Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Big Blue Morning: What becomes of line?
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 return to practice this morning, still searching for answers for how to fix all that's gone wrong during their 0-3 start. We will be looking for specific information on injury issues regarding offensive linemen Chris Snee, David Baas and David Diehl, as well as fullback Henry Hynoski, who could well be out for the season with a fractured shoulder. I'm curious especially about Diehl, who had thumb surgery five weeks ago. At that time, the team said Diehl would be out six weeks, so that timetable is nearing completion. Even if they want to leave Justin Pugh at right tackle, Diehl could help at either guard spot if Snee needs a break or if Baas has to miss time and Kevin Boothe has to move back to center.
Behind enemy lines: One thing the Giants have done well this year is tackle at the second and third levels of the defense, and that's going to be important again Sunday if this note from Adam Teicher holds up. Adam writes that 58 percent of Kansas City's passing yardage has come after the catch.
Around the division: The only good team in the NFC East so far is the Dallas Cowboys, but they suffered a serious loss with the news that defensive end (and franchise player!) Anthony Spencer is out for the year following microfracture knee surgery. Dallas has been doing a fine job of collecting sacks with its defensive front four even without Spencer, but knowing he's not coming back is a lot different than getting by for a time without him.
Around the league: The teams that have beaten the Giants so far this year rank second, 15th and 21st in the latest edition of our ESPN.com Power Rankings. The Chiefs, who the Giants play Sunday, rank eighth. The 0-3 Giants rank 29th. There aren't any easy outs for them right now. And as you survey the schedule looking for potential wins, it's important to remember that, to the Minnesotas and Oaklands of the world, the Giants right now look like one of their best chances for a win, too.