Good morning New York Giants fans! Though it probably isn't all that good after what we all saw last night. Regardless here are your news updates for this Tuesday morning.
Monday Night Football reactions
There's not a lot of good to talk about after a depressing loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. If there's any solace in this loss it is that the huge number of mistakes makes it hard to write about all of them.
They lost. It wasn't pretty. Yet the Giants (3-3) are still alive. They're tied for first place (tiebreaker aside), still have the Eagles (3-3) and Cowboys coming to MetLife Stadium, and Beckham Jr.'s hamstring is still intact. Beckham, who was questionable for the game, played almost every snap and remained dangerous.
The undisciplined Giants may have played poorly, but there is still hope. The Cowboys (without Tony Romo), the Saints and Buccaneers are the next three on the schedule.
For nearly 10 minutes, the Giants could do no wrong, behind an well-oiled machine of an offense.
And then it all went wrong.
So much for taking control of the NFC East. On Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, the streaking Giants finally came back to earth, self-destructing and dropping a 27-7 slopfest to the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
They arrived at the head of a crowded division, riding a three-game winning streak, with a chance to move two games over .500 for the first time since they finished 9-7 in 2012.
The world got to see the much-awaited trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but the Giants on Monday night took part in a sequel that was panned the first time around.
Call this one The Farce Awakens.
The downward spiral that ruined their 2014 season got started at Lincoln Financial Field and the good vibes they were building this season were soured with another shoddy performance against the Eagles. Mistakes, turnovers, lackluster offense and no points in the final 55 minutes made for a showing worthy of straight-to-video viewing as the Giants were whipped 27-7 in a game that brought all those nasty flaws to the surface.
The game’s start did not predict what was to follow, which was an unremittingly sloppy jumble of penalties, turnovers and, most of all, blunders.
At Lincoln Financial Field almost exactly a year ago, a Giants three-game winning streak ended in a humiliating rout, the first of seven consecutive losses that set the stage for the team’s third successive nonplayoff season. But minutes into Monday’s game, the Giants appeared determined to gain some revenge in their return to Philadelphia.
The Giants had a chance to prove on Sunday night that they had become the team to beat in the NFC East. Instead they played like a team that didn't belong in the race at all.
That's the shame of the opportunity they threw away in their hideous, 27-7 loss to the Eagles. And "threw away" is exactly the right way to describe it. They took control of the game at the start, and had ample opportunity keep it. But they handed the Eagles the game by playing one of their dumbest, most mistake-filled games of the year.
Damontre Moore's "poor football IQ"
Of course the players had a lot to say about another deflating loss of the 2015 season. Perhaps the most head-scratching comment goes to Damontre Moore as he tries to explain his late hit on Sam Bradford.
"Honestly, I think it was just part of me just having poor football IQ, and not (being) aware of the rules of dumping [Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford]," Moore said. "Because I dumped him. Honestly, I was just trying to make a play and be a high-energy guy. I'm going out there, and I'm trying to run from sideline to sideline and just hit somebody as hard as I can. There's no excuse."
Eli Manning on the stumbling offense
Manning was surprised how flat the offense played especially considering how effectively they were moving the ball on their first two drives.
"Yeah it's disappointing," Manning said. "Thought we came out ready to play. The first drive, we kind of set the tone, and the defense got a three and out. We get the ball again, I thought we fought hard and tried to hang in on there."
Justin Pugh isn't giving up
Pugh: "The sky isn't falling. I don't feel like this is a repeat of last year. We're heading in the right direction + we'll be alright."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 20, 2015
Pugh: "We still have everything in front of us. We're 3-3. The Eagles are now 3-3. Dallas is 2-3. We've got everything in our sights still."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 20, 2015
Pugh: "We've got to go out and play some good football. Put this game behind us and learn from it."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 20, 2015