New York Giants
The Giants held double-digit leads in their last three games, though the outcomes in each of them were decided in the final 75 seconds, because they insist on playing close games. On Sunday, they led the Washington Football Team by 17 points at halftime but did not clinch their 23-20 victory until Logan Ryan intercepted an Alex Smith pass with 1:15 remaining.
The Giants' assistant coaches met with reporters on Zoom Tuesday. Here are some takeaways from Tuesday's media session.
Guard Will Hernandez was activated off the Reserve/Covid-19 list after missing two games. Also added was wide receiver/return specialist Dante Pettis, who received a commissioner's roster exemption when he was signed last week. The Giants also waived cornerback Corey Ballentine.
When coaches opened their virtual meetings in the off-season, Austin Mack was one of the first faces they saw on their computer screens every day. The wide receiver routinely logged on early to ask questions and clean up material from the previous session.
Joe Judge strongly believes his team is improving as it prepares to play a game that could improbably move them closer to serious contention for the NFC East title. The Giants have won two of their last four games, beating the Washington Football team by a combined four points, including a 23-20 triumph yesterday in FedExField.
If there are supposed to be silver linings that come out of a season with seven losses before the bye week, it's that the Cowboys have an opportunity to give significant playing time to enticing young players. On Sunday that playing time went to rookie defensive end Neville Gallimore, and if his performance was any indication then his future looks a lot brighter than the Cowboys' present.
Some good news to balance the bad news of Trevon Diggs' foot fracture: the Cowboys have activated cornerback Chidobe Awuzie from the Reserve/Injured list. Awuzie started the first two games before injuring his hamstring on special teams against the Falcons in Week 2.
In a year marked by injury, the hits keep coming. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones confirmed Tuesday morning that rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs fractured a bone in his foot during Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. Jones could not confirm the timeline for return, but multiple reports indicate Diggs is projected to miss four-to-six weeks.
The Cowboys are working virtually this week and will not practice Wednesday as a precaution after the Steelers announced a positive COVID-19 test for one of their players Monday.
If he's healthy and ready to play, Andy Dalton will be the Cowboys' starting quarterback when the team returns from the bye week. That is according to Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, who reiterated the point twice on Monday when asked by the local media during a conference call, as well as his scheduled radio segment on 105.3 "The Fan" in Dallas.
View photos of the Giants' active roster as it currently stands.
The Eagles released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon after learning that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
The Eagles announced on Tuesday afternoon that they protected four practice squad players ahead of the Week 9 showdown with the New York Giants.
To make it very clear for everyone, the 16 turnovers committed by quarterback Carson Wentz through eight games are, to everyone in the football chain of command with the Eagles, unacceptable.
To get to where he is now, a rising NFL offensive tackle, Jordan Mailata learned in baby steps. What do you make of this ginormous young man who played rugby in Australia and literally gained attention with the way he ran over average-sized people, enough to gain an invitation to a football-development camp in Florida where he … well, you know the story.
Rodney McLeod, vastly underrated as an NFL veteran at the safety position, understands full well that Sunday's opponent, the New York Giants, isn't a typical 2-7 team. They're a team with a new head coach, Joe Judge, that has been on the upswing the last several weeks, losing a series of close games by narrow margins (including the 22-21 loss to the Eagles on October 22) before winning 23-20 on Sunday at Washington.
Washington Football Team
The New York Giants ranked 27th in rushing offense heading into Sunday's matchup against the Washington Football Team, but no one would have guessed that based on their performance in a 23-20 win at FedExField. Despite being without starting running back Devonta Freeman, the Giants ran for 166 yards and a touchdown on 35 attempts. Backups Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris rushed for a combined 135 yards and helped the team average 4.7 yards per attempt.
It would be easy for head coach Ron Rivera to be discouraged eight games into his Washington Football Team tenure. His group has just two wins, lost defensive standouts Landon Collins and Matt Ioannidis for the season and shuffled through quarterbacks -- the latest switch coming after Kyle Allen, who replaced Dwayne Haskins Jr. after Week 4, went down with a serious ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.
The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed wide receiver Jeff Badet from the practice squad.
It was eerily quiet at FedExField on Sunday afternoon as Kyle Allen lay at the 43-yard line with trainers tending to his gruesome ankle injury. Alex Smith was on the Washington Football Team's sideline warming up, but it was hard to focus on the game because he was in the same situation almost two years ago.
Late in the third quarter, as the Washington Football Team attempted to stage a comeback, Cam Sims popped up again. For his first two receptions, quarterback Alex Smith found the 24-year-old wide receiver in space, streaking up the middle or down the sideline for big gains. But on this occasion, Sims made his own space.
View photos from the Week 9 matchup between the Giants and Washington at FedExField.