Breakfast links: Giants back on top

Every Monday, the links get re-sorted and rearranged by division standings. This Monday, we have a change at the top, where the defending champs have returned to first place following a thorough thrashing of the 49ers in San Francisco. Weird division, though, when the first-place team is 4-0 outside the division and 0-2 in it. Not sure I can make sense of that, but I can offer links.

New York Giants (4-2)

Tom Rock writes that it's going to be tough for the Giants to keep playing the nobody-believes-we-can-win card after they won the way they did Sunday in San Francisco. Thing is, since everyone in the league already knew the Giants were good, there's no reason for them not to keep using the nobody-believes-we-can-win card for their own personal motivation. As I wrote last week, in this case, it doesn't have to be true in order to be effective.

Hakeem Nicks was active and played in the game, and afterwards he said his foot and knee felt good. He expects things to get better as the weeks go along, but it was a good sign that he was able to play Sunday after missing the previous three games.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

Whatever you want to say about Andy Reid, or whatever he does or doesn't want to say about himself or his team in the wake of a loss, Phil Sheridan writes that it's all about wins and losses. And the fact that Reid has as many of the latter as he does of the former since the start of the 2011 season is the problem he's facing at this point.

The worst part of Sunday's loss was how much it reminded you of so many of last year's losses. Geoff Mosher writes of the Eagles falling back into old habits.

Washington Redskins (3-3)

Jason Reid saw improvement from Robert Griffin III on Sunday in the critical area of learning how to protect himself. Griffin's toughest test yet of this will come next week against the Giants, but he's been passing all of his tests since the year began, so there's no reason to assume he can't handle it.

Dan Daly writes that the Redskins showed up Sunday with a lengthy to-do list but managed to check off all of their boxes in ending their eight-game home losing streak.

Dallas Cowboys (2-3)

Jean-Jacques Taylor says it was dumb mistakes that did in the Cowboys on Sunday in Baltimore. The Cowboys simply aren't a good enough team at this point to overcome mistakes, even in a game in which they play so much better physically than the other team.

The thing about Overreaction Monday is that these games of which we tend to make so, so, so much are very often games that could easily have swung the other way and prompted completely opposite conclusions. Case in point, as Todd Archer writes, is how different Sunday's Tony Romo story would have been if Dan Bailey's kick hadn't missed left.