The Giants gained ground in the NFC East this weekend simply by standing still. They entered their bye week at 4-3 and in last place in the division. After Sunday's action, they find themselves heading into Week 9 in second place.
The Washington Redskins (4-3-1) are in last now after tying the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-27, in London. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) fell to the division-leading Dallas Cowboys (6-1), 29-23, on Sunday Night Football.
The Giants hold the tiebreaker over Philadelphia by virtue of division record, 1-1 vs. 0-2, so the Giants are in second place, two games behind Dallas. The Giants defeated the Cowboys in Week 1, so the lead is basically a game and a half.
GM Jerry Reese will speak to the media on Monday for the first time since the Josh Brown debacle. He is expected to take his share of the flak for the club's mishandling of the situation. He will also share his opinion of how the team has performed and the direction he sees things going. Tuesday is the NFL trade deadline but the Giants, as usual, are not expected to make any moves.
Practice resumes Monday after a week off, with several injured players expected to return to work in some fashion. S Nat Berhe (concussion), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf) and S Darian Thompson (foot), who have all missed the past few weeks are all expected to begin practicing this week. WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip) and CB Eli Apple (groin) are not expected to miss any time but may be limited.