It's Friday, and that means our weekly Q&A swap with Big Blue View's Ed Valentine. Be sure to swing over to his site at http://www.bigblueview.com/ to get a look at my answers to the same four questions.
1. Where in the world is Kevin Boss?
"I love Boss, but I think we all have to face the reality that the tight end will never be a full-time first option in a Tom Coughlin offense. He is very traditional about the use of his tight ends -- one of the things that drove Jeremy Shockey crazy when he was in New York. The tight end gets utilized as a primary target in the Green Zone, and a secondary or non-existent target the rest of the time. That, unfortunately, is just how it is. Last week against Dallas was a great example. As good of a pass catcher as Boss is, Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride wanted to give David Diehl help against DeMarcus Ware, so Boss was often relegated to blocking. I couldn't blame them for that, since Ware usually eats Diehl for lunch. I feel like Boss could be a 60+ catch tight end, but I doubt Coughlin will ever allow him to be used that way. I'm just resigned to it."
2. Do you believe losing to the Eagles the last three encounters, including the one that eliminated the Giants from the 2008 postseason, will factor into Sunday night's game?
"The players, of course, say no. The fans don't want to think that the Eagles have the upper hand. But, three straight has to play on the minds of the Giants. Has to. A huge season-ending loss last season and a blowout this year. The Giants have had no answer defensively for stopping the big play, they have barely laid a finger on Donovan McNabb and they seem to become a turnover machine against the Philly defense. Of course it factors in."
3. Given the state of the secondary, how would you defend DeSean Jackson this time around?
"You mean, aside from dive at his knees on the first play from scrimmage and take him out? Well, I will tell you what I would not do. I would not put Corey Webster on him one-on-one all over the field. Tried that with Vincent Jackson and Brandon Marshall, and he got torched both times. The Giants always talk about press coverage, and they need to press Jackson at the line of scrimmage, maybe with a physical guy like Terrell Thomas. You know the Eagles will take deep shots with Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The Giants have to make sure there are no breakdowns in communication at the safety spots, which they did a much better job of last week with Aaron Ross and Aaron Rouse playing well."
4. Now that the Giants have a little space between themselves and the .500 mark, what do they have to do from here to get a playoff spot?
"Beat Philly, first of all. They don't do that, the playoffs are not happening this season. I think the Giants have to get to 10 wins, which I think is realistic if they are able to win on Sunday. Best bet at this point is get to 10 wins, then they have to hope Dallas or Philly (most likely Dallas) falters down the stretch."
What do you guys think?