The Giants face a third-string quarterback in a win-and-playoff scenario.
The Giants take on a former Super Bowl MVP quarterback in a playoff win-win scenario.
Both statements can be – and are – true. Even if they paint very different pictures.
The Colts stick with Nick Foles as their starter on Sunday against the Giants despite managing just three points, failing to convert any of 10 third down attempts and racking up seven sacks and three interceptions while passing for 143 yards in the loss. Monday against the Chargers. Those numbers are indicative of what you might expect from a third player, but Foles commands more respect than most of his league counterparts due to his track record.
“We all know what Nick Foles is capable of and you have to prepare for it,” said safety Julian Love. “He’s a guy who’s been there, who’s accomplished great things. He’s a guy you can’t sleep with, frankly. He has the experience you need to be on your ‘A’ game, that’s for sure.
Foles is best known as the MVP of Super Bowl LII, when he beat Tom Brady with 373 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown on the oft-imitated “Philly Special.” He’s 3-3 with eight touchdowns and two interceptions and a 102.7 quarterback rating in six career starts against the Giants.
Because Colts-Chargers was on “Monday Night Football,” Giants players had the opportunity to start watching Foles’ first season debut at the end of their day off before diving into the film on Tuesday.
“I watched it at home with my wife like it was a normal game,” Love said. “I haven’t really tried to analyze it too much because we have time to do that. I just wanted to get an idea of how they played.
The Colts have lost five straight under interim head coach Jeff on Saturday. Matt Ryan has been benched twice – once for Sam Ehlinger before head coach Frank Reich was fired and now on Saturday for Foles.
“I don’t think making another change is going to trigger it,” he said on Saturday.
The Steelers signed ILB Tae Crowder off the Giants practice squad. The former ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ draft pick started eight games earlier this season, but was benched for rookie Micah McFadden and eventually cut to make room for Landon Collins, before re-signing in the practice squad.