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Defenderdawg : 10/7/2017 10:15 am

Kratch Chargers at Giants NFL Week 5 weather report: Will rain impact game, fantasy football?

Serby NYP: Giants need to snap first-quarter bugaboo, or it will get ugly

Traina B/R: 7 Keys to Victory in New York Giants' Week 5 Matchup

Magliocchetti Inside Football: Preview: Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants

Traina Inside Football: New York Giants Reader Mailbag: Eye Toward the Future


Kussoy NYP: McAdoo: Giants not that different from last year’s playoff team

Red NYDN: Ben McAdoo: Beckham's comments about predictability a 'non-issue'

Duggan McAdoo says offensive predictability is a 'non-issue'


Pflum BBV: Giants vs. Chargers: When The Giants Have The Ball


Kussoy NYP: Giants coach: Buccaneer CB’s claim might be bogus


Eisen Manning and Rivers forever linked by Draft Day trade

Glauber Newsday: Giants QB Eli Manning can thank Ernie Accorsi for keeping him out of San Diego — and he did


Stapleton The Record: All aboard the Wayne Train: Rookie RB Gallman ready to go in Big Blue backfield

Rock Newsday: Low-key Wayne Gallman expected to be high-volume in Giants’ backfield

RV SNY: Wayne Gallman will get chance to help Giants' struggling running game

Eisen Wayne Gallman aims to build off impressive debut


Red NYDN: Beckham injury not expected to cramp Big Blue’s style Sunday

Kratch Giants' Brandon Marshall on mental health awareness: 'That's what I want my legacy to be'


Raanan ESPN NY: String of scary pass-rushers awaits Giants' struggling tackles

Duggan Giants offensive line plagued by fundamental flaws

Kussoy NYP: Giants’ latest offensive line shakeup could be their riskiest

Kussoy NYP: Giants’ offensive line will be without at least one starter


Eisen Giants turn to Brett Jones to snap


Pizzuta BBV: Giants vs. Chargers 2017, Week 5: When The Chargers Have The Ball


Duggan Is Johnathan Hankins' departure the reason for the Giants run defense's collapse?


Valentine BBV: One-On-One With Giants Rookie DE Avery Moss


Rock Newsday: Giants’ Eli Apple won’t let himself be beaten down over TDs

Healy NYDN: Eli Apple doesn't lack for confidence despite sophomore struggles


Kussoy NYP: Landon Collins reveals formula for regaining his All-Pro form


Stapleton The Record: Giants remain confident in kicker Aldrick Rosas' resiliency


Breer MMQB: Cowboys-Packers, Bears-Vikings: Previewing the NFL's Biggest Games in Week 5

Benoit MMQB: Rams Can Expose the Seahawks on Both Sides of the Ball
Plus, why Xavier Rhodes has been the best cornerback in the NFL through four weeks, Ameer Abdullah and Casey Hayward impress, and why Cam Newton should have just pointed out how well Devin Funchess played

Klemko MMQB: Football in America: The Family Game in Minnesota
From a farm town of 700 where fans watch from the hillside to a packed Vikings stadium that serves as a Sunday sanctuary in all weather, there’s a feeling of home to football in the Twin

Ledbetter AJC: At season’s quarter pole, Dan Quinn likes Falcons’ new coordinators

Ledbetter AJC: Falcons staying patient with rookie class

Ledbetter AJC: The Bow Tie Chronicles: Alex Mack reflects on the bye week, short yardage chess game

Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Ravens news, notes and opinions on value of Brandon Williams, Collins' third chance, fixing offense

Lee Baltimore Sun: High number of penalties does not worry Ravens coach John Harbaugh

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Marty Mornhinweg offers few solutions to Ravens' scoring-challenged offense

Lee Baltimore Sun: Ravens defense searching for ways to revive suddenly dormant pass rush

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Terrell Suggs' message to improve Ravens' defense: 'Don't be an idiot'

Person Charlotte Observer: Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart won’t talk about himself, so we asked others. And, wow

Person Charlotte Observer: Panthers tackle Matt Kalil questionable for Lions game with groin injury

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Six degrees of Pepper-ation? Quarterbacks just can’t seem to avoid Julius Peppers

Person Charlotte Observer: Message hidden in Panthers’ signing of veteran safety Jairus Byrd is loud and clear

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears Q& A: Mike Glennon intrigue, Mitch Trubisky-Tanner Gentry connection, defense

Wiederer Chicago Tribune: Bears have successful blueprint to attack aggressive Vikings defense

Kane Chicago Tribune: Dowell Loggains: Mitch Trubisky as close to ready as any rookie he's seen

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Receivers have chance to be better with Mitch Trubisky … and they'd better be

Terrell ESPN Cincinnati: A tale of two tackles: The Bengals clearly miss Andrew Whitworth during 1-3 start

Dehner Cin Enquirer: Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson earning respect along with pressures

Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: Trying week calls progress of Browns plan into question, but Sashi Brown remains steadfast

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Hue Jackson: 'I believe in Isaiah Crowell' and 3 other things we learned

Labbe Cleveland Plain Dealer: James Burgess has waited -- and worked -- for his opportunity with the Browns

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Myles Garrett looking to score 'a fat guy's touchdown' in his debut against the Jets

Schwartz SB Nation: The Cowboys’ offense is struggling, but there’s no reason to panic

Shook New O-line pieces, slower Elliott hurting Cowboys' rushing game

Archer ESPN Dallas: Cowboys must find way to get Cole Beasley involved in offense

Archer ESPN Dallas: Taco Charlton, Cowboys coaches want more production

Epstein Dallas Morning News: Chidobe Awuzie wants you to know something about his matchup with Aaron Rodgers

George SB Nation: The NFL was done with Jamaal Charles, but he wasn’t done with it

Kosmider Denver Post: Wide receiver Bennie Fowler making most of larger role with Broncos; team to “force” rest

Jhabalva Denver Post: For Broncos’ revamped O-line, pass protection still a work in progress

Jhabalva Denver Post: The Broncos’ defense has been a run-stopping force. But here’s “the crazy part” …

Jhabalva Denver Post: One key signing in March helped Broncos’ defense reach new heights

Birkett Detroit Free Press: The time Jim Caldwell had a phone conversation with Bear Bryant

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions offense has 'a lot of meat left on the bone'

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Inside the Lions: Ameer Abdullah is a more efficient RB

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick's numbers have been declining

Meinke Michigan Live: Michael Roberts moved pianos to make money in college. Then the Lions drafted him, and he retired his mother. Q& A

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Lions wary of Cam Newton's running: 'I don’t think he can beat us throwing the ball'

Birkett Detroit Free Press: After 3 suspensions, can the Detroit Lions trust Armonty Bryant?

Meinke Michigan Live: Tahir Whitehead is playing like one of the NFL's top linebackers

Silverstein Mil JS: McCarthy not holding back in preparation for Cowboys

Wood Mil JS: Packers' defense hopes to extend ‘slower start’ for Cowboys' offense

Wood Mil JS: Packers' defensive mainstay Mike Daniels vows to play vs. Cowboys

Wood Mil JS: Packers have 'moved forward' from Damarious Randall incident

Silverstein Mil JS: Packers notes: Morgan Burnett in right position to relay defensive signals

Wood Mil JS: Packers notes: End of Clinton-Dix's streak benefits younger safeties

Cohen Mil JS: Rookie Justin Vogel getting the hang of Packers' punting priorities

McClsin Houston Chronicle: Deshaun Watson, Bill O'Brien growing together with Texans

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans rookie Deshaun Watson to face aggressive Chiefs defense

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans rookie D’Onta Foreman ‘itching’ for long run

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans showcasing Lamar Miller's receiving skills

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' DeAndre Hopkins enjoying new playbook wrinkles with Deshaun Watson

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' Will Fuller developing into a key offensive weapon

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' defense well-rested after routing Titans

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans nose tackle D.J. Reader off to fast start

Wilson Houston Chronicle: New Texans LB Ben Heeney could bolster special teams

Holder Indianapolis Star: Insider: Why the Colts sitting Andrew Luck is a terrible idea

Branch SF Chronicle: 13,256: Perspective on Frank Gore’s rushing total

Branch SF Chronicle: Fueled by love, Frank Gore capped 49ers’ career with a flourish


Reid Florida Times Union: Third down problems hampering Jaguars’ offense


Heilman Florida Times Union: Jaguars trying to fix league’s worst run defense before facing Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars Notes: Alualu will always root for former team … except Sunday

Reid Florida Times Union: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye bracing for difficult challenge against Steelers WR Antonio Brown

Kerkhoff KC Star: Deshaun Watson a Chief? Patrick Mahomes a Texan? Could’ve happened

Paylor KC Star: Rookie rave review: Kareem Hunt, Deshaun Watson on collision course

Kerkhoff KC Star: The diagnosis: sprained knee for Chiefs’ guard Duvernay-Tardif

Gregorian KC Star: Ex-Army coach Bob Sutton says many former players “do what they do” for right to protest

Williams ESPN LA: Chargers LB Jatavis Brown questionable, RB Branden Oliver out

Woike LA Times: Matchup between oldies Philip Rivers and Eli Manning could be a goodie

Williams ESPN LA: NFL ironmen Philip Rivers and Eli Manning put durability on display

Wang OC Register: Chargers RB Austin Ekeler eager to build on first career touchdown

DIGiovanna LA Times: Chargers report: Defensive backs must find the middle ground on hits

Klein LA Times: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees a big difference in Rams quarterback Jared Goff

Gonzalez ESPN LA: Is Todd Gurley's increased workload sustainable?

Klein LA Times: Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' backfield will be a big test for the Rams' thriving offense

Gonzalez ESPN LA: Rams spreading the ball around, and Sammy Watkins is fine with that

Thiry LA Times: Rams receiver Mike Thomas returns from four-game suspension

Thiry LA Times: Andrew Whitworth's leadership sparks turnaround for Rams' offensive line

Klein LA Times: Rams like what they see with Michael Brockers on the outside looking in on the defensive line

Klein LA Times: Greg Zuerlein piles up points and helps Rams get some kicks

Salguero Miami Herald: 1,063 words of Miami Dolphins information out of Salguero’s notebook

Salguero Miami Herald: Jay Cutler honeymoon is over but bench him? No way

Jackson Miami Herald: Dolphins’ Jakeem Grant conundrum; Dolphins notes

Schad Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins should play Anthony Fasano more, Julius Thomas less

Jackson Miami Herald: Miami Dolphins defense getting healthier

Salguero Miami Herald: Rey Maualuga will likely be doing something Sunday he hasn’t done before

Salguero Miami Herald: Byron Maxwell in the doghouse for good reason but not the one you think

Tomasson Vikings’ Sam Bradford back at practice, but Jon Gruden doesn’t see him playing

Tomasson Vikings sign RB Stevan Ridley to take Dalvin Cook’s spot on roster

Goessling Minn Star Tribune: After Dalvin Cook's injury, should Vikings trade for Adrian Peterson? Don't bet on it

Tomasson Michael Floyd joins Vikings’ competition to be No. 3 wide receiver

Krammer Minn Star Tribune: Vikings' offensive line is glimmer of hope in suddenly precarious season

Volin Boston Globe: This time, Patriots’ defense held up its end

Reiss ESPN Boston: Penalties, short-yardage running headline Patriots' areas to improve

Reiss ESPN Boston: Tom Brady on clutch WR Danny Amendola: 'He's had such a great year'

Reiss ESPN Boston: Pats TE Jacob Hollister: 'If you look at how I got here, it doesn't make sense'

Howe Boston Herald: Patriots defense got back to basics and may have found some momentum

Talbot NY Upstate: Buffalo Bills not shocked by Stephon Gilmore's struggles: 'He has no dog in him'

Teope Saints' Curtis Johnson looks forward to getting Willie Snead back in lineup

Teope Saints' versatility on offensive line helps overcome injuries through first quarter of season

Erickson NO Advocate: Ryan Ramczyk's 'mental toughness' has helped Saints weather injuries at tackle

Erickson NO Advocate: Early freefall averted, Dennis Allen's next task is to keep Saints defense playing like it has the past two weeks

Mehta NYDN: Josh McCown’s Sept. 2016 warrior performance against Ravens epitomized why Jets signed him

Rubin NYP: This old Jets hallmark is now one of their biggest concerns

Gehlken LV Review Journal: Derek Carr 1 of 5 Raiders ‘questionable’ for Sunday vs. Ravens

Gehlken LV Review Journal: Raiders’ cornerback situation in flux after 4 games

McLane Eagles, 3-1 again, say they're different this time

Domowitch Carson Wentz excelling where it counts - on third down and in the red zone

Bowen Wendell Smallwood injury, stout Cardinals defense raise a running question for the Eagles

McLane Film Breakdown: Why Lane Johnson should make a difference

Bowen Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins admires Larry Fitzgerald's attention to detail

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Le'Veon Bell is the reason for the NFL's running back resurgence

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Hines Ward sheds some light on 'diva' receivers and distractions

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Antonio Brown is sorry for 'taking away from the bigger picture'

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Martavis Bryant on Antonio Brown's tantrum: 'I don't do that.'

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Right tackle Marcus Gilbert doubtful for Jaguars game

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ryan Shazier is so good at pass coverage he might change the linebacker position

Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers’ running back past, present to be on hand Sunday; the future is hazy

Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers notes: ‘No doubt’ Ahkello Witherspoon sees action soon

Branch SF Chronicle: Hightower, Pinion part of 49ers’ strong special teams

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks oft-criticized offensive line finding some solidity, now looking for consistency

Condotta Seattle Times: How Marcus Smith went from first-round bust to one of the Seahawks’ most important players

Condotta Seattle Times: How Quinton Jefferson found his way back to the Seahawks and why he hopes to stick around

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks rookie Malik McDowell could return this season from ‘really bad concussion’ suffered in ATV accident

Stroud TB Times: Bucs' Jameis Winston: 'The quarterback has to make a play' utm_medium=twitter

Auman TB Times: Doug Martin gave Bucs 'a lift' in return from suspension

Auman TB Times: Canadian rookie TE Antony Auclair on Bucs debut: 'Incredible'

Stroud TB Times: Nick Folk is still Bucs' kicker even as team begins arranging tryouts for his job

Stroud TB Times: What the Bucs did to anger the kicking gods

Wolf The Tennessean: Titans: Marcus Mariota questionable, Corey Davis out vs Dolphins

Wolf The Tennessean: Titans' Matt Cassel must 'perform and be accountable' vs. Dolphins Dick LeBeau explains coverage, suggests change of course

Tesfatsion Washington Post: Redskins embrace their bye at 2-2, sense they can do something 'special'

Keim ESPN Washington: As Kirk Cousins' game evolves, Redskins should expect more

Bullock Washington Post: Analysis | Josh Doctson's near-TD at end of loss to Chiefs came on one of Redskins' staple plays


Miller B/R: Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook: Josh Allen, the NFL and the Huge Twitter Debate

Miller B/R: Biggest NFL Draft Steals from 2017 Class

Rang NFL Drsft Scout: Wondering who the top 32 NFL prospects are in college football today? My personal ranking

Jahns Chicago Sun Times: The Justin Jackson Story: A humble, homegrown success at Northwestern

Fenelon Troy Fumagalli is a handful for Big Ten defenses, but can NFL overlook amputated finger? sf118452669=1& utm_medium=referral


Woike LA Times: How the 0-4 Chargers in 1992 turned it around under coach Bobby Ross and made the playoffs

Keefer Indianapolis Star: The best Peyton Manning stories you've never heard

Branch SF Chronicle: Wyche and Rice: The 49ers’ last game before the 1987 strike

Branch SF Chronicle: 30 years ago in 49ers’ history: The night Bill Walsh ran the wishbone

Giants Birthdays 10-7

Olivier Vernon DE FA-MIA 2016 NYG 2016-2017 10-07-1990
I don’t agree with Patty's  
Simms11 : 10/7/2017 11:39 am : link
take on firing scouts and player personnel folks after a draft. Why go into a draft with the same people making those decisions and then potentially having to live with more blunders, and then firing them?! Fire them now and give the next group an opportunity to build a decent draft.
Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 10/7/2017 1:04 pm : link


Traina Inside Football: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the New York Giants Offense’s 1st 4 Games


Duggan Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo calls missed tackles a 'disease' | 9 random observations


Monson PFF: O-Line Rankings: Pass Blocking Efficiency
PFF Elite pass blocking efficiency: 78.2
While some want to decry this Giants line as horrendous, it has not been among the worst in the league, such is the state of offensive line play in 2017, and even LT Ereck Flowers is the 47th-ranked tackle in the league with an overall PFF grade of 47.0, meaning there are 17 lower-ranked starting tackles. As a unit they have surrendered 49 total pressures despite Eli Manning having the league’s second-quickest average time to throw.”

Ledbetter AJC: Five things that have gone right for the Falcons

Ledbetter AJC: Five things that have gone wrong for the Falcons

Ledbetter AJC: Video review: Bills stopped Falcons with 10 men on defense

Benoit MMQB: Should We Believe in the Buffalo Bills?

Rodak ESPN Buffalo: How losing Stephon Gilmore helped Bills build a winning secondary

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Concerned about Christian McCaffrey’s stats? Don’t be. Here’s how he’s making an impact

Person Charlotte Observer: Julius Peppers, 37, puts some old-man perspective on Panthers’ victory over Patriots

Fowler Charlotte Observer: Panthers’ Graham Gano is almost perfect in 2017. But did that sentence jinx him?

Campbell Chicago Tribune: Mitch Trubisky eager to showcase readiness, growth ahead of the Bears' original schedule for him

Haugh Chicago Tribune: 'It' factor obvious as Mitch Trubisky officially takes over

Biggs Chicago Tribune: Time is now for Mitch Trubisky to elevate struggling Bears offense

Jahns Chicago Sun Times: Man on the move: What Mitch Trubisky can provide the Bears’ receivers

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Jets' Josh McCown: 'It's critical' to stick with Hue Jackson and 'unfair' to evaluate him until talent improves

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: DeShone Kizer played 'lights out' against Bengals and Hue Jackson not worried about his confidence

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Browns' Kenny Britt might 'need a breather' but Hue Jackson must have a replacement

Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Josh Gordon hasn't yet applied for reinstatement despite leaving rehab a week ago

Moore Dallas Morning News: 3 things Cowboys must improve to get off .500 mark, including area where they've struggled all season

Hairopolous Dallas Morning News: An inside look into Ezekiel Elliott's court hearing, plus a timetable for decision on RB's playing status

Moore Dallas Morning News: Ryan Switzer not losing confidence because of muffed punt: 'One play doesn't make or break anybody'

Renner Washington Post: Analysis | The Dallas Cowboys' once-mighty line is suddenly weak. So are their Super Bowl chances.

Kosmider Denver Post: Broncos coach Vance Joseph on red-zone woes: “We’ll fix that.”

Kosmider Denver Post: Broncos rushing game, now with full complement of backs, may just be hitting its stride

Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Who are the 3-1 Detroit Lions? They're low on stars, high on quality

Meinke Michigan Live: The Lions' multiple tight end packages are starting to pay off

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions film review: How Anthony Zettel became sack machine

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin is team's unassuming, play-making star

Silverstein Mil JS: Packers walking tall in spite of injuries

Cohen Mil JS: Rookie Justin Vogel getting the hang of Packers' punting priorities

McClain Houston Chronicle: Texans GM pulled out the stops to land coveted QB Deshaun Watson

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' Bill O'Brien-Deshaun Watson collaborating well

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Chiefs' Alex Smith says J.J. Watt remains a game-wrecker

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans signing DB Marcus Cromartie

Holder Indianapolis Star: Colts thumbs up, down: Farley excels in bigger role; Hankins sloppy
“DT Johnathan Hankins: There’s a certain level of responsibility that comes with signing a huge free-agent contract. Not only are you expected to play a high level of football, but you’re also expected to be a player who will play sensibly and not undermine your team’s ability to win games.
Enter Hankins. After signing a three-year contract worth just shy of $30 million in the spring, Hankins had a presence throughout the game, netting a sack on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and providing a good push against the run.
But a pair of penalties in that key third-quarter drive that started the Colts’ unraveling were inexcusable. The unnecessary roughness penalty, on which Hankins decked offensive lineman Oday Aboushi after the whistle was particularly unforgivable. The defensive holding penalty later on the drive was also killer because it offset a Seattle holding penalty that would left the Seahawks in a first-and-20 situation.
These are the kinds of little things that contribute to drives that change games, as that third-quarter Seattle possession did.”

Holder Indianapolis Star: Andrew Luck ready to return to practice, but he has a long way to go before he can play

Holder Indianapolis Star: Insider: How hoops star Jacoby Brissett became a slam dunk for the Colts

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars Insider: Injured WR Dede Westbrook learning by watching

Paylor KC Star: Recap of the Chiefs’ win over Washington, “NFL Primetime” style

Paylor KC Star: Is Scrambling Alex Smith back? If so, that’s not a bad thing

Kerkhoff KC Star: Kareem Hunt’s second-half output this season would still top NFL in rushing

Paylor KC Star: Chiefs coach Andy Reid explains decision to start Reggie Ragland

Williams ESPN LA: Chargers must improve run defense with leading tackler Jatavis Brown injured

Wolke LA Times: Chargers' Casey Hayward emerges as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL

Klein LA Times: What we learned in the Rams' 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys

Klein LA Times: Rams Coach Sean McVay wants to see more PATs than FGs

Thiry LA Times: Rams rookie Cooper Kupp steps up in victory over Dallas Cowboys

Thiry LA Times: Rams rookie Tanzel Smart made first start in victory over Dallas Cowboys

Salguero Miami Herald: Dolphins searching for answers but say it’s not time to panic despite dismal start

Jackson Miami Herald: Gase needs to rethink quarterback decision; Dolphins notes, fallout

Beasley Miami Herald: No happy ending in Ajayi’s homecoming. Bad Dolphins offense ‘doesn’t make sense

Tomasson Vikings RB Dalvin Cook out for the season with torn left ACL

Goessling Minn Star Tribune: With Dalvin Cook hurt, Michael Floyd's return could be fortuitous for Vikings

Tomasson DE Everson Griffen says Vikings need to win next four games

Reiss ESPN Boston: With same starting five returning, why has Pats' O-line play been spotty?

Holder How do QBs deal with the human nature of nerves? Spoke with Drew Brees & Peyton, Eli, Archie Manning about it
What gives Drew Brees his edge? 'I'm programmed. I'm wired.'

“Eli walked into his first start as a freshman on Newman's junior varsity team against Belle Chasse on Sept. 14, 1995. Archie and Olivia Manning watched their youngest son fight through those first-time jitters, and Newman scratched out a 7-0 win.
"Yes, he scored his first touchdown," Olivia told former Times-Picayune sports writer Dave Lagarde that day. "But he also was sacked for the first time and fumbled for the first time. At least he didn't throw an interception."
One month later, Eli unexpectedly started on the varsity squad. The job itself was daunting enough. And Peyton, of course, began his legendary career as Newman's starter.
"Your high school first start is about as nervous as it gets," Eli said in July 2017. "I was in ninth grade. We had a quarterback get hurt. I had to play that next week. You don't want to let down your teammates, especially the older guys. Hey, you're just happy to be on the squad. You're going from JV and now, hey, you've got a varsity game. Those are nerve-racking times."
Newman rolled through Fisher 35-14 on Oct. 13, 1995. The Greenies kept the training wheels on Eli that day. He completed five of his eight passes for 70 yards, including his first varsity touchdown pass to Derrick Victory. David Holmes stole the show that day with 184 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and a 92-yard kickoff return for a score.
Fast forward to Feb. 3, 2008. Eli, now the starting quarterback for the New York Giants, walked into Super Bowl XLII with the same knots in his stomach as his first starts at Newman.
All he did was escape the grasps of the New England Patriots defenders to fire off a jump ball for David Tyree to catch on the top of his helmet while falling to the ground with about one minute left down 14-10. Three plays later, Eli took a step or two to set his feet and lofted a perfectly thrown pass to Plaxico Burress in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left to beat the previously undefeated Patriots.
"There's still nerves before a game," Eli said. "That's because it's still important to me. ... I think the more you just prepare and you feel confident in what you're doing, you'll do fine."
Sounds easy, right?

Murphy The Eagles are playing like a well-coached football team

Bowen Eagles seem to have found an offensive identity, if they can maintain it

Berman Eagles' early-season success isn't just maturity; it's also because of newcomers

Berman Carson Wentz doesn't have big numbers through four games, but he's avoiding the negative plays

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Steelers put one soap opera behind them, so it's time for another

Dunne B/R: Have Patience: Le'Veon Bell Says His RB Revolution Is Still Coming

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Young Steelers defense has been stingy through four games

Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers’ Reuben Foster, Eric Reid could return next week

Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks first quarter report: Blowout of Colts a nice finish, but concerns remain


Duffy Saturday Scouting: The Next Zach Ertz?
Five Matchups To Watch
1. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield vs. Iowa State
2. Miami RB Mark Walton vs. Florida State LBs Matthew Thomas, Jacob Pugh, & S Derwin James
3. Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown vs. North Carolina CB M.J. Stewart
4. Penn State TE Mike Gesicki vs. Northwestern S Godwin Igwebuike
5. Clemson LT Mitch Hyatt vs. Wake Forest DE Duke Ejiofor

Reuter 10 best college football players of 2017 season's first month

Breer MMQB: The Sam Darnold Hype Train Slows Down




Keim ESPN Washington: A decade after his death, a look back at Sean Taylor's best game


Raissman NYDN: Can Odell Beckham draw eyeballs to a lousy Giants team?
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