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Giants not out of contention with NFC East in turmoil

Jonathan Casillas #54 of the New York Giants

Jonathan Casillas #54 of the New York Giants reacts after missing an interception against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

And you think the Giants have problems?

Well, they do. But at least they're not alone. The entire NFC East is in such disarray after two weeks of games that even the team that is 2-0 with two victories in the division and standing atop the standings -- the Cowboys -- is facing major issues.

That's why the Giants with their two losses are still very much contenders. "It's a division where anybody can win it and we can compete with all the teams and that's what we want to do," linebacker Devon Kennard said. "Seeing what everybody else is doing, we definitely have all the opportunity in the world."

Washington may have the most stability. They're 1-1, but a franchise-shaking tension feels like it bubbles beneath the surface as they settle into a post-RG3 existence. Dallas has the wins, but they'll be missing two of their best players for at least two months as Dez Bryant (foot) and Tony Romo (collarbone) recover from injuries. The Eagles, meanwhile, can't seem to function as an offense.

"A lot can happen in these next 14 games, and there's a lot of football to be played," Eli Manning said.

"We just understand we've got to win some games. We've got to start finding ways to win."

Missing receivers

Other than Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants haven't had much help at wide receiver. While Beckham has caught 12 passes for 190 yards, the rest of the wideouts have combined for 10 catches and 76 yards. "We've got to do a good job of getting Rueben [Randle] involved some more, get him some catches," said Manning, who has more rushing yards this season (31) than Randle has receiving yards (28). "He's got to be a weapon for us."

As for Preston Parker who has dropped at least four passes in two games, Manning said: "Preston is going to be fine. I'm going to keep throwing to him, we're going to keep working on things. He'll be fine."

Giant steps

Tom Coughlin put the brakes on Jon Beason's return from a knee injury with a little bit of uncertainty. "I'm sure they'll continue to work Jon on the side or whatever and just see where he's at," Coughlin said. "Hopefully he'll continue to improve and then we'll maybe get some kind of a word going forward here." Beason was projected as a limited participant on Monday's injury report for Thursday's game . . . The Giants only had a walk-through. In any event, those who wouldn't have practiced include DE Robert Ayers Jr. (hamstring), WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), T Ereck Flowers (knee), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) and G Geoff Schwartz (illness) . . . Coughlin said Cruz is making progress and has begun running on grass.

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