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David Dorey
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WEEK 2
2010
BAL at CIN* CHI at DAL PIT at TEN HOU at WAS
TB at CAR* PHI at DET* SEA at DEN* JAC at SD
BUF at GB ARI at ATL* STL at OAK* NYG at IND*
*Updated MIA at MIN* KC at CLE* NE at NYJ NO at SF*

Prediction: NYG 20, IND 27

Update: Hakeem Nicks has missed practice because of an ankle sprain. He returned on Thursday but could not finish and is likely to be a gametime decision. HC Tom Coughlin would not rule him out but he's not likely to have a big role if he does not practice on Friday.

Update #2 - Nicks was able to run and make cuts in practice but he still has not yet had a full practice and remains a game time decision. The problem is that this is the late Sunday game and if he doesn't play, you better have someone else from the Giants, Colts, Saints or 49ers to insert since those are the only teams left to play.

The Giants started out strongly by destroying the visiting Panthers and extracting some revenge for losing to them big last year. But they now have to travel to Indy where the Colts are walking around terrified that Arian Foster is going to suddenly appear around a corner and plow them over again. The Colts need to right the ship after their week one disaster but the Giants won't make it easy. Chances are pretty good the G-Men are watching the Colts game film from last week.

In the end, we get to be hit over the head every three minutes because this is Manning vs. Manning.

New York Giants (1-0)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR W 31-18 10 DAL --
2 @IND -- 11 @PHI --
3 TEN -- 12 JAC --
4 CHI -- 13 WAS --
5 @HOU -- 14 @MIN --
6 DET -- 15 PHI --
7 @DAL -- 16 @GB --
8 Bye - 17 @WAS --
9 @SEA -- - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS at IND Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 240,1
RB Brandon Jacobs 60 20 -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 90,1 20 -
WR Steve Smith - 60,1 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 40 -
WR Mario Manningham - 70 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 2 FG 2 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Giants enjoyed about as thorough of a win as possible when they pasted the Panthers and even knocked their new quarterback out of the game. But that was retribution for the Panthers 41-9 win during week 16 last season when the Giants were at their lowest. After this week, the Giants have a very kind schedule for four weeks that have three home games and a trip to Houston. This week will be a better measurement of how well the Giants will fare this season.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning needed no time to get back in the saddle and pepper those wideouts with passes. He ended with 263 yards and three scores against the Panthers though he did toss an uncharacteristic three interceptions. The rushing game will likely take center stage this week but assuming an even game or even a Colts lead, Manning will need to throw and has three options against only two good corner backs. Manning isn't a strong start since the Colts have a good secondary but he could end up with average numbers on the day.

RUNNING BACKS: Now that the Giants are healthy again after a 2009 season that witnessed both tailbacks playing injured for most of the year. Ahmad Bradshaw had 20 carries to only 12 for Brandon Jacobs and both were used on two receptions. Bradshaw gained 76 yards on his 20 carries and is no doubt licking his chops thinking about the Colts defense that sorely misses Bob Sanders already.

It may not always hold true, but the Giants started the year with around a 2:1 ration between Bradshaw and Jacobs and that should see both offering at least moderate fantasy value this week. They won't get the gaudy stats that Arian Foster produced but a good showing here means Brad shaw at the least is worthy of a fantasy start.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The youngesters in New York are already at it again. Last week saw Hakeem Nicks turn in four catches for 75 yards and three touchdowns. Mario Manningham ended with 85 yards on four receptions and Steve Smith was a slight disappointment with only 43 yards on five catches. With a big win as well in hand early on,there was no need for a possession feed over the middle.

The Giant's face what has long been a top defense against wideouts and last week they held the Texans to only 107 passing yards and one score for Kevin Walter. No doubt the Giants want to rush as much as they can so look for depressed stats here this week against a defense that has always been tough to pass on.

TIGHT ENDS: Kevin Boss is rarely a factor in the passing game and now has a concussion and will likely miss this game. No need to start Boss ever, let alone this week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 4 7 2 27 11 2
Preventing Fantasy Points IND 5 32 11 3 32 9


Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Homefield: Lucas Oil Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @HOU L 24-34 10 CIN --
2 NYG -- 11 @NE --
3 @DEN -- 12 SD --
4 @JAC -- 13 DAL --
5 KC -- 14 @TEN --
6 @WAS -- 15 JAC --
7 Bye - 16 @OAK --
8 HOU -- 17 TEN --
9 @PHI -- - - -
Colts Report | Statistics | Roster
INDIANAPOLIS vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Peyton Manning - - 270,2
RB Joseph Addai 70,1 30 -
TE Dallas Clark - 50 -
WR Reggie Wayne - 70,1 -
WR Austin Collie - 70 -
WR Pierre Garcon - 40,1 -
PK Adam Vinatieri 2 3 -

Pregame Notes: The Colts opened the season on a sour note with the Texans beating them for only the second time ever. The entire game plan was thrown out the window once S Bob Sanders left and the Texans realized they could fit Arian Foster through those 12 foot holes in the line with no one waiting on the other side. Initially it was feared that Sanders tore his biceps but apparently it is not that bad. Sanders was around for a walk through on Monday which is a good sign. The Colts offense looked fine other than they had to abandon the run.

QUARTERBACK: When you ask Peyton Manning to throw 57 times in a game, fantasy leaguers get pretty excited since this time it translated into a week one best of 433 yards and three touchdowns. With three receivers of over 80 yards, nothing is wrong with the passing game here that has been adapted now to more use of the slot receiver. Austin Collie is becoming the "Welker" in this offense and Manning already had plenty of weapons. If the Colts defense cannot fix their inability to stop the run again, Manning could be in line for a monster year.

The Giants have a very good secondary but most thanks to playing Matt Moore last week. Look for a solid game this week as Peyton schools little bro'.

RUNNING BACKS: Joseph Addai was only given ten carries during last week's disaster but he still gained 44 yards and turned in six catches for 29 yards. Look for much better rushing totals this week against a defense that just held the Panthers to 77 yards on 21 carries. Addai is better than that thanks to the passing game that the defense must focus on stopping.

Expect a moderate game here but there is a chance it could do better. The Giants are on the road and Manning inspires more concern to the defense than Matt Moore did.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Anthony Gonzalez once again shortcut his drive to return to being a starter when he injured his ankle after only one catch last week. WIth huge passing yards to distribute, Reggie Wayne ended with 99 yards and a score on seven catches and Pierre Garcon totals 75 yards on four receptions. Austin Collie ended the game with a 73-yard touchdown catch to push his stats to 11 catches for 163 yards and one score. These are a very healthy group of wideouts that can do much damage. This is the late game on Sunday too so a nice offensive showing is important.

There is not enough defensive information on the Giants to make strong assumptions on who will be covered better than another so expect all three to have at least a moderate showing again this week. The Colts need to win this and a big game would go far to get the taste of the Houston loss out of their mouths.

TIGHT ENDS: Yet again, Dallas Clark starts out on a hot note when he had 111 catches for 80 yards and a score in Houston. He remains the heaviest used pass target for Manning and a factor in every game. This week and every week - start him.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points IND 1 29 1 4 18 22
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 13 8 19 5 31 27

WEEK 2
2010
BAL at CIN CHI at DAL PIT at TEN HOU at WAS
TB at CAR PHI at DET SEA at DEN JAC at SD
BUF at GB ARI at ATL STL at OAK NYG at IND
  MIA at MIN KC at CLE NE at NYJ NO at SF
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