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1. 'A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN THESE NEXT 14 GAMES'


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Losing double-digit leads in the fourth quarter of their first two games won't be easy to swallow for the Giants. But there's no time to dwell on the past two Sundays as they're onto Washington with a short week of preparation. The Giants host the Redskins on Thursday night in search of their first victory of the new season. Looking around the NFC East, Washington improved to 1-1 with a victory over St. Louis in Week 2, and Philadelphia dropped to 0-2 with a loss to undefeated Dallas. But the Cowboys lost Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo with a broken left clavicle a week after All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant underwent foot surgery.

"Well, you always look around the division and see what's going on," Eli Manning said Monday on a conference call. "Obviously, the Cowboys are 2-0, but… they've got some injuries and some things going on. A lot can happen in these next 14 games, and there's a lot of football to be played. We just understand we've got to win some games. We've got to start finding ways to win."

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2. FLOWERS' STATUS AND ITS EFFECT ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE

Rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's game, causing Justin Pugh to slide over from left guard. Meanwhile, John Jerry took over for Pugh at guard for the remainder of the game. Coach Tom Coughlin did not have much new information yet on injuries when he spoke to the media on Monday, but the offensive line has practiced in this scenario. Flowers was limited for part of last week with an ankle issue that he played through in the season opener.

"Justin had a couple of opportunities to work in there as we went through Ereck Flowers' ankle injury about a week ago, and fortunately he had some snaps there, and John had moved in as well," Coughlin said. "It was good experience for them to be able to practice there and they'll see themselves (on tape) today and hopefully make some adjustments or minor thoughts as far as how they can play that position better."

3. HOSLEY NEXT MAN UP BEHIND DRC

The short turnaround won't help matters when it comes to cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who suffered a burner and then later a concussion that eventually ended his day. Jayron Hosley, who has started nine times in his four seasons in the NFL, stepped in for Rodgers-Cromartie.

"I mean, it's hard to replace DRC," linebacker Devon Kennard said. "He's a spectacular player, a freak of an athlete and definitely one of the best players on our team and one of the leaders on the team. But it's a next-man-up type of league and it's not something we can worry about. It's something we've got to bounce back from and everybody has to pick up slack in other areas."

4. GETTING RANDLE INVOLVED MORE

Targeted just twice on Sunday, wide receiver Rueben Randle, who caught 71 passes for 938 yards last season, has just four receptions for 28 yards through the first two games. And that's without Victor Cruz on the field. Cruz has yet to play in a game since suffering a knee injury in Week 6 of 2014, but it is his calf that is holding him back now.

"We've got to do a good job of getting Rueben involved some more, get him some catches," Manning said. "He's got to be a weapon for us. We've got to move some guys around. And just going through my progressions, we had to check the ball down a good bit, so we were hitting [running back] Shane [Vereen]. They were playing a lot of zone and dropping guys deep and trying to take away our receivers. So we checked the ball down, let him make the big plays for us, he's a threat. We feel confident with all our receivers, so we've got to do a good job mixing the ball around, but ideally, I'm just trying to go through my progressions based on the coverages and find completions. "

5. COUSINS UNDER CENTER FOR WASHINGTON; ROOKIE RB BREAKOUT

Kirk Cousins started again for Washington in Week 2, and Robert Griffin III was again inactive. Cousins, who is 0-2 against the Giants with one touchdown to six interceptions, went 23 of 27 for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' victory over the Rams. However, it was rookie Matt Jones who broke out with 19 rushes for 123 yards and two scores on Sunday. "Late last night I was watching a little bit and some this morning and they have a good running game," Kennard said. "They played really good against St. Louis yesterday and it's something we've got to definitely address early and make sure we're ready to stop."

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