Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (11-2): Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will learn from this road loss and only get better, because that is the type of team that they are. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (10-3): It was an equal mix of offense and defense for the Saints on Sunday night as they routed the Panthers and took sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Drew Brees racked up 313 yards through the air with four touchdowns, while the Saints defense led by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, put a stranglehold on the Panthers offense, giving up just 239 yards and sending Carolina home with their first loss in eight games. Brees became the fifth quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards and the Saints look unstoppable at home, but it looks like they will be on the road if they make it to the NFC Championship game with Seattle having home-field advantage as the standings are right now. New Orleans will take on the Panthers one more time on the road in week 16, which could be a huge game if the Seahawks falter down the stretch. Rankings last week: 3

 

3. San Francisco 49ers (9-4): A huge win for the Niners at home as they kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC by handing the Seahawks just their second loss of the season. It looks like the NFC playoffs will run through Seattle, but the Niners are doing everything they can to change that. Frank Gore had another big week, rushing for 110 yards on 17 carries, including a 51-yarder that set the Niners up in FG territory to drive home the game winner with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Colin Kaepernick didn't have perfect day, but he didn't have to; San Francisco was able to find a gritty win that was well deserved in my book. This group of guys is starting to look like the team that went to the Super Bowl last year....watch out NFC, the Niners might have your number. Ranking last week: 4

 

4. Carolina Panthers (9-4): An unfamiliar feeling for the Panthers as they were destroyed by the Saints on Sunday night by a final score of 31-13. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense stumbled all game against a stingy Saints defense, with Newton finishing the day with just 160 yards and a single touchdown. The defense has no answer for Drew Brees and the Saints attack, since not many teams do, but the 31 points allowed were the most all season, and a team that allows under 220 yards passing, gave up over 300 to the future Hall of Famer Brees. Can Carolina hang with the big boys in the NFC? A win against the Niners tells me yes, but the demolishing by the Saints, tells me no. Ranking last week: 2

 

5. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5): It was easily the most interesting game of the week due to the snowy weather conditions in Philly, the Eagles came away with a big win against the Lions to give them sole possession of first place in the NFC East. With poor visibility conditions and the field being covered in inches of snow, LeSean McCoy had himself a day running the ball, rushing for a franchise-record 217 yards on 29 carries with two critical touchdowns, one that tied the game and the other that put the Eagles in the lead. Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season after throwing 19 consecutive touchdowns, and the weather was easily to blame for his sloppiness. While neither team expected that much snow, it was the Eagles who were more prepared to deal with the wintery conditions and McCoy running was the only thing pretty about the game. Ranking last week: 6

 

 6. Chicago Bears (7-6): The Bears offense looked unstoppable against the Cowboys on Monday night, which isn't really saying much. Josh McCown had his best game of the season, throwing for 348 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Matt Forte supplied a strong running game, racking up 102 yards on 20 carries in the cold tundra that is Chicago. With the combination of McCown, Forte, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffrey, this Bears team won't have a problem scoring; it is the defense we have to worry about. Ranking last week: 9

 

 7. Detroit Lions (7-6): The Lions have dealt with their fair share of snow in Detroit, but they were definitely not ready for the weather conditions they faced in Philly. With snow falling fast, the Lions were down even before the game started, as Reggie Bush re-aggravated a calf injury during warm-ups when he slipped on the field; and the day would only get worse for the Lions. While they had the lead with less than a quarter to go, the Lions couldn't find a way to stop LeSean McCoy and by the time the final whistle had blown, the Eagles had blown the doors off the game. It was a tough due for Matthew Stafford and the offense as they had a difficult time finding any momentum with such bad playing conditions. Stafford finished the game with just 148 yards, completing 10-of-25 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions, but fumbled the ball a whopping FIVE times, coupled with backup Joique Bell's two fumbles; the offense was really fighting themselves for most of the game. Ranking last week: 5

 

8. Arizona Cardinals (8-5):  Carson Palmer picked apart the Rams defense and led his team to their eighth victory of the season, throwing for 269 yards with one touchdown, while completing 84% of his passes. The Cardinals defense, which has been a strong point all season, picked off Clemens twice, returning one for a touchdown, and held the Rams to just a single touchdown until a meaningless TD late in the fourth quarter. I said it a couple of weeks ago, this team is not going to be an easy out, come playoff time. Ranking last week: 8

 

9. Dallas Cowboys (7-6): Everyone knew how bad Dallas' defense is, but are they really THAT terrible? In the Monday night football game against the Bears, the Cowboys defensive unit allowed 490 yards, 45 points and didn't force a punt from Chicago the entire game. While everyone can blame Tony Romo, as they usually do, this one isn't on him; their offense had one heck of a game. The Cowboys find themselves in a tough spot as they are one game behind the NFC East leading Eagles with three games left. Looking at the schedule, games against the Packers and Redskins shouldn't be as difficult as once imagined; which would cue an division title matchup against Philly in the last week of the season. Ranking last week: 7

 

  10. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1): Matt Flynn heard a serious case of the boo-birds raining down from Lambeau Field at halftime as the Packers trailed by double-digits, but found a way to lead his team to victory against the lowly Falcons. Flynn was able to connect with eight different receivers, finishing with 248 yards and went 24-for-32 passing with one touchdown and one interception on the day, while the defense did a good job of holding Matt Ryan and Atlanta scoreless in the second half. Will Aaron Rodgers come back and somehow find a way to get the Pack into the playoffs? If anyone can do it, it's him. Ranking last week: 11

 

  11. New York Giants (5-8): The team that started the season with six straight losses has finally returned. Eli Manning and the Giants couldn't find the endzone until the third quarter, while their defense couldn't put a lid on Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense in a game that was over by halftime with San Diego up 24-0. Do the changes start at the top with GM Jerry Reese? Will Tom Coughlin be around next season? Has DC Perry Fewell and OC Kevin Gilbride sealed their fate? Sounds like it might be a fire-sale for Big Blue in the offseason. Ranking last week: 10

 

12. St. Louis Rams (5-8): Another blowout for the Rams as Kellen Clemens two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 25 yards on 14 carries by Zac Stacy was about the only offensive contribution by St. Louis in their loss against Arizona. Questions exists on both sides of the ball, and even with Sam Bradford healthy behind center, this team needs some more weapons. Ranking last week: 12

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9): Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers only needed 90 yards through the air to seal a victory against the Bills on Sunday. Bobby Rainey had another stellar game on the ground, rushing for 127 yards on 22 carries; and racked up most of the yards on an 80-yard carry on the first drive of the game. The Tampa Bay defense was able to pick off E.J. Manual four times and held Buffalo to just two FG's. Ranking last week: 13

 

 14. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1): The NFL world held their collective breathe as Adrian Peterson went down holding his leg late in the game, but to the hopes of many, an MRI the next day showed no ligament damage. AP might call it a day (see what I did there) and sit out the next couple of games since the Vikings season is down the drain anyway. Minnesota is another team in the race for the #1 draft pick in the draft and a chance at a top QB could be all but signed as of right now. Ranking last week: 14

 

15. Atlanta Falcons (3-10): The Falcons are poised for a very high draft pick this offseason and tanking the final three games might be useful to them. Their loss to the Packers this past weekend showed faults on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. It is tough to tell how the Falcons will rebuild once all of their players become healthy, while uncertainty definitely exists with the future of Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez.  Ranking last week: 16

 

16. Washington Redskins (3-9): It doesn't get much worse for the Redskins as they were blown out by the Chiefs at home by a final score of 45-10. It is doubtful that head coach Mike Shanahan will be around next season, especially if he is thinking about shutting down RGIII for the remainder of the season. About 25 fans stuck around after halftime, I wonder how many will be around next season. Ranking last week: 15

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

Tags: New York Giants, nfc power rankings, panthers, saints, seahawks

Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

USC QB Sam Darnold is unlikely to leave school and enter the 2018 NFL Draft after the season, a source told Benjamin Allbright of 104.7 FM in Colorado.

The 20-year-old Darnold has completed 183 of 288 passes for 2,292 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight games this season for the 6-2 Trojans.

Darnold said before the season that a report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants was lethargic in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but TE Evan Engram was a bright spot for the second straight week as the only playmaker on the unit. 

After the injuries to the receiving corps, Engram was expected to see more targets, and so far, he has been making the best of them. He hauled in five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos in Week 7, and he picked up where he left off against Seattle. 

Engram has been stepping up in place of the injured playmakers -- WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall -- as his "next man up" mindset has served him well the past two weeks. 

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveDominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension may be over, but his punishment apparently is not.

At least that's the way it looked, and how the 31-year-old cornerback interpreted it, when he was mostly a sideline bystander during the Giants' 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Fresh off his one-week suspension, DRC not only didn't start, but he was replaced by Ross Cockrell in the Giants' nickel defense package.

Overall, he played just 16 snaps - or 21 percent of the Giants' defensive plays - which was a sharp drop from the 75 percent rate he had been playing through the first five games of the year.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants suffered their sixth loss of the season to the Seahawks, 24-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. They will have a bye week in Week 8. 

Need to Know

The Giants have an off day after their game Sunday. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning lines up behind center during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is already another lost season late in his career, undone by a startling lack of talent around him, and no one would blame Eli Manning if he finally let his frustrations boil over. Yes, he could play better, but it still might not matter when so much around him is going so unbelievably wrong.

It has to be agonizing, frustrating, infuriating. Yet there Manning was Sunday night, after one of the worst offensive performances of his career, the same picture of calmness as he's always been. He didn't lament the fact that he's lost four of his top five receivers, that his team can't run the ball consistently, or that his offensive line might get him killed.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Seattle Seahawks, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is all that mattered to Landon Collins: On a throw from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, deep into the end zone, the Giants safety went up for the ball and came down with the ball.

"It was an interception," Collins said.

Except it wasn't.

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Giants safety Landon Collins and tight end Evan Engram elaborate on what the team has to improve in order to get the season back on track.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week's win in Denver was a nice break from the reality of this miserable Giants season. And from the way they played in their 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it's likely to only get worse.

Because the bottom line for the Giants (1-6) is this: They could barely move the ball this season with Odell Beckham Jr. on their side, and they now can barely move it even a little without him. It's been two games now since the Giants lost Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris, and here's their grand total: 443 yards of offense and 23 points.

It doesn't matter who's calling the plays; the Giants aren't going to win many games the rest of the way if this offense continues to produce like that.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson and offensive lineman Justin Pugh left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to injuries.

Goodson suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was ruled out, while Pugh suffered a back injury and was listed as questionable to return.

Safety Nat Berhe also left the game and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is among seven players inactive for the Giants' Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-5) vs. the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It might actually feel a little like fall by kickoff: a day with temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies and some moderate Meadowlands winds should be in the 60s by kickoff, heading down from there.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and G D.J. Fluker are expected to play despite their injuries, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Fluker was a late addition to the Giants' injury report as he has a knee injury. However, it isn't that severe to have him sidelined against the Seahawks.

Fluker has played in five of six games this year (starting in two) and helped the Giants run for 148 yards last week against the Broncos.

Shepard, who was out last week with an ankle injury, is ready to give the Giants the boost they need at wide receiver. Being the only Opening Day starter on the field, he should be targeted by QB Eli Manning throughout the game. 

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Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo discuss Sunday's game against Russel Wilson and the Seahawks as they try to keep momentum.

 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (57) sack Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports  (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (57) sack Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

After a slow start to the season, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul sparked the defense with his best performance of the season. 

It was the JPP the Giants expected to see on the field when they signed him to a four-year, $62 million this offseason. Pierre-Paul got to Broncos QB Trevor Siemian three times, and disrupted him throughout the game. He tied his career-high in sacks with his breakout performance of the 2017-2018 campaign.

Defensive end coach Pat Graham is used to seeing the intensity Pierre-Paul displayed on Sunday night. His "juice," as he calls it, is what has made him such a prolific threat off the edge. 

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Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when New York faces the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants ruled Vernon, center Weston Richburg, running back Paul Perkins and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Calvin Munson out, while listing wide receiver Sterling Shepard as questionable as the Giants look to win their second straight game.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Olivier Vernon missed practice Thursday after participating on Wednesday. Eli Apple returned after not showing up Wednesday due to personal reasons. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

Tags: Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Damon Harrison is well aware of the way Russell Wilson utilizes his mobility to move the Seahawks offense down the field, and he says the Giants defense needs to stop him in his tracks to beat him on Sunday. 

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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice on Thursday after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Vernon missed last Sunday's game against the Broncos due to the injury.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), and C Weston Richburg (concussion) also missed practice.

Tags: Eli Apple, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got a lot of good years out of Eli Manning, but there is a sense that his time here is ending - or at least that it should. More than a few fans think it's time to turn the page, before he's too old to even think about another playoff run.

I've always thought that to be crazy. Franchise quarterbacks aren't easy to find. And more likely, everyone in New York is really, really, really going to miss Manning when he's gone.

So with that said, here's Part II of my Twitter mailbag, with a focus on the future of the Giants' franchise quarterback, and a look at what might come next.

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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to the Giants, and was apologetic for his actions that led to his suspension. WR Sterling Shepard also returned to practice. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie returns to the Giants following his one-game suspension from the team for locker room misconduct.

 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I get the sense that Giants fans don't know what to feel right now. They were despondent over the team's 0-5 start and angry over the chaos around the locker room. Then they were euphoric over the stunning win in Denver before lamenting all that might have been.

Now? Is it all positive and defiant, as you dream of a miracle run for the playoffs? Is it all negative and hopeless as you dream of a top pick in next year's draft?

All I know for sure is you've got plenty of questions to fill up my latest Twitter mailbag. So now I will try to answer a few in Part I of this week's edition.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Giants QB Eli Manning was voted the most overrated quarterback in the NFL by players in a quarterbacks poll. 

Reporters received 155 player polls on different categories involving quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning won the most overrated category by receiving 14 percent of votes. As noted in the ESPN article, Manning has ranked No. 30 in QBR since he has turned 31. The Giants are also 31-39 in that span. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: There's no shot Eli is the most overrated quarterback in the league. Yes, his play has diminished since his Super Bowl victories. But age affects everyone not named Tom Brady, so Manning shouldn't be atop of these rankings. 

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo ceded control of the offensive play-calling last week to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, but Giants co-owner John Mara said that ownership did not force the move. 

After starting the season 0-5, New York went on the road to beat the Broncos, 23-10, without much of its starting offense. 

"I certainly did not speak to Ben and I know [Steve Tisch] did not about giving up the play-calling," Mara told reporters at the NFL owners meeting, according to NJ.com. "That's got to be the coach's decision at the end of the day."

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fuming at his coach, packing up his locker and storming out of the Giants' practice facility. It was hard to explain such insubordinate behavior.

But on Wednesday, he had a pretty good explanation.

"I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," DRC said. "I do stuff over the top, man.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

According to co-owner John Mara, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s latest injury won't have an effect on a long-term deal. 

Beckham needed season-ending surgery to repair a fractured ankle in Week 5. He was on his way to a big payday with the Giants, but many saw the injury as a setback for that. Mara, on the other hand, doesn't see the injury having any say in that matter. 

"I don't think that will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara told NJ.com at the NFL owners meeting. 

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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, John Jerry, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Zak DeOssie
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Giants co-owner Steve Tisch backed head coach Ben McAdoo after his team came away with their first victory in Denver. 

Tisch was in Battery Park City on Tueday for the NFL owners meeting where he touched on McAdoo's decision to give up play-calling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Tisch, and co-owner John Mara, knew of McAdoo's decision and thought it was a smart one. 

"I think it was a very good adjustment the coach made," Tisch told The Post's Alex Squadron

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Daily News Live: Just-In Time 00:05:08
Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss the rejuvenated defense and his possible new position on the offensive line after Sunday's win.

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

The Giants claimed LB Nigel Harris, and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the IR

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice, and will be posting the latest news, notes, and opinion later on. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at practice.

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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon, during an appearance on SNY, said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

"Nothing got done," Colon said when describing what he heard from the meeting. "It was pretty much a waste of a Tuesday."

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August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants claimed former Chargers LB Nigel Harris off waivers on Tuesday and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the injured reserve.

 

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)

Giants scout Whitey Walsh strongly urged the team to select QB Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but then-GM Ernie Accorsi didn't act.

"He was very forceful," Accorsi recently told ESPN. "Fought hard. No one listened. ... It's my fault that I didn't act on his urging to draft Brady. Truly, the Brady story is one of the great mysteries of all time. It's not like he was playing at Augustana. He threw four touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl against Alabama. ... We were all asleep."

After the Giants passed on Brady with the 177th overall pick -- instead taking Dhani Jones -- the Patriots selected Brady with the 199th pick.

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Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had his indefinite suspension lifted on Tuesday, the team announced.

The Giants waived/injured CB Michael Hunter in order to make room on the roster for Rodgers-Cromartie.

Rodgers-Cromartie was set to meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to discuss his suspension. After the decision, DRC will rejoin the Giants on Wednesday for practice. 

The 31-year-old was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday following a confrontation with McAdoo. He didn't travel with the team to Denver for their Sunday night game against the Broncos. Rodgers-Cromartie later admitted to ESPN that he "handled (the situation) the wrong way."

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants are off today, and will resume practice on Wednesday.

Dominique Rodgers Cromartie will meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to revisit his suspension. >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:47
Sal Licata and Marc Malusis break down how Ben McAdoo's relinquishing of play-calling duties helped the Giants against the Broncos.

 

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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul dedicated his three-sack performance on Sunday night to a 7-year-old boy battling cancer. 

Before the Giants traveled to Denver, Pierre-Paul met Hayden on a visit through The Garden of Dreams Foundation last Friday. Hayden decided to show JPP his best dance moves, and the defensive end knew exactly when he would showcase it on Sunday night. 

"You know what? If I get a sack -- which I am going to get a sack -- I'm going to do your dance," Pierre-Paul said. 

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

The Giants need to make big plays against the Broncos on the road, and CB Janoris Jenkins provided them throughout the night in the team's first win of the season. 

Entering Sunday night's contest, Jenkins had no interceptions on his stat sheet which was not expected at this point in the season. But that changed in the second quarter when he not only jumped a route picking off Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, but took it to the house for a 43-yard touchdown. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Now, that's the Jackrabbit Giants fans fell in love with last season. The self-proclaimed "Clamp God" has held receivers in check so far this season, but has yet to come up with a turnover. Well, a pick-six and a forced fumble definitely makes up for the lack of production in that area. 

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Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)
Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)

Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.

Darkwa, whose longest run of the day was 47 yards, amassed all of his yardage while playing just 27 of the team's 54 offensive snaps, Jordan Raanan of ESPN noted.

"That's what you dream of as a back, you know, you want to get fed, and that was our game plan going in," Darkwa told reporters after the game. "It was going to be a grind-it-out game, and we were able to have success off of that. And the O-line, tight ends, wide receivers, they did a hell of a job blocking. That's on them. All of that yardage is on them, because there were a lot of plays I didn't get touched. I owe them all the credit for that."

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul led the pass rush in the team's win against the Broncos on Sunday night. 

Pierre-Paul entered Week 6 with just 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble through five games. However, he turned up the intensity in Denver as he led the Giants with three sacks and eight combined tackles while notching a forced fumble as well.

Pierre-Paul's three sacks ties his career best that he put up against the Browns in Cleveland last season.  

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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

Playing without wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram stepped up on Sunday in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos in Denver.

The 23-year-old rookie led the team with five receptions (on seven targets) for a career-high 82 yards and a touchdown. Of those 82 yards, 54 were yards after the catch, according to PFF.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Following the slew of injuries last week, Engram was expected to step up and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. Well, he did exactly that, carrying the receiving corps on his shoulders on Sunday night. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan took over New York's play-calling responsibilities from head coach Ben McAdoo for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

Sullivan, who took over for McAdoo after the Giants' 0-5 start, led New York to a field goal and touchdown on two of his first three drives on Sunday.

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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A brisk day turns into a chilly night with temperatures in the 40s and moderate winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Ben McAdoo needs something -- even just a competitive game here -- to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath. There is a storm of chaos in and around his locker room, and players clearly aren't happy. Don't fool yourself: Things absolutely can get worse. Would a win change their outlook on the season? No. This team is still going nowhere, especially without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. But McAdoo needs something to show them the rest of the season won't just be a death march toward a new coach in 2018. He needs to find a way to keep them playing hard and not just going through the motions. A miracle win in Denver might just do that trick.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants fans (AP)
Giants fans (AP)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Giants would be one of the best teams in the league and the Jets would be one of the worst.

Well, the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5, and the Jets are 3-2.

Click below for the video from The Ringer

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