The news of the day: The Giants play the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, still looking for their first win of the season. They will be playing shorthanded, as starting running back David Wilson, starting cornerback Corey Webster and four others already have been ruled out. It would be a complete shock to, I think, almost everyone if the Giants won. Which does not rule it out, of course, but they would have to play considerably better than they have played in any of their first five games to even have a chance. We beat the Giants up a bit Wednesday on NFL Insiders, but the truth is that things are as bad around this team as they have been in a long time, and Thursday night's game against the turnover-hungry Bears is poorly timed.
Behind enemy lines: The one thing about short weeks is that they are short for both teams, and the Bears could be minus a couple of key pieces on defense for this one as well. Cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs are among the game-time decisions, and the Bears are very banged up at defensive tackle -- something the Giants could exploit if they had any sort of a running game.
Around the division: The big game in the NFC East this weekend is the Sunday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins in Dallas. I believe the Cowboys are the best team in the division, by a fair amount, and that two of their three losses were excusable ones to undefeated teams. But I also think the fact that they have a 2-3 record and not 3-2 or 4-1 leaves the Redskins an opportunity to get their act together and make a run at them. And Robert Griffin III, who toyed with the Cowboys in two key late-season games last year, says he is rejuvenated from his bye week and ready to go. So we'll see.
Around the league: We always do predictions before the season. Last year, I predicted a Packers-Ravens Super Bowl and was half right, and at least the other team in my prediction was a division winner that made a respectable showing. This year, I picked the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans to play in the Super Bowl. As you can see here and also here, that one's not looking quite so good at the present time. Oh well ...