1:00 PM ET, September 7, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It took the New York Giants' defense just one game to wipe out -- at least temporarily -- the bitter memories of their playoff meltdown a year ago.Kenny Holmes recovered one of Kurt Warner's six fumbles for a touchdown, and the Giants sacked the St. Louis Rams' quarterback six times, intercepted him once and sent him to the hospital with a concussion in a 23-13 victory Sunday."Around here we've been talking about our chances of being a good offense, but our defense, they showed what they can do today," Giants quarterback Kerry Collins said. "They played just out of this world."Warner might have said the same thing after being harried, hammered and hurt by a defense that has lived in the shadow of Jeremy Shockey and the Giants' offense since training camp opened. Except Warner had no post-game comments.
This is a decision that Martz is not taking lightly. If he yanks Kurt Warner, he has to be prepared to stick with Bulger for the rest of the year. Bulger looks much more comfortable in the offense than Warner does and there are probably teammates who are ready for a switch.
Is this team going to battle Philly for the NFC East?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Toomer has caught passes in 68 straight regular-season games, tying Ike Hilliard for the team record. He needs 28 yards to pass Frank Gifford (5,434) as the team's all-time leading receiver. ... Giants left tackle Luke Petitgout left the game in the second quarter with back spasms. Rookie Jeff Roehl finished. ...St. Louis gained 40 yards rushing. ...Mitchell's rushing TD was his first since 2000. It was his first carry since 2001.