Big Blue Morning: Sleepless over Seattle

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: Will the Giants be ready for the Seahawks when the best team in the NFC comes to MetLife Stadium on Sunday? Justin Tuck thinks so, because they don't want to be embarrassed, and the Seahawks are the kind of team that can embarrass you if you're not careful. This is part of the reason the Giants have no plans to audition younger players to evaluate them for the future at the expense of players they feel offer them the best chance to win.

Behind enemy lines: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Sunday's 19-17 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco has renewed his team's focus. It came after Seattle had won seven in a row, and Carroll said because it was a close loss to a division rival it helps him drive home a point about the importance of doing the little things.

Around the division: Wednesday was a bizarre day even by Redskins' standards, as Mike Shanahan announced that Robert Griffin III would be benched for the final three games of the regular season and replaced as starting quarterback by Kirk Cousins. All three men spoke to the media, and it was something.

Around the league: My weekly plug for my MVP Watch column, if you'd care to read it. This week's is set to some holiday music. I hope you enjoy.