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If you were to look at the NFC East standings, you would find the Giants in the cellar.

But based solely on what we?ve seen from these teams on the field and in their wins and losses, the standings do not accurately reflect where I expect these teams to be ? come say, Thanksgiving.

  1. 1.???? Philadelphia Eagles (3-1): This is essentially a formality. The Birds have the best record in the NFC East and recently beat New York. Wins over Baltimore and New York are hard to argue against, despite how close they were. October has just hit, and Michael Vick can still work out the wrinkles of the offense. LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are still three of the best playmakers in the league. And the defense has made tremendous strides under Juan Castillo from year No. 1 to 2.
  2. 2.???? New York Giants (2-2): The Giants could be 3-1 right now if not for a controversial play call and two missed field goals. The big question mark hovering over Big Blue, however, is that their two wins have come against Carolina and Tampa Bay, two teams that have struggled tremendously on the defensive side of the ball. Eli Manning will keep the Giants in most games, but Hakeem Nicks is a vital part of the offense and his presence will be missed. The banged up D will also hurt, especially by Week 6 when the Giants face a stretch of San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
  3. 3.???? Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Let?s not drop the Boys to the worst team in this division because Tony Romo threw five interceptions on Monday night. Romo is still a top-10 quarterback, and this year the defense has been the best in the league defending the pass. In the bye week, I expect Jason Garrett to work out the kinks between Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Cowboys offense. But their next five opponents ? Baltimore, Carolina, New York Giants, Atlanta and Philadelphia ? is a make or break stretch in their schedule.
  4. 4.??? Washington Redskins (2-2): The Skins are second in the standings after a month, and they?ve taken the D.C. area by storm. Robert Griffin III is exactly what fans and scouts expected ? a true pass-first quarterback who can make plays with his legs. And he?s doing it right away. Alfred Morris has been a pleasant surprise, too. But their defense is horrid. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 326 yards v. the Skins, and that simply won?t cut it in this league. The Skins are definitely more competitive than they have been, but until their defense can amount to their offense it?ll be hard to keep pace in this division.

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Despite both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles owning 2-1 records, these teams appear to be in different stratospheres right now.

After losing the opener to the Cowboys, the Giants have reeled off two straight wins over the Bucs and Panthers. The Eagles, on the other hand, skid by the Browns Week 1, beat the Ravens and fell to the undefeated Cardinals last week.

Records aside, the panic level in Philly is warranted.

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Of course, the biggest headline out of the Giants' injury report today was that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is listed as "doubtful" for Sunday night's contest v. the Eagles.

Here is the rest of the report:

Probables:?Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck). Wide receiver Domenik Hixon (concussion). Cornerback Corey Webster (hand). Defensive end Adewale Ojomo (hamstring).

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Antrel Rolle, Carolina Panthers, Corey Webster, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Injuries, jeremy maclin, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden
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Hixon, Barden, Smith and now Nicks.?? It isn't pretty when it comes to the Giants wide receiving unit.??? The Giants tried out 5 wide receivers with former Eagles slot receiver, Kevin Curtis mostly likely to get a call back.

Kevin Curtis was a third round pick for the St. Louis in 2003 and had his best season when he became a free agent and moved to Philadelphia in 2007.?? Before DeSean Jackson and with the exception of T.O. not many receivers had 1000 yard receiving years; however, Kevin Curtis stepped up in 2007 pulling down 77 receptions for over 1100 yards.

In 2008 & 2009 Curtis was nursing some injuries; however , remained in great game shape.? With the rise of Jackson and Maclin, Kevin Curtis became expendable.?? Curtis is no Steve Smith but he can be a great "after the catch" receiver.

Tags: Bear Pascoe, Eli Manning, Giants-Eagles, Hakeem Nicks, Jeremy Maclin, Mario Manningham, Ramses Barden, Victor Cruz
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Michael Vick can scare you.?? DeSean Jackson can beat you.?? But Jeremy Maclin...No.? If the New York Giants are to win the battle for supremacy of the NFC East the Giants need to slow down Michael Vick and shut down and frustrate DeSean Jackson.

Is this business as usual for the Giants defense?? The answer should be...No.? If they come out of the tunnel with the attitude they did against the Cowboys they will have their butts handed to them.? Maclin is a very smart receiver; however, he can not take over a game and has not displayed the ability to carry a team by himself.

When is the last time the Giants stopped Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles 2008 second round draft pick.? Don't hurt your brain because the answer is never.? The Giants are still searching for a way to stop DeSean Jackson.

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Here are some rumblings around the NFL as we creep closer to that first pick tomorrow:

  • Peter King of SI is reporting that the Patriots are trying to move up to the top 10 in the draft in order to land LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson or possibly an offensive player.
  • King thinks that the Raiders are seriously considering Darrius Heyward-Bey or Jeremy Maclin at seven, which could explain why the Giants feel the need to trade up to land Bey. They might as well forget Bey if that is the case, since they don't have the picks to trade up that high.
  • The Broncos reportedly checked in with the Browns about Brady Quinn's availability, but were told Quinn isn't available.
  • Braylon Edwards has not been showing up to the Browns' voluntary offseason program, likely drawing the ire of coach Eric Mangini. It is possible the Browns have asked him to stay away to avoid injury in the event he is to be traded.
  • There is a report of? a "hole" in Percy Harvin's foot/ankle area that will require more surgery, according to the NY Daily News. Harvin's stock has been dropping over character concerns. He alledgedly tested positive for marijuana at the combine. ESPN?s NFC East blogger Matt Mosley reported that, according to a Valley Ranch source, the Cowboys have taken Harvin off their board.
  • NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports that the Jets would try to trade for Jason Campbell if the Redskins move up to draft Matthew Stafford.
  • SNY.tv's Michael Salfino has his Draft Preview up, and I highly suggest you check it out.
  • SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria profiles the local New Jersey players who could find themselves on NFL teams this weekend.
  • Ed Valentine at Big Blue View has a good rundown of what the Giants need at the draft besides wide receiver. He lists linebacker, offensive lineman, secondary, and running back in that order in terms of need.
Tags: Cleveland Browns, Jeremy Maclin, New England Patriots, New York Jets
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The Giants currently have nine picks in the upcoming draft, which include an extra second-round and extra fifth-round from New Orleans for Jeremy Shockey. It is possible they could receive one or possibly two additional compensatory picks.

Vinny Di Trani, on his blog for The Record, proposes that the extra second-rounder could be used to move the Giants from No. 29 into the middle of the first round. This would give them a shot at receivers like Jeremy Maclin of Missouri or Darrius Heward-Bey of Maryland.

They Giants could also use those picks to acquire Anquan Bolden and Braylon Edwards in a deal with the Cardinals or Browns.

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