Big Blue Morning: Bye, bye, bye

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

The news of the day: The Giants gathered Monday for a film breakdown and meetings off the Eagles' game and then dispersed. They don't have to return to practice until next Monday as they have this week off for their bye and their next game is not until Sunday, Nov. 10 at home against the Raiders. The players and coaches are as upbeat as any 2-6 team in league history, because they've won two in a row after an 0-6 start and are only two games out of first place due to the 4-4 Cowboys' inconsistencies. "We haven't done anything yet," cornerback Terrell Thomas said. "We're 2-6. It feels great to have two wins, and there are smiles around here. Everybody is confident and this team has the makeup to make a run. We're better when our backs are against the wall. But it's a good time for us to relax and get football off our minds, then come back refreshed."

Behind enemy lines: The Raiders just beat the Steelers 21-18 and are now getting ready to play the Eagles on Sunday. Just like Eagles coach Chip Kelly, they don't know who's going to be playing quarterback for the Eagles when they face them.

Around the division: The Redskins are having a tough enough time trying to defend their division title, and so they don't need there to be any news about Robert Griffin III's knee. Fortunately for them, the news from Sunday's knee injury appears to have been minor. But it's a reminder that Griffin's health remains the most critical issue around that franchise, likely for the next decade.

Around the league: John Clayton's "Last Call" from Sunday's action delves into the idea that the Giants aren't the only team in the league that's struggling with the run game.