As the Giants head to Atlanta this weekend and play in the final stretch of the season, here are some milestones to keep an eye on in the upcoming weeks:
QB Eli Manning
*Five completions away from breaking Phil Simms’ team record of 2,576.
*128 pass attempts away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (589 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*79 completions away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (359 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*1,505 passing yards away from surpassing the Giants single-season record (4,933 – Eli Manning, 2011).
*17 touchdown passes from breaking the Giants single-season record (36 – Y.A. Tittle, 1963).
WR Victor Cruz
*Two touchdown receptions away from 20 career receiving touchdowns.
WR Hakeem Nicks
*314 yards shy of 4,000 career receiving yards.
*Three touchdown receptions away from 30 career receiving touchdowns.
TE Martellus Bennett
*16 receptions shy of 150 career receptions.
*85 receiving yards shy of 1,500 career receiving yards.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw
*Three rushing touchdowns away from surpassing Ron Johnson (33) on the Giants all-time rushing touchdowns list and tying Frank Gifford for seventh on the Giants’ all-time list.
DE Osi Umenyiora
*5.0 sacks away from 80.0 career sacks.
DE Justin Tuck
*1.5 sacks away from 50.0 career sacks.
*One tackle away from 400 career tackles.
*Two forced fumbles away from 20 career forced fumbles.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
*2.5 sacks away from 30.0 career sacks.
GIANTS TO WEAR SPECIAL HOF PATCHES
Commemorating 50 years of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Giants and all NFL teams wore patches last week and will do so again for this slate of games. Last week, the Giants wore them on their home blues against New Orleans. Here’s a look at the road whites they’ll wear in the Georgia Dome, courtesy of Equipment Director Joseph Skiba:
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Josh Freeman QB Buccaneers, last week: 189 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Freeman will be going against a New Orleans Saints defense that ranks 30th in the NFL (284 ypg) against the pass. In their first meeting, Freeman had his best game of the year, throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns, back in Week 7. More of the same should come this Sunday.
Jonathan Dwyer RB, Steelers, last week: 32 yards rushing
Dwyer gets the nod this week for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have a pivotal matchup vs. Dallas that will affect both teams’ playoff hopes. Expect plenty of carries for Dwyer because of the simple fact that the Dallas secondary, which ranks eight against the pass, will be trying to shut down the passing game first, as they usually tend to do.
Danario Alexander WR Chargers, last week: 88 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Since Week 9, Alexander has combined for 555 yards, 33 receptions and five touchdowns in just six games played in 2012. The Chargers’ new stud wideout will be looking to continue that success in Week 15, when he will be playing a Panthers defense that is pretty solid against pass (13th) but gives up too many big plays. Alexander should be a part of at least one.
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