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New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (C) runs past New England Patriots defensive end Andre...

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (C) runs past New England Patriots defensive end Andre Carter (R) for a touchdown in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts November 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Bill Lankhof, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is booing New York fans.

Jacobs and the Giants offence heard jeers after the running back rushed for just 21 yards on 12 carries in their 17-10 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night.

Jacobs stirred things up when he said “that’s the best thing that they (fans) do here is boo” when asked about the jeers. He isn’t backing away from those comments either, although he explained he just wants fans to encourage the team when they’re struggling.

“When we’re down and going through adversity we need them to lift us up not take us down, that’s all I’m trying to say.

“Giants fans are going to be Giants fans. They’re great when you’re up and — it’s like this everywhere else as well — but they kick you when you’re down ... I want them to cheer for us.”

Giants fans meantime are saying just win for us. If they can do that Monday against New Orleans, Jacobs won’t have to worry about folks calling him a has-been.

Even head coach Tom Coughlin has been critical of the lousy running game and the offensive line. The Giants are 31st in the NFL with 83.2 rushing yards per game, their lowest since 1945 when they averaged 76.9 yards a game.

“The crowd is going to boo,” Coughlin said when asked about Jacobs’ mewl. “Make a good play and you’ll hear it the other way around. It’s just part of the game.”

RED ZONE NIGHTMARES

When things get cosy there are few things this side of Kim Kardashian easier to score on than Rob Ryan’s defence. Put the Cowboys in the red zone and they’re playing easy to get almost every time. They rank 22nd in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency defence having given up 17 touchdowns in 29 red zone opportunities.

It’s difficult to imagine this team having Super Bowl pretensions when they can’t stop teams from getting into the end zone when they get inside the 20 yard line. Not only that, they let the Redskins drive down the field on them twice in last week’s game.

Rex Grossman had his way with them on a quarterback draw that Ryan even admits was so obvious safety Barry Church should’ve been able to read it from the stands — which is where he’ll be sitting if he keeps playing like he did against Washington.

“Everybody in the building knew it was a quarterback draw and we didn’t execute how we wanted to stop that play,” Ryan said. “That’s embarrassing.”

Ryan told reporters Wednesday the only area his defence needs to improve to achieve greatness is to clean up its act in the red zone, which may be slightly understating the issue. “We’re not playing good defence and it’s only because of the red zone. If we get that cleaned up, we’ll have a great defence,” Ryan said. Which leads one to conclude only one thing: the Cowboys have a great defence — if the other teams would just stop scoring touchdowns. I guess.

IT’S ALL OVER FOR EAGLES

The Eagles began preparation Wednesday for this weekend’s game against New England without their two signature players. Both Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson sat out practice and likely won’t be available.

It is the latest setback for a team that has come to define futility.

“We’ll just take it day-by-day, see how he does here,” coach Andy Reid said. “Vince (Young) will take the reps (Wednesday); we’ll see how (Vick) is doing tomorrow.”

The 4-6 Eagles have been arguably the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season. Vick now has broken ribs and Jackson has a bruised foot to go with his bruised ego. The troubles started in training camp when Young looked at general manager Howie Roseman’s assemblage of free agents and referred to the Eagles as the “Dream Team.”

Jackson didn’t help matters when he put his desire for a new, heft contract, ahead of getting ready for the season. He didn’t endear himself to teammates by missing meetings. So, Reid suspended him for a game — one that the team might’ve won if he’d dressed.

More hurt feelings; more hard feelings.

All that talent hasn’t come together as a unit; as a superstar Jackson has been mediocre and Vick hasn’t been nearly as effective as he was last season. “I don’t look at that,” said Reid. “The season’s not over obviously so you have to keep playing and now all my energy’s going into playing the New England Patriots.”

He’s got it half right. They have to keep playing. But the season? It’s over.

RYAN NOT THRILLED WITH SANCHEZ

He loves me; he loves me not.

It seems Jets head coach Rex Ryan is playing mind games with quarterback Mark Sanchez again.

Ryan told a Wednesday press conference that he couldn’t foresee benching Sanchez. At the same time, he gave backup quarterback Mark Brunell some unexpected snaps with the first-team offence. Then, he told the New York Daily News, that he might play Brunell for a couple of series.

This may be Ryan’s way of telling Sanchez he hasn’t earned his trust. But if it’s supposed to be a motivation, the move could backfire for two reasons:

First, when Ryan granted Brunell some of the first team snaps last year, it didn’t inspire either Sanchez or the offence. The final four weeks, the team went 1-3. Sanchez threw one touchdown pass while being intercepted five times.

Second, if Brunell does come in for a couple series and has some success, Ryan may yet have to eat his words and bench Sanchez. Considering how volatile Ryan and Sanchez have been at times, some of the best action could come not in the Jets’ backfield but along the sidelines.

 

 


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