Paul Dottino

Eli Manning (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Loss To Chargers

The loud thud you just heard should not come as any surprise. The Giants, who lost any realistic hope of making the playoffs two weeks ago against Dallas, sealed their fate with a dismal 37-14 loss to the Chargers.

12/09/2013

Andre Brown (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Chargers, Plus A Prediction

The Giants and San Diego Chargers own identical 5-7 records, although San Diego’s postseason chances are a bit better than those of the Giants. Regardless, this season will be considered a disappointment for both organizations.

12/08/2013

Justin Tuck (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Win Over Redskins

We are giving out three defensive game balls for the first time ever. How can you leave out Justin Tuck with a career-high four sacks or Jon Beason for his 17 tackles or Will Hill for stealing the ball from Pierre Garcon on fourth down at the Giants 49 with 1:19 left?

12/02/2013

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Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Redskins, Plus A Prediction

Washington coach Mike Shanahan already has thrown down the gauntlet in threatening some of his players’ future employment.

11/29/2013

DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball as Will Hill #25 of the New York Giants defends at MetLife Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Loss To Cowboys

Good teams, playoff teams, do not continue to make enough mistakes to lose games. The Giants (4-7) have learned that the hard way this season.

11/25/2013

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to teammate  Andre Brown #35. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Cowboys, Plus A Prediction

It’s time. The dominoes have lined up for the Giants, who now have the opportunity to show that they are improved enough to knock them over.

11/22/2013

Eli Manning (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Keys For Giants Against Banged-Up Packers

Make no mistake about it. The Giants still have many elements to improve as they attempt to win their fourth consecutive game. But the Packers are reeling – with injuries on both sides of the ball.

11/15/2013

Andre Brown (credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Win Over Raiders

Andre Brown set career highs with 30 carries and 115 yards while running for the go-ahead 1-yard TD late in the third quarter — and he wasn’t activated until this past week.

11/11/2013

Hakeem Nicks (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Raiders, Plus A Prediction

It’s hard to imagine how a game during the first week of November can be identified as a “must win,” but the Giants are facing what are – for all practical purposes – three “must win” games in a row.

11/09/2013

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball off to Peyton Hillis #44 of the New York Giants during their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Win Over Eagles

The Giants have pointed the arrow in the right direction over the past two weeks, although there’s still much work to be done following Sunday’s 15-7 road victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

10/28/2013

DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Prince Amukamara #20 of the New York Giants defends at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Eagles, Plus A Prediction

How much will Vick be inclined to run after the injury? Usually, his most dangerous scrambles against the Giants are between the hash marks — which is where Beason now roams.

10/25/2013

Peyton Hillis runs the ball in Monday's win against the Minnesota Vikings. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Dottino: Gradual Improvement Finally Pays Off For Giants

Coach Tom Coughlin’s team played what may have been its most complete game of the season, albeit with flaws. So let’s hand out some game balls and gassers.

10/22/2013

Running back Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups For Giants-Vikings, Plus A Prediction

Although you may not think it’s possible, the Giants really are not the worst team in the NFL — despite their 0-6 record.

10/18/2013

Running back Brandon Jacobs of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dottino: Giants’ New Mission? Restore Winning Attitude

Forget about it. The mission no longer is about saving New York’s playoff hopes, it’s about finding out which pieces need to be part of the new foundation.

10/12/2013

Giants quarterback Eli Manning rears back to throw against the Eagles on Oct. 6, 2013 at MetLife Stadium. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dottino: Key Matchups For Giants’ Must-Win Against The Bears

No team that started 0-5 team has ever made the NFL playoffs, which means the Giants can cling to the long-shot belief that they could become the first. But it has to start with a win Thursday night over the Chicago Bears

10/10/2013

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