Steve Silverman

Giants coach Tom Coughlin yells at defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images); Bears QB Jay Cutler is sacked by the Packers (Photo Tom Lynn /Getty Images)

Silverman: Giants Have Issues, But At Least They’re Not The Bears

Both teams are suffering through hard times right now, but at least the Giants are playing the game with effort and a desire to win. The Bears play as if pride doesn’t exist.

11/10/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 2: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to the start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Brian Hoyer, Jeremy Hill And A.J. Green

At the start of the season, a Cleveland-Cincinnati battle as a Thursday Night primetime game did not appear to be an ideal television choice.

11/06/2014

Tomas Kaberle, then of the Montreal Canadiens, skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 5, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: You Know Rangers Are Desperate When They Consider Kaberle

The Rangers are battered and bruised on the blue line, and if the other areas of strength on this team do not step up, the Blueshirts will slip in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference to very precipitous depths.

11/05/2014

Michael Vick (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Silverman: Chiefs Have Pass-Rush, Relentlessness To Derail Vick’s Debut

As much as Reid is sympathetic to Vick’s cause, this could be one difficult day for the Jets’ new starting quarterback.

10/31/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 26: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Drew Brees, Cam Newton And Jimmy Graham

The Saints are coming off their best game of the year after hammering Green Bay 44-23. However, they have not won a road game this year. The Panthers are hoping to continue that trend, and they will be bringing back a familiar face in running back DeAngelo Williams.

10/30/2014

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos waves to fans as he walks off the field after a 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Silverman: Manning, Murray, Rodgers Lead 5-Man MVP Race At Halfway Point

While the local teams are searching for answers, the NFL has seen some startling performances through the first half of the season.

10/29/2014

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 05: Tight end Julius Thomas #80 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring on quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos 500th career touchdown pass to take a 7-3 lead over the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 41-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers And Julius Thomas

The Chargers and the Broncos have something more on their minds than the epic fantasy battle that is at hand when they meet in Denver Thursday night.

10/23/2014

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Silverman: Voynov Suspension May Be PC, But NHL Did The Right Thing

Ray Rice is having an impact on the NHL. A big impact.

10/22/2014

New York Jets general manager John Idzik, left, stands with head coach Rex Ryan, center, and owner Woody Johnson before a game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 12, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Silverman: Leadership Issues Keep Jets Floundering In Murky Waters

The Jets are lost, and there’s no leadership to help them find the right path.

10/17/2014

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy, left, celebrates his third-period goal with center John Tavares on Oct. 14, 2014, at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders May Be On The Cusp Of Something Special

At this point, it would be reckless to say the Islanders will challenge for the top seed in the East, but a 3-0 start that includes a 6-3 win over the Rangers is absolutely delicious for this affection- and attention-starved franchise.

10/15/2014

Eli Manning is sacked by Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry at Lincoln Financial Field on October 12, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Silverman: Crowning Eagles And Counting Out Giants? Wrong On Both Fronts

Don’t think for a minute that just because the old lion lost the battle, he is doomed to lose the war. These are Tom Coughlin’s Giants, after all.

10/13/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 5: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass in the first half of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Andrew Luck, Arian Foster And Reggie Wayne

Colts-Texans could come down to a last-second field goal, and it appears to be an excellent week to play perhaps the greatest placekicker in NFL history in the Colts’ Adam Vinatieri.

10/09/2014

Johnny Boychuk (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images); Nick Leddy (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Fans Are Going To Love Boychuk And Leddy

General manager Garth Snow has not exactly wowed the paying customers with his moves at the helm of the franchise since 2006, but his startling and bold trades over the weekend are about to change the game.

10/08/2014

Tony Romo (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images), Fletcher Cox (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images), Jason Pierre-Paul (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Look Out, NFC West — The East Is Starting To Flex Its Muscles

Three strong teams in the Giants’ division once again. It may be the NFL’s most shocking on-the-field development this season.

10/06/2014

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Fantasy Starters: Jordy Nelson, Matt Asiata And Aaron Rodgers

These two bitter rivals will lock horns at Lambeau Field tonight in a key early-season NFC North showdown.

10/02/2014

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