Giants Monday Headlines

Yes, this was a vintage East Rutherford day, the fans bundled tight and the ball staying on the ground more often than not (and the Redskins taking that all a step more literally, fumbling it six times). Back in the old days, in the good days, these were the kinds of days that made Giants fans smile, which was fortunate, because sometimes that smile was frozen in place for six solid hours between the tailgate and the game.

Smith wants in on the action and he thinks this week could be the week. The wide receiver missed the past four games with a partially torn pectoral muscle, an injury he said he was told could take six weeks to heal. Smith is hoping to shorten that timetable and says he has a “good sense’’ he will be able to play in Sunday’s game at Minnesota.

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It was 33 degrees with a swirling, 17 mph wind Sunday, and that presents an interesting dilemma for an NFL defender: What do you do under such conditions, when there is a 6-4, 264-pound man coming at you like a runaway tractor-trailer filled with bile and dynamite?

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Jerry Reese is the one who kept the back end of his roster stocked well enough to survive injuries that would have rocked most other teams. He is the one who plucked enough capable bodies off waivers to deal with a body count that sounds like a training-room version of Noah’s Ark.

After a standout day on special teams, Devin Thomas walked onto the field looking for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, his former boss. He didn’t want to find Shanahan to gloat about his special teams trifecta – a great tackle on a kickoff return, a downed punt deep in Redskins territory and a blocked punt. He wanted to thank him.

It wasn’t pretty at times on Sunday, but Eli Manning made it work.

For the second straight Sunday, Manning played without his starting wide receivers. And for the second straight Sunday, the Giants walked off the field with a win.

Manning connected on 15 of 25 passes for 161 yards on a day that the Giants rode the ground game and a punishing defense to a 31-7 win over the Redskins.

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