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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Giant Prediction ...


The New York Giants will miss the playoffs in 2008

Dallas, Washington and Philadelphia will make it. Dallas is too talented and their offensive line is too powerful for them not to bully their way into the post-season. Why Marion Barber wasn't used more in Sunday's loss was absurd. 26 yards on eight carries. Could someone please take the pom-poms from cheerleader Wade Phillips' hands and focus his full efforts on the game. And 12 men on the field late in the 4th quarter? The ridiculous notwithstanding, Dallas is one of the best six teams in the NFL let alone the NFC. They will be in the playoffs.

Washington is making some major statements after posting a big win in Big D. Jason Campbell is really progressing nicely and Clinton Portis is a horse. If they can take it to the Eagles next week at Lincoln Financial and make it two straight NFC East road victories, then Washington will have already proven its playoff worth. And I think under Campbell, Washington will begin to display a certain confidence and poise you expect from winning teams.

Philadelphia is always competitive. It's pretty simple for this team. McNabb and Westbrook. Last week, home field and great defense lifted the Eagles despite injuries to the two big birds. Sunday night in Chicago, Philly's weakness without Westbrook was exploited especially on the failed goalline stand. The trickle down effect on McNabb and the rest of the team was evident and they need Westbrook in order to make the playoffs. That being said, DeSean Jackson has shown glimpses of brilliance and boneheadedness, but ultimately he will prove huge for the Eagles.

That brings us to the defending Super Bowl champion, undefeated in 2008, New York Giants. There's absolutely no reason that one should assume the Giants will miss the playoffs. But, I have a hunch. I don't like what's going on with Plaxico Burress and every team will go into some sort of question mark period. New York's hasn't arrived yet, but it will, and with a much harder second half schedule, I don't think they're a lock to make it. Watch out for a trap game vs. Seattle without Burress next weekend. A home loss there will begin making things look a little dicier in an ultra-competitive NFC East.

All that being said, health matters most right now. Eagles are in last place after four weeks because they're the most banged up. Play hard and stay afloat. Take care of your own business and let your competitors beat each other up. But for argument's sake after Week 4 of the NFL season, I'm going with New York to miss the playoffs. It just has that playoff absent feeling in New York these days anyway.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 29, 2008; 9:25 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I've been saying NY wouldn't make the playoffs since August.

But I did say the skins would be 1-3 at this point. Glad I'm wrong with this one though.


Posted by: Go Skins Go | September 29, 2008 1:09 PM

I've kept on sayin the same thing about NY since August also. But my thing has been that i was wrong on the other... i really thought that we would be undefeated right now, dang it.

Posted by: HAIL! | September 29, 2008 2:47 PM

That is the dumbest blog I have ever read. You are an idiot and the Giants will make the playoffs and win the division.

Posted by: TerpFan | September 29, 2008 3:59 PM

The Giants are highly overrated, and are definately not going to win the division, let alone make the playoffs. While they did beat the skins in a game where it was a contest to suck less, they have not played another team with a win yet this season. They had to beat Cinci in OT. All the other teams in the NFC East have atleast played teams with wins. Watch for a Giants collapse in the last half of the season.

Posted by: Skins Fan | September 30, 2008 9:14 AM

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