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 return to work to look at tape on Packers third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien, about whom they know little if anything in advance of his start against them Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The players on the Giants' defense have begun to feel good enough about themselves to believe they can handle anyone. They say they're not going into games thinking about limiting damage anymore, but instead thinking about shutting teams out.
Behind enemy lines: Here's our man Matt Williamson's scouting report on Tolzien, who Matt says won't be afraid to try tough throws and could have an opportunity to hit some plays downfield if the Giants key on the Packers' vastly improved running game.
Around the division: The Dallas Cowboys are off this week before facing the Giants in Week 12, but the bye may not be enough to get them healthy on defense. They'll surely be without linebacker Sean Lee, who's probably the best player on their team and is out for a few weeks with a pulled hamstring. Fellow starting linebacker Justin Durant is also out for that game, and it remains to be seen whether the Cowboys' defense can expect to get linemen DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher back in time for the Giants game. Big mess down there in Big D.
Around the league: No, I do not expect the Giants to try to sign veteran safety Ed Reed following his release from the Texans. From what little I've seen, my impression is that Reed is done or close to it. And safety is one of the positions at which the Giants actually look very good, with Antrel Rolle and Will Hill and Ryan Mundy. They have no cap room and bigger problems. If Reed could play center, that'd be one thing.