NFC East: Mike Hart

2014 Predictions: New York Giants

September, 2, 2014
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ESPN.com New York Giants reporter Dan Graziano makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at Detroit Lions

The Giants are coming off a mess of a preseason, undermanned and overwhelmed, with the offensive line still a mess and the new offense not clicking at all. No one will pick them to win this game. Except me. Prediction: Win


Week 2: Arizona Cardinals

This one's a comedown off the Week 1 surprise, as Arizona's banged-up defense still manages to flummox Eli Manning and collect a few interceptions. It's a bummer of a home opener as reality begins to set in. Prediction: Loss


Week 3: Houston Texans

Houston's defense is as liable as Arizona's to make life miserable for Manning and the offensive line. But Houston has bigger questions on offense than even the Giants, and this is a win for the New York defense against Ryan Fitzpatrick. Prediction: Win


Week 4: at Washington Redskins

The short week and Washington's stellar crew of offensive weapons prove too much for the Giants to overcome. Will Beatty still sees Brian Orakpo in his nightmares. Prediction: Loss


Week 5: Atlanta Falcons

The pattern continues, and the Giants overcome two Osi Umenyiora sacks to outscore the Falcons with a furious Manning comeback in the final minutes. The Giants poke their heads over the .500 mark as they make the turn into the most brutal stretch of their schedule. Prediction: Win


Week 6: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Giants don't have Matt Barkley to kick around this time when they visit the City of Brotherly Love. Chip Kelly and the Eagles show them what a truly innovative offense looks like. Prediction: Loss


Week 7: at Dallas Cowboys

The season-long debate about what gives when an anemic Giants offense meets a pathetic Cowboys defense tilts in Dallas' favor in the first meeting. Tony Romo & Co. have more than enough weapons to outscore Manning and his bunch, and the Giants hit the bye with a 3-4 record. Prediction: Loss


Week 9: Indianapolis Colts

After a long break before the Monday night home game, the Giants get taken apart by Andrew Luck, Hakeem Nicks & Co. at MetLife Stadium for a third straight loss. The offense is starting to run more smoothly, but it still doesn't have enough playmakers to outscore one of the league's better offenses. Prediction: Loss


Week 10: at Seattle Seahawks

You're kidding, right? Prediction: Loss


Week 11: San Francisco 49ers

The Giants have obviously handled the Niners in recent years and in some high-profile situations. But by this point in the season, San Francisco's defense is back to full strength, and the 49ers can't afford to lose ground to the Seahawks by failing to beat the team Seattle just beat the week before. Prediction: Loss


Week 12: Dallas Cowboys

A sixth straight loss is by no means out of the question here, as Romo and his crew still have the potential to outscore anyone in a given week. But from this far out, I'll forecast that something goes wrong for Romo late in this game, and the Giants get a gift. Prediction: Win


Week 13: at Jacksonville Jaguars

This is where the schedule starts to soften up, when the Giants start playing teams that insist on not starting their best quarterback. It's unfortunate they're 4-7 at this point and just about out of the playoff hunt, but they will get it going against the bottom-feeders. Prediction: Win


Week 14: at Tennessee Titans

I think the Titans are going to be dreadful this year, and by December they won't be very difficult for anyone to beat, even at home. A third straight victory keeps the Giants' hopes alive. Prediction: Win


Week 15: Washington Redskins

Have to be honest: The NFC East is so unpredictable that, when doing these predictions, I just decided to give the Giants a 3-3 division record with victories in all three home games and losses in all three road games. It's as fair a way as any to do it, I believe. Prediction: Win


Week 16: at St. Louis Rams

After moving back to .500 with four straight wins, the season falls apart at the hands of the St. Louis pass rush. An offensive line that has once again been the Giants' biggest problem all year can't protect Manning in a must-win game. Prediction: Loss


Week 17: Philadelphia Eagles

Tom Coughlin's teams can always find a way to play for pride. The Giants' playoff hopes are extinguished, but they still manage to end the season on a high note and with a .500 record. Prediction: Win


Predicted Record: 8-8

 

Hart looks to complicate Indy backfield

August, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

 
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 Owner Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins talks with coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts before the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium.

CANTON, Ohio -- Is the reorganization of the Colts' running back depth underway?

A couple carries in the preseason opener aren't going to scramble the depth chart. But sixth-round draft pick Mike Hart out of Michigan started to make his case with four carries for 53 yards and three catches for 24 more in tonight's 30-16 loss to Washington in the Hall of Fame Game.

The depth chart says after Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes it's Kenton Keith, Clifton Dawson, Hart and Chad Simpson. Odds are the team keeps four and that beyond the top two it'll be a fluid situation to the final cuts.

"It's going to be very competitive, it has been that way in camp and they followed it up with a good performance today," coach Tony Dungy said. "We've seen that from Mike four years in college and we've seen it every day in practice, he just continues to run hard and block well and catch the ball and does the things you need to get done."

Hart was smiling after the game as he talked about getting booed, saying it reassures him that he did OK in college at Michigan if he's reviled when he arrives in Ohio. While he felt good about his game he also found some fault.

"My pass-blocking wasn't great today and I can do a lot of little things better," he said. "But running the ball I think I did pretty well. We didn't run too many plays, so the script was kind of easy. I was comfortable out there... It's hard. Everyone's real talented. We're all talented. Everyone has to come out every day and play their best."

How to decide about the backs over the remainder of training camp and four more preseason games?

"You'll have to ask Mr. Polian that question," Hart said, referring to team president Bill Polian. "I have no clue."

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