Question on the 'Skins: What should be Spurrier's approach during the final six weeks?
He needs to find the personnel to build his team around. He needs to find the right QB, the right scheme, the right motivational buttons to push. If he can do that, he'll put himself in a position to be a successful NFL coach for years to come.
Question on the Giants: Is anyone capable of calling plays for this team that will lead to TDs?
I'm a big fan of coach Jim Fassel. He's been up front that he's taking the responsibility to call plays -- and much like his playoff guarantee of two years ago, he's coming through. The Giants haven't been scoring lots of points, but they've won three straight games. And if you can win enough games, you get to the playoffs -- regardless of how many touchdowns you score.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Shockey caught 11 passes for 111 yards and Matt Bryant kicked
four field goals, leading the Giants to a 19-17 victory over the
Washington Redskins in a game decided by turnovers and delayed by a
10-minute fourth-quarter video review.
The game had been hyped as the return of five-time Pro Bowl
linebacker Jessie Armstead, who played at Giants Stadium for the
first time since he was waived by New York (6-4) and signed by the
Shockey stole the show by coming within two catches of tying the
team's single-game record. Giants tight ends had only 17 catches
all last season.
"I knew he was a go-to guy,'' Armstead said. "You can't name
too many tight ends who are better than Shockey in this league.
Although he is a rookie, he's an advanced rookie, and I would take
him to war with me any day.''
Shockey caught a key 13-yard third-down pass from Kerry Collins
to set up Bryant's game-winning 19-yard field goal with 11:56 to
"I guess Kerry felt comfortable delivering it to me, and the
timing was good,'' said Shockey, who was the 14th pick overall in
the draft out of Miami.
After several catches, Shockey urged the fans to cheer louder, a
couple of times after his helmet was ripped off.
All of Shockey's catches were nearly wiped out in the closing
minutes by the long video review that first prevented Washington
from challenging a possible fumble by Tiki Barber, and later wiped
out a New York first down.
"I don't know what the heck was going on,'' Redskins cornerback
Champ Bailey said. "I was talking to the field judge for five
minutes, and he didn't have a clue what was going on either.''
The victory was the third straight for the Giants, who remain a
game behind the Eagles in the NFC East.
However, the Eagles face the prospect of playing the next two
months without quarterback Donovan McNabb, who broke his right
ankle in a win over Arizona.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of courage and guts,'' said
coach Jim Fassel, whose team rallied from a 17-10 third-quarter
deficit. "I'm proud of them; that was an important win. It gives
us three in a row, and that's what we have been talking about --
playing, winning and streaks.''
Bryant, who had missed three of his previous four attempts, also
had field goals of 43, 34 and 19. Collins also threw a 35-yard
touchdown pass to Amani Toomer, who had eight catches for 95 yards.
Collins finished 22-of-46 for 211 yards and two interceptions.
Bryant's second-half field goals were set up by a 28-yard punt
return by Delvin Joyce, a fumble by Ladell Betts on a kickoff
return and an interception by Jason Sehorn. The game-winner was
also helped by a third-down roughing-the-passer penalty against
Redskins linebacker Jeremiah Trotter
The first quarter touchdown to Jackson was set up by a taunting
penalty against Giants cornerback Will Allen after he stopped a
receiver well short of a first down.
Tuthill's field goal was set up by a second-quarter interception
by safety Ifeanyi Ohalete. David Terrell's pick in the third
quarter helped break a 10-10 halftime tie. Matthews hit Gardner on
the next play.
Washington's last real chance at scoring was set up when referee
Tom White took more than 10 minutes to decide that Giants halfback
Tiki Barber went out of bounds on a third-down run short of a first
down at the Giants 34.
Washington coach Steve Spurrier challenged, questioning whether
Barber fumbled and the Redskins recovered.
White eventually decided Washington could not challenge the
fumble. He let Spurrier challenge the spot and White ruled it short
of a first down.
Despite warming up before the game, Herman Moore was
inactive for his first game with the Giants. ... Mike Strahan had
two sacks, giving him eight for the season. ... Redskins RB Stephen Davis had 59 yards on 19 carries after missing two games with a
knee injury. ... Barber led New York with 64 yards on 24 carries.
... Armstead had six tackles. Trotter had 16 tackles, 10 solo. ...
Giants MLB Mike Barrow had nine tackles.