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I grew up in New York, so this weekend's game has special significance to me. My dad is bringing some people up to the game. I also have some friends in the city that are coming down. I'm only getting 10 tickets, so it's not so bad. There should be a good turnout of my friends and family, so don't be surprised if you see a little Houston Texans section there at Giants Stadium when you're watching at home.

As many of you guys know, the Giants' defensive line gets a lot of credit for being one of the best in the NFL. And when I face a team that's known for their D-line, it gets me that much more motivated to get out there and prove that our line is better. It's going to be a challenge this week. We know their D-line relies heavily on sacks, so if we can go out there and flip the table on them and get some sacks ourselves, then that would help us gain some momentum. So it's a huge challenge for us. We're trying to be the best D-line on that field on Sunday.

Obviously, the first order of business in slowing down the Giants' offense is stopping their run game. Tiki Barber is one of the best running backs in the league. One of Tiki's biggest strengths is that he has great vision. If there's the slightest bit of a hole, he's going to find it. This week we're just emphasizing gap integrity–which is guys staying where they're supposed to belong on the line of scrimmage. If we're able to do that, then we should be successful against them.

If Tiki isn't enough to worry about, the Giants also have Brandon Jacobs as their backup running back. He is a big dude (6-4, 264). That's a good way to describe him. He's one of those guys that you're going to have to bring the wood when you tackle him or else it's going to be a long day. So we have to fly to the ball as a defense and gang tackle him as much as possible.

I'm going to try to relax as much as possible these next few days before the game. A lot of the time when I'm at home, I just like to sit on the couch and watch movies. I'm a big movie buff. More specifically, I love gangster movies. "Tombstone," "Scarface," "Casino," "The Godfather," "Carlito's Way," "The Usual Suspects." They're all classics, in my opinion. I actually used to have a Scarface poster in my dorm room at Notre Dame.

If you guys have any gangster movies that you'd recommend, please e-mail me. I'd love to hear about them. I don't go to the movies much. I'd rather rent. So if you have any top choices that are out of the theaters already, I'm all ears.

Lately, I've been hooked on the television show "Lost." I'm on season two right now. I know a lot of players are into that show. It's tough to stop watching one you start.

Anyways, cheer us on this Sunday, and thanks for the support.

Take care,

Anthony **


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