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Giants-Cardinals: The Bottom Five

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora tosses a football

New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora tosses a football as he rides a stationary bike during training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. (Aug. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Believe it or not, the Giants’ regular season will be one quarter of the way finished after Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. Obviously there is still a long journey left, just as for every game there is a long list of things to look for.

As the Giants head out to the desert – and the sight of their Super Bowl XLII victory – there are plenty of keys to the game. And there are plenty of websites and blogs that will tell you what the top three or five or 10 of them are. But here, we go straight to the end of the list. Every week we dig deeper than any other news gathering source for you, and this week is no exception. So here, as always, is our list of the Bottom Five Things to Look For on Sunday:

5. The last time the Giants played a game in Arizona, they returned home and a wide receiver shot himself in the leg within a week. Tom Coughlin has a difficult time deciding who will have to take the bullet this time, but ultimately asks Brandon Stokley to sacrifice his already damaged quad for the good of the team.

4. Osi Umenyiora plays his first game of the season, but he is flagged for several delay of game penalties as he awkwardly repositions his stationary bike at the line of scrimmage after every snap.

3. Lawrence Tynes does not attempt any field goals in this game either, making it the third straight, and rips the Giants’ red-zone offense for snubbing him. “They’re doing it on purpose,” the kicker says. “All those touchdowns are scored in spite. It's terrible.”

2. After a sluggish performance against the Cardinals, the Giants will realize that they did not play to their potential because they were all taking part in the “Bart Scott Coast-to-Coast Carb-Loading Program” which works well for Carrie Fisher and Valerie Bertinelli, but not so much for football players.

1. The University of Phoenix student body storms the field to tear down the goal post after the Cardinals win. But he’s arrested before he even reaches the end zone.


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