Eagles, Giants players lock arms during anthem

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He was Newsday's football writer covering the Jets and Giants, as well as the NFL, from 1989-91.

But make no mistake: NY is brinking on disaster with another loss in a season that began with well-founded Super Bowl aspirations.

A triumph would make the Giants all but playoff irrelevant, as just three teams have survived 0-3 starts to reach the postseason since the modern 12-team format was established in 1990. We're trying to go 2-0 in the division and 2-1 with our overall record.

Another loss on Sunday against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, and the heat will only intensify. "The first game in Dallas was a must win". But this is the Giants, and weird things always happen against the Giants. The Super Bowl caliber defense will start pointing fingers at the Pop Warner offense and the heat will be turned up even more on Ben McAdoo. The former LSU Tigers star is one of the most explosive playmakers in the game, and the Giants offense has scored only 13 points in their two games this season.

Not only did McAdoo keep calling the plays, but he continued to do so rather defiantly.

Searching for answers following Monday night's loss to Detroit, McAdoo said he would consider giving up playcalling duties on the team.

Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman stood alongside the Eagles team during the national anthem just before 1 p.m., shown on the Fox telecast's national game of the week.

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The Giants had a chance to improve the offensive line in the offseason, but elected to sign wide receiver Brandon Marshall instead.

But he still wasn't willing to unconditionally fall on his sword.

"It was an organizational decision along with the players", Coach Doug Pederson said of the decision to lock arms. "That's every quarterback everywhere since the beginning of time, since there was a play clock".

Last year, Odell Beckham took off his helmet and banged his head against a metal garage door 20 yards from the Giants locker room and had to be ushered away by team owner John Mara before he did any real damage to himself. Eli Manning and Philadelphia's Carson Wentz have each been sacked an NFC-high eight times.

They can't convert on third down (33 percent). Perhaps it was fitting that the game-winning 61-yarder was launched off the leg of a rookie who made it to Philadelphia only after a hip injury suffered by veteran kicker Caleb Sturgis. He'll nearly certainly be active once again this Sunday.

McAdoo acknowledged a willingness to consider giving up the play-calling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, although he might be reluctant to take such a drastic step. It's what I have to do to help the team be successful. But from what we saw previous year, we know that Wentz has better numbers in him. Since the National Football League expanded the playoffs to 12 teams in 1990, only five of 168 teams to start 0-3 made the playoffs, the last being the 1998 Buffalo Bills.

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