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The neck injury second-year running back David Wilson suffered on the last play of the first quarter last Sunday against the Eagles is likely going to keep him off the...
The neck injury second-year running back David Wilson suffered on the last play of the first quarter last Sunday against the Eagles is likely going to keep him off the...
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The New York Giants have ruled six players out, including running back David Wilson and center David Baas, for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. Also out for the Giants are cornerbacks Corey Webster (groin) and Jayron...
The New York Giants have ruled six players out, including running back David Wilson and center David Baas, for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears. Also out for the Giants are cornerbacks Corey Webster (groin) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring), tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder). (RotoInfo.com)
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Your New York Giants face the Chicago Bears this week on Thursday Night Football. That means our weekly 'Five Question's segment is with Windy City Gridiron head honcho Dane Noble. Here are Dane's answers to my questions. Ed: Your impre...
Your New York Giants face the Chicago Bears this week on Thursday Night Football. That means our weekly 'Five Question's segment is with Windy City Gridiron head honcho Dane Noble. Here are Dane's answers to my questions. Ed: Your impressions of Marc Trestman thus far. Do you see him as a guy who can have a long, successful run as Bears head coach? Giants at Bears Hub Page Complete coverage of Thursday's Giants-Bears game. Dane: It's still very early, but so far, he seems like he could be the guy. Trestman is incredibly intelligent, and very thorough with his game-planning, and so far seems to be bringing the best our of Jay Cutler. He is transparent with the media, has his players promoting his messages (which signals buy-in), and has done very well with a new offense that happens to have two rookie offensive linemen. So far, so good. Ed: How is ex-Giant Martellus Bennett fitting in, both on the field and in the locker room? We know he has a "unique" personality. Dane: He does seem to have a big personality, and so far on the field, he looks great. Personally, he reminds me of a much bigger version of Desmond Clark-- Makes tough catches, and hard to bring down. As far as him fitting in, from the limited perspective we've had of the team dynamic, he seems to blending right in... Very unique personality, but also pretty refreshing to see a professional football player showing his goofy side pretty regularly. Ed: The Bears started fast, winning their first three. Now they have lost two straight. what has been the difference? Dane: To be fair, I think the team is just having some growing pains. They have a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator, mostly new assistant coaches, and four new offensive linemen (including two rookie starters)... That's a LOT of newness, so some bumps are to be expected. On the defensive side of the ball, we've got some players who haven't been as consistent as the team would like starting off the season, but there's plenty of football left to get on the same page. By the way, the Bears are due for some defensive and/or special teams touchdowns... Overall, there's just a lot of changes that have occurred in Chicago over the last few months, so hopefully we're just seeing the kinks getting worked out. Ed: If you could take one player off the Giants' roster and put him in your starting lineup who would it be? Why? Dane: I really, really wanted to say Victor Cruz, because I really, really like him as a wide receiver... he would compliment Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett incredibly well, and bring just one added layer of sexy to this Marc Trestman offense. BUT, I will take the easy way out and say Jason Pierre-Paul. We're potentially seeing the last of Julius Peppers in a Chicago Bears uniform this season, and oh boy would it be nice to see JPP slide in and take the wheel for the next many seasons on the DL... *swoon* Ed: Tell us about a couple of under-the-radar Bears players, maybe a couple of young guys, that we don't know much about but who could have an impact Thursday night. Dane: One is quickly making a name for himself, especially after last week's record-breaking performance (10 catches, 218 yards, 1 TD) but sophomore WR Alshon Jeffery. He's a big fella (6-foot-3, 220), makes some very athletic and aggressive catches in traffic, and is a legitimate deep threat. Besides the two rookies on the right side of the offensive line (G Kyle Long and T Jordan Mills), also keep an eye out for 3rd year DT Stephen Paea. With All-Pro Henry Melton and DT Nate Collins out for the season with ACL tears, Paea is going to have to turn up the heat on the interior of the DL, and something tells me he'll be up for the challenge. More from Big Blue View: Giants' Wednesday Injury Report: Six players out for game vs. Bears Giants say Jon Beason 'ready to contribute' Da'Rel Scott aims to make most of second
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Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANA...
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Bennett suffered what appeared to be a not-too-serious injury last week against the Saints. In that game, he caught five receptions for a modest 56 yards. It's been a little quiet recently statistically for the former Dallas Cowboys tight end. Bennett remains a low TE1 and should be a starter in most leagues. The Bears' offense is playing much better football this season and it's best to keep the key playmakers like Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and even Bennett in the starting lineup every single week
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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of ...
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of those weeks where everyone who had a good matchup faltered, while those with tough oppositions excelled. So, after a rough week, I’m motivated. I’m looking to rebound. Week 6 byes: Atlanta, Miami. Thumbs Up; Quarterbacks Jay Cutler vs New York Giants: A little Thursday night game never hurt anyone, right? Okay, so perhaps it did, but I think Cutler is a terrific start this week. The Marc Trestman offense is everything I hoped it would be for Cutler, as he is fifth in the league in touchdowns (10), 8th in completion percentage (65.7) and 9th in passing yards (1,368). He currently ranks as the number 10 fantasy quarterback, and more importantly, the quick-passing game has allowed Cutler to only be sacked eight times, while the Bears currently rank fourth in points per game with 29. This week, Cutler gets a Giants defense that generates no pass rush, only sacking the quarterback five times through five weeks. They also have allowed the third-most fantasy point to opposing quarterbacks, surrendering 28.16 per contest. Andrew Luck @ San Diego Chargers: An obvious call here, but there aren’t many strong under the radar quarterback options this week. Luck is coming off a very impressive performance against the top secondary in football, throwing for 229 yards and two scores, while not tossing an interception. He made some incredible deep ball throws to T.Y. Hilton, and orchestrated a terrific comeback to defeat this top NFC team. His reward? A matchup against the lowly Chargers secondary that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. This unit has allowed an average of 308 passing yards per game, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. It will be Luck’s Monday night debut, and if you are choosing between Luck and someone else, odds are that I would side with the sophomore signal caller. Alex Smith vs Oakland Raiders: While Smith’s weekly ceiling isn’t very high, his floor is rock-steady, which makes him one of the safest bye week replacements out there. Despite how often he checks down, Smith is still averaging a healthy 37 pass attempts per contest, which is appealing volume. The Raiders come into town, a defense that has allowed over 1,000 passing yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks, and at home, Smith has been solid, throwing for over 500 yards and five scores. He is running the ball quite a bit, too, rushing 32 times already, which is third-most among signal callers. Perhaps Smith can do more than check down in this game, as the Raiders are allowing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 72.5 percent of their passes. Smith is a safe play this week, for sure. Thumbs Down Andy Dalton @ Buffalo Bills: Dalton has failed to throw a touchdown pass since Week 3, and while many may see the Bills on his schedule and think it’s a strong matchup, think again. Buffalo is in the middle of the pack, allowing 20.06 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and this is an opportunistic bunch, leading the league in interceptions with nine. Combine Dalton’s struggles with the fact that Buffalo is expected to get both Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore back into their lineup, and Dalton simply can’t be trusted. I just hope he plays a little bit better so he doesn’t kill A.J. Green’s value the rest of the way. Tom Brady vs New Orleans Saints: While it seems a bit ludicrous to bench a guy like Brady, maybe it’s not. Brady has only eclipsed 20 fantasy points in a game once this season, and is averaging a weak 16.4 fantasy points per contest. Now, if you lack better options, you can’t bench a guy like Brady, especially since he is expected to get Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup for the first time this s
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The absence of cornerbacks Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley will hurt the secondary as the Giants try to contain Bears' wide outs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
The absence of cornerbacks Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley will hurt the secondary as the Giants try to contain Bears' wide outs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week...
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Heading into your week six fantasy football matchup, many of you may be looking for a fill-in starter at quarterback due to bye weeks or even a struggling starter that you may not want to play another week — i.e. Colin Kaepernick. One of the guys that you may be able to either pick up or buy low on right now is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Yes, I said it. Cutler. In his last four seasons with the Bears, Cutler hasn’t exactly been a fantasy stud. But, this year he is the 8th-best fantasy football quarterback in standard leagues. I know, I am just as shocked as you are. In his last two games, Cutler has thrown for 675 yards and four touchdowns. Sure, he’s thrown three picks — all against the Detroit Lions in what was simply his only bad game thus far — but Cutler has been much more accurate and is grasping new head coach Marc Trestman’s offense very well. On the season, Cutler has thrown for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, with six interceptions, equating to a rating of 93.0. This is by far his best start with the Bears since coming to Chicago. Again, you can thank Trestman. Going up against a New York Giants defense Thursday night which is one of the absolute worst in the league, Cutler should have a field day. Eli Manning is sure to cough up a few turnovers as well, giving Cutler even more time on the field than usual. Against a poor Giants defense, Cutler should have loads of fun with his top targets Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte who have all been used consistently in this new offensive scheme. Trestman has done a nice job of gearing the offense toward Cutler’s strengths as well as toward the strengths of his weapons. This offense could be one to watch as the season progresses, and Cutler could be a quarterback you just might want to hang onto. Cutler haters everywhere are cringing right now. Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. Related: Fantasy Football Week 6: After Franchise Record, Alshon Jeffery is Must-Own Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks for Week 6 Based on Matchups
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The winless New York Giants (0-5) will face the Chicago Bears on Thursday night with a depleted roster, something that is becoming a weekly occurrence for the 2013 Giants. Six players -- RB David Wilson, C David Baas, CB Jayron Hosley, T...
The winless New York Giants (0-5) will face the Chicago Bears on Thursday night with a depleted roster, something that is becoming a weekly occurrence for the 2013 Giants. Six players -- RB David Wilson, C David Baas, CB Jayron Hosley, TE Adrien Robinson, S Cooper Taylor and CB Corey Webster -- have all been declared out for the game. Here is the Giants' complete injury report. OutRB David Wilson (neck)C David Baas (neck)CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring)S Cooper Taylor (shoulder)TE Adrien Robinson (foot)CB Corey Webster (groin) DoubtfulDE Damontre Moore (hamstring) QuestionableTE Brandon Myers (ankle)DT Linval Joseph (ankle)WR Louis Murphy (ankle) ProbableLS Zak DeOssie (back)LB Mark Herzlich (toe)CB Terrell Thomas (knee) The Giants will turn to Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott at running back this week. Wilson is reportedly goin to have his neck re-evaluated next week. Webster will be missing his fourth straight game, and Robinson has yet to play this season. Baas will be missing his third straight game. More from Big Blue View: Giants say Jon Beason 'ready to contribute' Da'Rel Scott aims to make most of second chance Fantasy Football: New York Giants Start/Sit Week 6 Trade Hakeem Nicks? Of course the Giants should New York Giants' news, 10/9: Tom Coughlin on 'Hard Knocks'? Keep up with Big Blue View TwitterFollow on Twitter FacebookLike on Facebook checkCheck out BBV's Fantasy Football Coverage
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The New York Giants won't waste any time finding out if linebacker Jon Beason, acquired in a trade with the Carolina Panthers last Friday, can help them. The Giants expect Beason to be a significant part of their defense Thursday night w...
The New York Giants won't waste any time finding out if linebacker Jon Beason, acquired in a trade with the Carolina Panthers last Friday, can help them. The Giants expect Beason to be a significant part of their defense Thursday night when they face the Chicago Bears. Head coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that Beason is "ready to contribute." [Related: Five ideas that might help the Giants] How will defensive coordinator Perry Fewell use the seven-year veteran? "We are going to incorporate him in our defense this week. We have certain packages that he will be involved in," Fewell said. "He’s only been with us a couple of days, but we felt like it was important to get him involved as soon as possible." Giants at Bears Hub Page Complete coverage of Thursday's Giants-Bears game. Fewell said the Giants will use Beason as a middle linebacker. That is the position he played until last season, when he was moved to the weak side by Carolina to make room for Luke Kuechly. Beason, 28, was a Pro Bowler from 2008-2010 before injuries, most notably a knee injury that required micro-fracture surgery, took their toll. He has appeared in only eight games the past three seasons. Beason is looking forward to the opportunity. "I’m in the playbook heavy. It’s different terminology, but I’ve played football in this league for a long time, so I feel pretty comfortable about it," he said. What Beason can still offer in terms of play-making ability is debatable. The Panthers had clearly decided the answer was not much, first moving him outside in favor of Kuechly, then pushing him to the bench in favor of former Giant Chase Blackburn and finally trading him to the Giants for a late-round pick. James Dator, editor of SB Nation's Panthers web site, Cat Scratch Reader, told us recently that "it's clear he's not the same player" Beason was before achilles tendon and knee injuries. Spencer Paysinger, the only Giants' linebacker to play nearly every down so far this season, has been wearing the radio in his helmet and calling the defensive signals. It isn't clear if he will continue to do so, or if that role will transition to Beason as his comfort with the defensive scheme increases. "Some of it he can handle. Some of it he can’t. He’ll grow with the system," Fewell said. The Giants have not had a true top-tier middle linebacker since the heyday of Antonio Pierce. They have made due with players like Jonathan Goff, Blackburn, Greg Jones, Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich. This, incidentally, would appear to bring an end to Herzlich's hopes of ever establishing himself as the Giants' middle linebacker. In the last two seasons he has lost that job to Blackburn, Connor and now Beason. Does Beason have enough left to be a difference maker in the middle of the Giants' defense? The only thing we know for sure is that we begin to get the answer Thursday night. [E-mail Ed at bigblueview@gmail.com | Follow Big Blue View on Twitter | 'Like' Big Blue View on Facebook.] More from Big Blue View: Fantasy Football: New York Giants Start/Sit Week 6 Trade Hakeem Nicks? Of course the Giants should New York Giants' news, 10/9: Tom Coughlin on 'Hard Knocks'? Tom Coughlin turns page, looks ahead to Bears on Thursday NFC East Notebook, Oct. 8: Tony Romo and John Elway; Nick Foles to start David Wilson Injury: Running back won't play Thursday Reasons to Celebrate: When eligible, Will Hill shines on the field Giants at Bears Odds: Giants open as 7.5-point underdogs Examining Eli Manning's interceptions vs. the Eagles What can the Giants do? Here are five suggestions
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One week he was the starter, the next he was back on his couch. The last two weeks have been quite the roller-coaster ride for Da'Rel Scott, who was signed earlier this week to rejoin the New York Giants backfield following the neck inj...
One week he was the starter, the next he was back on his couch. The last two weeks have been quite the roller-coaster ride for Da'Rel Scott, who was signed earlier this week to rejoin the New York Giants backfield following the neck injury to David Wilson. Scott drew the start for New York just two weeks ago, but then found himself released as the team looked to bulk up its struggling offensive line. But for Scott, that's all in the past. He's just happy to be back in blue. "I didn't see it coming. My family as well didn't see it coming, so they definitely had my back,' Scott said Tuesday. "I just thank God I'm here and that I have another opportunity, so I have to make the best of it." Giants at Bears Hub Page Complete coverage of Thursday's Giants-Bears game. Scott admitted it was frustrating to be cut, but the experience was "an eye-opener." On the way out, the team told him to stay ready. When Scott watched Wilson get injured early Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles he was optimistic about his chances of rejoining the team, though he was saddened that an injury was why. "(The Giants) said to stay ready; you never know what can happen. You can get a call next week or you can get a call before the playoffs. I had to make sure that I worked out and stayed on top of my game," the back said. "I felt good (about being called) but just to be back because of that -- I don't want to see guys getting hurt. I hope he gets healthy because we need him." It is likely Scott will be the No. 2 back behind Brandon Jacobs against the Chicago Bears Thursday night, and that game remains his focus. No matter how much he plays or doesn't play, Scott is grateful for his second chance. A week away from the team was anything but ideal for the veteran back. "Just being home and being a free agent was very frustrating, especially coming out of left field like that," he said. "I just have to thank God. I have to make the most of it and just prove to (the Giants) I should be here." Follow Sam on Twitter @SamSpiegs More from Big Blue View: Fantasy Football: New York Giants Start/Sit Week 6 Trade Hakeem Nicks? Of course the Giants should New York Giants' news, 10/9: Tom Coughlin on 'Hard Knocks'? Tom Coughlin turns page, looks ahead to Bears on Thursday NFC East Notebook, Oct. 8: Tony Romo and John Elway; Nick Foles to start Keep up with Big Blue View TwitterFollow on Twitter FacebookLike on Facebook checkCheck out BBV's Fantasy Football Coverage
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