The Giants are off on Tuesday,?but will be back at practice tomorrow and many of the injured players are expected to return for duty. WR Victor Cruz (calf), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion), OT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and DE Robert Ayers, Jr. (hamstring) are all expected to participate on Wednesday. Also due back is rookie DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) who has been inactive for the first three games of the season.
The NFC East is in shambles these days. The Cowboys may be 2-0 but they will be without both QB Tony Romo (clavicle) and WR Dez Bryant until Thanksgiving at the soonest. The Eagles (0-2) are here to play the Jets this Sunday and no one sees that going well for them, and the Redskins are considering going back to RGIII at QB.
The Giants came out on national television on Thursday night and put a sock in the mouths of all their detractors, outpacing the Washington Redskins from whistle to whistle. They refuse to be fodder for wisecracking talking heads and smarmy late night talk show hosts.
"We won, so smile," head coach Tom Coughlin said after the Giants' 32-21 win over the Washington Redskins. "It wasn?t easy. Nobody said it was going to be."
For many reasons, the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin do not want to sink to 0-3 to start the 2015 season. ?A slow start usually means no playoffs, and for the Giants, no playoffs for the fourth consecutive season will likely mean wholesale changes.
The Giants are need of a win and the Redskins have always been there to provide them with one. That is, until now. The two teams seem to be going in opposite directions. The Giants, at 0-2, have been unable to close out games, while the Redskins have pounded the opponents on both sides of the ball so far this season.
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The Giants are cramming for their latest test, a game against the very physical Washington Redskins (1-1) on Thursday night. The Giants are 0-2 and probably should be at least 1-1, perhaps even 2-0, after squandering fourth-quarter leads in both game in historic fashion.
The Giants' 0-2 start has come with some interesting sidebars. They have actually played seven quarters of effective football and could have won both games. But fate would not have it. They let their guard down against two opponents that had the capacity to beat them, and so it goes.
The Giants were in better spirits today, knowing they aren't the only team in their division going through some rough times. A win vs Washington this coming Thursday will bring their record up to 1-2, tying them with the Redskins and pulling in front of the 0-2 Eagles. The 2-0 Cowboys are facing a trying season with QB Tony Romo (clavicle) and WR Dez Bryant (foot) each expected to miss more than two months.
Sunday was the latest test of wills for Giant fans as the Blue snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory once again. It's a disturbing trend that everyone hopes will reverse itself and quickly. Last week in Dallas, they had the Cowboys beat, and this week, they had the Falcons beat. What happened? Perhaps it can be summed up by the coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn:
The Giants have always been known for their conservative, all-business approach in running the day-to-day operations. They have essentially been the model NFL franchise. Even through all the off-field hiccups in the past, e.g. Plaxico Burress, the Giants' brass has taken the high road more often than not.
Now this is a case of who said what, and why 13-year veteran QB Eli Manning a) didn't know how many time outs the Cowboys had left and b) why he decided to throw the ball out of bounds, stopping the clock.
The game came down to one play for the Giants' offense. With 1:43 remaining, the Giants had everything going in their favor: the score (23-20), the ball (third and goal on the Dallas 1) and the ability to run down the clock in the process of putting up more points because the Cowboys had just used their final timeout.
The Giants have a lot of questions to answer this season, on both sides of the ball as the Giants go into Sunday night's opener in Dallas. There are a lot of new faces and missing pieces and wealth of young talent they hope will gel sooner rather than later.
"Very emotional for all of us. We should always remember. We should never forget the lessons learned on 9/11. But one of the things to really grab a hold of is the way it unified our country, and made us literally one, with everyone saying what can we do? What can we do?
Thursday, the Giants' three coordinators, OC Ben McAdoo, DC Steve Spagnuolo and STC Tom Quinn, were made available to the media to talk about the state of their respective units as the club gears up for its?season debut Sunday night in Dallas.
It's a whole ballgame out at QDTC ?these days when it comes to practicing during the regular season. A normal week used to be practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but no more.?Thursday's workouts are longer and Fridays will be dedicated "recovery" days.
The Giants filled their last two practice squad openings today with the addition of QB?G.J. Kinne and LB?Gerald Rivers. They will join DE Brad Bars, OT Emmett Cleary, WR Julian Talley, LB Cole Farrand, CB CJ Conley, DT Montori Hughes, OL Adam Gettis and TE Will Tye on the list.
Players claimed off waivers: DT Louis Nix, CB Asa Jackson (Sept. 6).
The final preseason game for the Giants wasn't a masterpiece by any stretch, a 12-9 field goal fest that featured some starters that needed work and showcased the back end of the roster. Several hopefuls made their case last night while others did not.
Are Giant fans in for a long season? From what we've seen so far, yes. The overall health of the team is worse than it was a year ago, and key players such as WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, MLB Jon Beason and LT Will Beatty are either missing time or going to miss time.
The Giants will get a much-needed day off today and resume their workouts Tuesday at QDTC. It will be the final session open to the public. Camp breaks on Thursday. The Giants will host the Jets this Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.
Watching the Giants defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-12 at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, you would think fans would come away with some positive vibes. Instead, they are holding their collective breath and waiting for more bad news.
It will be a light day for the Giants today after two solid days of practice in preparation of Saturday's preseason home opener vs Jacksonville. Not practicing yesterday were three WRs - Victor Cruz (calf). Rueben Randle (knees) and Julian Talley (toe).
After all those reports we've posting about players dropping like flies the past couple of days got a reprieve on Sunday night. LB Jameel McClain (neck), OL Geoff Schwartz (ankle) and CB Trumaine McBride (hamstring) all returned to practice, alleviating the fears that all three were destined for long stints on the sidelines.
It's no mystery that injuries have prevented the Giants from being a force in the NFC the past three seasons. No NFL team has incurred more over that period. So, last night, when four defensive backs were forced to leave the game, a pall fell over Giants' fans all over the world: "Here we go again!"