Monday, September 30, 2013
Big Blue Morning: At least September's over
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: The Giants were horrible, again, in a 31-7 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. They are 0-4 for the first time in 26 years and the first time in the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era, and quite frankly they haven't even seriously threatened to win any of their four games. The only positive thing you can say about the Giants right now is that they might have a chance to beat the Jaguars on a neutral field, but I honestly don't know how confident you can be about that. The glass-half-full view is that the division-leading Cowboys are only 2-2, and that the division remains within reach if the Giants ever start winning games. But they're so far from winning any games at all right now, I don't even know how you give them the 7-5 finish they would need to get into the 2010 NFC West tiebreaker. I think this is a complete flatline, and that it's time for the Giants to start thinking about who can and can't help them in 2014 and beyond.
Behind enemy lines: The game-changing play was a brilliant, multiple-ankle-breaking punt return touchdown by Kansas City's Dexter McCluster, a speedy waterbug of a player for whom the Chiefs seem to have been waiting for a while. With victories already over the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants, new Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 3-0 against the NFC East this year after going just 1-5 against the NFC East last year in his final season as coach of the Eagles.
Around the division: The Cowboys gave one away on the road in San Diego and whiffed on a chance to grab control of the division race. The Eagles became the latest team to be completely humiliated by Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The only team in the division that won Sunday was the Redskins, who picked up their first win of the season by beating the Raiders with a little help from the pass rush. The NFC East has a combined record of 4-12 and no team with a winning record, but only one of the four teams in the division is still winless.
Around the league: I will be looking at my Power Rankings ballot later on Monday, and I have to say, it's a tough call at the top. I've voted for Seattle the past two weeks, and they remain 4-0 and haven't done anything to cost themselves the spot. Coming back from 20-3 down at halftime to win on the road in Houston seems like a best-team-in-the-league thing to do. Do you like the Seahawks at No. 1? Or the Broncos, who have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 88 points in four games? Denver has just one road win to Seattle's two, and Denver's opponents are a combined 4-12 while Seattle's are 5-10, so that's not much help... tough call.