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PLAXICO WATCHES GIANTS WIN 44-6

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The deck was stacked against the undefeated New York Giants before they even took the field against the Seattle Seahawks. First, they were without suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress who watched the game from the comfort or discomfort of his sofa. East Rutherford, NJ – The deck was stacked against the undefeated New York Giants before they even took the field against the Seattle Seahawks. First, they were without suspended wide receiver Plaxico Burress who watched the game from the comfort or discomfort of his sofa. Second, in their last 19 games after a bye week, they had won only 5 games. And finally, head coach Tom Coughlin had never won a game (0-5) against Mike Holmgren.  None of that seemed to matter to Big Blue as Eli Manning continued to show that he is indeed becoming the elite quarterback they drafted. Both the offense and defense showed no rust from an extra week off and Burress’ teammates, Domenik Hickson and Sinorice Moss picked up the slack catching 8 passes and 3 touchdowns between them in the 44-6 wipeout of Seattle. Defensive end Justin Tuck set the tone right from the start when on 3rd and 5 from the Giants 48, when he took down Seattle’s quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after his pass attempt for the first down fell incomplete. Hasselbeck stayed down on the turf before getting assistance back to his sideline. Hasselbeck would be pressured all day. Manning did not waste any time putting points on the board. Starting at their own 9, Manning takes only 4 plays to put them in the end zone. The big play: a 44 yard run by Brandon Jacobs before finding Hixon in the end zone for the 34 yard touchdown catch. Hasselbeck would shake off the injury and get his team on the board on 10 plays resulting in a 30 yard field goal by Olindo Mare.  That’s the closest Seattle would get as the Giants scored on 8 of their next 10 possessions. It was a perfectly balanced offense as New York ran for 256 yard (Jacobs 136 yards) and passed for 267 yards (Hixon 102 yards) while holding on to the ball for almost 13 more minutes. 27 first downs to Seattle’s 13 would do that.  Without Manning’s main weapon, the other guys had to step up and they did. The offense was aggressive knowing the Seattle defense would put pressure on the passing game. Said Manning afterwards, “we feel like we have a lot of weapons and just because one guy is out, it’s not going to change our philosophy.” That thinking has led them to lead the league in points per game (31), yards per game (431) and rushing yards (181). Those numbers look like they will increase over their next 3 games as they face Cleveland, San Francisco and Pittsburgh. The three have a combined 7 wins with only Pittsburgh having a winning record (4-1). When the New York Giants suspended Plaxico Burress, they were clearly sending a message, not only to him but to the rest of the team. As important as he is to the team, he’s only one player. Burress, who had just signed a new contract which included a huge signing bonus, has yet to shed light on why he mysteriously disappeared for 2 days, not bothering to contact anyone in the organization about his situation. The initial suspension was for 2 weeks pay and sitting out against Seattle. He did sit out the game and the salary penalty was reduced to 1 week: a total of over $117,000 dollars.   Suspending the moody, often distant wide receiver could have backfired on the organization if they had lost. It could have sent the team down a spiral of division amongst the players, coaches and front office personnel making their 3-0 start a quick memory.  Fortunately for all involved, the opposite happened. Manning led the offense, Tuck led the defense and newcomers Hixon and Moss showed they could step up. 

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