Kickoff: 8:25pm EDT
Site: FedEx Field
Kickoff: 8:25pm EDT
Site: FedEx Field
With a win tonight, Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin will move into a tie for 12th place on the NFL's all-time total victory list with 172.
Washington's top performers...QB Kirk Cousins is first in the NFL in passing yards per game with 339...Alfred Morris is fifth in the NFL in rushing with 253 yards...WR Pierre Garcon is tied for fifth in the NFL with 22 receptions. TE Niles Paul is second in the NFC in receiving YPG with 84.4...WR Andre Roberts is third in the NFL with 101 punt return yards...DE Ryan Kerrigan is tied for the league lead in sacks with Chicago's Willie Young with four.
The Giants (0-3) travel to Kansas City to take on Andy Reid's revamped, undefeated Chiefs in an interconference matchup of two teams headed in different directions.
Kickoff: 1:00 Eastern
Kel Dansby: It's a given that the Giants won't go winless and the Chiefs wont go undefeated. So why not have both of those possibilities end this week? The Giants are feeling a lot of pressure and their backs are against the wall...again. If there's any fight left in this Giants team it will come out this weekend and they'll make a statement. I look for a 4th qtr comeback victory. Giants 28, Chiefs 24
Tom Uddo: I looked at this game at the start of the season and thought it would be a cake-walk for the Giants. This team is now winless on the season after three weeks and are playing worse each week. Their offense was anemic last week against a beaten up Panthers secondary and their defense was picked apart by Cam Newton. The undefeated Chiefs and QB Alex Smith have been flawless so far through the season, throwing for over 600 yards without an interception and RB Jamaal Charles is a game changer. Even worse; Kansas City has possibly the best defensive line in the entire NFL and after Eli Manning was sacked seven times last week against Carolina, it wouldn't shock me if the Chiefs don't take Manning down 5+ times again. This team is falling apart, and while I am always looking on the positive side of things when it comes to the teams that I cover, I can't see the Giants leaving Arrowhead Stadium with their first win of the season. Chiefs 24, Giants 17
"When we look back at it last week we just know that we simply did not get the job done," said CB Prince Amukamara. "Carolina outplayed us and we just have to learn from the game, like we did, and get prepared to play next week. That?s how it is in the NFL, that?s what I?m learning, is that there?s a good team every week and our job is to try and go 1-0 every week."
S Ryan Mundy is still looking for his first win in Blue. He knows the drill, too. It's all about individuals making the sacrifice for the good of the team.
- Eli opens the fourth quarter by throwing an interception in the end zone to DRC.
- The Eagles immediately capitalize on the mistake by the Giants and move the ball using LeSean McCoy. The defense for the Giants seems to be showing signs of fatigue, McCoy is taking advantage of cutback lanes left by the defensive ends.
Eight teams this year are averaging 400 or more yards of total offense, the highest such total through the first four games since 1970.
TOM BRADY (1,553 passing yards) of the New England Patriots and DREW BREES (120 completions) of the New Orleans Saints lead the league in passing yards and completions, respectively.
The Giants were aided by a late-game call by the officials in which they deemed WR Victor Cruz had given himself up after catching an Eli Manning pass. Cruz actually stumbled and fell to the ground untouched. He rose from the turf, leaving the football to a group of Cardinal defenders - a clear fumble that would have given Arizona the ball and the game.
The officials ruled the play dead and therefore non-reviewable. On the next play, Eli hit Hakeem Nicks for 29-yard score to take the lead with under three minutes remaining.
Here is what we culled from the annals of the Arizona Cardinals' media vault. Just about everything you need to know, or want to know about this longstanding NFL franchise who host our Giants tomorrow afternoon at 4:15pm...
The Cardinals once hailed from Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1960, where they played in Busch Stadium until 1987. They moved west to Phoenix in 1988 and officially changed their name to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.
Shooting for special teams? success two weeks in a row: The Cardinals have been outstanding on special teams in the first three games of the season. A.J Jefferson and LaRod Stephens-Howling are both averaging 30 yards per kickoff return.
Lawrence Tynes has five touchbacks on the season and will need to improve on his distance in a stadium where the ball does not travel well. Tynes needs to consistently hit six yards deep into the end zone to do all he can to prevent Jefferson or Stephens-Howling from bringing them out and giving their high powered offense good field position.
The Giants made the coordinators available tot he media media yesterday, and for once none of them were under fire. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's defense has been stonewalling teams on big third and fourth down situations.
Special teams have settled down for Tom Quinn. The new kickoff rules have helped minimize exposure, but the influx of speed and the changing faces have also assisted in righting the ship.
The Giants will have confidence coming into Arizona this weekend.
Gone are the memories of sloppy play in Weeks 1 & 2. Fresh in their mind is the collective team effort of a quality win on the road vs a respected opponent that was in the playoffs last season. What kind of effort will the Giants deliver. And more importantly for this blogger, will the inconsistent coaching from the past few years get more consistent and put the players in situations to succeed?
Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin on how the offensive line has progressed:?Communication, continuity, and reaction time. I would say that it is the overall feeling that people do understand the schemes and what we are trying to do no matter how quickly they have to make adjustments. That is where the progress is.
Coughlin on how do he plans to use DB Prince Amukamara when he returns:?We have to put him on the field and figure out what he can do?He is not going to just walk out there. That didn?t work last time, remember?
2. Saints (2-1) - Beating the Texans despite giving up the luckiest touchdown pass I've ever seen is another feather in this team's cap. It was also good sign that Mark Ingram scored the game winning touchdown.
3. Lions (3-0) - The fact that they were down 20-0 to the Vikings gives me some pause, but the fact that they came back to win in overtime shows how dangerous this offense can be.
- Travis Beckum continues to contribute roughly one play per game; this time it was a 25 yard yard reception on the Giants' first touchdown drive. ?Beckum is a nice receiver, but his?inefficiency?in the blocking game will stop him from being a legitimate tight end, meaning he's just more wide receiver depth.
- Brandon Jacobs ran hard in the carries following his muffed exchange with Eli Manning. ?He may have earned himself some more playing time, which is good give Ahmad Bradshaw's injury history. ?As my friend Grady pointed out, Jacobs may have been humbled by his struggles this season. ?The old Brandon Jacobs would have gone into celebration mode after breaking off a long run or scoring a one yard touchdown. ?This Jacobs simply handed the ball back to the ref.
Although the Giants are team that appears to screeching off the rails and the Bears are finding ways to win each week, oddsmakers have made the Giants a three-point favorite.
That may seem ridiculous to some, but if you believe in the law of averages, it makes perfect sense.
New Meadowlands Stadium - Surface: Field Turf
TV: NBC (Ch 4 in NYC) Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer
2. Packers (2-1) - I still think this is the most talented team in the NFC, but their performance yesterday was a little disappointing. ?They dominated the Bears in terms of yards and time of possession, but were crippled by penalties and a late turnover.
3. Falcons (2-1) - Their only loss came to the Super Bowl contender Steelers, and they gritted out a tough win against the defending champs in their own building. ?This is a definite contender.