Giants coach Shurmur: 'This isn't player tryout'
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys find themselves sitting atop the NFC East (via a tiebreaker) after defeating Washington on Thanksgiving. Keeping hold of the top spot starts Thursday at home against the 10-1 New Orleans Saints. The Saints have scored an NFL-leading 409 points on the year -- the Cowboys have put up 234 -- but quarterback Dak Prescott said the Cowboys are up to the challenge. "We've just got to go score. We've got to do what we do on offense," Prescott said Monday. "Obviously we have a lot of trust and faith in our defense, so it's not, 'Oh, we've got to go in there and do this to stop their offense.' We've just got to simply play our game. We trust in our defense, our scheme and everything that we have. If we go in there and handle our business, we feel good about it."
New York Giants: Coach Pat Shurmur put the rumors to rest Monday that the team would move on from quarterback Eli Manning now that the Giants are 3-8. Shurmur said he's not looking to next year and has named Manning his starter for the Sunday game against Chicago. "You go every week with giving your team the best opportunity to win the football game," Shurmur said. "That's how you do this thing. This isn't player tryout. This is do everything in your power to win the next game." And Manning isn't about to relinquish the spot to veteran Alex Tanney or rookie Kyle Lauletta after a devastating 25-22 loss to Eagles. "I expect to start until I'm told not to," Manning told reporters. "I expect to start this week. I expect to play. I'm looking forward to playing. And we'll go from there."
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have seen running backs fall to injury, one after another, this season. That's given Josh Adams his chance, and he's capitalized on it. "Josh has now kind of taken that lead and will continue to grow," coach Doug Pederson said Monday on 94WIP, "and we will try to increase his touches each week." Pederson acknowledged Monday that the Eagles should have taken advantage of his abilities earlier. "We had (Darren) Sproles, we had Jay (Ajayi), we had Corey (Clement), we had Wendell (Smallwood)," Pederson said. "We kind of knew what we had coming out of training camp, but you still don't know until players play. To his credit, to be taking advantage of some of the injuries, he has slowly, slowly worked himself into this position." Adams has carried the ball 56 times for 291 yards (5.2 yards per carry average) with two touchdowns this season.
Washington Redskins: Coach Jay Gruden said one of the goals of practice this week is to work on protecting quarterback Colt McCoy, who took over as the Redskins' starter when Alex Smith went down with a season-ending leg injury on Nov. 18. Against Dallas on Thanksgiving, McCoy threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns to go with three interceptions. "I think when you have a whole week to really study your opponent and study the game plan of why we are putting plays in, I think he'll be a little more comfortable," Gruden told reporters. "But, the big thing is to make sure that he is more comfortable in the pocket, and that starts with protection. We've got to do a better job protecting and giving him plays that he knows and can execute fairly easy. We have a lot of them, he's executed a lot of them throughout the four years that he's been here, or however long he's been here, and I think we can do that, but now we just have to play well around him, we have to play better around him -- everybody, offensive line, tight ends, receivers, everybody."
--Field Level Media
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