Almost lost in the shadows of the beginning of the Eli Manning Era is the fact that New York will be…
Brains and Brawn
That mythic vision of mayhem belies the middle linebacker position as the antithesis of playing a more cerebral position like quarterback. It's evil against good. The Thing verse Captain America. But the truth, of course, is defensive players - especially linebackers - excel not just because of their abundant brawn, but their brains too. Just spend a few minutes talking with Giants middle linebacker Kevin Lewis and you get the sense that he's carefully preparing a Sunday presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, not figuring out how to derail the Bears' A-train, Anthony Thomas, whom he faced last week, or Emmitt Smith, this week's assignment. "The best way to prepare for any back is to watch a lot of tape," says the perpetually smiling Lewis. "Get to know him that way before you meet him on the field on Sunday." Mr. Smith meet Mr. Lewis. Here's what you're going to face on Sunday. Lewis was leading the front seven in tackles with 37, which means he will be in your grill throughout...
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