Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Big Blue Morning: The keel remains even
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: Lots of talk these days about the 3-6 Giants being "back in the race" for the NFC East title since the first-place teams are only 5-5 and the Giants are on a three-game winning streak. But you won't find the Giants themselves engaging in much of that talk, as they realize they still have a ton of work to do before any of that is even close to a reality and they're working hard to maintain their week-to-week focus on the game at hand... Matt Ehalt also spoke with punter Steve Weatherford about his tough year.
Behind enemy lines: The Packers are signing former Packers (and Seahawks and Raiders and Bills) quarterback Matt Flynn to serve as the backup this week to third-stringer Scott Tolzien, who will start against the Giants with Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace both out with injuries. Flynn obviously knows the offense and had that one great game for the Packers at the tail end of the 2011 season that ended up making him a lot of money. But word is he has an elbow problem, and he's unlikely to factor into things Sunday against the Giants. It's the Tolzien show, folks.
Around the division: One of the 5-5 teams in that first-place tie in the NFC East is the Philadelphia Eagles, who have four home games and only two road games left. That sounds fantastic until you realize that the Eagles haven't won a home game since Sept. 30, 2012 and have lost 10 straight at Lincoln Financial Field. As Phil Sheridan writes, the Eagles can't consider themselves a legitimate contender until they figure out how to win home games.
Around the league: In case you missed it, this is my column on how the rotten state of the NFC East speaks to a larger issue of creeping mediocrity in the NFL. To answer some of the more polite questions that came my way on Twitter on Monday, yes, this is a new phenomenon. Only four of the first 41 Super Bowl champions won fewer than 11 games in the regular season. Four of the last six have.