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Giants just aren't built to win

Giants just aren't built to win NEW ORLEANS -- There was absolutely nothing the New York Giants could do. That's sometimes a cliche or hyperbole or a way of evading a true, in-depth analysis of what went wrong. But in this case, it cuts to the heart of what happened to the Giants here on Monday night and where they are as a team after their third straight loss. The Saints destroyed New York. They rolled up 577 yards of total offense and moved the ball at will on their way to a 49-24 victory behind Drew Brees and his ensemble cast of seemingly interchangeable offensive weapons.

Giants come back to NFC East pack

Giants come back to NFC East pack EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The day in the NFC East was one of close calls and missed opportunities. The Dallas Cowboys survived their close call and the New York Giants missed their opportunity and now have given away their division lead more quickly than even their most strenuous doubters could have predicted they would. A 17-10 home loss to a depleted Philadelphia Eagles team they should have beaten left emotions at opposite poles as the clock ticked past midnight and the combatants tried to sum it all up.

A big chance for Giants' young LBs

A big chance for Giants' young LBs The New York Giants may have to play Sunday night's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia without linebacker Michael Boley, who's been a vital veteran playmaker on their defense all year. Boley has a hamstring injury, has not been able to practice this week and is officially listed as doubtful for the game. Should he miss the game, the Giants will look to someone -- possibly everyone -- from their group of four rookie linebackers to fill in for him.

Report: Michael Vick ruled out for Sunday

Report: Michael Vick ruled out for Sunday Publicly, the Philadelphia Eagles have been coy about the status of quarterback Michael Vick for Sunday night's game against the New York Giants. Vick broke two ribs in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and has not practiced this week while backup Vince Young has taken snaps with the first team. But Geoff Mosher of the News Journal has a source telling him that the Eagles have already ruled Vick out for Sunday and are moving ahead with Young as the starting quarterback for the game: Vick won’t play in the major division showdown, an NFL source said, which leaves Vince Young to make his first start in almost one year.

'Playoff Predictor' picks Cowboys in East

'Playoff Predictor' picks Cowboys in East If you have an ESPN Insider subscription, you can check out the Playoff Predictor, which uses advanced algorithms to predict the NFL playoff field based on everything from remaining schedule to injuries to the weather in various NFL cities in the month of December. This week's Playoff Predictor saw a change at the top of the NFC East, as it's now picking the Dallas Cowboys to win and the New York Giants to miss the playoffs in spite of a 9-7 record.

Breakfast links: As the Eagles turn

I almost want to lead the links with the Eagles today, since it seemed like they had 10 times as much going on Monday as any of our other teams did. But rules are rules, and the completely arbitrary rule we set here a month or so ago was that we would present the links in order of the division's current standings. So the Eagles have to wait until... ahem... third. New York Giants It sounds as though linebacker Michael Boley's hamstring injury might not be serious enough to keep him out of Sunday night's game against the Eagles, though the team is listing him as day-to-day and we really won't have any good clues until we see whether he practices Wednesday.

Could Redskins switch QBs again?

After Rex Grossman threw four interceptions in the Week 6 loss that started the Washington Redskins' current four-game losing streak, he lost his job as the starting quarterback in favor of John Beck. There are some indications that Grossman might soon have a chance to get it back. According to Mike Jones of The Washington Post, citing three people with knowledge of the situation, Beck and Grossman split first-team snaps in practice this week. It's a move Mike Shanahan has tried before, as a precursor to change, and it could mean a switch back to Grossman is coming: Grossman struggles to take care of the football, but he has a better feel for the system, and he has a strong rapport with tight end Fred Davis and receiver Jabar Gaffney, the team’s leading pass-catchers.

Why Andy Reid isn't going anywhere

Why Andy Reid isn't going anywhere No matter how often or how strongly I answer the question, people keep insisting on asking me if the Philadelphia Eagles will fire coach Andy Reid if the team misses the playoffs. The answer is no, has always been no and will continue to be no, regardless of how many games this team loses this season. The Eagles' front office and owner have no interest in firing Reid and rebuilding a coaching staff, no matter how upset the fans are, and it's not really even something for which it's worth holding out hope.

Breakfast links: Ex-Nittany Lions speak

Breakfast links: Ex-Nittany Lions speak Thursday's links reach beyond pro football into the college ranks and the story everyone, everywhere is talking about. New York Giants Penn State alumni around the league were peppered with questions Wednesday about the sorry situation at their alma mater. The Giants' Nittany Lion is Kareem McKenzie, who played for Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky and called the situation "sad and sorrowful" while stopping short of condemning Paterno for whatever role he had in it. Guys like McKenzie actually know the people involved, so they're coming at it from a different perspective, I understand. But as a father of two young sons, I can't comment on this story rationally. I just wanted everybody out. Mike Garafolo writes the Giants' 6-2 start has vindicated Jerry Reese, who was blistered by criticism for his inaction in the offseason. I love Mike like an overly caffeinated kid brother, but I don't agree. I'm not sure we're supposed to laud a guy whose plan was "Don't do anything" just because it'...

Eagles just aren't tough enough

Eagles just aren't tough enough PHILADELPHIA --You couldn't have scripted a more fitting end. With time literally running out on the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick fired a short pass to the left side. The ball hit DeSean Jackson in the hands and kept going right on through, settling on the turf beyond as the clock ticked down to all zeroes and the score went final. Bears 30, Eagles 24 in a "Monday Night Football" game the Eagles couldn't afford to lose, and the way it ended was stone-cold perfect. We'll never know what might have happened if Jackson had caught the ball. We'll never know if he could have put a move on the defender and found his way to the end zone for the miracle score and the miracle victory. We'll never know because he didn't, and that right there looks like it could turn out to be the story of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. We'll never know. Because they didn't. This is no longer about the new schemes, the new personnel or the job the coaches are doing. This thing with the Eagles has moved b...
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