Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).  Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed a gift on Sunday against the Houston Texans. What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in overtime. A key play; CB Richard Sherman picked off Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a poorly thrown ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck and the Colts. Seattle's 62-point score differential speaks for itself; this team can score and their defense is one of the best in the NFL.  Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (4-0):  All of the focus this year has been on the play of Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who is on pace to have a record-breaking year in almost every category. Behind the scenes, QB Drew Brees and the Saints are rolling; enacting some revenge after a disastrous last season in which the team finished with a 7-9 record. Last night, the Saints hosted the Dolphins and the battle of undefeated teams was as lopsided as they come. Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns without an interception and the Saints cruised to a 38-17 victory. The New Orleans defense looks revitalized under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and they make a serious case for the top spot in the NFC this week.   Rankings last week: 3

 3. Chicago Bears (3-1): A tough loss for the Bears as they couldn't find an answer to stop Lions RB Reggie Bush (18 carries, 139 yards, one touchdown). QB Jay Cutler had his worst performance of the year throwing three interceptions and the Bears were already being blown out by halftime 30-13. On a positive note, it looks as if second-year WR Alshon Jeffrey could be a viable option at receiver and take some pressure off of superstar WR Brandon Marshall; Jeffrey finished the day with 107 yards and one touchdown in the loss.  Ranking last week: 2

 

  4. Green Bay Packers (1-2):  The Packers were off this week and host the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field this Sunday, an NFC North matchup that is crucial for the standings. If the Packers can't come away with a victory and start the season 1-3, questions about the strength of this team are going to arise. The loss to the Cincinnati Bengals is still stuck in the minds of Green Bay, so look for them to come out swinging. Ranking last week: 4

 

5. San Francisco 49ers (2-2): RB Frank Gore finally had a breakout game, rushing for 153 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, as the Niners demolished the St. Louis Rams 35-11 on Thursday night. Even better, San Francisco held the Rams to just 188 yards total, and 18 yards on 19 attempts rushing. QB Colin Kaepernick (15-for-23 passing, 167 yards, two touchdowns) was able to spread the ball around the field and it looks as if both the Niners offense and defense is back in sync again. Ranking last week: 5

 

 6. Detroit Lions (3-1): Reggie Bush has finally found the perfect offense in Detroit. After sitting out last weekend due to injury, Bush had another stellar performance in the Bears victory, running for over 130 yards . People are starting to take note of the Lions; with the Packers struggling, the Lions are going to compete for the division, one way or another. WR Calvin Johnson was held to just 44 yards on four catches and the Lions still racked up 40 points against the gritty Bears defense....scary. Ranking last week: 8

 

7. Atlanta Falcons (1-3): Struggles again in the red zone have plagued the Falcons so far this season, and it was evident against the New England Patriots on Sunday night as they were just 1-6 in red zone efficiency. The Falcons attempted a comeback, but failed to reach the end zone to force OT. Obviously WR Roddy White's ankle injury is still bothering him, but the teams believes that he is getting closer to 100 percent, and they hope so; over the past four weeks he has been a non-factor, totaling just 84 yards and has yet to score a touchdown.  The next couple of weeks are critical for the Falcons as they host the New York Jets before their bye week, and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after. Ranking last week: 6

 

8. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Looks like Dallas has a problem closing games out, as they allowed the final 20 points against the San Diego Chargers to fall to 2-2. The Chargers racked up more than 500 yards and QB Philip Rivers had a field day, throwing for 401 yards with three touchdowns and one pick (that was returned for a touchdown by LB Sean Lee). WR Dez Bryant was the only option on offense (six receptions, 81 yards, two touchdowns) and with WR Miles Austin fighting through a hamstring injury, Dallas is going to have to utilize other options such as RB DeMarco Murray and TE Jason Witten if they have any chance of winning games. Ranking last week: 7

 

9. Washington Redskins (1-3):  There's a first time for everything. The Redskins were able to collect their first win of the season against the Oakland Raiders, a team starting backup QB Matt Flynn that provided him with basically an invisible offensive line. The Redskins were able to sack Flynn seven times and force an interception in their comeback win that had them down by two touchdowns. RGIII played well and injury to RB Albert Morris doesn't appear to be too bad. Ranking last week: 14

 

10. Arizona Cardinals (2-2): Talk about a barn-burner. The Cardinals hadn't scored a point in what felt like an eternity, and it took them until the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in their 13-10 victory. CB Patrick Peterson had two interceptions late in the game and WR Larry Fitzgerald caught a 13-yard pass with less than five minutes remaining to tie the game. The Cardinals would eventually kick the game winning field-goal and leave Tampa with a victory. This Arizona team has been tough to figure out; without a solid running game and the inconsistent play of QB Carson Palmer, I am shocked that this team has two wins. It doesn't get any easier for the Cards; the next couple of weeks are down right harsh as they face off against San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta and Houston....all in a row. Ranking last week: 12

 

11. Carolina Panthers (1-2):  The Panthers, along with the Packers, were off this week; not necessarily a good thing after their explosive offensive performance against the Giants just a week ago where they scored 38 points and kept Big Blue off the board. Carolina has a pretty easy schedule over the next couple of weeks as they look to gain ground in the NFC South with the Falcons reeling. Their next four games pits them against the Cardinals, Rams, Vikings and Bucs. Ranking last week: 11

 

12. St. Louis Rams (1-3):  Just a bad performance from the Rams all around. They were only able to muster up 188 yards on offense, and their defense gave up several big plays to the Niners. The team had hopes of RB Daryl Richardson (12 carries, 16 yards) filling in nicely with the loss of RB Steven Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons, but so far, he has been a bust. Ranking last week: 9

 

 13. Minnesota Vikings (1-3): It's about time someone other than RB Adrian Peterson (23 carries, 140 yards, two touchdowns) made a big play for the Vikings. WR Greg Jennings caught two touchdowns for 92 yards in Minnesota's first victory of the season over the Pittsburgh Steelers that took place at London's Wembley Stadium. QB Matt Cassel took over the role as starting quarterback with the injury to Christian Ponder and performed well, throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings move into their bye week at the bottom of the NFC North, but Cassel could find a permanent role as QB, which might turn things around for the boys in purple. Ranking last week: 13

 

14. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Not much can be said when your team gets trounced by one of the best teams in the NFL in the Denver Broncos. QB Peyton Manning had his way with the Philadelphia defense and while the game was still close at halftime, the Broncos blew the doors off and were able to put 52 points on the scoreboard. Philly hasn't looked like a steady team since the first quarter of their first game against the Redskins and head coach Chip Kelly needs to get this team back on track if he has any chance of keeping his job in the offseason, or it's back to college he goes. Ranking last week: 10

 

  15. New York Giants (0-4): Once again, the Giants were in the game at halftime, and then let the Kansas City Chiefs roll right through them in the second half to remain undefeated. Even after forcing the Chiefs to make their first turnovers of the season, the Giants couldn't gather any momentum on offense. At times, it looked like RB David Wilson (13 carries, 55 yards) would finally break free for a long run, but was tripped up on several occasions. The team was 1-14 on third downs and besides the 69-yard bomb to WR Victor Cruz (10 catches, 164 yards, one touchdown) in the second quarter, Big Blue's offense was anemic and failed to reach the red zone during the game. Still winless, the Giants host the Eagles and with a win, accompanied by a Dallas Cowboys loss (the Cowboys host the Broncos), the G-Men will  sit only two games back of first place in the NFC East with 3/4 of the season left to be played. Ranking last week: 16

 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4): Tough to drop the Bucs to the last spot in the NFC, but after the debacle that QB Josh Freeman has caused and the team handing over a victory to the Arizona Cardinals on a silver platter, they deserve it. Backup QB Mike Glennon (24-for-43 passing, 193 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) didn't play terrible for his first start, but if RB Doug Martin (27 carries, 45 yards) doesn't have consistent weeks running the ball, this team is doomed. Ranking last week: 15

 

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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It's going to be easy to bash Eli Manning again after this loss, and there'll be plenty of legitimate reason for that. The Giants' offense stinks and no doubt he missed a few opportunities.

But I really don't understand how anyone can watch the Giants' offensive line and not see that it's the biggest problem the Giants' offense has.

Manning was sacked four times in the Giants' deceptively close, 23-20 loss in Atlanta on Monday night, putting him on pace to be sacked 55 times this season. He was rushed on countless other throws in the game, too. And it's not like the run blocking is much better. Saquon Barkley, for all his amazing ability, only had 43 rushing yards

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Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jaguars will not be making any attempts to trade for Giants QB Eli Manning or any other quarterback, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

The Jaguars benched QB Blake Bortles during Sunday's loss to the Texans, but the team has since announced that Bortles will remain the starter. Jacksonville is confident that Carlos Hyde and eventually Leonard Fournette will help anchor their running game and bolster their offense.

Even if the Jaguars were interested in acquiring Manning, he has a no-trade clause and has not made any indication that he would be willing to waive it.

Entering Monday night's game against the Falcons, Manning has thrown for 1,662 yards along with six touchdowns and four interceptions through six games.

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Aug 25, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Quadree Henderson (10) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 25, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Quadree Henderson (10) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

With the Giants lacking wide receiver depth, WR Quadree Henderson was promoted from the practice squad ahead of their matchup against the Falcons on Monday night. 

The Giants' No. 3 receiver in Cody Latimer was placed on the IR for a hamstring injury, while WR Jawill Davis is in concussion protocol. Russell Shepard is also questionable for the game with a neck injury. Big Blue did, however, sign former Broncos WR Bennie Fowler earlier this week to add some depth behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard

So, the 5-foot-8 rookie Henderson wasn't necessarily promoted for receiving duties, although the Giants can obviously use him if need be. Instead, he will likely take the role Davis had as the team's return specialist. 

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Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

The Giants are 1-5 and might find themselves witih a Top-3 pick in the NFL Draft for the second-straight year. But if they do, they shouldn't expect standout Oregon QB Justin Herbert to be there.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing NFL scouts who have been in touch with "friends and contacts" on the Oregon staff, and "strong signals throughout the agent community," says it would be "a surprise" if Herbert opted to declare for the 2019 Draft.

Instead, the 20-year-old Herbert is expected to return to Oregon for his senior year. 

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Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is hit after the throw by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 17, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is hit after the throw by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants were looking to catch a break this Monday as Falcons wide receivers Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu were both banged up last week. But the latest injury report on Saturday had only K Matt Bryant out for Monday's contest. 

So, one of the NFL's deadliest wide receiving tandems will be at full strength for QB Matt Ryan to work with. For most defenses, WR Julio Jones is enough to deal with, but Ridley and Sanu make matters worse with the production they have put up so far thi season. 

While Jones leads the team in yards for a mile (708), the rookie Ridley leads receivers in touchdowns (6) while Sanu has 303 yards and three touchdowns on the year as well. Jones is still looking for his first touchdown after six weeks.

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants left tackle Nate Solder (neck) will play Monday night after being limited in practice, but right guard Patrick Omameh (knee) will not despite being listed as questionable.

The Giants have decided to bench the interior lineman and start Spencer Pulley instead, according to NJ.com.

Pulley, claimed off waivers by the Giants on Sept. 2, will likely start at center and John Greco will move to Omameh's spot at right guard. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Dick Modzelewski, a star defensive tackle for the Giants from 1956-63, has died at 87, at his home in Eastlake, Ohio on Friday, the team announced in a statement Saturday. 

Modzelewski played 14 seasons in the NFL -- eight with the Giants, three with the Browns, two with the Redskins and one with the Steelers -- and never missed a game in his career. 

He was a two-time NFL champion, winning titles with the Giants in 1956 and Browns in 1964, and played in five more title games as part of the Giants defensive front. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants want the Odell Beckham Jr.-Eli Manning controversy to go away. They need it to go away. John Mara even went public with his anger to try to make it go away.

But there's one problem: Given another chance to put it to rest, to offer his support to his quarterback and teammate, to finally make this madness end, Beckham didn't. Or couldn't. Or wouldn't. He keeps refusing to directly say what he thinks of his quarterback and, perhaps purposely, leaves too much open for interpretation.

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

There wasn't much good that came out of last Thursday's loss to the Eagles, but rookie RB Saquon Barkley had his best game of the season. And that performance led him to be named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 6.

Barkley was voted the best rookie in the NFL this past week after totaling 229 scrimmage yards (130 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards) that included a 50-yard touchdown run. 

Not only was Barkley recognized for this weekly stat line, but his stats this season put him in the Rookie of the Year conversation. He leads all rookie running backs with 438 yards on 84 carries, and his 40 receptions for 373 yards leads all rookies in those two categories as well...

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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

All 53 Giants players practice on Thursday, but DE Olivier Vernon was still a limited participant. Until today. 

Vernon (ribs) was upgraded to a full practice participant on Friday ahead of the Giants' Monday Night Football matchup on the road against the Falcons. The veteran edge rusher obviously has more time to get healthy with two more days before gameday, but it is good to see him out there in full. 

Defensive coordinator James Bettcher preaches to "never look back," but when it comes to Vernon, he loved what he saw last week...

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New York Giants co-owner John Mara walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
New York Giants co-owner John Mara walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

Odell Beckham Jr. said on Friday that he "respects and values" owner John Mara's opinion. 

His father, on the other hand....

Odell Beckham Sr. reposted a video on Instagram on Thursday that showed the Giants co-owner tossing a chair in his suite during a previous game. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

There are two things we know Odell Beckham Jr. hates: losing and water. 

The Giants wide receiver made the unusual revelation about the latter on Friday when explaining why he was dehydrated and needed an IV before halftime in last week's 34-13 loss to the Eagles. 

"I really don't like water," he said. "I'm trying. I really just don't like it. You get that stomach feeling -- it's all slushy. I'm trying to just stay hydrated. Sometimes I gotta get an IV, it's just necessary. If you're cramping in both calves it's hard to run and make cuts."

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Odell Beckham Jr responded to comments from owner John Mara about his ESPN interview, and shared his thoughts on the play of Eli Manning

Odell Beckham Jr. could not definitively stand by Eli Manning. 

While the Giants receiver dismissed the notion on Friday that players on the team are frustrated with their quarterback, he was unable to give a direct answer when asked if his 37-year-old quarterback is the right guy to get them back on track. 

"You gotta ask him," Beckham said. "Every time we get in the huddle I say, 'take me home 10.' Which, to me, carries weight because he's been there, he knows how to win, he knows what he's doing, he's the most prepared of anybody I've seen.

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is greeted by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is greeted by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Picture this: Odell Beckham Jr. hits a double move, loses his defender, and runs down the sideline wide open as the ball comes soaring toward him for an easy touchdown. As the team celebrates in the end zone, a No. 4 Big Blue jersey comes running toward his new favorite receiver. Wearing the jersey is the Giants new quarterback -- Derek Carr

Now, this scenario wouldn't be until next season, but CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora offered a pretty intriguing prediction on the "Pick Six Podcast" on Wednesday.

With Jon Gruden and the Raiders blowing it up out in Oakland, no one on the roster is safe, not even their franchise quarterback that just signed a five-year deal before the start of the 2017 season. On the other hand, the Giants don't want to rebuild, but rather make moves to win now...

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Head Coach Pat Shurmur and the New York Giants remain confident going into their Monday night match-up against the Atlanta Falcons.

It's always a good day at practice when all 53 players are out and about, and that was the case for the Giants on Thursday. 

There were a few limited participants, though, with LT Nate Solder (neck) and DE Olivier Vernon (ribs) among them. Solder said after practice that he feels fine and should be ready to go on Monday. 

And the way head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about Vernon appears to indicate he will be full-go against the Falcons as well...

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants LT Nate Solder isn't used to losing. 

In his seven years in New England, Solder's Patriots went an outstanding 88-20 that included two Super Bowl rings. But now Solder is on a 1-5 Giants squad that is teetering to stay relevant before the fanbase starts to compare it to the dreadful season of last. 

Unfortunately, some believe the season is lost already, with the Giants stuck at the bottom of the NFC East. But it is still early, and Solder is confident this team -- and his offensive unit specifically -- can ramp up their level of play and pick up some much-needed wins. 

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Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Looking up "New York Giants players" on Google images, a long scroll shows up at the top with various players on the teams. But there's one flaw: Saquon Barkley is Eli Manning

It's a side-by-side image with both players, but Manning is at the forefront with his actual image next to it...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE IMAGE

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third 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 offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third 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)

When the Giants cut former first-round T Ereck Flowers last week, fans weren't at all surprised by the move.

Well, neither was Flowers.

"I expected [the release], it wasn't a shock to me," Flowers told Jacksonville.com. "I actually was looking forward to another opportunity. To go from that situation to getting a chance to play here and [possibly] get into the playoffs, that would be 100 percent perfect. That would be like 'wow.' "

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

A day after taking a swipe at WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants co-owner John Mara said that despite all the drama, he still has trust in his $95 million man.

"Listen, I think he wants to win," Mara told Newsday after Wednesday's NFL owners meetings in Manhattan. "He wants the same things that we want. He's a work in progress, but I still believe in him."

Mara on Tuesday was blunt when speaking about Beckham and the wide out's recent controversial ESPN interview, saying "I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking." 

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Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants could be getting some help for their offense this week in the form of tight end Evan Engram. 

The second-year tight end sounded optimistic on Tuesday about returning to the field for Monday's game against the Falcons after missing the last three games with a knee injury he sustained Sept. 23 at Houston. 

"I feel really good," he said. "Today was a really good day. Went out there and made sure I got warm and stuff and was running around and going as fast as I can go and making all the cuts and doing everything I can do to block, so it felt good. Still got a lot of time, good amount of days until game time, so very probable and I feel really good about going into and the rest of this week."

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Sterling Shepard (87) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants fans have certainly voiced their frustrations with Eli Manning's play so far this season, but are the players also ticked off by what they have seen through the first six games?

Some reports have surfaced claiming certain players have been disgruntled by Manning, but WR Sterling Shepard said he hasn't heard a peep on the matter. 

In fact, the entire locker room is still on Manning's side.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The critics of Eli Manning have been relentless over the last month, convinced that he's primarily - if not solely -- to blame for the Giants' mess.

It's understandable too, since the Giants pinned their entire offseason plan on their belief that Manning was still an elite quarterback. Instead, he's looked old. The offense he runs has been terrible. He looks skittish in the pocket and checks down too much. His lack of mobility is more of an issue than it's ever been, and he hasn't been successful even when he's had time to throw down the field.

But if you think the Giants' latest disastrous season is all about Eli Manning, then think again.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

After taking a shot at Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday, Giants co-owner John Mara was asked if the Giants were "all-in" on sticking with the struggling Eli Manning

"I don't know what you mean by going 'all in' with [Eli Manning]," Mara told reporters at the NFL Meetings in Manhattan. "He's been our quarterback. He was still under contract. I know he's the punching bag right now, but a lot of guys need to play better right now. It's not just him."

The 1-5 Giants are a mess, but Mara went out of his way to reiterate that it's not just Manning who's to blame. 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants co-owner John Mara took a swipe at WR Odell Beckham Jr. while speaking at the owner's meetings on Tuesday in New York City.

"I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking," Mara said, according to Judy Battista of NFL.com.

Beckham has been taking heat for a candid interview he gave to ESPN before Week 5 when he said "I don't know" when asked if Eli Manning was a problem for the team at quarterback. During that same interview, Beckham was also hesitant to say he was happy in New York.

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Donte' Deayon (38) Sean Chandler (36) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants are waiving CB Donte Deayon, the team announced Tuesday, with his spot on the roster being taken by Grant Haley.

The 24-year-old Deayon played in four games for the Giants this season (he didn't play in Week 1 or Week 6), and had six tackles and two passes defensed. 

 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after not converting on third down against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Giants QB Phil Simms said the 2018 team was built for Eli Manning "to have success" and that it isn't "working out" for the 37-year-old.

When asked by Christopher Russo on Mad Dog Radio if Manning was done as a "big-time starting quarterback," Simms said yes. 

"As a big-time starting quarterback? Yes.," he said. "Okay, when you phrase it that way, as a big-time starter he is. ... The Giants built this team for this year for Eli Manning to have success. That's what they did. They re-did basically the whole offensive line. They've signed Odell Beckham Jr.  They bring in an offensive coach, the defensive coach. Everything was there. They draft Saquon Barkley, which is a great deal. We saw the kid can be great, we know that. So it's all set up. Sterling Shephard, a good second receiver.  Evan Engram, we know he's hurt, but it's all there because we want the quarterback to do well, and it's not working out."

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Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There's no indication that the Giants are open to trading Eli Manning (and let's not forget Manning's no-trade clause). But if they did want to toy with the idea of trading him, are the Jacksonville Jaguars a fit?

ESPN's Matt Hasselbeck thinks so, and believes the Giants would be doing Manning a "solid" by trading him to Jacksonville.

"Tom Coughlin loves Eli Manning. Eli Manning is Tom Coughlin's quarterback," Hasselbeck said Sunday morning on ESPN. "If you said to Tom Coughlin, 'what are you looking for in a quarterback,' he's thinking about what Eli Manning was for him. Having him in that organization would be of value to the Jacksonville Jaguars. And it lets the Giants and Giants fans turn the page."

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

It has been an interesting past few days for Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. 

First, his controversial ESPN interview comments ended up with Beckham having to apologize to his teammates while also getting fined. Then, during a bad home loss to the Eagles, Beckham's frustrations were showcased on the sideline yet again as he banged his head into a cooling fan. 

So, in the latest edition of his UNINTERRUPTED Facebook series "I AM MORE: OBJ," Beckham sat down for an interview to address all that has happened in the past week. And this is how the video started...

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Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Eli Manning had another subpar performance in Thursday' 34-13 loss to the Eagles and it may be time for the Giants to face the cruel reality: Manning's days are numbered. 

The 37-year-old quarterback is 1-5 this season despite possessing offensive weapons such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley. Yes, he has a shoddy offensive line, but he is 4-17 in his last 21 games and is only showing signs of regression. 

With the way things are going, the Giants will be in the market -- whether it be free agency or in the draft -- for a quarterback this offseason. 

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Giants took Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the NFL draft, it wasn't just a declaration that they were all-in on Eli Manning, it was their way of punting their search for Manning's successor into the future. They believed that somehow, some way, they'd find their heir apparent somewhere down the line.

It sounded so easy. Of course, don't try telling that to teams like the Jets.

Now maybe the Giants won't need 50 years to find their next franchise quarterback, but now that they have no choice but to begin the search, the truth is it likely won't be easy at all. They learned that the hard way back when they cut Phil Simms after the 1993 season and suffered through Dave Brown, Kent Graham, Danny Kanell and even Tommy Maddox before they lucked into Kerry Collins in 1999.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

Either Tom Coughlin sees something in Ereck Flowers or he has become exceptional in trolling the Giants.  

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed the former Giants left tackle to a one-year deal on Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, just three days after he was released by Big Blue. 

Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars, was the Giants head coach when the team drafted Flowers with the ninth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. 

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur says he's sticking with Eli Manning as his QB, as the Giants try to move forward after falling to 1-5.

The Giants won't be benching Eli Manning again... at least not yet.

When Pat Shurmur was asked Friday -- a day after the Giants' crushing 34-13 loss to the Eagles -- if they were considering a change a quarterback, the head coach stated "no."

"We believe in Eli," Shurmur told reporters. 

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Giants 1-5 and Eli Manning continue to struggle, suddenly Ben McAdoo looks like he was onto something. 

Just ask Geno Smith. 

The former Giants backup quarterback had some thoughts following Big Blue's 34-13 loss to the Eagles on Thursday night -- a game in which Manning threw no touchdowns and an interception with 281 passing yards. 

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New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney and quarterback Eli Manning look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney and quarterback Eli Manning look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning isn't ready to give in to the angry mob that has declared his career over. He took a beating on Thursday night, played a terrible game and watched another season slip away before Halloween, but he still knows what he's capable of doing. He's not budging on that at all.

"My confidence in myself is good," Manning said after the Giants' 34-13 loss to the Eagles. "I know I can play."

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Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. comment on the Giants' 34-13 loss to the Eagles, dropping their record to 1-5 on the season.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On the Giants' first drive of the second quarter, on a 2nd-and-19 from their own 28, Eli Manning checked down - again - to a short pass to Cody Latimer. It was a terrible decision, a useless play, and it gained only five meaningless yards.

And that's when FOX's cameras caught an exasperated Pat Shurmur mouthing the words, "Throw the ball!"

If it wasn't clear before, it was clear then that Shurmur is growing a little frustrated with his embattled quarterback - and he certainly had reason in this game. Manning was atrocious, giving nothing but fuel to his critics, completing 24 of 43 passes for a very deceptive 281 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field. 

The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season. 

So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to blow off the Giants seconds before their nightmarish first half ended Thursday night against the Eagles.

But head coach Pat Shurmur said after his team's 34-13 loss that the star receiver headed for the locker room early to get an IV, with no drama intended.

"Just dehydrated again," Shurmur said of Beckham, who similarly left early against the Saints two weeks ago. "He went back into the locker room. Some guys dehydrate quicker than others, so we just have to make sure he stays dehydrated."

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley was one receiving yard away from making franchise history. 

Barkley was the only light to come out of an ugly loss to the Eagles on Thursday Night Football, as he lit up MetLife Stadium both on the ground and through the air. He rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries that included this 50-yard touchdown run...

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was fined by the team for his controversial comments he made this week, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. It is unclear how much Beckham was docked for the incident. 

In an ESPN interview with Josina Anderson and Lil' Wayne, Beckham answered "I don't know" when asked if the Giants have a quarterback problem. He also made a mention that he felt the Giants have been "outschemed" on offense. 

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he addressed the situation with Beckham in house, and that Beckham apologized to his teammates during a team meeting.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

WR Cody Latimer left the game for the Giants during the second half of their 34-13 loss to the Eagles with a hamstring injury.

Latimer led all Giants wide receivers with 52 yards on three catches for the night.

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(Jeremy Brevard)

Big Blue's former backs are feeling the love for Saquon Barkley.

Brandon Jacobs, Tiki Barber and Ahmad Bradshaw all sang the praises of the Giants' rookie running back ahead of his Thursday Night Football debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Saquon could break every record that's held by any Giant running back that there is now," Jacobs told The Post's Steve Serby. "But the five [offensive linemen] in front of him gotta give him opportunity to be great."

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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson causes a fumble on a sack of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown just six touchdown passes this season, which ranks 23rd in the league and is the third-fewest among all quarterbacks who have played five games. His 7.39 yards per attempt ranks 19th. And he has been sacked 16 times, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.

And even though the Giants are 1-4 this season and are 4-16 in Manning's last 20 starts dating back to 2017, the long-time franchise quarterback has been on the decline over the past several years, and the numbers prove it, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Since 2014, Manning's air yards per attempt has gone down from 8.16 to 7.02; his touchdown passes per attempt has gone down from 5.7 in 2015 to 3.2; and his quarterback rating has fallen from 61.0 to 52.5, and reached a low point of 45.7 in 2016.

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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

LB Olivier Vernon was not listed on Wednesday's Giants injury report and is expected to make his season debut Thursday night against the Eagles.

Vernon, a key piece in the Big Blue defense, has been recovering from an ankle injury since the preseason. He was limited at practice on Wednesday along with K Aldrick Rosas

TE Evan Engram (knee) and WR Russell Shepard (neck) won't play for the Giants against the reigning Super Bowl champs.

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Michael Strahan Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Michael Strahan says he empathizes with Odell Beckham Jr., even if the Hall of Famer is, by his own admission, not "cool enough to hang with Lil Wayne." (NY Daily News)

The Giants legend shared his thoughts on the latest controversy surrounding Big Blue's star receiver during a conference call ahead of the team's game against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Thursday.

Strahan, FOX's Thursday Night Football host, said he can identify with Beckham after the wide out needed to apologize to his teammates on Sunday following comments he made alongside rapper Lil Wayne in an ESPN interview.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) assists running back Saquon Barkley (26) against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) assists running back Saquon Barkley (26) against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If the Giants played in any other division, their 1-4 record would've been enough to kill their season. But the NFC East is somehow keeping the Giants alive.

That's enough to give them some hope to cling to this week, as they prepare to face the defending Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. Those Eagles are experiencing a Super Bowl hangover at 2-3. They're tied for second with the offensively-challenged Dallas Cowboys, right behind the Washington Redskins, who came off their bye on Monday night to lose in New Orleans, 43-19.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) reacts to a penalty in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) reacts to a penalty in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The referees in Carolina may not have listened to Giants players' grievances after Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Panthers, but Pat Shurmur sure did.

And no matter how bad the calls on the field get, the head coach made it clear he doesn't want to hear any more complaining.

In his weekly interview published on the Giants' website, Shurmur offered his thoughts on gripes from players like S Landon Collins, who said postgame "we need better refs" after officials called him for a controversial unnecessary roughness penalty that eventually led to a touchdown.

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram walks with a brace on his right knee after spraining his MCL in Houston. Engram will not play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram walks with a brace on his right knee after spraining his MCL in Houston. Engram will not play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

With another Giants injury report coming out Tuesday following practice, TE Evan Engram remained under the limited participant section. But he was set to go full speed for the first time to see if he could be available Thursday night against the Eagles. 

Engram, who has been out for two games with a right MCL sprain, was looking forward to taking the field as he knew it could determine whether or not he can help his team win -- something they desperately need to stay in the NFC East hunt. 

"Today's just a big day for me practice wise," Engram said before practice. "Just going to go out there and see how I feel going full speed and getting full speed reps. Been taking it day-by-day and it's a possibility, but we'll see going forward."

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