As week two of the NFL season approaches, the New York Giants may actually get positive news coming their way as they prepare for the St. Louis Rams Monday night.
Big Blue (0-1), fresh off their disappointing 28-14 loss to the Redskins last Sunday, will hopefully get defensive end Justin Tuck in the lineup after missing the first game with a neck injury. Tuck is aiming to be at full strength for Monday night. Also, Hakeem Nicks who had a knee injury week one will try to play despite not practicing.
The Giants also retooled a part of their offense by acquiring free agent veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley. Stokley, 35 years old, had 31 receptions for 354 yards in eleven games last regular season and 2 playoff touchdowns for Seattle. With the young receivers Victor Cruz and Dominik Hixon having troubles so far, Stokley will look to give Eli Manning a reliable secondary pass target.
On the opposing side, St. Louis (0-1) has injury problems of their own. Quarterback Sam Bradford practiced on a limited basis after injuring his finger. Bradford is slated to start Monday.
The Rams also lost their star running back Steven Jackson (quadricep) after one play from scrimmage last week against the Eagles. Jackson is not ruled out for week two, but has yet to practice this week. Cadillac Williams (91 yards) will probably be the number one rusher this week. Wide receiver Danny Amendola went down as well with a dislocated elbow and will be out for this game.
The struggling Giants offense will need to be to step up their play after faltering in Washington. The running game hopes to push through the St. Louis defense, which allowed 236 yards rushing last week against Philadelphia. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw need to produce at a much higher clip than last week after combining for less than 100 yards in week one. Eli Manning needs to keep his eye on the young Rams defense and avoid throwing opportunities for points away as the season moves forward.
Will this be the week for the Giants to turn it around and go back to .500, or will Big Blue slip to an 0-2 start in the ultra competitive NFC East?
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Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.