The Friday after Thanksgiving is always a laid-back day with very little excitement. This year, there is no excitement in the land of the Giants. They are officially out of the play off picture at 3-8 and are headed into NFL obscurity in a season where most teams are talking about how they can still grab a playoff spot.
The Giants will be practicing today in preparation for their trip to Jacksonville. They will head down to Florida tomorrow to play perhaps one of the NFL's most meaningless games of the year. FOX is only televising the game in the Jacksonville and New York markets, with former Giant David Diehl providing color commentary alongside a play-by-play man that I'm sure most Giant fans have never heard of, Justin Kutcher.
While the Giants try to find some redeemable elements in this lost season, two of their division rivals - Dallas and Philadelphia - are headed for the playoffs and the other, Washington, is dealing with a quarterback fiasco in their own forgettable season.
On Thursday, New York football fans were treated like turkeys as former Jet whipping boy Mark Sanchez and the Eagles trounced the Dallas Cowboys at Jerry World in a surreal romp.
Philadelphia is all alone in first place in the NFC East this morning, which in itself is no surprise. But the fact that Sanchez is at the helm of the ship is somewhat of a surprise. And this could be just the beginning of Sanchez 2.0 should he continue to lead the Eagles down the winning path.
Jet fans, who are clamoring for any semblance of order at the quarterback position, are finding more than just their turkey dinners hard to digest today.
Sanchez outplayed Tony Romo in Dallas on national television, ringing up a 102.2 QBR in the process. Giant fans probably don't see this as much of a big deal having lost two close games to the Cowboys and getting squashed by the Eagles in their first meeting this season, but still, it was something to see. The Eagles walloped Dallas on both sides of the ball.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the game, it's all about playing meaningful games late in the season. That's something we completely understand but haven't seen around these parts for some time now. It's ironic that Sanchez, last seen getting flattened by his own lineman with the Jets, is at the center of a playoff run and the New York fans are the laughingstock now.