Zac’s note: This piece was first published on my Examiner page
The New York Giants end the 2009 NFL preseason this evening when the teams travels to New England to face off against the Patriots. The game can be seen locally on NBC and coverage begins at 7:30.
The last preseason game of the year is finally upon us. I think I express the feelings of most Giants fans when I say “Thank God.” The 2009 New York Giants preseason will be remembered mostly for injuries and inefficiency on both offense and defense. While there have been some positive images this August, there is no denying that these past few weeks have been filled with more bad moments than good.
Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of juicy stories as the Giants enter tonight’s game against the Patriots. Sure, the Giants will trim the roster from 75 to 53 this weekend. There is very little doubt in my mind that head coach Tom Coughlin and company know all but a few of the 53 players that will play next Sunday. Here are just a few things to look out for in Thursday’s Giants-Patriots game.
Which wide receivers will play for the Giants in 2009? David Tyree won’t get a chance to impress Coughlin due to a hamstring injury. Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger is suggesting that Sinorice Moss may be on his way out of New York, as well. Obviously, Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham and rookies Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden will make the final Giants roster. Garafolo suggests that only one more receiver will be playing for the Giants a week and a half from today.
Other things to watch: Remember that the entire Giants defense is suffering from injuries from the defensive line to the secondary. Somebody is going to have one final chance to make an impact tonight. Who will it be? Also, the Giants have Eli Manning as the starting quarterback and David Carr as the backup. Will Andre Woodson or Rhett Bomar be the third quarterback for the Giants in 2009?
Many Giants fans see the Patriots game as a throwaway game and thus won’t watch. After all, you won’t see Eli Manning and Brandon Jacobs on the field at all in the second half. Big Blue supporters must remember that this is a good thing. At least the Giants aren’t dealing with a quarterback controversy or doubts about the team’s starting running back (see the Cleveland Browns). Tonight is one final opportunity to sit back, relax and watch a meaningless football game. One final thought on the Giants-Patriots game.
Let’s stay healthy this evening, fellas.
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