Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news updates for this Monday morning.
Vacchiano: Playoffs ... or else
Before the season even began, John Mara made one thing clear. It is a win or else situation for the top brass of the Giants organization. So, here we are, with six games to potentially determine the futures of Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese.
But what really matters is who sits atop their miserable division in the end, and whether the Giants can be good enough for the next month and a half to secure the playoff berth that has eluded them for so long. And really, the stakes are even higher than that. In some ways, these last six games for the Giants are a referendum on whether Reese and Tom Coughlin will get to keep their jobs.
But unfortunately for Coughlin and maybe for Reese, this year the Giants need more than one meaningful month. They need to win enough to ensure meaningful games in January, too. They both may have two Super Bowl rings on their fingers and plenty of wins on their resumes, but the next wins they get may turn out to be the most significant.
That may not be fair, but it’s definitely the reality. It’s a six-game sprint to the finish for the Giants — and maybe for Coughlin and Reese, too.
First place battle with the Washington Redskins
Who would have guessed that by week seven that the Giants and the Redskins would play a critical game that would determine first place? The Kirk Cousin led Redskins haven't looked good but they haven't been terrible as other Redskin teams. Here's the latest on this NFC East deciding game.
Yes, the Redskins got run out of Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, hanging with the undefeated Panthers early before being completely outclassed in a 44-16 defeat at Bank of America Stadium. But because this once-proud division has become a complete parody of parity, the 'Skins are still heading home to host the Giants in a pivotal Week 12 showdown with first place in the NFC East on the line.
The Giants had to be pleased with what they saw Sunday as they enjoyed the final day of their bye week before reporting back to work on Monday. The Redskins coughed the ball up five times in their blowout loss, while the Eagles officially achieved dumpster fire status with their 45-17 loss at home to the Buccaneers.
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The Baltimore Ravens will lose Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett for the remainder of the season.
Jerry Jones had to meet with Greg Hardy about his poor attitude towards the team.
The long term status of Colin Kaepernick on the San Francisco 49ers is severely in doubt.
Jason Hatcher of the Redskins believes referees target their players because of their name.