Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (8-1): The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should Seattle be worried? I don't think so. The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and when their backs have been up against the wall, even against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. San Francisco 49ers (6-2): Luckily the Niners were off this week as they will need all the time they have to prep for their upcoming game against the surging Carolina Panthers. San Francisco faces a tough test these next weeks, after hosting the Panthers on Sunday, they travel to New Orleans and then onto Washington. The Niners rank last in the NFL when it comes to passing, but first overall on the ground. With WR Michael Crabtree cleared to begin practicing and WR Mario Manningham returning from injury; look for San Francisco to start balancing their offense on the arm on QB Colin Kaepernick. Ranking last week: 3

 

3. New Orleans Saints (6-2):  I said last week that I always contemplate putting the Saints at the top of my list and taking the Seahawks down from their perch in the NFC...well this week, New Orleans made me eat my words. A stunning loss to the Jets signifies that when the Saints are up against a stout defense such as the Jets, they are going to have a tough time developing some momentum. QB Drew Brees threw two interceptions in the loss and the Saints defense couldn't find an answer to stopping former Saints RB Chris Ivory, who ran for 139 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. Just two weeks until the Saints go up against the Niners and we see what this team is really made of. Rankings last week: 2

 

 4. Detroit Lions (5-3): The Lions entered the bye week after their last-second victory against the Cowboys a week earlier, and watched their NFC North division rival lose their star quarterback on Monday night. Talk about winning without having to even step on the field. The Lions quickly become favorites in the NFC North with Rodgers and Cutler both sidelined. Ranking last week: 5

 

5. Dallas Cowboys (5-4):  The Cowboys were able to bounce back from a crushing loss to the Lions a week earlier...in clutch fashion as well. QB Tony Romo threw a late touchdown that secured a win for the Cowboys against the struggling Minnesota Vikings, keeping them atop the NFC East. All eyes were on WR Dez Bryant after his tirade on the sidelines last week, but he was kept relatively quiet on the field, catching just 6 passes for 64 yards. It is about time TE Jason Witten finally got some attention from his QB; Witten led the team in receptions, as he racked up one touchdown and 102 yards on eight receptions. Dallas is going to be tested as they travel to the Big Easy and take on the Saints on primetime this Sunday night. Ranking last week: 6

 

6. Carolina Panthers (5-3): Panthers QB Cam Newton did not have his greatest game, but Carolina was still able to reel out another victory against their NFC South rival and struggling Atlanta Falcons. Even with two interceptions and just one touchdown thru the air, the Panthers were able to rely on their defense and hold the Falcons to just 289 yards of total offense. For the first time all season, the Panthers allowed a touchdown in the first half, a statistic that has basically gone unnoticed. As a lot of the top teams are searching for replacements due to injuries, Carolina has remained healthy and continues their turnaround from a rough start to the season. Four straight wins and counting; the Panthers will travel to San Francisco in what should be a battle of defenses against the Niners. Ranking last week: 8

 

 7. Chicago Bears (5-3): The Bears moved along just fine without QB Jay Cutler at the helm, with much of that being due to the fact that their opponent, the Packers, lost their quarterback in the first quarter. But I will give it to Bears backup QB Josh McCown; he played well for the circumstances, as he completed 22-of-41 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Chicago relied heavily on the ground game from RB Matt Forte as he carried the ball 24 times for 125 yards and one touchdown. The Bears shouldn't be without Cutler for much longer as he begins to practice this week, but they need him back in quick fashion if they have any shot of making the playoffs. Ranking last week: 7

 

  8. Green Bay Packers (5-3): "All is well in Packer land" were my exact words last week as I wrote about the Packers. If I could conjure up the exact opposite of that statement, I would. The Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers for a couple of weeks as he recovers from a broken collarbone and basically crushes any chance that Green Bay has to compete in a tough NFC North division. Backup QB Seneca Wallace is going to have a tough time with a majority of his receivers out due to a injury and will rely heavily on the running game between RB Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Even worse, the Packer defense gave up a total of 442 yards to the Bears last week in their loss. Get ready for a Green Bay team that we haven't seen in a LONG time. Ranking last week: 4

 

9. Washington Redskins (3-5): A game decided by inches; the Redskins were able to knock off the San Diego Chargers in overtime after a last second drive in the fourth quarter by the Chargers fell short at the one-yard line. Washington is getting help from everyone on their roster as FB Darrel Young found the endzone three times, and considering Young has carried the ball seven times all season, it was a good day for the back. More importantly, the Redskins were able to utilize their high intensity running game, combining for 209 rushing yards, while RB Alfred Morris did most of the work, finishing the day with 121 yards on 25 carries. QB RGIII is still struggling as he has thrown an interception in his last four games and has only reached the endzone three times in that span. Luckily the Redskins will get a break as they take on the Vikings this Sunday night. Ranking last week: 9

 

10. Arizona Cardinals (4-4): At 4-4, the Cardinals are just that; a team that is average. Their defense has led the way to their semi-success this season, while they still have many questions on offense. Without a solid passing game and an inconsistent running game, the Cardinals need to find that balance if they wish to move to the next level in the NFL. Off this past week, the Cardinals will travel to Houston to take on the Texans. Ranking last week: 10

 

11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5): Now before you hop aboard the Nick Foles train, take a step back and just breathe. Yes, Foles did throw seven touchdowns and tallied 406 yards through the air, but this just symbolizes the inconsistencies of the Eagles. Head coach Chip Kelly said that the quarterback position is still a week-by-week decision somehow, even with QB Michael Vick banged up. Luckily, the Eagles are in a mediocre division where a winning streak could be the difference between the bottom of the division or the top. This team is one of the hardest to judge when it comes to their overall play because there are some many changing variables it boggles my mind. Ranking last week: 12

 

12. St. Louis Rams (3-6):  The Rams put up a fight against the Tennessee Titans, but couldn't find a way to come away with a victory. However, the Rams may have found their next franchise running back as Zac Stacy had another solid game, rushing for 127 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. With QB Sam Bradford on the sidelines, the Rams are going to have a tough time finding offense through the air, but Stacy will help take some of the load off of backup QB Kellen Clemens.  Ranking last week: 11

 

  13. New York Giants (2-6):  Another team that was off this week. The Giants are looking for their third straight win against the Oakland Raiders this week and keep pace in the NFC East with every other team pulling out a victory on Sunday. Big Blue will get RB Andre Brown back this week as he claims he is 100 percent recovered from his broken leg injury, as the team looks to bolster their struggling ground game. Ranking last week: 14

 

14. Atlanta Falcons (2-6):  Not much more to be said about the Falcons this year. They have lost four out of their last five, QB Matt Ryan has thrown seven interceptions in his last two games, the Falcons have absolutely no offense without WR Julio Jones and a healthy WR Roddy White, their running game is shot, and their defense has been abysmal, giving up 20+ points in each game. Should I go on? Ranking last week: 13

 

 15. Minnesota Vikings (1-7):  For the first time since the end of September, the Vikings gave the ball to RB Adrian Peterson 20+ times and finally took everyone's advice. AP finished the day with 140 yards on 25 carries and a lone touchdown, but the Vikings had a tough time finding the endzone otherwise, registering just two touchdowns on four attempts in the redzone. Minnesota was in control of this game in the late minutes of the fourth quarter, but their defense couldn't stop a Cowboys drive capped by a touchdown with less than a minute left. Ranking last week: 15

 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8): It looked like the Buccaneers were on the brink of their first win of the season against one of the NFC's best teams, the Seattle Seahawks....and then they forgot to show up in the second half. Tampa Bay gave up 20 points in their overtime loss to Seattle and have started the season winless through eight weeks of the season for the first time since 1985. Ranking last week: 16

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

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Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)
Saquon Barkley (Kim Klement)

Giants fans are still holding their breath, hoping the worst isn't to come when Saquon Barkley's MRI results come to light following his ankle injury on Sunday. The star running back had to wear a walking boot and use crutches on the sideline after returning from what looked to be a painful trip to locker room towards the end of the second quarter. 

Even without the official results, it's safe to say Barkley is going to miss some time for the Giants. But that doesn't mean the team still can't run the ball. 

That's what head coach Pat Shurmur did, though, when Wayne Gallman took over Barkley's duties in the backfield. He only ran the ball five times for a total 13 yards, as the Bucs defense swallowed up Gallman. 

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Giants QB Daniel Jones
Giants QB Daniel Jones

Giants QB Daniel Jones brought Big Blue back from the dead on Sunday against the Bucs in Tampa, helping to dig them out of a 28-10 hole before orchestrating a last-minute touchdown drive that turned out to be the difference.

So where does Jones' starting debut rank when it comes to other heralded quarterbacks the Giants drafted?

Phil Simms, No. 7 (1979 NFL Draft)

Simms made his first Giants start in Week 6 on Oct. 7, 1979 against the Bucs at the Meadowlands, but didn't get to throw much.

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Mike Francesa
Mike Francesa

After canceling what was to be a weekly appearance with WFAN's Mike Francesa last week, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur appeared to take a shot at the abrasive radio host after Sunday's win.

"By the way, you guys ask me a lot of hard questions," Shurmur said. "Don't let anybody say you don't."

That seemed to be a shot at Francesa, who said earlier in the week that while Shurmur had the right to cancel his weekly spot, it meant that there would be very few places where he would be asked tough questions. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones drove down the field late in the game, running in for the game-winning touchdown with 1:16 remaining.

It was Jones' fourth total touchdown on the day, as the rookie threw for two scores and ran for two more in his debut start. The Giants got their first win of the season, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-31.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

When Daniel Jones took off, Sterling Shepard knew.

The seven-yard touchdown scramble by Jones -- one of two Sunday for the rookie quarterback -- with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter completed the Week 3 comeback from down 18 points as the Giants pulled off the 32-31 win over the Buccaneers.

Shepard, who caught seven passes for 100 yards and a seven-yard touchdown pass to trim Tampa Bay's 28-25 lead, had the best seat in the house for the game-winning touchdown by Jones.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

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TAMPA - Daniel Jones lit a spark under the Giants on Sunday night, and brought a sense of hope and optimism the organization hasn't felt in years.

But the sight of Saquon Barkley on crutches, with a walking boot on his right ankle, was enough to wipe all of those good vibes away.

Barkley, the Giants' best player and one of the most prolific running backs in the NFL, suffered what a source confirmed is a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Giants' 32-31. That's not a one-week injury. In fact, the recovery time for that is often more than a month. He'll know more after he undergoes an MRI on Monday.

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Daniel Jones dazzle in debut 00:01:20
Daniel Jones led the Giants to a one point win without Barkley for most of the game. Ralph Vacchanio argues it was the best debut possible

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There was a moment in the second quarter when the mild-mannered, squeaky-clean rookie quarterback shocked his teammates with his mouth. He came roaring into the huddle, screaming at everyone, yelling, "Let's go f----ing score."

They loved it. And on that particular drive, they did.

But when the ultimate moment arrived, with the Giants down six and 75 yards and a little more than three minutes to go to victory, Daniel Jones took a different approach when he approached the huddle. He came out confident and calm, saying, "Let's go win this game, boys."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is assisted off the field after suffering an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Giants star running back Saquon Barkley left Sunday's game against the Buccaneers during the second quarter with a high ankle sprain, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants will learn more abut Barkley's injury on Monday after the running back undergoes an MRI.

Barkley was tackled down on the left sideline and landed awkwardly, coming up and immediately hopping on one leg, keeping his other off the ground and was noticeably wincing in pain.

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Giants react to first win 00:01:05
Daniel Jones debut was everything a rookie could ask for. He led his team down the stretch to win from behind 32-31.

After the Giants' 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon, the Daniel Jones doubters were silenced.

The rookie quarterback made his first career start, and got his first win after throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also showed off his running ability, gaining 28 yards rushing and scoring two touchdowns on the ground.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was proud of Jones' performance, and was confident in his ability at the NFL level.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

TAMPA -- It was a dazzling debut for Daniel Jones.

Just in case anyone still doubted the Giants knew what they were doing when they made the 22-year-old quarterback the sixth overall pick in the draft, he put on a clinic in his first NFL start on Sunday afternoon. He not only completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, but he engineered an Eli Manning-like, game-winning drive in the final 3 ½ minutes.

It ended on a 4th and 5 from the Bucs 7 when he dropped back, watched as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense parted like a red sea around him, and he took off up the middle, untouched, for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 32-31 lead with 1:16 remaining.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Daniel Jones lived up to the hype in his first career start, running for a pair of seven-yard touchdowns -- including the game-winner scramble with 1:16 left -- Sunday during the Giants' 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

At the end of the Giants' eight play, 75-yard drive -- which started with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter -- Jones dropped back on a fourth-and-five pass.

As the middle of the field opened up, Jones tucked the ball and ran seven yards untouched, across the goal line and into the end zone for the Giants' first lead all game.

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Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and will not return today.

He seemed to pull his hamstring after running down the field with what he thought was a recovered fumble after Dexter Lawrence knocked the ball out of Jameis Winston's hand on a throw. Ogletree slowed down on the run and was knocked over by Jabrill Peppers, who wanted the linebacker to keep on running. 

The play was called dead and was ruled an incomplete pass by Winston. 

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

If you thought Friday's news that the Patriots were releasing Antonio Brown would be the end of his time in the news cycle, you were sorely mistaken.

Rather than suiting up for New England to face the Jets on Sunday, the embattled wide receiver spent his morning on Twitter, where he announced he was not planning on playing in the NFL again, before turning his attention to former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and FS1's Shannon Sharpe


The 0-2 Giants head to Tampa Bay to face the 1-1 Bucs on Sunday. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 22, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

The Giants won't have worry about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick in linebacker Devin White this week. 

The Bucs ruled White out for their Week 3 meeting with the Giants due to a knee injury. In addition, linebacker Devante Bond (hamstring), cornerback Jamel Dean (ankle) and quarterback Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) are all also out for the Bucs this week. 

White was the fifth-overall pick, one spot before the Giants selected Daniel Jones, at the 2019 NFL draft. Jones is of course making his NFL debut against the Bucs on Sunday. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

After regular season-opening losses to the Dallas Cowboys (35-17, Sept. 8) and Buffalo Bills (28-14, Sept. 15) in which the offense's ineptitude plagued the team over the course of the first two games, the Giants put their future for 2019 and beyond into Daniel Jones when they face the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.

Ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Giants (0-2) turned to the rookie quarterback after second-year head coach Pat Shurmur named the No. 6 overall 2019 NFL draft pick the starter over 16th-year veteran Eli Manning.

While the Giants' move from Manning to Jones assumes that the team has given up on its win-now mode and begun the rebuild, Shurmur emphasized Friday from Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, why the decision took place now.

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Daniel Jones era begins 00:01:31
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on the debut of Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback of the Giants and the challenges he faces

The Daniel Jones era officially begins on Sunday.

And while it may be earlier than many people expected, the sixth-overall pick will take over the reins of the Giants' offense from Eli Manning as the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano notes, though, Giants fans shouldn't expect it to always be a smooth ride with a rookie under center.

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Pat Shurmur's hot seat 00:01:14
After switching to Daniel Jones, Ralph Vacchinao argues the Giants will take a hard look at Pat Shurmur and his offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Eli Manning raised his last Super Bowl trophy on Feb. 5, 2012, he was at the top of his game. He had carried the Giants that season. He insisted he was "elite" and backed it up.

He had also just turned 31, right in a quarterback's prime, poised for some of the best years of his career.

Then the Giants went out and wasted it all.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Golden Tate, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Stewart, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Patrick Omaneh, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sterling Shepard talks new QB 00:01:11
Giants WR Sterling Shepard talks about returning from a concussion, and returning to a new QB, as Daniel Jones takes over for Eli Manning.

As the Giants shift from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver remains in question after Cody Latimer made for the latest key absence.

The sixth-year wide receiver, who bumped up the depth chart in each of the 2019 season's first two games after the Giants lost Sterling Shepard last week to a concussion while Golden Tate served the first half of a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, will miss Week 3 with a concussion.

Latimer's second injury came after he entered Week 2 last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a 28-14 loss at MetLife Stadium that dropped the Giants to 0-2 on the early year, a game in which he was already questionable for following his calf issue earlier last week.

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Barkley reacts to Jones starting 00:01:28
Saquon Barkley reacts to the Giants starting Daniel Jones. He's excited for what it potentially means for him.

Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones, the Giants' last two first-round picks, will be on the field together for the first time in a regular season game on Sunday. The transition has been made from veteran Eli Manning to usher in this new era of Giants football. 

"I guess you can say the future, but like I said, just more excited for him," Barkley told reporters on Thursday.

The dynamic running back has already proven his worth to the team and the rest of the league, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year last season while catapulting his name into the discussion of best running back in the NFL. It's only been one year, but you can say Barkley has already paid his dues and earned the respect of his teammates. There's a "C" on his chest for a reason.

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The Daniel Jones effect 00:01:29
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down how switching to Daniel Jones will have a domino effect on players like Saquon Barkley.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has been cleared concussion protocol on Thursday, according to the team's latest injury report. He should be set to play on Sunday in Tampa Bay against the Bucs.

Shepard was a full go at practice on Thursday, not wearing his yellow non-contact jersey that he had on Wednesday. He has been in the protocol since suffering the concussion after Week 1's loss to the Cowboys.

Shepard getting cleared on Thursday would seem to bode well for his chances of suiting up on Sunday against the Bucs, during what will be Daniel Jones' debut as the Giants' starter.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman stayed mum as his team made the franchise-altering switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. But one of his former players -- who has bashed him before -- is back for more. And it has nothing to do with the Manning situation.

"No dignity at all," former Giant Landon Collins told Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media when discussing Gettleman getting rid of him after last season. "I didn't know what was going on. He's a liar. He lied to everybody. So that's a man I do not trust. I would hope nobody else would, too."

Collins added that Gettleman did not talk to him at all before his Giants tenure ended.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning will go down as the greatest quarterback in Giants history, an icon of the franchise, and a symbol of their most recent championship era. It is a lock, obviously, that he will one day be placed in the Giants Ring of Honor.

But it is far from a lock that he will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He may have a Hall of Fame-caliber resume: two championship rings and gaudy career statistics that rank him in the NFL's Top 10 of all-time. But he is not viewed universally as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Among the 48 voters who will eventually decide his fate, there is considerable doubt that could even derail his candidacy completely.

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Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning
Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants believed they had a chance to be a playoff contender this season, and they made a huge bet that Eli Manning could be the one to lead them there. GM Dave Gettleman believed he could do it with a better offensive line in front of him. Pat Shurmur said multiple times he thought Manning had "years" left in his stellar career.

They were so sure that they brought Manning back despite an $11.5 million salary, a $5 million roster bonus, and the fact that he would cost them $23.2 million under the NFL's salary cap.

What a colossal waste of money that turned out to be.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It makes complete sense that Daniel Jones' odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award would take a pretty big jump after being named the Giants starting quarterback over Eli Manning this week. 

But exactly how much have they moved?

According to BetOnline via Odds Shark, Jones has jumped to the second-best odds to win the hardware. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)

The Eli Manning Era with the Giants has come to an end after 15 years and two Super Bowl titles.

Click below to take a look back at 10 moments that defined Manning's career with Big Blue...

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Jones on being named Giants QB 00:01:49
New York Giants new starting quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his new promotion and what he's learned from former starter Eli Manning

For the first time in his NFL career, Daniel Jones walked up to the podium on Wednesday afternoon as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur made the move from Eli Manning to Jones after just two games, with the Giants falling quickly to 0-2. The torch is now passed to the young Duke product the team drafted No. 6 overall, and he stood confidently on that podium to say he's ready for the opportunity. 

"I'm ready to embrace it," Jones told reporters when asked about the responsibility of being the Giants' starting quarterback. "I think focusing on what we're doing here, focusing on what we're doing in the building in the preparation with my teammates and coaches. To be here in the moment, this week is important with that. Certainly feel like I can embrace that and looking forward to the opportunity."

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

While speaking on Wednesday about being replaced as the Giants' starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and serving as his mentor, Eli Manning also left the door open to waiving his no-trade clause and winding up elsewhere before the season ends.

"Haven't thought much past this week, so just kind of taking it day-by-day and figuring that out," Manning said when asked if he anticipated being with the Giants for the remainder of the season.

"I'm just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team," Manning said when asked point blank if he would waive his no-trade clause.

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Shurmur, Eli on Jones promotion 00:01:10
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning discuss Daniel Jones being the Giants new starting quarterback.

Giants QB Eli Manning was relatively stoic while speaking to reporters for roughly six minutes on Wednesday morning -- one day after being replaced as the starter by Daniel Jones.

Here are the takeaways...

On his reaction to the news and how things ended up:

"You can wish all you want. That's not the way it played out. In some ways, I signed up for this knowing when you draft a young quarterback, this can happen. ... Knew it was a possibility. Just said, 'hey I'll handle it. I'll support Daniel,' do what I'm told. ... When you're a football player, you do what your told."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

The Giants are transitioning to rookie QB Daniel Jones as their starter heading into Tampa Bay for Week 3 against the Bucs. It took head coach Pat Shurmur only two games with veteran Eli Manning leading the offense to think a switch was needed, and he explained why he made the call now.

The official announcement came Tuesday via the Giants' Twitter account that Jones was being named the starter this week, and Shurmur said that it was a decision he told both parties about before getting right back to his weekly routine. 

"I talked to all the parties involved yesterday morning and then I quickly got back to work," Shurmur said.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

On Monday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur shocked many when he refused to name Eli Manning the Giants' starter for Week 3. On Tuesday, Shurmur went all the way, naming Daniel Jones the starter -- effectively ending the Eli Manning Era in New York.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

There has been quarterback carnage all around the NFL early this season and plenty of teams that probably could use a veteran like Eli Manning if he were available.

But Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and according to multiple sources he has no immediate plans to waive it.

At least not yet.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially transitioned to their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, with veteran signal caller Eli Manning backing him up this week down in Tampa. 

Manning has given Big Blue 16 years as their franchise quarterback, but the Giants believe it is time for a new era in the organization. As one would expect, though, some of Manning's old teammates have come out to show their appreciation for -- and even defense -- their quarterback. 

Shaun O'Hara, who was Manning's center in his final seven seasons of his career, was one that didn't like the move at all by his former team. Here's what the NFL Network analyst had to say...

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.

The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.

But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change... 

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Eli Manning

When the Giants made their last big, permanent quarterback switch 15 years ago, Kurt Warner didn't see it coming. He wasn't happy. He thought he had more time. He was sure he was still the Giants best quarterback.

But as soon as they told him he was being benched for a young Eli Manning nine games into the 2004 season, Warner made it clear to the Giants they should never put him back in.

He knew then what Pat Shurmur needs to know now: Once a move this big is made, there's no turning back. No matter what happens over the next 14 games, no matter how much Jones may struggle, no matter how many losses pile up, Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback and it has to stay that way.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?

Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller. 

Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years. 

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Vacchiano talks Daniel Jones 00:01:55
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to Daniel Jones being named starting QB for the Giants, and looks at why they made the move now.

The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.

"Eli (Manning) and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

If the Giants are looking for the perfect spot to make the switch and give 22-year-old Daniel Jones his first NFL start, this isn't it.

But there are ideal windows coming soon.

Now, the Giants may decide that the situation doesn't matter or they may feel like they don't have a choice. They may decide to name Jones their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, even if the situation isn't ideal. The reality is that teams can't always choose a perfect spot for a rookie quarterback to make his debut.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants fell to 0-2 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 on Sunday and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins let his thoughts fly. 

Following the game, Jenkins was highly critical of his team's pass rush. 

"When you've got time [to throw] and you ain't getting no pressure, I can't cover nobody for 10 seconds," Jenkins said. "Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He's not open."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Before the regular season began, Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines in late August when his wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated went viral.

The former Giants wide receiver told Ben Baskin of SI that New York sent him to the Browns "to die," setting off his latest disgruntled comments about his team from 2014-18.

Prior to Week 2's 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets on ESPN, Beckham further explained those words in an interview aired during the Monday Night Football pregame show with Randy Moss.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants waived RB Paul Perkins on Monday, in order to make room for rookie TE Kaden Smith, who was claimed off waivers after being let go by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Perkins, a former fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Giants, had previously been inactive for New York in both games to start the season, and missed all of the 2018 season on the reserve/non-injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle last offseason.

The UCLA product played a total of 25 games for the Giants, racking up 546 rushing yards on 153 attempts (3.6 YPA) and another 208 receiving yards on 23 catches.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Eli Manning Era is over, whether the Giants are ready to make it official or not.

It came to an end on Monday morning when Pat Shurmur reversed course and flung open the door he had been trying so hard to keep closed. Just 20 hours after he said it wasn't time to have the conversation, he decided "it's fair" to now talk about benching the 38-year-old Manning in favor of 22-year-old rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

At that moment, Manning was done. Only the final arrangements need to be ironed out.

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Eli addresses starting status 00:00:53
With the Giants at 0-2, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning acknowledge the questions surrounding the starting status of Eli under center.

After saying following Sunday's loss that Eli Manning's status as the starting quarterback wasn't in question heading into Week 3 against the Bucs, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a stunning 180 on Monday afternoon.

"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."

Shurmur added that he understood what his comments would cause when it comes to media and fan reaction.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

After the Giants dropped their first two games of the season, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that the team will be looking at everything to make the proper changes to grab a win in Week 3. 

And that includes the quarterback position. 

When asked if Eli Manning will be the starter still this week, Shurmur wouldn't commit to his veteran quarterback.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

Eli Manning and the Giants suffered yet another loss on Sunday against the Bills, moving their season quickly to 0-2. 

But the loss also moved Manning's career record to a number he probably doesn't want to see. 

Manning is now 116-116, a .500 career record. That means next week against the Bucs on the road, Manning could dip under that mark and own a losing record for his career. 

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Time is running out on the Eli Manning Era, whether Pat Shurmur wants to talk about it or not. Pretty soon there will be nothing to play for in this lost season. The Giants, very clearly, are a mess.

Ironically, that might be the truth that sets Manning free to extend his Giants career a little longer. Because why in the world would the Giants want to throw a rookie quarterback into the middle of this?

Seriously, at this point, that's the best argument for keeping Daniel Jones, the Giants' future franchise quarterback, on the sidelines as this already miserable season unravels. For all who hope that he would be a better option than a 38-year-old Manning, the reality is that he's still a 22-year-old kid who is learning on the job. That's not always the easiest thing to do in the best of circumstances.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants' veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins was quite angry after the team's 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

"We have to make some changes, we have to make fixes. Everybody has to make corrections. Like I said, he can't just stand back there and pat the ball with no pressure," said Jenkins, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

The Bills offense racked up 388 total yards, as quarterback Josh Allen went 19 for 30 passing with 253 yards and one touchdown. Allen was sacked just three times, as the Giants defense gave very little pressure, allowing for Allen to take his time in the pocket.

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Giants fall to 0-2 00:02:10
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins and Saquon Barkley on disappointment of o-2 after today's loss to Bills

It was deja vu for the Giants. 

They put together a solid first drive of the game with Saquon Barkley capping it off with a 27-yard run. But all 75 yards came on the ground -- Barkley with 55 and Bennie Fowler getting a 20-yard sweep play as well. 

Eli Manning in the passing game during this home opener just didn't work. And the 28-14 on the scoreboard in favor of the Bills was the result. 

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