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Alex Smith has to play better then last year!

Alex Smith San Francisco 49ers

Alex Smith San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are coming off one of the best turn around seasons under a new head coach that any team could have done. Last year new head coach Jim Harbaugh lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. The Giants wound up winning that game due to bad special teams play the 49ers.

Alex Smith had the best season of his career throwing for 3144 yards with 17 touchdowns while only turning the ball over 5 times on interceptions. Smith had his best performance of the season in week 13 against the St. Louis Rams where he completed 73.9 percent of his passes for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns. Smith will have to put up bigger numbers in 2012 while continuing to not turn the ball over.

The 49ers went out to help the passing game out by picking up free agents Randy Moss and Mario Manningham. These 2 receivers should compliment Michael Crabtree and tight-end Vernon Davis to give Smith more weapons through the air. While the team also drafted A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James to give them more weapons on offense.

As far as defense the 49ers were one of best overall in the entire league in most categories including second in fewest points with 14.3 points per game and also third in interceptions with 23. One of the best defensive performances came in week 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers where the defense picked off 3 passes and recovered a fumble to help lead the team to a 20-3 win. The team will look for the veteran Patrick Willis to anchor the defense in 2012.

The 49ers should win the NFC West easily over the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams. All three of those teams have a lot of concerns on both sides of the ball.

NFL 2012 Regular Season will kick off on Wednesday night Sept 5

Are you ready for some football? On a Wednesday?

We’ve just started the long, dark time of year called the “offseason.”

Some good news arrived Tuesday, delivered straight from the NFL Mountaintops: The offseason will be one day shorter than expected.

The New York Giants will host the season opener on Wednesday, September 5. The game was moved a day earlier than usual in deference to President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention.

So on Tuesday, the NFL decided to simply move the game to the previous night, Wednesday, September 5. It will be the first time since the fall of 1948 that a regular season NFL game would be played on a Wednesday. On that day, September 22, 1948, to be precise, the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams, en route to a 2-10 season; the Rams finished 6-5-1. (In case you’re wondering, the Philadelphia Eagles won the championship that year.)

This will be the second time in three years that a regular season NFL game will be played on an unorthodox day of the week. In late December 2010, a Sunday afternoon game involving the aforementioned Eagles was moved to Tuesday night due to extreme blizzard conditions in Philadelphia. The visiting Vikings – playing out the string a la the Asheville Tourists after a blizzard back home impounded the Metrodome – won the game behind the unlikely arm of Joe Webb.

The Giants’ first opponents of the 2012-13 season is still to be determined. In 2008, the Giants beat the Washington Redskins in the season opener. With politics once again coming into play in the Giants’ defense of their Lombardi trophy, don’t be surprised if the Giants once again square off against Washington on September 5; the start time will remain 8:30 PM ET. (The two teams have actually faced each other on the season opener for the last two years.)

And in case you’re wondering: no, the Giants don’t play the Chicago Bears this season, so that was not a factor in moving up the season opener to Wednesday to accommodate big-time Bears fan President Obama the following night. The Packers, Saints, and Steelers are strong candidates.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium against a team to be announced at a later date. Starting time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVI

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
Super Bowl XLVI (36)
February 5th, 2012
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN), 6:29 PM ET

Analysis of the New York Giants
The Giants (9-6) barely got into the playoffs after downing the division rival Cowboys in the final week of the regular season. From there they went on an improbable run through the playoffs, getting by the Falcons before upsetting the (consensus best team in the NFL) Packers and 49ers, both on the road. Their defense has stepped up big in every one of these games and the play of QB Eli Manning has helped them earn their 5th Super Bowl berth in team history.

Analysis of New England Patriots
The Patriots had another dominate season, going 13-3 en route to the 1st overall seed in the AFC. They thoroughly dominated the Denver Tebows Broncos in the divisional round before squeaking out a tight victory against the Ravens in the AFC Championship. As always two people have led this team: their head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady. Their leadership has again made the Patriots Super Bowl contenders, participants, and favorites.

Key Players
As a side note, the two most important players on the field will be Manning for the Giants and Brady for the Patriots. In the Super Bowl, QB-play matters more than anything else. Period. The following players will also have a great impact on the game though:

Patriots: Rob Gronkowski
‘Gronk’ is suffering from a high ankle sprain that occurred during the AFC Championship game against the Ravens. That has been the only bad news to an otherwise record-setting year for the 2nd year TE. Gronkowski caught 17 TD’s in 2011-2012 with 1327 receiving yards, both of which are the highest numbers ever for a TE. His presence alone on Sunday will be enough to put Brady’s mind at ease and to present a matchup challenge to the Giants.

Giants: Osi Umenyiora & Jason Pierre-Paul
This was a tough call, as RB Ahmad Bradshaw needs to step up as well for the Giants to win. The D-line for the Giants is most important though as they absolutely have to put pressure on Brady in order for the Giants to come out with their 4th ring ever. That task falls on DE’s Umenyiora and Pierre-Paul, both of which have stepped up in all 3 playoff games leading up to Sunday. The Giants could really use constant pressure and 3 or 4 sacks so as to scramble the Patriots tough pass-first offense.

Key Statistics
Passing Yards:
The Giants ranked 29th in the league in opponent passing yardage during the regular season and the Patriots ranked even worse, coming in at 31st. While both defenses have stepped up during the playoffs, their secondary play against two of the best QB’s in the league is vital for each team to victory. Both defenses have big defensive line presences already, it’s just a matter of which QB will get around that and which secondary will take advantage.

Prediction
Few need reminders that these two teams met just 4 years ago in Super Bowl XLII, one of the greatest of all time. In that Super Bowl the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots, both teams being led by their current QB’s. This rematch is more than just any other game to these teams then, not because it’s the Super Bowl, but because each squad has something to prove. The Giants are out to prove they belong here after a mediocre season and the Patriots are out to prove they can beat the Giants in the most important of games. When bragging rights are on the line QB-play matters the most, and while Manning has played out-of-his-mind lately I’ll still favor the future Hall-of-Famer Brady.

Prediction: New England Patriots: 27 – New York Giants: 21

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NY Giants Vs Eagles Week 3

Big Blue travels North on the Turnpike Sunday to face their most hated rival The Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial field. Both teams are 1 and 1, the Eagles are coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, a game in which their star QB Mike Vick was knocked out of the game with a concussion. All indications are that Vick will suit up Sunday to play the Giants despite the injury.

 The New York Giants enter week 3 of the 2011 NFL season with a lot of question marks. They’ve been completely depleted by injuries thus far and someone must step up off the bench if they’re going to be contenders this year. Right CB Aaron Ross has been a liability in both of the Giants previous games. First round draft pick, CB Prince Amukamara remains sidelined nursing a broken foot, and star CB Terrell Thomas has already been added to injury reserve so we won’t see him until 2012. The Line Backers of the Giants have also been a weak spot thus far, and receivers seem to be running wide open in the middle of the Giants defense.

 The last time the Eagles and Giants met was last year. The Giants had a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter only to watch the Eagles come soaring back to win, on a Punt Return by WR and speedster Deshaun Jackson on the very last play of the game.

 Obviously the Giants want restitution, not that this rivalry needed any extra incentive. These 2 teams hate each other, and the wild come back game last year has only added fuel to the fire. The Giants obviously must get the defensive problems fixed, fast. The Eagles are a raw speed and talent machine that can score from any where on the field against even the best defenses.

While the defense is obviously the Giants biggest problem the offense hasn’t been playing very good either. Giant QB Eli Manning seemed to get his bearings in the second half of the Monday night contest with the Rams, but had a very rocky start. As if the Giants weren’t light enough at WR, they’ve also now lost Dominick Hixon as well. WR Mario Manningham will also most likely miss the Eagles contest after suffering a concussion against the Rams.

The Giants offense can not afford to have a slow start this week against Mike Vick and the Eagles. Eli better get his feet under him quick. The Giants must run the ball against the small but fast Eagle defense. They must control the clock and keep the Eagles explosive offense off the field if they want to win Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Obviously neither team wants to get to 1 and 2, and the fact that it’s a very important NFC East contest adds all the more importance to this game.

Despite all the question marks entering the game Sunday, there is a few certainties.

This game will have future implications. This game will be physical. And even though both teams have great offenses, it will come down to who plays better defense.