The "real" football season inches closer with each passing week. Two preseason games are now in the books, and now, as we approach the dress rehearsal, it is time once again for our weekly look at the rest of the NFC East.
New York Giants 12
- Head Coach Tom Coughlin was "very disappointed" with the Giants efforts in this weekend's encounter to against Indy. From his post game presser we have this statement:
"We didn't make any plays," Coughlin said. "Might have made one or two, but certainly nowhere near enough. You know, we had many opportunities and then didn't come away with anything; I thought we had two interceptions there on two touchdowns of theirs, and we were down in scoring territory a bunch of times and didn't come away with touchdowns, so that continues to be an area of concern for us."
The Giants made four trips into the Red Zone against the Colts and failed to reach the end zone. They are now 0 for 6 in the Red Zone for the season
- The G-men had two key pieces go out with injury during the second preseason game. Victor Cruz will have to cut back on the dancing over the next few days, due to a bruised heel. This will be a day to day thing. Potentially more serious is the MCL injury to David Baas. He will miss the rest of the preseason and perhaps some time after the season starts.
- I have picked on the Giants LB's in general, and Dan Connor in particular when writing these posts, so it is only fair to give credit where it is due. The first team linebackers did a good job against the Colts running game this past weekend, and Connor helped lead the way. Here is a statement from the Giants mothership:
"[Connor] had some good reps in there with the one base and one nickel," Paysinger said."I thought he had a really good grasp on the defense even though he’s been here just a few months. He’s a football guy -- Penn State, hardnosed football player. He’s been around the league a couple years. So he’s able to diagnose plays and get to plays faster because he’s been in the league that long and he’s seen a lot of football."
- The Giants offensive line is now in disarray. In addition to the loss of Baas; now it is being reported that David Diehl will miss six weeks due to surgery to repair damage to his thumb. It seems that the injury bug has ended its holdout on the NY camp, and is present in full force. This from BBV:
The Giants have limited options now in terms of replacing Diehl. The first would be to return Kevin Boothe to guard and insert Jim Cordle as the starting center. The second option would be to move second-year man Brandon Mosley into the lineup at the left guard spot Diehl was moved to on Tuesday. The Giants could also consider James Brewer for the left guard spot.
- One last thing in case you missed it on Twitter:
Washington Redskins 24
- Regarding this game, our own KD had the tweet of the night.
Outside NFCE, is there a matchup where you hate the teams more than tonite's WAS-PIT clash? I'd request a meteor, but I'm too close to FedEx— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) August 19, 2013
- Against Pittsburgh, the Redskins ones and twos looked like a turnover generating machine. They forced three turnovers in the first half. In light of our experience in the desert, I hope it is not a trend.
- The injury bug has paid another visit to the Redskins camp. Rookie safety Phillip Thomas will miss the season due to a Lisfranc injury. Thomas, although not projected as a starter to begin the season, was expected to help reinforce a weak spot in the Redskins roster. Dan Chiarocchi at Hogs Haven tells us how critical this injury is to the Redskins secondary:
Although Thomas has never played in a regular-season NFL game, it's a devastating blow to the defense and its thinnest position is now even thinner. Brandon Meriweather, the man ahead of Thomas on the depth chart, is nine-months removed from a torn ACL, leaving Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes as the team's only fully-healthy players at the strong safety position.
- On the Bobby Trey front, our own KD Drummond retweeted this:
RT @howardeskin Sources also tell me even w rec by Dr Andrews that griffin not play first 4 games, belief is shanahan will play him wk 1— KD Drummond (@KDP10for10) August 17, 2013
There have been a few questions raised about the quote from Dr. Andrews; but it is becoming clear that there is a rift between Coach Shanahan and RGIII over the issue.
- Redskins Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett has some concerns but "hopes" the defense can stand the test.
The depth of the Washington Redskins’ defense will be tested, especially early in the season when defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and reserve linebacker Rob Jackson are serving four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on banned performance-enhancing substances.
The Redskins also lost reserve linebacker Keenan Robinson to a torn pectoral muscle suffered during the opening practice of training camp.
But defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is hopeful the unit is up to the task.
Philadelphia Eagles 14
- The most obvious observation from the week two match-up against the Panthers was that the Eagles left the opposition gassed. From the Charlotte Observer:
The defensive line appeared to wear down against Philadelphia’s fast-break attack, which first-year coach Chip Kelly brought from the University of Oregon
"I got tired, but that’s all part of the game. Just got to fight through it, get to the next play and keep sound fundamentals," Lotulelei said. "Get off the ball is what we teach in our defensive line room. So that’s what I have to do."
- The Chip Kelly led Eagles are having an issue with turnovers; conversely their defense is not generating any themselves. From Brandon Lee Gowton at BGN:
...there is still too much sloppy play. The Eagles are turning the ball over. The Eagles aren’t coming away with takeaways. There are blown chances on offense, defense and STs.
- Michael Vick has beaten out Nick Foles in the battle to lead Kelly's fast paced offense. From Tim McManus at Phillymag.com we get this:
Vick has been very sharp so far this preseason. It’s difficult to find much to complain about with his game to date, and his only turnover was on a jump ball at the end of the half. Foles has been pretty good at times, but has turned the ball over twice in four drives.
Vick has been the better quarterback in both games.
- Mike Kaye at BGN Eagles defense has improved dramatically from week one. In particular Vinny Curry looks like he is now a threat to move into a starting slot on the line. He has shown up both as a pass rusher and run stopper this preseason. Patrick Chung is also proving himself to be far and away the best safety on the team. We should keep in mind that the Eagles faced a Carolina offense that is struggling.
As usual this preseason; we now return to Sun Tzu for a little advice:
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." Sun-tzu