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The New York Giants rise to the occasion to open December!

Well, football fans, it’s nearing the end of the season and the New York Giants have dug themselves a hole again. Must be time for them to start playing at the top of their game, and that’s just what they did this week.

The Dolphins had no answer for Odell Beckham.

In a Monday Night Football showdown against the Miami Dolphins, the gmen showed the kind of offensive firepower many have waited for them to display all season. Lamar Miller and the fins put up a good fight in their own stadium, with Miller rushing for 89 yards and two scores, but they couldn’t keep up with the passing attack led by Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the Giants’ passing attack. Manning had one of his best games as a pro, throwing as many touchdown passes as he had incompletions. He went 27 for 31, for 337 yards and no interceptions as he spread the ball around high and low. New starting tight end Will Tye, a local kid drafted from Stonybrook, caught a touchdown pass and is continuing to blend well into the offense. Ruben Randle had a solid game, as did running back Rashad Jennings, who’s been quiet since early in the season.

But the real star of the game, aside from Eli, was Mr. Beckham. The Dolphins just didn’t have an answer for him. He caught seven passes for 166 yards and two scores, and both of his touchdowns were beauties. One was an 84-yarder, on which he dropped a double move and sprung wide open between the hashmarks where Eli hit him right in stride. The other was a highlight-reel hands grab outside the corner of the end zone, where he came out of the break and the ball was right there. There were a few moments where it looked like the touchdown might not stand, but replay upheld the call and Beckham had his first touchdown catch of the day.

Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins attempted a late comeback, and actually made things seem close for a bit. But needing a first down to seal the deal by running out the clock, Eli went to–you guessed it–Odell, who made a diving catch for a first down. This catch was reviewed, as well…but the call was once again upheld, and the Giants engaged the victory formation and ended the night tied for first in the NFC East.

Next week, the Giants face the NFL’s last undefeated team, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. It looks like a tough task on paper, but Eli and company have some experience pulling off upsets against undefeated teams…I’ll leave it at that. You could make a serious case that if the Giants work their way into the postseason, they’d be a serious threat…but first they have to go through the team that right now looks like the favorite to win the NFC. The Giants will be at home…can they pull it off? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

NFC East beatdown!

Another week, NFL fans, and another round of exciting football. There were two more overtime games this week, after last week’s three–proving parity still rules in the NFL. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos played a three-hour game of hot potato with Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns, winning an ugly one 26-23. And in Detroit, Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler had themselves a duel. After a back-and-forth thriller, Stafford rolled to his right and launched a mortar shot to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, putting the Lions in position for a walkoff field goal with only 2:29 left in OT! The final was 37-34, but believe it or not it was even more exciting than that sounds.

Cam Newton’s play is finally matching his celebrations.

Gang Green and the New York Jets continued their rise to prominence, thumping Washington 34-20 as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ran one in from 18 yards out. Andy Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals to 6-0, with a 34-21 pounding of the injury-riddled Buffalo Bills. Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins clobbered Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10, while Adrian Peterson‘s off day didn’t stop the Minnesota Vikings from beating the disappointing Kansas City Chiefs 16-10.

In the 4pm round of games, Cam Newton led  the Carolina Panthers on a daring last-minute drive against the Seattle Seahawks, hitting tight end Greg Olsen in the back of the end zone with half a minute left for their first and only lead of the game! Every time you start to wonder if Newton is really legit, he pulls out a game like this. Jimmy Graham is becoming more and more a part of the Seahawks offense, but it wasn’t enough to help them here.

On Monday night, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles squared off for what was supposed to be an NFC East showdown. Instead it was an NFC East beatdown, as the Eagles pounded the Giants 27-7. Eli Manning and the Gmen marched down the field with ease on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead, and they didn’t score for the rest of the night as they were beaten up n every phase of the game. The Giants and Eagles are now tied at 3-3 for the divisional lead, and the playoff race remains wide open.

Who are your favorites in each divisional race? Which undefeated team will be the last one to lose its first game? Is Cam Newtown’s turnaround for real? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer