4-7-14: The New York Giants struggled mightily in the trenches on offense in 2013, so they got to work early in free agency to address one of their biggest needs by bringing in Geoff Schwartz and Charles Brown. With the offensive line looking a little better, they turned to running back and brought in Rashad Jennings, who should compete with David Wilson to start out of the backfield. New York even signed on former Giants receiver Mario Manningham to potentially help fill the hole left by the departed Hakeem Nicks. The G-Men were just as active on the defensive side of the ball, as they held onto linebacker Jon Beason and revamped their secondary in a big way with signings of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride.
3-21-14: The New York Giants started off 2013 in an 0-6 hole and were never able to recover. In an effort to plug the holes that aided that poor start, Big Blue went out and picked up the necessary pieces to get back to their winning ways. Running back Rashad Jennings was one of the early additions in free agency, as his presence makes Andre Brown expendable and also protects the Giants from relying on David Wilson too much, as well. New York’s major focus was actually on defense, however, where they patched up a shaky secondary with several key moves, including hanging onto safety Stevie Brown and bringing in underrated cornerback Walter Thurmond III, formerly of the Seahawks.
12-31-13: Eli Manning was knocked from the game with an ankle injury, but the Giants still got the job done at home, beating the Washington Redskins, 20-6. Jerrel Jernigan gave the G-Men the spark they needed to earn their seventh win of the year, as he put up 147 total yards and two touchdowns in the win.
12-24-13: Despite the Giants being out of the playoffs, they entered Detroit in week 16 with the hopes of playing spoiler. They did exactly that. The Giants hung close late and Will Hill returned an interception to force overtime. From there, New York’s Josh Brown nailed in a field goal to give the G-Men a 23-20 win and push the Lions out of the NFC playoff picture.
12-17-13: Eli Manning was abysmal in week 15, as he tossed five interceptions and couldn’t get anything on offense going in a crushing 23-0 shutout loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home. New York’s defense hung around as long as they could, but simply couldn’t overcome the offense’s complete lack of productivity.
12-10-13: Costly turnovers doomed New York, as they coughed up the ball three times and couldn’t muster enough offense in a rough 37-14 road loss to the San Diego Chargers. Eli Manning added to his league-leading interception total with two picks, while the G-Men simply couldn’t slow down Philip Rivers (three touchdowns) and the San Diego offense.
12-3-13: The Giants had every reason to fold up and mail it in, but they kept on fighting in week 13. Even with a shot at the playoffs likely over, Eli Manning and co. battled back and forth with the Washington Redskins until they finally claimed a 24-17 road win. Andre Brown was stuffed for most of the day, but his two rushing touchdowns played a huge role in getting New York it’s fifth win in it’s last six games.
11-26-13: Despite a horrible 0-6 start, the Giants entered week 12 with a serious chance at turning their season around if they could simply beat the Dallas Cowboys at home. And despite going down 21-6 in this one, they nearly made that happen. Eli Manning lead the 15-point comeback to tie it up at 21, all, but the G-Men couldn’t stop Tony Romo on the ‘Boys final drive and Dan Bailey ended it as the seconds ticked off in a 24-21 loss at home.
11-19-13: Eli Manning and the Giants offense did just enough to put points on the board, while it was the G-Men’s suddenly gritty defense that sealed the deal in a 27-13 home win over the Green Bay Packers in week 11. Jason Pierre-Paul put the finishing touches on a fairly dominant defensive performance, taking a Scott Tolzien interception to the house for the finishing margin.
11-12-13: Don’t look now, but the formerly 0-6 Giants are suddenly in the hunt for the NFC East. A third straight win has them within striking distance of first place in their division, thanks to putting the clamps on Terrelle Pryor and topping the Oakland Raiders at home, 24-20. Eli Manning continued to struggle and threw a pick-six in this one, but did enough overall to help get the G-Men to 3-6.
10-30-13: Eli Manning the the G-Men couldn’t score an offensive touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in week eight, but they didn’t have to. Josh Brown knocked in five field goals and Peyton Hillis helped control the clock as Big Blue worked their way to a second straight win. New York’s defense was impressive for the second week in a row, as they have no allowed zero offensive points in back to back weeks following a dreadful 0-6 start.
The New York Giants finally got off the schneid and earned their first win of 2013 by simply playing less ugly football than the Minnesota Vikings. Eli Manning survived numerous bad drops from his wide receivers to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown, while also managing to not throw an interception in a game for the first time all season. Newly signed running back Peyton Hillis was the arguable star of the day on offense, amassing 81 hard-earned yards and a touchdown in the 23-7 home victory.
10-15-13: The New York Giants appeared to finally be getting off the schneid in week six, as they chased their first win of 2013 in a tightly contested matchup on the road against the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, despite actually establishing a surprisingly effective running game with unlikely hero Brandon Jacobs, Big Blue was done in the same way they have been all season - by turnovers. Eli Manning drove the G-Men down the field late, but a slightly overthrown pass intended for tight end Brandon Myers was tipped and intercepted, ending New York’s comeback bid in a 27-21 loss and sending them to a regrettable 0-6 hole to start the season.
10-8-13: The hits keep on coming for the New York Giants. Just when running back David Wilson seemed to be finding his place in the offense with a rushing score to give Big Blue a 7-0 lead, he exited New York’s week five NFC East battle with a neck injury. From that point on the Giants struggled on offense, as backup running back Brandon Jacobs managed just 37 yards on 11 carries and coughed up a fumble, while quarterback Eli Manning tossed three interceptions. New York managed just two touchdowns the rest of the way and could not stop Nick Foles (who entered for an injured Michael Vick) in the disappointing 36-21 home loss, sending the Giants to a horrendous 0-5 start.
10-1-13: The slide of the once mighty New York Giants continued on in week four, as a close 10-7 game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs got broken open by a punt return for a score by KC. The Giants never recovered from that momentum-changing play, as Eli Manning took three sacks and turned the ball over three times in a 31-7 road loss to send the G-Men to an 0-4 hole. The lone bright spot in the blowout loss was star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who reeled in 10 catches for 164 receiving yards and had New York’s only touchdown in it’s last eight quarters of football - a 69-yard bomb from Manning. The Giants look to get off the schneid in week five against the 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles.
9-19-13: Eli Manning and elder brother Peyton Manning waged war in the third ever “Manning Bowl” in week two. Older brother Peyton owned a commanding 2-0 lead over Eli, and many felt the younger Manning brother would finally get a win and keep his Giants from sliding into an early 0-2 hole. That wouldn’t be the case, as the Broncos destroyed the Giants 41-23 at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos spent most of the game rattling Eli Manning and forced the younger Manning into misguided throws that resulted in four interceptions. Eli still ended up passing for over 360 yards for the second week in a row, but a lack of a running game made New York’s offense one-dimensional. The Giants look to avoid a 0-3 start when they take on the Panthers next weekend in Charlotte.
9-10-13: Eli Manning entered this matchup with a 4-0 record in AT&T stadium, but a new 4-3 Dallas defensive scheme threw a wrench in Peyton Manning’s little brother’s plans to extend that streak. Manning did end up tossing fro 450+ yards and four touchdowns, but three picks and three more turnovers from the rest of Big Blue ended up leading to New York’s demise. The final was 36-31 as the Giants fell to 0-1 on the year. Next week, Eli and co. will host Peyton Manning and the Broncos at MetLife Stadium.
9-4-13: Here are the New York Football Giants' final cuts as they prepare for the 2013 regular season: QB David Carr, OT Matt McCants, S Tyler Sash, DE Matt Broha, S David Caldwell, G Stephen Goodin, CB Charles James, T Matt McCants, CB Terrence Frederick, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adrian Tracy, DE Adewale Ojomo, LB Kyle Bosworth, OL Eric Herman, OL Bryant Browning, WR Kevin Hardy, Marcus Harris, WR Julian Talley.
8-21-13: It was a disappointing and somewhat unsettling week 2 of the preseason for Big Blue. The disappointing part was the game itself, a 20-12 loss to the Colts. The unsettling part was the injuries. Wide receiver Victor Cruz came up hobbling and had to leave the game with a bruised heel. Starting center David Baas also had to leave the game with a sprained knee.
Eli Manning wasn't very good, completing just 8 of 17 passes for 91 yards and an interception. Andre Brown ran the ball 8 times for 36 yards, while David Wilson also ran it 8 times for 34 yards. On the positive side, kicker Josh Brown was 4 of 4 on field goals including a long of 47 yards.
This week, the Giants take on the Jets for their annual preseason grudge match.
8-11-13: The NY Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-13 in their first preseason game of 2013. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz connected for a 57-yard touch down in the 1st quarter, which was the only offensive TD of the game.
Manning was just 2-for-5 for 73 yards and that Cruz TD in his only series of the game. Running back David Wilson carried the ball 5 times for 16 yards, while Andre Brown pitched in with 23 yards on 4 carries
7-10-13: The Giants missed the playoffs in 2012 after another one of their classic late season swan dives, but will enter 2013 with the majority of their lineup intact. They did lose defensive end Osi Umenyiora and running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but also drafted defensive end Damontre Moore and are expecting a big role out of second-year running back David Wilson. With Eli Manning still at the top of his game and one of the deepest defensive lines in football, the Giants stand a good chance at returning to the playoffs in 2013.
7-7-13: Victor Cruz has agreed to sign a 5-year extension with the Giants worth $43 million. $15.6 is guaranteed money.
6-12-13: The Giants usually don’t have much trouble getting fans in the seats, and that has everything to do with being one of the league’s more traditional teams in a highly populated area. Oh, and the fact that they’ve won two Super Bowls in the past six years.
Eli Manning and Big Blue sat out of post-season play in 2012 and didn’t love the feeling, so Giants fans can likely expect New York to turn right around and play 2013 with a giant (no pun intended) chip on their shoulder. New York needs to reel in restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz, but otherwise there is little reason to expect the Giants to sit at home during the playoffs for two straight seasons.
2013 Giants Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 19: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Round 2, Pick 17: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 19: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 4, Pick 19 (from San Diego through Arizona): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Round 5, Pick 19: Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
Round 7, Pick 19: Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
Round 7, Pick 47 (Compensatory Selection): Michael Cox, RB, Massachusetts
1/3/13: After a solid start to the season, the Giants stumbled in the 2nd half of the season. Huge losses to the Redskins, Ravens and Falcons were too much to overcome and the defending Super Bowl champions fell short of the playoffs and finished with a 9-7 record.
12/4/12: Sitting at 7-4 the defending champion New York Giants seem to be gearing up for the playoffs once again. But first they will have their work cut out for them as they try and claim the division. With the Cowboys and Redskins just a game behind at 6-6 apiece, the difficult remaining schedule for the Giants could easily drop them to second or even third place. Up next for them is the struggling Saints who are 5-7 but have a high powered offense. The Giants are only 1-1 since their unusually late bye week and need to clamp down for the reminder of the season.