Victor Cruz appeared to be hurt when he was slammed to the ground after a catch. He later returned in the fourth quarter.
Josh Freeman’s debut as a Viking was the boost that the New York Football Giants needed as the G-men snapped their six game losing streak with a 23-7 victory over Minnesota. New York’s initial victory of the 2013 campaign was not a thing of beauty, but the Giants were able to hold Adrian Peterson to a mere 28 yards rushing, requiring Freeman to raise the level of his play to a level that the league had not seen in several years. Freeman was not able to come through; completing only 38 percent of his passes on the evening.
Most folks in the Tri-State area would say the Giants have no shot to make the playoffs after an 0-5 start. We say “most” because there’s a group that won’t give up just yet — the guys in the locker room.
On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Chicago Bears. They’re trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn’t won a game all season.
If somebody is going to take the blame for New York’s miserable start, it’s Tom Coughlin. The 67-year-old coach pointed the finger at himself for the Giants’ worst start since the 1987 strike season.
Even though the opponent and venue figure to be difficult to deal with, Eli Manning is actually happy his Giants play again on Thursday. Then again, when you are 0-5 beggars really can’t be choosers.
Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles tossed two fourth quarter touchdown passes, as Philadelphia rallied to hand the New York Giants their fifth straight defeat to start the season. With the win, Philadelphia climbed into a first place tie with the Dallas Cowboys, who lost at home to the Denver Broncos. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are 2-3 on the season.
For the Giants to save their season, their best player must rise above the mess around him. No one is questioning Manning’s credentials, but his future is still up for debate.
Coach Tom Coughlin has a battered group heading into Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium, although he’s not going to offer any excuses. He knows what is at stake and so do his players.
“He said he’d punch anybody in the mouth that had anything to say about Tom Coughlin in that locker room,” Canty said. “Justin needs to worry about punching opposing offenses in the mouth.”
Despite missing offseason workouts because of contract talks and sitting out the final two-plus weeks of training camp with a bruised heel, Cruz is putting up statistics that have him among the NFL’s top receivers.
“I gave him a chance to say something today, and I won’t tell you what we said,” Coughlin quipped. “I asked him if he wanted to fight.”
This won’t be a season of style points for the Giants. If they do happen to turn things around they know they’ll have to take any break they can get, whenever they can get them.
It’s one thing to lose four straight games. It’s another thing to NOT HAVE WON a game. And it’s yet another thing when you consider that the Giants haven’t tasted any sort of victory since their preseason opener.
“If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth,” the defensive end said. “And put that in print. It better not happen, I know that.”