Here are my usual post-Sunday thoughts. More a â€œlate-night afterâ€ than afternoon today. Iâ€™ll reiterate that football isnâ€™t my thing, but Iâ€™ll give it a shot as usual.
- The Giants have a deep and talented team, particularly on defense. Steve Smith is open every time you look up. They gave the Chiefs fits on Sunday. I do believe theyâ€™re the best team in football, but their huge weakness was exposed when Eli Manning somehow hurt his foot. The â€œbruised heelâ€ diagnosis was shady at best, as I simply view such an injury as impossible under those circumstances. I get injured all the time, so Iâ€™m sort of a self-proclaimed expert; the first thing I thought was that he messed up his Achillesâ€™. Now Iâ€™m hearing that it may be plantar fasciitis, which would be far from a best-case scenario, but at least it wouldnâ€™t be his Achillesâ€™. Regardless, I believe Eli â€“ whoâ€™s far tougher than he looks â€“ wonâ€™t miss a whole lot of time with this. Iâ€™ve had plantar fasciitis, and though itâ€™s no picnic, itâ€™s at least manageable. With the horrible Raiders coming to town, they may choose to sit him until the following week in a huge showdown in New Orleans. But David Carr isnâ€™t suitable to play quarterback in this, or any, league. And as deep as the Giants are at most positions â€“ including running back, where Ahmad Bradshaw has been at least the equal of Brandon Jacobs thus far â€“ David Carr simply is not an NFL quarterback, having been permanently ruined by years of playing behind a sieve-like offensive line in Houston. I believe the Giants are very good, and potentially dominant, but until Eli plays a whole game and shows no ill effects, you have to temper your enthusiasm.