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New York Giants’ Kenny Phillips Makes Trip; Jacquian Williams Downgraded to Out

December 3rd, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Casey Sherman

New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips had made his return to action against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night, but aggravated his MCL, resulting in him being listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Washington Redskins. However, reports are that he has made the trip with his teammates, giving Giants fans a glint hope that he will be able to play.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Phillips' availability could largely affect the outcome of tonight's game. The Giants defense looked completely different with him on the field against a dynamic offenses in the Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week. With Phillips on the field, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is able to implement the three (and four) safety look on defense that has proven so affective in the past. The improved play of the secondary also contributed to several coverage sacks and left Rodgers guessing often.

Reports from practice indicate that Phillips appeared to be nursing his knee slightly and wasn't able to run at full speed. The other key Giant on the injury list is Jason Pierre-Paul who is questionable with a back issue. His absence could be a costly one, in terms of keeping Redskin's quarterback Robert Griffin III in the pocket, though Coach Tom Coughlin expects he will be able to play barring any setbacks.

Also on the injury list is Jacquian Williams who is listed as doubtful with a knee injury. He told reporters early in the week he does not expect to play, and will miss his sixth consecutive game.

Offensive lineman David Diehl and wide receiver Domenik Hixon are both listed as questionable but did make the trip.

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14 Responses to “New York Giants’ Kenny Phillips Makes Trip; Jacquian Williams Downgraded to Out”

  1.  Remy says:

    I’m fairly confident, especially if Phillips plays, as he didn’t in the first meeting. Also, the Skins came out running the ball very well, but after halftime adjustments the D buckled down and eventually shut it down. RG3 had to almost do the impossible to keep those guys in the game late in that thing, and not many folks seem to remember that. Given that there’s a lot more tape on these young guys now, I’d expect this one to go a little differently.

    Also, I know we’re all ready for Wilson to become the x-factor. Hopefully this game is the start of something…

  2.  G-MenFan says:

    Let’s be honest. Phillips isn’t playing. Not with his knee banged up. JPP will go but not KP. We’ll see a lot of Jayron Hosley and Will Hill out there.

    It’s on Fewell to make this work. He has to bring the heat and force Griffin into turnovers. There will be a ton of pressure on Prince and Corey Webster to lock down the corners and that won’t happen if Fewell has them releasing wideouts to safeties on go routes. They have to stay manned-up.

    On offense, Gilbride has to pound the rock early and often. If the defense doesn’t put us in an early double-digit hole, wear down their front and keep the passes short to move chains and gas the Line Backers.

    This will be a tough game for the Giants but they should win if they take a 4-quarter disciplined approach to the game and Gilbride doesn’t treat the playcalling like he’s at a freakin’ carnival and he’s trying to win a stuffed bear.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Just had to respond to kujo’s gay-bait and Troy Thorns usual snarkiness that yeah, I’ve loved Luck since I first saw him and that he wasn’t the “best kept secret” when he was a redshirt freshman. Next Thorn can tell me how he knew all about DeCastro and Erst too.

    My point, anyway, was that I saw plenty of Russell Wilson and though I knew he was good there was no way I projected him as THIS good.

    As to Luck, get over it if some of us see things early. You might benefit from it if you pay attention. For example, you might not be panicked if Will Hill plays instead of Kenny Phillips. He may make a mistake, but his game is very similar .

  4.  Remy says:

    Eagles fired D-Line coach Jim Washburn. Right on.

  5.  Krow says:

    So here we are again. A chance to show that we’re serious contenders. A chance to serve notice. This is the essential truth of sport. You do or you don’t. You win or you lose. No gray … no ambiguity. We’re what we hoped we’d be … or we’re not. Tonight tells the tale.

    And as for seeding and bye week … I want no part of it. The last bye week was featured by Spags running off and wh0ring himself out to every team with a head coaching vacancy … when he should have been preparing our defense. I still contend this was a big factor in our demise that year.

    This time around it will be Fewell’s turn. It will be even worse since he’d be the perfect Rooney Rule poster child. Frequent flyer miles anyone?

    No thanks …

    •  Dirt says:

      I remember that day a little differently. I like to call it “Hixon’s Coming Out Party”, which was the impetus to get Nicks.

      I also remember berfore half Jacobs running like a wildman, all the way into 1st and 5 in scoring range, then the brilliance of Coughlin’s clock management and Killdrive’s offensive genius took place: 3 straight incomplete passes, stopped the clock, obvious missed field goal, then giving Philly enough time to score before half.

      The defense gave up a horrid 3rd down conversion, but other than that, and ignoring when Eli put them on the field on their own goal line, Spags interview tour was but a mere convenient excuse.

      •  Krow says:

        Not implying causality … just that the bye week is a job-fair for top assistants … and a rotten diversion of their attention.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    It would be great to get a win tonight but it won’t be “defining”, one way or the other. This is still a week-to-week league and the “tests” will keep coming.

    We can hope that the Eagles will have packed their golf bags by the time we play them, but I suspect that since it will be Andy Reid’s last game as coach they will play very hard.

    Every other game will have great significance for the opponent. If you figured the Saints were dead you were premature because the wild card picture still looks quite muddled. In any case, by this coming Sunday they will NOT have given up. There’s no need to go over how big the other games are both for us and the opponent.

    The Giants need 2-3 wins out of these five, and a win tonight goes a very long way toward getting them where they need to arrive. I think they will win, but even a loss tonight just means that they’ll still need 2-3 wins to get to The Tournament. So tonight is not, IMO, the fulcrum around which the season pivots. It’s a big game, and one that would be great to win, but the season won’t be defined tonight. I think lots of Giants fans are starting to swallow the media hype regarding the Skins and Griffen III. They’re a solid team, and he is an emerging star. But they don’t have many wins against top teams, and they are not as good a team as the Giants. They will need a great effort to beat us. Could it happen? Sure. But it will not make, or break, our season, or theirs. Both teams will come out of tonight’s game with shots at making the playoffs. So I’m looking forward to the game without the sense of anxiousness that many seem to feel.

    Frankly, I thought last week’s game was more critical. If the Giants hadn’t turned it around after a bye week and shown that they did some self-scouting and changed up their approach I’d have been really concerned about the season. But they did what they needed to do, and I’m confident this team is headed in the right direction as long as Hakeem Nicks can stay reasonably healthy. He is, IMO, the big X-factor. Without him our passing attack becomes very vulnerable. With him, the field opens up. If the team wins tonight I would love it if TC starts giving Hakeem enough rest the rest of the way to have him as close to 100% as possible going into the playoffs.

  7.  Levito says:

    I’m worried about this game. KP, JPP, RG III, Garçon, blah blah blah. It has nothing to do with any of that. The main thing that scares me is that it’s a chance for the Giants to pretty much wrap up the division on the first weekend in December. This team has never been one to make things that easy on themselves. I’m not sure they’re ready to start now.

  8.  jfunk says:

    I’m torn on byes.

    Historically, they’re a huge advantage. Only in very recent history has that appeared to change. I think Dallas 2007 was the first NFC #1 seed to lose it’s first game in history or something like that.

    So the question is, has the league changed so much in recent years that the layoff has become a problem or are the past few seasons merely an aberration? Is it just a failure of the affected coaching staffs?

    Whatever one may hypothesize about it, it’s still hard to argue with the simple fact that having one less game to play against a playoff caliber team is a better situation to be in.

    •  Levito says:

      I’m not sure about the NFL stats on byes, but I’m positive Dallas wasn’t the first #1 seed to lose their first game. The Colts did it against the Steelers 2 years before Dallas.

    •  Krow says:

      The top seeds get the byes, so it’s really not surprising that they tend to win. I don’t think it’s the bye week itself that’s causing it.

  9.  rlhjr says:

    This one is on the D. And without JPP and perhaps Phillips it looks iffy.

  10.  Krow says:

    I disagree … tonight is a defining game … but it depends on what you consider ‘defining’.

    If you mean ‘making the playoffs’ then no, it’s not. But if you mean marking yourself as a team that has the toughness and the talent to seriously contend for the trophy … then yes, it certainly is.

    This is December … if we’re one of the top handful of teams then we should dispatch this pretender in short order. If we can’t … well … then we’re not. We’ll still have a shot at the playoffs. But if we lose tonight then we should stop kidding ourselves about any Superbowl return. If we can’t beat a 5-6 team then it says more about us than it does about them. It will show us where we stack up in the playoff picture.

    This type of game is the difference between being a top ’3 or 4′ team … and being just a top 10 team.

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