Monday, October 7, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Historically bad
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: A 36-21 loss to a terrible Philadelphia Eagles team that had to play its backup quarterback for the whole second half dropped the Giants to 0-5 for the first time since the replacement-player season of 1987 and the first time in a non-strike year since 1979. You don't hear a lot about the 1979 Giants, so here you go: The fifth game of that 0-5 start was the NFL debut game of quarterback Phil Simms, who piloted the Giants to four straight wins thereafter and a 6-10 record for the season. Their leading rusher that year was fullback Billy Taylor with 700 yards and seven touchdowns. Earnest Gray led the team with 537 receiving yards on 28 catches. Linebackers Harry Carson and Brad Van Pelt and punter Dave Jennings were the team's only Pro Bowlers. Yes, the current Giants are proving themselves worthy of these types of comparisons. It's that bad. And the scariest part of it, may be that, as Ian O'Connor writes, Eli Manning appears to be cracking under the pressure.
Behind enemy lines:Nick Foles looked good in relief, but Eagles coach Chip Kelly says Michael Vick will remain his starting quarterback if and when he gets that hamstring healthy. Which is fair. Can't anoint a guy just because he beat the Giants. Look what happened to Cam Newton on Sunday. Giants are fools gold for opposing offenses and defenses alike.
Around the division: The game of the day was of course Cowboys-Broncos, which the Cowboys lost 51-48 when Tony Romo threw an interception late after an otherwise brilliant game. The loss to the Broncos, who are 3-0 against NFC East teams with the Redskins still to play, dropped the Cowboys to 2-3 and in a first-place tie with the Eagles. I still think Dallas has a good team that doesn't know how to win, and that the other three teams in the division are bad teams. And I know which one I'd rather be.
Around the league: For me, the most impressive win of the day was the comeback victory by Andrew Luck and the Colts over the previously undefeated Seahawks. I don't want to give anything away, but I'm thinking those Colts get a bump this week's Power Rankings and that young Mr. Luck makes an appearance on this week's MVP Watch.