Tag Archives: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 90

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Odell addressing the media after dropping important passes and before punching a hole in a wall. (Credit: Matt Ludtke/AP)

In this Wild Card Weekend episode, Jim is joined by Bill to discuss the death of the ’16-’17 New York Football Giants before the body is even cold. After sharing their assessments of the teams that survived this week, the guys talk Clemson/Alabama to finish the show. Continue reading

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Big Blue’s Defense Picks Up the Slack Once Again

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The Giants dialed up the pressure on Andy Dalton in the closing minutes of a 21-20 victory over the Bengals on Monday Night Football (Credit: Jim McIsaac/Newsday) 

– Jim Bearor

The Giants squeaked out a 21-20 win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football to make it four straight, bringing them to 6-3 on the year. At halftime, former general manager Ernie Accorsi, former defensive end Justin Tuck, and former head coach Tom Coughlin were all inducted into Big Blue’s Ring of Honor. It was an event of a night, and the stage was set for Big Blue to either send a message or falter while everyone was watching. I expected a bit of both, and I think that’s what we got. Continue reading

McAdoo, Do Something!

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Eli’s bad day was made worse by Green Bay’s pass rush. (credit: AP/Mike Roemer)

Jim Bearor

After two consecutive losses to Washington and Minnesota, I was done giving the Giants the benefit of the doubt, and Sunday night’s loss to the Packers only reinforced that. We’re about to be in Week 6. Football Outsiders has weened off of the preseason rankings in their analysis, and wisely embraced the reality of the 2016 season.  Clinging on to preseason hopes and grudges can put you in a tough position, especially when you’re defending your opinion that the Panthers are going to be fine or how you think this Vikings model isn’t sustainable. This is kinda where I’m at with Big Blue. The smoldering coals of optimism haven’t been completely snuffed out, but the Giants are very much the  2-3 last place team their record indicates – and that’s a tough pill to swallow. They aren’t who I thought they were.

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Odell and Eli Steal the Show in the Worst Way

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. continued to be a distraction in Week 4, while also failing to produce in any meaningful way.  (credit: Foxsports.com)

– Jim Bearor

My biggest takeaway from this game is that the Vikings are very much for real, and their defense is arguably the best in the league. Sam Bradford was in control throughout, converting third downs and spreading the ball around nicely. As good as Minnesota’s offense looked, the lack of production from McAdoo’s offense made New York’s defense look worse than they were. Things on Spagnuolo’s side of the ball were actually going alright considering they were rolling with Trevin Wade in the place of Eli Apple, and Jonathan Casillas had a bad, costly missed tackle that led to a 14-0 Vikings lead. The way I saw it, the defense hung in there and gave Manning and the offense ample opportunities to get rolling, and yet again, Eli, Beckham, and the boys stood them up. Continue reading

Giants Let One Slip Away to Washington

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(credit: Jim McIsaac/Newsday)

– Jim Bearor

Yes, Eli screwed up. Yes, Eli deserves a pass. I’m not going to defend him, because your opinion on Eli is what it is. He is who he is. He’s a leader, a champion, and occasionally the guy who throws a boneheaded interception to cost the Giants the game. Sunday was one of those occasions, and my rationalization of him didn’t make the ending suck any less. Continue reading

Giant Opportunities: A Giants/Redskins Preview

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– Jim Bearor

Kirk Cousins and an 0-2 Washington team will head into the Meadowlands on Sunday, and their hopes of defending their NFC East title already is kinda sorta in the balance. It’s a long season, but a loss here would put them three games behind the Giants with an 0-2 divisional record. Big Blue has an opportunity to start 3-0 for the first time since 2009, or they’ll fall back to the pack and restore disorder to the NFC East. This is one of those games that only gains importance in the months after it’s played. But even just looking at it in the scope of the 2-3 Week old season, this is a big deal. Continue reading

Giants @ Cowboys Preview: McAdoo & What Dak Can Do

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(credit: Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports and Giants.com)

– Jim Bearor

In a couple days, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants will do battle at Jerryworld in Arlington, Texas. There will always be the air of familiarity between these two, but Sunday’s game feels like a new book in the series. Continue reading