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Old 12-14-2006, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Burress "Dares" Eagles To Slow Him Down

How DID we ever win the SB without this guy? Well, if nothing else, he's still as big a tool as the day he left. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061214/...giants_burress

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress is daring the Philadelphia Eagles to keep him from making an impact in Sunday's NFC East showdown.

Burress insists there is no way the Eagles can shut him down.

"I don't see that happening," Burress said Thursday when asked if the Eagles could take him out of the game. "They would be crazy to think they could do it. I am just going to go out and do what I have been doing, go out and make some plays."

Burress played a major role in the Giants' 30-24 overtime win over the Eagles on Sept. 17, catching six passes for a season-high 114 yards. He completed the Giants' comeback from a 24-7 third-quarter deficit with a leaping 31-yard touchdown catch in overtime.

A little less than three months later, the second Giants-Eagles matchup is going to be even more important, with both teams (7-6) needing to win to smooth their road to the playoffs. Both control their own postseason hopes. If they win out, they will make the playoffs either as the NFC East winner or a wild card team.

Burress will face added pressure this time around. When New York played Philadelphia the first time, the Eagles were burned by Burress and Amani Toomer, who had a career-high 12 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

There will be no Toomer this time around. He was lost for the season with a knee injury more than a month ago and backups Tim Carter, David Tyree and Sinorice Moss have not contributed much in his absence.

That should allow the Eagles to double-cover Burress, if they want.

"You only have to imagine that they are going to have wrinkles," said Burress, who has 54 catches for 787 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns this season. "We just have to wait and see what they are going to dish out to us."

In the first game, the Eagles lived and died by the blitz. When they used it in the first half, it confused the Giants. When they ran it in the second half, New York made the right adjustments and made big plays.

The game-winning touchdown came with Eagles on a blitz. Burress and cornerback Sheldon Brown were next to each other when Eli Manning's pass came down and the 6-foot-5 receiver used a 7-inch height advantage to grab the ball.

"Plaxico made a heck of a play on Sheldon, but Sheldon made some good plays against him, too," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "You're not going to get any corner that is 6-foot-6, as tall as Plaxico is. You've got to put yourself in the right position and still be able to go up and make a play as that big body is leaning on you."

Besides Brown and Lito Sheppard, the Eagles can use former Giant William James ? he was known as Will Peterson while in New York ? against Burress. James is 6 feet tall.

"We know each other very well," Burress said. "He knows what I do and I know what he does well. You try not to let him do those things here."

Manning said it is possible for opposing defenses to take away a receiver by having two defenders assigned to him. However, he added that creates opportunities for other receivers, and opens up the running game.

When told that Burress felt no one could shut him down, Manning laughed.

"That's a receiver's mindset," Manning said. "If the receiver lines up in the same position you can do it (take him out). If you move him around and put him in different places, which we do with him, it makes it hard to completely take someone out."
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I figure he'll slow himself down at least once when quits prematurely on pass route during Sunday's game.
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Isn't this the same as what Joey Porter does week in/week out?

If he has a great game - everyone says he called it, if he doesn't they say he played a great decoy!

Personally, I wish he hadnt bothered, I have him on my FF and now he is a marked man.

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A guy with 54 catches needs to be worried about catching the ball.
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Isn't this the same as what Joey Porter does week in/week out?NM
Yep, and I also wish Porter would just shut his damn mouth and play, not to mention the rest of the team - we've had how many taunting penalties go against us this season already? Pulling that crap when you're winning is bad enough, but it's really ridiculous when you're 6-7. I think that's what Plexiglass needs to do - especially so soon after one of his own teammates (one with a alot more credibility than he has) called him out for dogging it on plays.

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Porter speaks to the other team, playing mind games. He did it with the Colts in the playoffs, and it took them out of thier game... trying to hit hard because they were called "Soft." As a result, they missed tackles, etc.

Porter did it again in the SB... the result? How many balls did the TE drop? Yeah, he WAS hearing footsteps!

Plaxico... Well, it takes a certain intellectual level to play mind games...
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Porter speaks to the other team, playing mind games. He did it with the Colts in the playoffs, and it took them out of thier game...
No, the Colts got taken out of their game because the ENTIRE TEAM rose to the occasion and then some - the Colts didn't know what hit them - probably still don't.

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No, the Colts got taken out of their game because the ENTIRE TEAM rose to the occasion and then some - the Colts didn't know what hit them - probably still don't.

I say both happened.
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