Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Trying to regroup
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: On a day when Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he challenged his 0-3 team's pride, the Giants sent two of their struggling starting offensive linemen for MRIs. Center David Baas (neck) and guard Chris Snee (hip) were getting checked out Monday and it's possible the Giants will have to do some shuffling of the offensive line for Sunday's game in Kansas City. That might not be a bad thing, given the way the line played in Sunday's loss in Carolina, but there's not a lot that can be done. It's possible they could hurry David Diehl back from his thumb injury to contribute at guard or right tackle, but it's unclear at this point whether he's close to being ready, since he hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in Week 2 of the preseason. It's possible they could try James Brewer again, either at guard or tackle. Brewer played left guard in the season opener. It's possible the Giants could shuffle the line even if Baas and Snee are healthy enough to go. There's no one from outside the organization who's about to ride in and save the day, so they need to solve the puzzle with the pieces they have.
Behind enemy lines: I know you've heard this before (cough ... last week ... cough), but the Giants' opponent Sunday is a bit banged-up in the secondary. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers injured his knee in the team's victory over Philadelphia on Thursday and has not been practicing. Which means, if the Giants could keep Eli Manning on his feet Sunday, he might be able to find some open receivers. Again, heard this before, right?
Around the division: The Philadelphia Eagles get the Manning brothers the next two weeks, as Peyton Manning and the Broncos host them Sunday and they travel to New Jersey to take on Eli Manning and the Giants a week later. Anyone who watched the elder Manning take apart the Raiders on Monday night knows the Eagles' struggling defense is going to have its work cut out for it this week.
Around the league: This Insider piece from Mike Sando attempts to answer the question, "Which 0-3 teams can make the playoffs?" The Giants are of course one of the ones mentioned, as are the division-rival Redskins and the Steelers, each of whom is also 0-3. Mike's optimism on the Giants (and the Redskins), such as it is, boils down basically to a lack of faith in the Cowboys as the type of team that can run away with the NFC East. Which is fair, given the Cowboys' history. But what we've seen so far in September indicates that they very well could do just that.