Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are you headlines for this Tuesday morning.
Prepping for Jets week
There is no room for error anymore for these last remaining games and next up comes the hated rivals in the New York Jets. You know the crazed New York media will have plenty to say about this matchup.
It's the Jets vs. Giants, regular season, two desperate football teams. This is bigger than the Snoopy Bowl. It’s for the Lombardi Trophy... the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop Trophy... and could eventually determine whether Tom Coughlin returns as the Giants coach in 2016.
The heart-stopping, breath-taking New York mini-Super Bowl between two ordinary football teams is six days away and once again the Jets and Giants will be out to ruin each other’s season.
What? Do you really think the NFC East deserves more than bad jokes at this point? Sorry, but the whole division is a bad joke. The Giants played the first half of a game that could have virtually locked up a playoff spot as if they were still hung over from Thanksgiving, then had a too-little-too-late rally fall short in the fourth quarter. T
hey had to replace three-fifths of their starting offensive line, allowed Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins to throw for 302 yards, and saw the entire offense seemed to degenerate into one play called "Throw Ball Quickly And Hope Odell Catches It Again."
Entering this season, Jets-Giants looked like a fascinating matchup between Beckham and Darrelle Revis, the Jets' top cornerback. But Revis might not be able to play next week, because of a concussion that sidelined him Sunday.
Revis got hurt a week earlier in Houston, and it's not yet clear if he'll be available to face the Giants. Against the Dolphins, Revis' replacement, Marcus Williams, sprained his knee — after making his fifth pick of the year — and didn't return.
So if Revis is out, how will Jets coach Todd Bowles try to cover Beckham? Perhaps by playing more zone coverage than normal? Or might Bowles let his other starting corner, Antonio Cromartie, take Beckham one-on-one?
State of the OL Injuries
It's no question that the loss of the entire interior offensive line was a key to a Washington Redskins victory on Sunday. Now the Giants face an even bigger threat in the vaunted Jets front seven. Will Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh be ready? And if not, can this line hold up to protect Eli Manning?
That leaves guard Justin Pugh (concussion) and center Weston Richburg (ankle).
"I'm hoping that's going to be the case, at least with one of them," Coughlin said when asked if it is reasonable to expect either to face the Jets, "but I don't have any evidence of that just yet."
The three injuries left the Giants with regular starters Ereck Flowers and Marshall Newhouse at the tackles and a completely new interior of Dallas Reynolds at center and rookie Bobby Hart (a converted tackle) and John Jerry at the guards. The lack of cohesion was evident as the Giants allowed three sacks -- all of them surrendered by Newhouse -- and ran for only 33 yards.
Bobby Hart is the next man up
Drafted as a late round project, Bobby Hart was not expected to get playing time at all for the 2015 season. Now, it looks like he may start for the rest of the season. Pro Football Focus has looked into every snap andcame out impressed.
If you missed rookie Bobby Hart’s extensive playing time yesterday—and that’s easy to do so considering that the offensive line in general just couldn’t pull it together as a group—you missed some mostly solid play from the rookie seventh-round draft pick.
To recap, Hart was inserted at right guard after Geoff Schwartz, the starting left guard, went down with a broken leg. John Jerry, the starting right guard, moved to the left side, and Hart was inserted in Jerry’s spot.
Hart held his own. Per Pro Football Focus, he allowed one quarterback hit, though on the play in question, it’s debatable as to whether right tackle Marshall Newhouse, who seemed unsettled having the rookie playing next to him, was more at fault for the hit.