we can expect from our country on a broader spectrum.

2001- No Body Cares Bowl

Do you remember back at the turn of the millennium when the Baltimore Ravens (Maryland is one of the states that donated land for Washington D.C.) crushed the New York Giants (the team from the Greatest City in the East Coast) in the Super Bowl? Of course you don’t. Nothing had happened yet to catch our attention. So why are we even talking about this? Why is it relevant? It’s not really. Except for the fact that they were just laying the ground work, and teaching us a lesson that “defense is important.” It wins Championships!

2002 -911 Bowl

I have no doubt, however, that you remember that dreadful year when New York City was attacked. The whole country, man, woman and child were left in terror, and in a brilliant twist of fate, the Patriots (the team that represents early America) who beat the Raiders (the team that was once from the Greatest City on the West Coast) thanks to the Tuck Rule, went on to beat the Saint Louis Rams (the team from the Gateway City) for the victory that every American would cherish. They gave us something to be proud of, something to calm our fears.

2003 – John Gruden Bowl

A year later, while we were all reveling in the greatness of our country. John Gruden (the league’s most popular young coach) left Oakland for the Sunshine State, and led his new team, the Buccaneers to a victory over his nasty old team, the Raiders, who thought they deserved to be in the Super Bowl the year before. Was it all just another coincidence? Or was there some sort of theme developing here as the “old” gave way to the “new.”

For future reference, it was also the year the “Rooney Rule” was put in place.

2004 – Oh Shit! Bowl

But wait a minute. What about that brave little team from New England with the mad genius coach and wonderboy quarterback who were irrelevant before they won the Super Bowl 2 years ago, but had left a mark of pride on every citizen of this proud country. We almost forgot about them. As a matter of fact they weren’t even in the playoffs the year before. Don’t worry, they are back, and they are playing in the biggest game against another nice team from the East Coat, the Carolina Panthers (the upcoming city that represents prosperity). The Patriots win again, but just barely. Had this team really found the magic formula to success? Or did they simply have to justify their first win without making it too obvious? Only time will tell, but for now it feels good, and makes perfect sense.

Also, as a side note, this was an election year, but I don’t want to get to far ahead of myself just yet.

2005 – Dynasty Bowl

You guessed it. The Patriots are here again. Why? Because now they’ve made you comfortable with the idea that this team who has never really been relevant at any point in history, excluding a few choice cameos of course, is the real deal. So when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles (the city who represents our Liberty) you barely bat an eye. I mean, 3 out of 4 Super Bowls. This renegade squad who just came crashing down on us like a plane out of the sky, might just be the best team of all time.

2006 – Homecoming Bowl

The last time Detroit (the Motor City), hosted a Super Bowl was in 1982. This year, after Jerome Bettis (one of the most popular running backs of the era) announced his intention to retire, the Pittsburgh Steelers (the Steel City) beat the Seattle Seahawks (the city that represents the lumber industry, and that also popularized the grunge lifestyle) in the “Bus'” home town. What could distract us more easily from the puppets on the strings on the stage in front of us than a fan favorite going out in style in front of his hometown fans?

2007- NAACP Bowl

For years now, we had known that Tony Dungy was going to be the first African American Head Coach to coach his team in a Super Bowl. Why? We didn’t know this yet, but it would be a lot easier to have an African American President, if an African American had just been to the big game the year before. As luck would have it, not only did Dungy win, but he just so happened to beat his good friend Lovie Smith, who also happened to be the other first African American Head Coach to coach in a Super Bowl, and his team happened to be the Chicago Bears (the city which represents Barack Obama).

The winning quarterback in that game was Peyton Manning.

2008- NoBody is Perfect Bowl

Earlier this year it had come to light that the Patriots who had won our hearts by unifying our country after 9/11, just may have cheated during their Super Bowl run. Was is possible that our most beautiful truth could actually be a brutal lie? Was somebody attempting to pull the wool over our eyes? There was only one way to rectify the situation. Let Tom Brady and his crew win every game that season. Well, at least every game until they met the team who hailed from the city where the attack had taken place. Even though on paper it seemed like their was no way the New York Giants could possibly win this game against such an impossible opponent, they did. David had once again beat Goliath. Justice was served.

The winning quarterback in that game was Eli Manning. And by the way, it was an election year, and just like in the Super Bowl, the underdog won.

2009 – Rooney Rule Bowl

This year, after longtime Coach Mike Tomlin retired, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a decision to make. They were looking for a new head coach, and the top three candidates where Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Offensive Line Coach Russ Grimm, or Rooney Rule candidate Mike Tomlin. In a politically correct world, the Steelers knew they better do the politically correct thing. So obviously they chose Tomlin. Whisenhunt and Grimm went off to coachthe Arizona Cardinals ( the state that represents immigration). Ironically, even though the Cardinals hadn’t been to any form of championship game in 51 years,the two teams met in the Super Bowl, and Tomlin won. Not only was this a happy victory for minorities, it was further proof that the country had done the right thing by electing an African American president.

2010 – Katrina Bowl

The New Orleans Saints had been been irrelevant forever. As a matter of fact before they traded for Drew Brees, the only player who had ever meant anything to the team had been star quarterback Archie Manning. Now it’s one thing to believe that the government knew that a terrorist attack would happen, but a natural disaster? Is that even possible? Well after the city of New Orleans had been destroyed, and they advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the Minnesotta Vikings and Brett Favre who had grown up about an hour away from the “Big Easy,”not only did the ‘Aints save the day, but they did it by defeating Archie Manning’s son Peyton.

2011 – Traitors Will not be Tolerated Bowl

Brett Favre had brought the glory days back to the Green Bay Packers (the city that represents the fans as owners). He had not only become the favorite son of the Packers, but of the NFL as a whole, and the symbol of endurance and determination we could all relate to. However, the Packers had moved on to a new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, the one who Favre had held down for 3 years. The year after Favre lost to the Saints in the NFC Championship Game, he started to unravel. The Packers and Rodgers struggled through an injury plagued year, but somehow managed to take the route of the Wild Card to win the Super Bowl the year he retired,in New Orleans of course, and his most loyal fans turned against him. Once again the underdog had won, and the tyrant who turned his back on his team had been put in his place.

2012 – Deja vu Bowl

Once again it’s an election year, and just like clockwork the Patriots and Giants are in the Super Bowl. The precedent had been set the year before by the Packers, that a Wild Card team could win the big game. Once again the Giants won, and Obama was re-elected.

2013 – Sibling Rivalry Bowl

Is it just coincidence that once again a first happened in the Super Bowl? That Ravens Coach Jim Haurbaugh, and 49ers Coach John Harbaugh were pitted against each other? Brother against Brother, East Coast against West Coast. Now that we’d already been warned about what happens to traitors, were they threatening us with Civil War? The “good” brother beat the “bad” brother. Was that some kind of message. Maybe. But if Ray Lewis (who represents O.J. Simpson) can win a championship in his last year in the league, then I’m guessing we are probably safe. Right?

2014 – Smoka Bowl

This time the irony was a bit more subtle, but it just so happened that marijuana being legalized brought on a matchup of teams from Colorado and Washington, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. After all the tragedy that the country had faced, I guessed they decided that they would let us all feel a mile high. Well, at least until the Seahawks crushed the Broncos. Then we all just felt confused. What was the message we were supposed to learn from this one? It appears the only answer was that now the defense had gone on the offensive.

2015- War on Drugs Bowl

Of course this year they have to dash our hopes and remind us of the price we have to pay for them giving us hope how many years ago. They proved that even in a year that they struggle, they can march back into our world any time they want to, and take away our fun. No matter if the Patriots were dishonest, they were our Saviors, and we just had to deal with it. Remind you of anyone?

2016 – Untoucha Bowl

It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe Tom Brady cheated. That wasn’t the point they were trying to prove. The point is that they want you to know that even if he did, there is nothing you can do about it. And even if the Patriots lose every player on the roster, he will still find a way to beat you, whenever he and the “Hoodie” see fit. Because they are that good? No. Because they saved you from 9/11. They deserve your unconditional trust.

But before you go and guess that I’m predicting the Patriots will win the Super Bowl in 2016, remember this. It’s an election year. After 8 games the Giants are an invisible 4-4. Even though they lead their division by half a game, nobody is taking them serious. They are very quietly the best team in the league’s most unpredictable division. However, if you watched the game this week, you probably noticed that Eli Manning is starting to find his groove again. The Giants may have lost but they were part of the most exciting game of the season against the New Orleans Saints, and what you probably don’t know is, after losing two fingers in the most patriotic way possible, in a fireworks accident on the 4th of July, Jason Pierre-Paul is only a game or two away from coming back to help shore up the Giants defense, and as we all know, Defense wins Championships!

Oh…About that other thing.

Its becoming very clear that whoever is pulling the strings behind the curtain, is well aware that they can convince us that anything is okay in real life, as long as it happens on the football field first. Just in case you weren’t aware, this year they introduced us to the idea that it’s fine for a woman to coach or ref in an NFL game.

So after you watch the Super Bowl, don’t forget to get out and vote. Your country is counting on you!