Giants-Eagles: Week 16 Preview

The 10-4 New York Giants will travel to Philadelphia to take on the 5-9 Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football on NBC.

It all comes down to this! The 10-4 New York Giants are but one win away from their first playoff berth since 2011. Despite coming into tonight’s game on a hot streak, the Giants will face a tough test in traveling to hostile Philadelphia on a short week, where the Eagles will look to play the role of spoilers against their longtime rivals.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 on NBC’s Thursday Night Football.

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Giants-Lions: Week 15 Preview

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The 9-4 Giants will host the 9-4 Lions on Sunday at 1:00 on FOX.

New York Giants fans nationwide rejoiced all week long this past week, celebrating an unexpected 10-7 victory over the seemingly-unbeatable Dallas Cowboys. However, much work still has to be done for Big Blue.

This time around, the hungry Detroit Lions will come to town for a 1:00 Sunday afternoon kickoff that can be seen on FOX.

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Giants-Cowboys: Week 14 Preview

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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will duel in an NFC East throwdown on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

All good things must come to an end, and for the New York Giants, their 6-game win streak ended last Sunday with a mood-crushing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Big Blue will look to bounce back this week in their most important game of the season, a primetime matchup against their biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys are riding high this year, and are currently in the midst of a 10-game win streak (in fact, the Cowboys’ only loss all year came against the Giants in Week 1 by a 20-19 score). Dallas has the look of a Super Bowl contender for the first time in a decade.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 pm as a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

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Giants-Steelers: Week 13 Preview

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Two of the NFL’s most storied franchises, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers, will face off at Heinz Field on Sunday at 4:30 on FOX.

Standing at 8-3, things really could not be going much better for the G-Men than they are now. For the first time since 2012, the New York Giants will finish a season with at least a .500 record. And for the first time in a long time, they are genuinely viewed as contenders.

However, the road to the playoffs will get a lot tougher beginning this week. The Giants will face a tough test in the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the NFL’s most explosive teams. Although Pittsburgh is just 6-5, they have hit their stride recently and have a boatload of talent.

The can’t-miss game will take place Sunday at 4:30 on FOX.

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Giants-Browns: Week 12 Preview

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The 7-3 Giants will face the 0-11 Browns on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 on FOX.

While last week’s contest against the Chicago Bears wasn’t the cakewalk that was expected by some Giants fans, Big Blue did pull out another quality win, their 5th victory in a row. The Giants are 7-3 and have one more “easy” game on their schedule before the stretch run heats up.

The Giants will travel to Cleveland to take on the 0-11 Browns on Sunday. There really is no sugarcoating it; the 2016 Browns are perhaps the worst NFL team of the past decade. It is a game that the Giants must have if they want to be taken seriously by other NFL teams.

The game will kick off at 1:00 and can be seen on FOX.

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Flyers’ Two-Way Defense Kickstarting Offense

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Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto are two key members of the Flyers defense that play a strong two-way game.

When outsiders look at the Philadelphia Flyers and they see a team with  just an 8-8-3 record, they feel obligated to bash the Flyers’ defense, a well-known weak link over the last 10 years or so.

And while the team is still a bit rough around the edges defensively at times, the team defense has improved to the point of respectability over the last few years, culminating in playoff appearances in 2 out of the last 3 years.

However, the Flyers have received some unexpected contributions from their defense this year in the offensive side of the game. As of today, the Flyers are currently the NHL’s top team in terms of points from its defenders, with their collective 13 goals and 55 points setting the pace for the rest of the NHL.

*This article can also be found on Flyzette, a SportsDaily blog.*

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Giants-Bengals: Week 10 Preview

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The New York Giants will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football tomorrow night at 8:30 on ESPN.

For the first time in a very long time, the New York Giants are in the NFC Playoff Picture. Currently slotted as the first wild card team (5th seed), Big Blue looks prime to strike. This week, they’ll match up against a dangerous adversary, the Cincinnati Bengals. While the Bengals are only 3-4-1, they have made the playoffs for 7 straight seasons and have a reputation as one of the NFL’s finest teams on the road.

Kickoff is set for 8:30 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. At halftime, the Giants will induct modern heroes Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, and Ernie Accorsi into the team’s Ring of Honor, which will make Monday a very special night.

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Around the NFL: Midseason 2016

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The 2016 NFL Season is in full swing.

The season of giving may be coming soon upon us, but in the National Football League, it is the season of stinginess from here on out. The playoffs are nearing, and every team is looking for a late-season push to reach the NFL’s second season.

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Mason Stakes Claim for Flyers’ Starting Goalie Spot

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Steve Mason bounced back with a strong performance against the Red Wings, including a prime stop of Henrik Zetterberg all alone on Tuesday night.

Some people thrive under pressure, while others succumb to stress and fall off of their game.

To say that it has been a pressure-filled couple of months for Steve Mason is an understatement. He backstopped the Flyers to an unlikely playoff appearance in the stretch run of last season, became a father over the summer, and is currently trying to earn a new contract.

Most men would crumble under all of the pressure that Mason is experiencing, but Mason is used to playing under pressure. He has endured a bit of an up-and-down season by his standards so far, but when he was given a chance on Tuesday to take over the Flyers’ starting goalie gig, Mason responded with a typically gutsy effort.

*This article can also be found on TheSportsDaily’s Philadelphia Flyers page, Flyzette!*

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Giants-Eagles: Week 9 Preview

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The Giants and Eagles will resume their fierce rivalry on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 on FOX.

Fresh off a well-deserved bye week, the New York Giants face their toughest test of the season this week in the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. While both teams are 4-3, the Giants currently possess a playoff spot, something that the Eagles are all too aware of. Both teams simply have to win this game, but there can only be one victor on Sunday.

Kickoff from MetLife Stadium is set for 1:00 on Sunday, and can be seen on FOX.

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