OPPOSING VIEWS: Giants Set for 'Backup Bowl'

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September 01, 2011 at 09:31am ET

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After doing some serious digging this morning, there are an unusually limited number of headlines out of New York on tonight's game, most likely due to the fact there wasn't much going on after the team played the Jets Monday night, and now three days later they're back for another game against New England.

However, here's a look at what was reported this morning:

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post is calling tonight's game the "Backup Bowl", and gives a rundown on each position with things to watch for tonight.

Schwartz also spotlights three individual players to keep an eye on tonight, including Andre Brown, who is battling for the No. 4 runningback spot on their roster.

RalphVacchiano of the New York Daily News writes that thanks to hurricane Irene, head coach Tom Coughlin watched his plans for tonight's game go right out the window and says there will be a lot of "forced learning" tonight.

Zach Berman of the New Jersey Star Ledger looks at some of the position battles remaining with several guys who are fighting for a roster spot, and also has some quotes from linebacker Clint Sintim.

Berman also has an article on punt returner Jarrel Jernigan, who muffed three punts during their game against the Jets.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has a quick note on Eli Manning, who is looking forward to finally playing for real since he's not going to see action tonight.

The Star Ledger also has a look at Manning, who apparently has struggled so far this preseason.

Mike Garafolo takes it a step further and actually charts out where Manning has been successful, and where he hasn't been quite as effective.

Drew Magary of NBCNewYork.com has five reasons why the Giants will win the Super Bowl this year.

Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York looks at the Giants defensive line, who despite some recent setbacks is still confident heading into this season.

One would assume that after tonight's game that there will be more tomorrow when most media outlets file their game stories, etc.  so I'll have another entry then.