Posted tagged ‘Victor Cruz’

Belichick made the call to let Manningham have his night

February 9, 2012

Via ESPNBoston:

Bill Belichick dared the New York Giants to throw to Mario Manningham and paid the price.

Before the Giants final game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI, the New England Patriots coach told his team not to get beat by receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

“This is still a Cruz and Nicks game,” Belichick was heard saying in audio recorded for NFL Films. “I know we’re right on them. It’s tight but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”

The Giants started the drive at their own 12-yard line with 3:46 left in the game and trailing 17-15. On the first play, Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped a perfect pass down the sidelines to Manningham who somehow made the catch and got two feet down for a 38-yard gain.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was also miked for NFL Films and after watching the replay of the grab, he said “He caught it.”

The Patriots challenged whether Manningham was in bounds. They lost, the Giants were in business and went on to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Patriots actually allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to waltz into the end zone with about a minute left so they would get the ball back.

Before the score, Patriots Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are overheard telling players in the huddle: “We gotta let them score, got to let them score.”

(Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

The Patriots had been forced to give up the ball after receiver Wes Welker failed to make a tough catch that would have given the Pats a key first down as they tried to eat up the clock.

Referee John Parry, talking to another official, was caught on tape saying of the Welker play: “That was the game.”

Among other interesting audio released by the league, Giants players were trying to figure out the health of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He had suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game and didn’t appear to be at full speed in the Super Bowl.

In the third quarter, Giants linebacker Michael Boley says: “Hey, 87’s a (expletive) decoy, he’s a decoy. .. He’s about to be outta here.”

I think everyone knew that Cruz and Nicks were going to be players the Patriots wanted to stop but I don’t think they expected Manningham to go off like he did in the fourth quarter. Also, I really liked that they got commentary of the referee’s saying that the game was over after that Welker missed catch. That’s something fans wouldn’t expect from referee’s to talk about the game while it is happening. I guess they knew something special would happen. Well something special did happen, The Giants won their second Super Bowl over the Patriots…

Must Starts and Free Agent Pick-Ups for your NFL Week 4 lineups

September 28, 2011

Mitchell Evan’s Week 4 Fantasy Impact Players to add/start:

1. David Nelson: This wide receiver from Buffalo has had a great first few games of the season.  More famous from his game winning catch against the Raiders in week 2, he hauled in 6 passes for 84 yards last Sunday against the Patriots and is a solid flex option for deeper leagues.  With being owned in only 50% leagues, and you have a receiver starting like a Santonio Holmes, definitely pick this guy up and start him.

(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

2.  Antonio Brown: He has been the most consistent receiver for the Steelers, owned in only 20% of Yahoo leagues, he is a great option if you’re in a 10-16 team league.  Was thrown at 8 times last sunday, and had 4 catches for  75 yards.  He also just surpassed Hines Ward for the number 2 job as a receiver.

3. Eli Manning: I’m not sure how clear to be on this BUT START HIM. He had a huge game last week and plays a struggling Cardinals defense week 4. (who gave up 400+ yards to a measly Cam Newton) He had 254 yards and 4 touchdown’s against the “dream team” Philadelphia Eagles.

4.  Lance Moore:  Lance started off the season on the injury list, almost everyone who had him on their team dropped him instantly, but now since he has come back, he is the number 1 receiver for the Saints. With Colston still on the injury list for a couple more weeks, Moore’s fantasy status should be going through the roof.  Owned in 62% of leagues, you have a good chance of finding him in a league with 8-10 teams in it.  He is a must, and is the most consistent player when healthy, out of the Saints receivers.

Thoughts from Donnie Dwyer:

(Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIR/US PRESSWIRE)

I think this week is a must play for fantasy owners who have Eli Manning. The Cardinals Defense is on and off at times in the secondary but I think when the Giants run the ball with their two-headed monster of Jacobs and Bradshaw it leads to throwing touchdowns for Manning. I also think fans should keep an eye on and pick up receivers Victor Cruz of the Giants, Nate Washington of the Titans, and Danario Alexander of the Rams. Cruz will be the #3 receiver alongside Nicks and Manningham and should have a nice game with single coverage, Washington will get many receptions now that Kenny Britt is sidelined and is a potential 2 TD threat every week, and Alexander is a 6’5 beast of an athlete and can score a ton of balls in the red zone for Sam Bradford. Keep an eye out on those players throughout the week. Enjoy the football and good luck in your leagues…