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Monday, October 14, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Back to work

By Dan Graziano

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants:

The news of the day: The Giants will return to practice Monday morning after a couple of days off, but they don't practice Tuesday, and I think they're off Wednesday as well since they don't play until next Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Items worth monitoring today and in the coming days are the second opinion running back David Wilson is getting on his neck, the possibility of center David Baas returning to practice from his neck injury and the Giants' likely continued search for running back help in the wake of the injuries to Wilson and Da'Rel Scott. Other than that, not much happening with this here 0-6 squad. If you missed it, here's the post I did Sunday on looking ahead to the draft, in which the Giants could end up holding a very high pick.

Behind enemy lines: The Giants' next opponent is Minnesota, as we've said. The Vikings lost 35-10 to Carolina on Sunday to fall to 1-4, and the big story this week with them will be whether newly acquired Josh Freeman can be ready to start at quarterback in time for Monday night's game, or whether they have to roll with Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder again. As Ben Goessling writes, the Vikings lack clarity at the quarterback position -- something the Giants have, if you're looking for silver linings.

Around the division: Victories by the Cowboys over the Redskins and by the Eagles over the Bucs mean there are now two NFC East teams that are not under .500, and Dallas and Philadelphia sit in a first-place tie three games ahead of the Giants (whom they both beat, so it's really four games). Dallas needed a contribution from the entire roster to win a critical division game. The Redskins are a hot mess that are hanging their hopes on last year's turnaround. And Nick Foles' performance ensured a week of quarterback controversy in Philadelphia, even though the Buccaneers are the only team he's ever beaten.

Around the league: The game of the day was the New England Patriots' comeback victory over the previously unbeaten Ne Orleans Saints in the final seconds. Tom Brady's still a magician, even if Peyton Manning in Denver is looking to break some of Brady's 2007 records.