Bus Stops: Giants punter messed up, but Coughlin was out of line
Last week, I
This game could have serious ramifications for both teams.
For the Giants, it's the kind of stinging loss that can linger and cause a rift among players if the head coach doesn't handle it right. Coughlin needs to regroup this team quickly because Week 16 against the Packers could be an elimination game.
The Eagles, meanwhile, proved to themselves that they can come from behind against a tough opponent in a hostile environment. It really bodes well for their psyche as a battle-tested team going into the playoffs, where a potential Michael Vick-at-Atlanta matchup may loom. Vick continued to improve his MVP stock with another impressive performance.
Many believe Gary Kubiak won't be back next season, and some believe
All the team has to do is say they want to go in another direction, that they need a spark and want to make a change. That would be fine -- players get benched every week. But they've blatantly lied to and disrespected McNabb, then tried to pacify him with a bogus contract. Now they're demoting him to third string for the final two weeks. If I'm a Redskins fan looking at this and some of the other happenings in Washington this year (Albert Haynesworth comes to mind), it's embarrassing.
-- It didn't take long to notice what was missing from the Steelers defense against the Jets. That's a different unit without Troy Polamalu. No takeaways. No big plays. That's what is lacking when he's out. It was evident last season just as it was in Sunday's loss.
-- Terrell Owens showed this year he's still a capable starting wide receiver (before suffering a knee injury), so he deserves to be signed by somebody in need of receiving help next offseason, even with his baggage. Most playoff-caliber teams are set at the position, so he'll likely have to settle for a second-tier team yet again.
-- I believe Matt Hasselbeck gives the Seahawks a better chance to win than Charlie Whitehurst, so Pete Carroll should stick with his veteran as long as they're still in the playoff hunt. If eliminated, then see what you have in Whitehurst.
-- The Week 16 game I really want to see is Giants at Packers because it's likely only one of these teams will make the playoffs. It's critical for both teams, and both are dealing with adversity. How will the Giants respond after a devastating loss? Will Aaron Rodgers be back from his concussion and at his best? If Rodgers returns, I like the Packers to win. There's also been a silver lining to Rodgers' absence, the Green Bay running game being re-energized, adding flexibility to that offense.