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Giants-Eagles: The Bottom Five

Michael Boley, 59, of the New York Giants

Michael Boley, 59, of the New York Giants returns a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on Monday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Sept. 19, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Well, the six preseason Giants games are over and the regular season starts on Sunday against the Eagles. Ever since the schedule came out – during the lockout, if you recall – this game has really signaled the start of the year. It’s the Giants’ first chance to turn the page on 2010 and focus on 2011. Or at least try to do that.

There are plenty of storylines to consider in this game, from wondering how effective a recently concussed Michael Vick can be to assuming that the Giants will run the ball often against a weak Eagles defensive front to trying to guess who the Giants will possibly use as a wide receiver opposite Hakeem Nicks. And then, of course, there is the punter and the punt returner.

The list may seem endless. It’s really not, though. It has a bottom. And here, we go all the way down the list to depths no other website or blog dares travel. Here, as we do every week, are the Bottom Five Things to Look For in Sunday’s Giants-Eagles game:

5. The Giants defense is paralyzed in confusion after Perry Fewell’s first call goes something like this: “I can’t say that we should blitz, but I can’t say we shouldn’t blitz either.”

4. With 9 players out for the season, the Giants can finally join the Injured Reserve Softball League. There’s always a logjam in that league for guys who want to just stand there and play first base.

3. Video intern Ryan Brown gets his revenge when he picks up a loose ball on the sideline and pegs Michael Boley in the face with it while he’s sitting on the bench.

2. The Giants borrow those horrendous Maryland jerseys to trigger another bout of vertigo in Michael Vick.

1. Travis Beckum will catch 11 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns.


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