Some eyebrows were raised when word arrived that the Giants are welcoming the Dolphins into their training facility tomorrow to help them prepare for their game against the Jets Sunday at the Meadowlands.
When comparing Eli Manning’s impending streak of 100 consecutive starts to Brett Favre’s NFL best of 297, it seems hardly worth mentioning, especially when big brother Peyton has his own streak going at 204. But then you learn Eli will be only the sixth quarterback to reach the century mark for consecutive starts and it’s worthy of at least a game ball for durability.
Steve Smith said he’s playing. Hakeem Nicks said he’s playing. David Diehl said he’s playing.
It looks as if the Giants’ offense is going to get three starters back for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. “Like some Christmas presents,” exclaimed Eli Manning. It would be quite a haul for Manning if he gets back his two starting receivers and left tackle, players who haven’t been on the field together in more than a month.
The Giants need Nicks and Smith back as soon as possible. Much as they’ve done an admirable job running the ball and hitting short to intermediate routes to win the past few games, the fact is the field has shrunk for Eli Manning.