Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's tour the Inter-Google this morning and see what is being written and said as our Giants prep for Sunday's key game at New Meadowlands Stadium vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham says the hip injury he sustained Monday against won't sideline him Sunday. "I’m good," he said. "I’ll be out there on Sunday. Trust me."
That, of course, is excellent news. With Steve Smith down for the season the Giants need Manningham, who has 44 catches for 598 yards and five touchdowns. 'Ham can drive you crazy sometimes, but he is a big play waiting to happen every time he is on the field.
Since we are on the topic of the Giants' devastated corps of wide receivers, let's talk about Victor Cruz. Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News caught up with Cruz Wednesday, and it turns out the undrafted rookie rookie who was a preseason sensation is just now getting healthy after slightly tearing his hamstring.
"Every day I wake up and I’m like ‘Oh gosh, I wish I was out there,’" Cruz said. "Just to help the guys out because you know when you bring guys in and they don’t really know the offense and it’s kind of a learning curve. And now getting towards the end of the season you’re in that playoff swing, you want to have guys out there that know the plays and know certain stuff. I just kind of wish those guys weren’t going down."
The Giants are well aware of the fact that the Eagles have beaten them five straight times.
"They're a good team," cornerback Terrell Thomas said. "A couple of games we gave away, a couple of games they beat our butts. Last game, we probably should have won but we didn't."
Here is Eli Manning's take on the losing streak against Philly.
"We've played some close ones. The one earlier this year, we had a shot to win and had a lead in the fourth but we couldn't hold onto it and couldn't get it back," Manning said. "They're a talented team, they play great football, so we have to go out there and beat them and play better than they do."
It has been a couple of years since we have heard his name mentioned for an NFL job, but former Giants coach Jim Fassel might have a shot at the Denver Broncos' head coaching gig. Fassel has won back-to-back titlles as head coach of the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives.
I have always thought Fassel deserved another opportunity to coach in the NFL. He's not Bill Belichick, but he is better than a lot of the guys who have gotten head-coaching jobs since the Giants fired him at the conclusion of the 2003 season.