Are you ready for some … thing?
That’s what we’ll get tonight when the Giants face the Rams in a Monday Night game, the first home Monday Night game for the Giants since 1937 or thereabouts. There are plenty of things to look for in this game between two teams who have been beaten down hard by injuries. Some of the hurt players are expected to play, others are not. And the loser of this game will fall to 0-2.
But you can go to any number of other places to read about matchups and intricacies that will determine who wins and loses tonight. Here, of course, we go deep down that list. All the way to the bedrock in fact. So here, on a special Monday morning edition, is out list of the Bottom Five Things to Look For:
5. The streak ends! Yes, one of the most remarkable runs in NFL history comes to a close as Dave Tollefson’s consecutive starting streak ends at 1.
4. Fred Robbins is named the captain for the Rams and comes out to midfield before the game to call the coin toss. No one can understand him, though, and the officials must flip the coin three fruitless times before just asking Fred to point to either his head or his, well …
3. After struggling to convert short yardage situations with Ahmad Bradshaw last week while Brandon Jacobs is on the sideline, the Giants decide that they need an even smaller running back to handle the job. Thus Dan DePalma is activated from the practice squad.
2. The Rams lose and fall to 0-2, but somehow still have a 3-game lead for first place in the NFC West. They can clinch the division title with a hard-fought loss to the Ravens next week.
1. Fireworks, streamers and confetti mark the moment early in the first quarter when news breaks from Philadelphia that Michael Vick has a concussion and will not play next week. Tom Coughlin and Perry Fewell meet in a tearful embrace on the sideline and Harry Carson, on hand for the ’86 Super Bowl anniversary, pours a jug of Gatorade over the two of them.