Good morning, New York Giants fans! No Giants game today, of course, but there are still headlines to be aware of. So, let's check them out.
The offense has been able to use Manning's extensive experience and vast football knowledge to its advantage. He gets to the line of scrimmage, dissects the defense and adjusts the play accordingly. This plays right into the hands of an 11-year veteran with two Super Bowl titles.
Manning does have some limitations. He's restricted by the personnel and formation. Still, there seems to, more often than not, be several possibilities every time he steps up to the line of scrimmage.
"Each play kind of has options with it that are all part of the same family," Manning said.
It has helped — along with the shorter, quicker routes that mask some offensive line deficiencies. It all has Manning on pace for perhaps the best statistical season of his career.
No one around the Giants wants to sign up to write a book titled "Mediocrity Our Way,’’ but through seven games, that’s the story of the 2014 season.
The Giants were terrible in Detroit and Philadelphia, scintillating in Washington, more good than bad against the Texans and Falcons, and competitively ordinary against the Cardinals and in Dallas.
It adds up to a 3-4 record, solidly entrenched in third place in the NFC East, solid in some areas, decent in others, a quite poor in a few areas. They have been streaky — lose two, win three, lose two — but mostly, they have been, well, ordinary.
Oh, the 3-4 Giants are close to done, well behind the streaking Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East. But as bleak as things may seem, they headed off into the bye week just two games out of a wild-card berth, and a lot can change in nine games.
Players with concussions, blown-out knees, broken bones and other injuries litter the landscape in the N.F.L., with some unable to return for the rest of the season while others are barred from practice. Injured reserve is where teams stash their wounded, players guaranteed to miss the season or, in the case of those who land there tagged as designated to return, players expected to come back but not any time soon.
Those players, like Spiller and Philadelphia’s All-Pro guard Evan Mathis, are prohibited from practicing for six weeks and playing for eight. Still others begin the season on the physically unable-to-perform list, and they are barred from practicing or playing for the first six weeks of the season.
A survey of every team revealed that through Thursday, 223 players populated those three lists, out of almost 1,700 players on the active rosters. The Colts, with 13, and the Giants, with 11, had been clobbered the hardest.
MetLife Stadium, home of the Jets and Giants, hosted dozens of children from across the five boroughs Saturday.