Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Going for two in a row
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: On a short week following their "Monday Night Football" victory over the Vikings, the Giants get back to work today and begin their preparations for Sunday's road game in Philadelphia. Tom Coughlin spoke on a conference call Tuesday, and one of the topics he addressed was the extent to which in-season acquisitions such as Jon Beason and Peyton Hillis have helped spark and inspire their new teammates. That's the kind of thing that makes the Giants believe they can build on their first win of the season and start playing more representative football each week than they have to this point. Which would obviously be nice for those of us who watch them every week. Anyway, they practice much later than usual today so it'll be a while before you get your usual Wednesday updates. Don't worry. I haven't forgotten about you.
Behind enemy lines: Reports indicate that the Eagles expect Michael Vick to start Sunday after leaving the Week 5 game against the Giants with a hamstring injury and missing the two games the Eagles have played since. The question, of course, is whether Vick will be healthy enough to run the ball the way he did against the Giants in that Week 5 game, when his legs were the Giants' biggest problem in the first half. And we're not going to know the answer to that until sometime Sunday at the earliest.
Around the division: He is not the Giants' problem until December, but indications are that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is rounding into something resembling his 2012 form as he continues to put distance between himself and that reconstructive knee surgery he had back in January. Griffin is, I think, fine physically but needs to continue to work on playing with the confidence, the consistent intelligence and the somewhat controlled aggressiveness that made him so great as a rookie. Sunday was clearly a step in that direction.
Around the league: The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are at the top. An NFC East team (the Cowboys) cracks the top 10 again at long last. And the Giants at No. 29 are at their highest point in the past month in the latest edition of the ESPN.com Power Rankings. Enjoy.