New York Giants (0-5)
Philadelphia Eagles 36
New York Giants 21
- Eli Manning continues to struggle this season. The interception count is now up to an even dozen for the younger Manning brother, who is in the midst of his worse season as a professional. Against the Eagles it was a series of three fourth quarter interceptions that spoiled the Giants comeback attempt and added to Eli's woes.
"I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us a win, he’s almost put too much on himself. He keeps it all pretty much inside. I’m not making excuses. There were a couple of those plays that were terrible." - Tom Coughlin
- Game management by Tom Coughlin was also an issue this past Sunday. Faced with an opportunity to challenge a questionable reception that gave Philadelphia a first down, the coach called a time out to allow more time to make a decision. In the end, Coughlin challenged the ruling on the field but the ruling was confirmed by replay and New York was assessed a second time out. That was not Coughlin's only blunder on the afternoon. From our sister site, Big Blue View we have this take on the mistakes made by the coaching staff.
Tom Coughlin made two bad decisions, wasting a timeout on a challenge he lost and accepting a penalty whent he Eagles faced a fourth-and-four, pushing them back to third-and-19. Michael Vick turned that into points, running 38 yards to keep a Philly drive alive.
- Brandon Jacobs, who recently made his return to the Big Apple, is rapidly proving that he has nothing left in the tank. He has been slowed by the effects of time on his body and he is making the same mistakes that cost Da'Rel Scott his job with the Giants. On Sunday Jacobs committed an unforced fumble and had a key drop on a screen pass, the offenses which landed Scott in Tom Coughlin's doghouse last week.
- Injuries are taking a serious toll in New York as well. The G-men were once again without several key pieces against Philadelphia. In addition to the walking wounded, including Cullen Jenkins and David Diehl (who made his first appearance of the season on Sunday), there were a host of Giants who missed the week five contest.
CB Corey Webster, C David Baas, WR Louis Murphy, CB Jayron Hosley, TE Adrien Robinson, DT Linval Joseph and QB Ryan Nassib are all inactive today for the New York Giants as they face the Philadelphia Eagles. Nassib is the only healthy scratch among the seven.
- Things will not get any easier for the Giants this week. On Thursday night they travel to Chicago to face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Washington Redskins (1-3)
- Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Rob Jackson have returned from their NFL imposed time outs for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. Both men will have the benefit of two full weeks of practice before facing the Cowboys on Sunday night. It is not clear exactly how Mike Shanahan intends to use each man initially. Jenkins would have been the team's starting defensive end had he not been suspended and Jackson was slated to serve as the primary backup to Brian Orakpo. Both men have seen initial work with the scout team as they work themselves into football shape.
- The beleaguered Washington secondary, which is giving up an average of nearly 300 yards passing per game, has been somewhat bolstered by the return of Brandon Meriweather. His presence gives the Redskins a veteran who can help defensive backs coach Raheem Morris reduce his reliance on rookies Bacarri Rambo and David Amerson.
"He just provides veteran leadership – a guy that’s been through the fire before, a guy that’s been back there and played. It allows me to get away from one guy and not have to teach every single thing and have everything be a new experience for that guy. He also makes his mistakes as well. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s still nice to have a guy back there that has played in this league for a while." - Raheem Morris on Brandon Meriweather's return
RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 46 yards and his 33rd-career touchdown. His 514 rushing yards are the most ever by an Eagle through five games and his 33 rushing scores moved him out of a tie with Randall Cunningham and into fourth place in Eagles history
- Next on the Eagles schedule is a date with Tampa Bay when they visit Florida to take on the Buccaneers.