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Oct 22 Giants tight end Larry Donnell has had something of a breakout season so far, emerging as a solid red zone and third down target. But judging by his two fumbles on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, there are clearly still some areas that he needs to work on, according to his tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride. "[Ball security] is one of those things we preach on a daily basis."

After showing flashes as Rashad Jennings' backup in limited touches, Andre Williams has struggled as the primary ball carrier as Jennings recovers from a knee injury, running hard and packing a punch, but often failing to let his blocks materialize before finding a crease. Williams is averaging only 3.1 yards per carry over the past two weeks.

Introducing the new, much more careful Eli Manning. Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions last season, as you may have read in this space and a few others. So far this season, he has thrown five. Four of those came in the first two games. He's thrown only one interception in his last five games and none in his last three. This is not a coincidence.

Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has caught six passes -- on 11 targets -- for 62 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games for the Giants. It's clear the Giants are excited about Beckham's ability and look forward to helping and seeing him develop so that they can find new and creative ways to use him in the offense.

Jason Pierre-Paul has a message for anyone ready to give up on the Giants as they head into a bye week off disappointing losses to the Eagles and Cowboys. It's simple: Don't write off the Giants (3-4). Pierre-Paul believes the Giants can win their final nine games if they stop making mistakes.
If the Giants don't do it with Jason Pierre-Paul some other team out there will, and then the Giants need to trigger a search to find, well, another JPP.

Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason said that he hopes to play after the bye week against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, but that he will have to first get clearance from his foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson and that surgery might be his best long-term option. Beason called it 50-50 right now whether he returns this year.
It does not look promising. As the Giants hit their bye week, Beason traveled to Charlotte, N.C. to again consult with Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist. It sounds as if Beason is resigned he will have to shut it down, have surgery and get ready for 2015.

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The view from the outside is that the New York Giants are basically what their 3-4 record says they are, an inconsistent team that might not be good enough to be a contender. Jason Pierre-Paul isn't buying it. He looks at the Giants, and sees a team ready to go on a roll.

The Giants have several issues to address before returning to the field. Their rushing attack totaled 190 yards in the last two games, their first without injured starting running back Rashad Jennings. Penalties continue to hold back the offense and Sunday, tight end Larry Donnell lost a crucial fourth-quarter fumble.

The Giants played a whole lot better than they did against the Eagles, but it still wasn't enough to win. Instead, the 31-21 loss, the second straight in the NFC East, sends them into the bye week still trying to figure out what's gone wrong, still trying to find answers they thought were emerging in the three straight wins before the Philly game.

The Giants trail white-hot Dallas (6-1) by three games in the division, but are only one game off the pace for a wild-card berth. Their erratic play, however, leaves it unclear if they are capable of a significant advance in the standings.

Larry Donnell won't fumble his wife's coaching advice. "I told my wife I'm just trying to figure out what happened, and she said, 'You know, it's simple. Just hold the ball like you're holding Z,' which is my daughter," Donnell said, referring to 4-year-old Zarri. "I thought, that's some pretty good advice."

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Oct 20 Giants lose to the Cowboys 31-21  | Photos  | Video
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Mikefan. - "Larry Donnell is a mystery man at this point. He was the Giants leading receiver in this game catching all 7 passes thrown his way for 90 yards, but he also fumbled 2 away to the opposition."

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NYDailyNews - Giants' Jameel McClain yells he's 'not the Mike' LB at Tony Romo.
NYDailyNews - Banged-up Giants can't rise to the occasion in Dallas, fall to Cowboys for 31-21 loss.
NYDailyNews - Giants fall to Dallas Cowboys, 31-21: Instant Analysis.
NYPost - The most important 9 seconds of the Giants' season - wasted.
NYPost - Free-falling Giants can't stop Romo, Murray in loss to Cowboys.
NYPost - The rise and sudden, abrupt fall of Larry Donnell.
NYPost - Kiss the division goodbye: These Giants are just pretenders.
StarLedger - Giants' pass rush to blame for 31-21 loss to Cowboys.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants (3-4) already in big trouble and season's not half over.
StarLedger - Tony Romo's revenge: Cowboys quarterback pushes the Giants to the brink.
StarLedger - Tony Romo didn't throw an incompletion in second half? 'No [bleeping] way,' says Giants CB.'
StarLedger - Will Beatty: Giants still have to find their offensive identity.
StarLedger - Giants castaway Mike Pope gets game ball for coaching Cowboys tight ends to big day.
StarLedger - Giants' pass rush to blame for 31-21 loss to Cowboys.
Newsday - Giants can't stop Murray, Bryant in loss to Cowboys.
Newsday - Giants grades: Offense, defense, coaching get big 'D' in loss at Dallas.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: Was DRC hurting?

TheRecord - Injuries Catch Up to Giants as the Cowboys Break Away.
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DallasNews - Giants praise Cowboys' revamped offense: "Their scheme is a lot better".
DallasNews - Dallas Cowboys should run DeMarco Murray right to a division title'.
DallasNews - Invisible man Gavin Escobar finally shows his worth for Cowboys.

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Giants (3-3) vs Cowboys (5-1)
Last Sunday the Cowboys surprised a lot of people with their 30-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champs don't lose at home. They just don't, but they did and now the Cowboys are being talked up as a team that's putting it all together at the right time.
The Giants surprised a lot of people too, but not in a good way. The Eagles handed them a sounding 27-0 beating on Sunday night in front of a national audience. It killed the Giants encouraging three game win streak and makes them look like easy pickings as they head off to Dallas this week.
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Oct 19 With Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings out, giving Eli Manning more time is the Giants priority. If he's lost faith in his line, Manning won't say it. Nor should he, considering how good the line had been during the Giants' three-game win streak. . Remember how it manhandled J.J. Watt four weeks ago? Same line, same scheme. Just a much better game.

If the Giants can beat the Cowboys -- a difficult task considering they are without their best running back (Rashad Jennings) and best wide receiver (Victor Cruz) and their best cornerback (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) might be limited in both his snaps and his performance -- they will head into their bye week still in the thick of the NFC East race.

Victor Cruz is out for the season, leaving five Giants wide receivers with wholly disparate backgrounds to fill the void. Preston Parker barely played football in 2012 and 2013. Asked what he was doing during that time, he said, "Begging for money." Rookie Corey Washington, attended a little-known college of about 1,000 students. He has yet to catch an NFL pass.

Oct 18 Tom Coughlin has no use for trash talk, and even less use for 27-0 losses. So it's probably no surprise the New York Giants coach made the connection with how the Giants acted last week and how they played Sunday night in Philadelphia.
Exchanging barbs with the Eagles before Sunday night's 27-0 blowout loss in Philadelphia didn't exactly work, so a change of tactics was in order in preparation for Sunday's game at Dallas.

Victor Cruz said he has "no doubt" he will return to the Giants in top physical condition and vowed to remain an integral part of the current team despite being sidelined for the season.
Less than a week after tearing his patellar tendon and being placed on season-ending injured reserve, the star wide receiver has a "small video" prepared for his teammates. "I haven't spoken to them as a group but I will in kind of a special way on Saturday night."
Victor Cruz can't play for the Giants anymore this season, but he still has duties to perform as one of the team's captains. Cruz said he and Ed Triggs of the team's video production department produced a short video of his speech.
Victor Cruz said. "Chip Kelly came to visit me in the hospital in Philadelphia after the game and whatnot." It's not exactly common practice for the opposing coach to visit players in the hospital. Kelly met with the media and did a radio interview after the hospital visit with Cruz on Monday morning. He never mentioned anything about it.

Oct 17 The offensive line, a seeming strength up until Sunday, must prove itself all over again. And the defense, gashed by Philly's LeSean McCoy for 149 rushing yards, must now contend with the NFL's most productive running back, DeMarco Murray.
In order for the Giants to fill the rather large shoes of Victor Cruz, somebody will have to step in as the slot wide receiver. That job looks likely to handled primarily by Preston Parker with some help from newly-signed Kevin Ogletree.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed practice for the second day in a row but is hopeful of participating tomorrow and playing Sunday, when the Giants face the first-place Cowboys in Dallas.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he is playing at only "60 percent" of his abilities because of a nagging injury affecting the entire right side of his body.
Rodgers-Cromartie's battled right leg issues for several weeks. The right leg injury in particular, which he said runs "down my leg on the entire right side," has left him a shell of his former self.

Left tackle Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys just became the first offensive lineman in 10 years to win an Offensive Player of the Week award. New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not among those who might be surprised by that.
For the Giants to pull out a victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, they will likely have to hold their own in the trenches One of the keys to Dallas' offensive dominance has been the play of Zack Martin, a first round pick from Notre Dame who starts at right guard.

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Oct 16 Victor Cruz spent about 30 minutes at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center Wednesday, his first visit to the Giants' facility since tearing his right patellar tendon and requiring season-ending surgery. He was released earlier in the day from the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
His only stop was to the Giants' trainers' room, according to a team official, and he wasn't up to talking to the media either. He is expected to possibly do that later this week, or perhaps next week during the Giants' bye.
When Cruz was injured, his teammates immediatley knew it was serious. The shrieks tipped them off. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. admitted it sapped any energy they had out of them. "It was hard to [go out and play] because once that happened to him, our sideline was like we saw a ghost, with kind of our leader, our captain go down like that," Beckham said.

The Giants are traveling to Dallas this weekend, and are preparing for more than just the division-leading Cowboys. According to the Giants' Senior VP of communications, Pat Hanlon, the team was briefed about the Ebola virus in preparation for Sunday's game in Dallas,
It has some thinking twice about making the trip to Texas. Giants center J.D. Walton, a native of Allen, Texas, about 40 minutes north of Dallas, has a large contingent of family and friends expected to attend Sunday's game at A&T Stadium. His wife and 1-year-old child might not make the trip.

After getting destroyed by Eagles, Giants need a fiery Eli Manning. Late on Sunday night, he made a point to say that the game should serve as a lesson for the Giants. And on Monday, he spoke about the team needing to "grow up" and "keep growing" now that Cruz is gone."They're powerful words," said linebacker Jameel McClain. "And you gotta take heed in everything that he says.

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Oct 15 Tom Coughlin told the Giants they must move forward from the devastating injury Victor Cruz suffered on Sunday night. One of the team's leaders admitted that he's having a hard time with that.
Antrel Rolle went on to say that the Giants need to play with Cruz on their mind on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, when they try to get back into the NFC East race.
Rolle had nothing but praise for Philadelphia fans: He said the team and fans "showed great character" in their concern for Cruz.

A torn patellar tendon has ended the career of many NFL players, but the personal trainer for Victor Cruz, who underwent surgery Tuesday, insists the Giants wide receiver will be back.
The man who trains Victor Cruz in the offseason is certain he will be dancing again next season. "I expect him to attack the rehab just like he's attacked everything else," Sean Donellan said.
Joe Klecko's recovery offers Victor Cruz a blueprint. Klecko, who overcame a patella tendon tear in 1982, was asked what he would tell Cruz, if the fallen Giant called him today for advice after suffering the same injury.
Victor Cruz has 15.6 million reasons to be thankful after injury. Cruz could have - some agents/experts had said should have - gambled on his talents, played out his contract and tried his luck as a restricted free agent.

The Giants began the reshaping of their roster on Tuesday by placing wide receiver Victor Cruz on injured reserve. They finished it by signing veteran wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and placing cornerback Trumaine McBride on IR.
No one is expecting Ogletree, 27, to replace Cruz, but he does have NFL experience and he is comfortable working out of the slot, where Cruz excelled and where the Giants have a need.
With the Cowboys, Ogletree posted career highs in receptions (eight), receiving yards (114), and touchdowns (two) in a victory over his new team, the Giants, on Sept. 5, 2012 at MetLife Stadium.

Eli Manning has something to say. Finally. In the last few days, Manning has come out with some blunt observations and appraisals of his team.
Cullen Jenkins admits Giants weren't ready for Chip Kelly's offense Sunday night. "We thought we were prepared for it," Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said, "Obviously, we weren't."

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Oct 14 No wasting any time. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had surgery on Monday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.
Cruz's injury, rare among NFL skill position players, is the kind that could rob him of what makes him truly dangerous: his explosive change-of-direction ability.
Statistics show Cruz almost certainly will be ready to play when the 2015 season begins, but expert anecdotal evidence says he will never be the same player again.
Now he's gone, and there's no possible replacement. The hurt and pain in the eyes of the Giants was visible as they exited Lincoln Financial Field.

The likely replacement for Cruz in the slot is Preston Parker, a veteran receiver who has played well for the Giants, except for a fumbling problem. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. will certainly get additional playing time, but it is unlikely he will be moved to the slot until Parker has been tried there first.
If Beckham is able to move inside, the Giants can use Parker or rookie Corey Washington on the outside. Regardless of what they do on the field, neither Parker nor Beckham can fill Cruz's role as a leader in the wide receiver meeting room. They don't have that clout or experience.
They need a leader to emerge now because the Giants are clearly reeling -- far moreso than they were during their 0-2 start when their season was on an early brink. Their trip to Dallas is just a few days away. "Here we go," Coughlin said. "We can't lament too long. We don't have time."

Hear that silence as the Giants ready to face the Dallas Cowboys this week in another key NFC East matchup? Get used to it. The Giants should be awfully quiet this week after yapping way too much for their coach's liking heading into Sunday's 27-0 loss to the Eagles. Coach Tom Coughlin made his feelings know during team meetings on Monday.
The Giants better be ready next Sunday when they travel to Dallas to face a Cowboys team that has won five games in a row and just knocked off the defending champion Seahawks in Seattle. Playing without Cruz will make the challenge even tougher, but Mathias Kiwanuka said "there's no sense of desperation here."

Oct 13 Giants lose to the Eagles 27-0  | Photos  | Video
On The Game: Game 6
Gamegirl - "This is not one of those games you want to file a report on. The Giants held the Eagles to only 7 points in the entire second half. Unfortunately that's only half the story. The Eagles saw the Cowboys go ahead of them in the standings and they came out strong."
Mikefan. - "It was a big weekend for all the division teams. With the Eagles winning tonight and the Giants taking a loss, coupled with the Cowboys winning their game in Seattle over the Seahawks, things couldn't be any worse."

ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Eagles 27, Giants 0.
ESPN - Giants' Antrel Rolle: 'We took the day off'
ESPN - Giants' offensive line crumbles vs. Eagles.
ESPN - Still-developing Giants have no choice but to learn from ugly loss.
ESPN - Big Blue Morning: What now at wide receiver? - Instant Analysis: Eagles 27, Giants 0.
NYDailyNews - Philadelphia sports talk radio host celebrates Victor Cruz injury in tweet.
NYDailyNews - Giants lose Victor Cruz for season in 27-0 blowout loss to Eagles.
NYDailyNews - In loss to Eagles, NY Giants follow up trash talk with extended garbage time.
NYPost - Everything goes wrong for Giants in Philly humiliation.
NYPost - Giants report card is as bad as you can imagine.
NYPost - Eagles take some parting shots at Eli Manning and the Giants.
StarLedger - Justin Pugh: There isn't a good enough word to describe how bad I played.
StarLedger - Eagles secondary deserves credit in Sunday night sack party vs. Eli Manning, Giants.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants get whipped by Eagles and (to make it worse) lose WR Victor Cruz to injury.
StarLedger - Victor Cruz torn patellar tendon: What his injury means to Giants.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr tells injured Victor Cruz: 'I've got you'
StarLedger - Victor Cruz injury: What is a torn patellar tendon? How serious is it? What is the treatment?
StarLedger - Eagles RB LeSean McCoy makes Giants defense pay.
Newsday - Giants' rout in Philadelphia is hard to understand.
Newsday - Victor Cruz suffers serious right knee injury in Giants' loss to Eagles.
Newsday - Odell Beckham Jr.: 'I just have to play bigger'.

TheRecord - Victor Cruz lost for season with torn patellar tendon in Giants loss.
NYTimes - Giants' Momentum Crashes in Blowout Loss to Eagles. - Eagles make statement with resounding victory.

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Cowboys DeMarco Murray's 6th straight 100-yard game lifts Cowboys in Seattle - 30-23. - More.
Redskins - Cardinals Carson Palmer returns, leads Arizona to 30-20 win over Redskins. - More.

Giants (3-2) vs Eagles (4-1)
Last Sunday the Eagles were up 34-7 in the third quarter and let that 27 point lead slip away. They hung on for a 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. The Giants staged another comeback victory when they shook off a third quarter 10 point deficit, and scored 20 points while holding the Falcons to none. 30-20. Giants - Falcons Wrap-Up

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Oct 12 So far, all LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles have been able to accomplish for the Eagles is to make them the league's 23rd-best rushing unit at 98.6 yards per game and 3.8 yards per attempt.

The Eagles have shown they can turn games in their favor with their special teams, and this sort of point-producing must have caught the eyes of the Giants as the head into Sunday night's game at Lincoln Financial Field. "Nope," said linebacker Mark Herzlich, one of the core special teamers.

Philadelphia fans seem more worried about LeSean McCoy than Nick Foles at this point. But Philly fans are not known for their patience with any of their players. That's why some were calling for former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to replace Foles after a 26-21 loss to San Francisco in Week 4 in which Foles threw two interceptions without a touchdown.

Linebacker Jacquian Williams has emerged as a key player for the Giants. He has been on the field for 322 of the 327 snaps on defense this season -- only Antrel Rolle (323) has more.

In an ideal world, Tom Coughlin would want a team filled with veteran players. But that's just not the way it works in this win-now, salary-capped era. It's a good thing for him, then, that it appears the Giants struck gold in the 2014 NFL draft, in what might turn out to be GM Jerry Reese's best and most immediately productive group since his vaunted Class of 2007.

The Giants have options with how they can use Jon Beason if he returns on Sunday, as expected. They don't necessarily need him to play every snap. Veteran linebacker Jameel McClain has performed well, especially as the nickel linebacker alongside Jacquian Williams.

When Rodgers-Cromartie first arrived in Philadelphia at the start of training camp in 2011. Immediately, he was part of what some Eagles players called the "Dream Team," a roster stacked with newly acquired talent on both sides of the ball. But Rodgers-Cromartie said he never fit in.

Justin Pugh will have friends and roommates rooting against the Giants on Sunday night in Philadelphia. "I don't give them tickets anymore," Pugh said on Friday, two days before his Giants face the Eagles in Philadelphia. "I got them tickets to the last Eagles game [in New Jesery] and they were cheering for the Eagles. So it's a wrap for them. Not just the Eagles game, for any game."

The birds have chirped. Chirped. And chirped some more. As the anticipation for the Sunday night NFC East showdown between the Giants and Eagles has increased, the trash talk has made its way up and down the New Jersey Turnpike all week.

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Oct 11 It's been more than three years since Cruz first went to Philly on Sept. 25, 2011, for what was essentially his first NFL start, and out-classed their 'Dream Team' secondary for two touchdowns

The last few weeks defenses haven't been able to get to Manning quickly enough. The Giants are emphasizing the short passing game, so there isn't time for pass rushers to reach the quarterback.

As the anticipation for the Sunday night NFC East showdown between the Giants and Eagles has increased, the trash talk has made its way up and down the New Jersey Turnpike all week.
Yakety yak. With some media egging them on, the Giants and Philadelphia Eagles continued to talk back to each other Friday, apparently sticking with the old dehumanize-the-enemy approach.


Oct 10 The Eagles offense entered its second season under Chip Kelly with high expectations after returning most of a unit that finished fourth in the league last season in points per game (27.6). On the other hand, the Giants' season began with question marks. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo installed a new scheme designed to get the ball out quickly on short passes. Results have varied for both teams, but this Sunday night's divisional game sees the Giants as the offense currently clicking on all cylinders.

The only thing that matters is what happens on Sunday night down on the field in Philadelphia. Because if the Giants are so sure they should be taken seriously as division contenders -- and oh boy, are they ever -- then they better be ready to back that up.

In 20 career games against the Eagles, Eli Manning has 21 interceptions. Heading into this Sunday night's matchup, the Eagles defense think they know why. "He changes," linebacker Brandon Graham said, "when he gets hit." The truth is that can be said of many quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Eagles are confident that if they can get to Manning this weekend.

The thing Ben McAdoo seemed to like best about the Giants' offensive performance against the Falcons last week was that they took what was given to them and did not try to focus on any one aspect or player. What the Giants didn't do -- and pretty much haven't done at all this season -- is take advantage of down-the-field plays.

Jason Pierre-Paul has no love for the City of Brotherly Love. None. This disclosure came about just days before Pierre-Paul and the Giants travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in a key NFC East matchup on Sunday night. They're also likely to be playing with first place in the division on the line if the Dallas Cowboys lose earlier in the day (as expected) to the Seahawks.

As memories of his hamstring injury slowly fade, Odell Beckham's workload with the Giants will increase. That is both on offense and as a returner, where the team had big plans for him as recently as late August. The first-round pick could see an increase in both areas. Coach Tom Coughlin hinted it come as soon as Sunday.

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Oct 9 Special Report - Come from behind victory. That may be the most important phrase to keep in mind in the aftermath of the Giants' victory over Atlanta, the one that vaulted the team to a 3-2 record with a pair of division games on the road up next. Here's another: Contain your excitement.

Who would have thought we'd all be praising the Giants' offense, as opposed to the Eagles' offense, leading into this Week 6 showdown in Philadelphia? Chip Kelly's up-tempo attack was the buzz of the league last year, but it's the Giants' revamped offense, under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, that has everyone talking right now -- including Kelly himself.

Andre Williams' first career start won't change his focus, preparation or effort, but it will enable him to get fully engaged sooner than he did in the first five games. Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox, signed yesterday off the practice squad, will be the backups. No one is helping Williams prepare more than Rashad Jennings, who is studying tape and offering advice to his protege.

Odell Beckham made his NFL debut last week and caught four passes for 44 yards, including his first career touchdown. Now he readies himself for his first NFL road game in Sunday night's showdown with the Eagles.
The rookie wideout from LSU, who has battled a hamstring injury since June, caught four passes on five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut on Sunday. He also drew a 26-yard pass interference penalty on another target. Let's take an in-depth look at each time Beckham was targeted in Sunday's game.

Colts and Giants erase memories of 0-2 starts. About three weeks ago, you probably heard some variation on the following statistic: Since 1990, only 12 percent of teams that started 0-2 ended up making the playoffs. Seven teams started 0-2 this season, but two of those have rebounded with three-game winning streaks.

A photograph of cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara posing with a fan wearing a jersey that mocked the number of Super Bowls won by the Eagles hit the Internet on Tuesday night shortly after it was taken at a New Jersey autograph signing.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara received the equivalent of a trip to the principal's office Wednesday morning. Only this wasn't an understanding educator waiting for them -- but an annoyed football coach. The message? Shut up and cut out the distractions.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been a shell of the quarterback he was last season when he posted historic numbers relying primarily on sound decision making and ball protection. After throwing just two interceptions in 10 starts last season, he has already thrown five picks through the first five weeks this season.
Buzz Bissinger went on air with 94WIP and blasted Foles again for his poor start to the season through five games (for a 4-1 team, mind you). The comments went beyond run-of-the-mill criticism, and dipped into vendetta territory. "I got pride. Now? You think I want to interview him now?" Bissinger said. "I would rather interview the Eagle mascot."

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Oct 8 Tom Coughlin has a phobia when it comes to rookie running backs. That's why in all the years he's been the coach of the Giants he has never had one who carried the ball 20 or more times in any game. Not Brandon Jacobs, not Ahmad Bradshaw, and certainly not David Wilson, who made Coughlin squeamish. They're too unpredictable. They don't block well. They fumble.
He got 65 yards on 20 carries, including a bulldozer of a touchdown run, but at no time during the second half of Sunday's game did Giants rookie running back Andre Williams look more excited than he did after his first catch. Catching the ball has been a well-chronicled issue for Williams.

At the age of 68, in his 20th year as an NFL head coach, Tom Coughlin has given up his offense, scrapped it and replaced it with a new approach brought in from, of all places, historic Green Bay, delivered by a 37-year old who had never before coordinated anything, never before created his own offense.

Giants facing biggest game of season against Philadelphia Eagles This is a statement game for the Giants. It's a chance for them to prove they've got a real shot in a division race that almost nobody expected they would win.

One tiny, and obvious, adjustment has Eli Manning on track for his best season in years. Manning, who has been plagued by interceptions throughout his career, says he's staying patient early on in the new offense and is using a tool that he hasn't always embraced -- throwing the ball away.

Rodgers-Cromartie's mystery leg injury bugs Coughlin. DRC has a left leg issue the Giants acknowledge he may just have to play through if it lingers throughout the season.

NFC East News
The NFC East has seen a resurgence this season as the Philadelphia Eagles (fourth), Dallas Cowboys (sixth) and New York Giants (13th) all sit in the upper half of the league in this week's NFL Power Rankings. The NFC East is a combined 12-8 this season, including a 10-6 out-of-division record. Half of the overall losses belong to the Washington Redskin (26th).

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