The Giants had been a dominant rushing team in the weeks preceding last Sunday's game against the Eagles.
And then things changed. The Giants ran for 100 yards on 31 rushing plays, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Five of those plays went for negative yardage. Of their 20 first downs, only three came on the ground.
Ahmad Bradshaw had 66 yards on 19 carries and Brandon Jacobs has 34 yards on 12 carries.
"It's a division opponent," Jacobs said yesterday. "They know what we do and we know what they do. They dialed up the right things at the right time. It's kind of like Tecmo Bowl when you press the same button as your opponent and everything breaks down. They had the right blitzes dialed up against the right runs, and they got lucky."
Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked on a conference call with Minnesota reporters what he thought of the current situation involving Donovan McNabb in Washington.
"This is one of my all-time favorite guys," Reid said. "The things he did for this organization, for all of us here in this organization here, are just unbelievable. I wouldn't ever have guessed that this would have taken place or expected it to take place, but it has and he will do like he does with everything and handle it peacefully and he'll come out on the upper end of it."
And, here is Michael Vick on the prospect of an 18-game regular season:
"I totally disagree with it. Sixteen games is enough as it is and I think it's not good for the players. I think it would only be detrimental for us and it would be tough."