Big Blue Morning: Three behind the Jets

October, 8, 2013
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Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.

The news of the day: With only one day of practice (today) to prepare for their Thursday night game against a Bears team that's forced the third-most turnovers in the league, a Giants team that's committed the most turnovers in the league is crambling to piece together a running game. David Wilson doesn't sound as though he'll be ready to play Thursday after leaving Sunday's game with a neck injury. The team is bringing back Da'Rel Scott to team with Brandon Jacobs and rookie Michael Cox in the backfield. This of course puts more pressure on quarterback Eli Manning, who leads the NFL with 12 interceptions, to be the whole offense.

Behind enemy lines: The Bears have lost two consecutive games after opening the season 3-0. And after the stat sheet from Sunday's loss favored wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler felt the need to meet with top wide receiver and longtime running mate Brandon Marshall to make sure there were no hard feelings. Sounds as though the Giants had better do what they can to make sure Marshall is well covered Thursday.

Around the division: The biggest problem with having Michael Vick as your quarterback is the near certainty that he will have to miss games because of injury. Vick wasn't even hurt getting hit Sunday against the Giants (because the Giants don't hit quarterbacks anymore). He pulled his hamstring running out of bounds on a scramble. And he's likely out for this week's game against winless Tampa Bay, as well. Hey, how come the Giants can't get these games against winless teams like the Eagles keep getting? Oh. Right.

Around the league: I am confident that Giants ownership would be completely miserable about the 0-5 start even if the New York Jets were 0-5 as well. However, the fact their stadium-mates beat the Falcons on "Monday Night Football" to improve to 3-2 while they sit there at 0-5 has to be making matters worse in the minds of John Mara & Co.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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