Big Blue Morning: Examining Eli

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

The news of the day: Almost everyone is a worthy target of blame and criticism around the 0-4 Giants, who open October as the most disappointing team in the NFL so far. Johnette Howard writes that Eli Manning's days of immunity from criticism may be coming to an end. That second Super Bowl MVP award bought Manning a lot of leeway, and the main problem this year is an offensive line that's not giving him a chance. But even Manning would admit he needs to be better than he's been this year.

Behind enemy lines: The Giants' next opponent is the Philadelphia Eagles, who haven't been any better than the Giants have since their season-opening victory over the Redskins and come in at 1-3. Phil Sheridan writes that a lack of good options in the passing game after top wideout DeSean Jackson is part of the problem.

Around the division: The Cowboys this week will be the latest team to try to at least compete with the red-hot Denver Broncos. If struggling cornerback Morris Claiborne can't play better, they're going to have a long day against Peyton Manning & Co.

Around the league: With Sean Payton returned from his suspension and the defense looking like part of the solution and not part of the problem anymore, the New Orleans Saints have returned to form as one of the best teams in the NFC.