Big Blue Morning: Tough test on tap

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 get back to work today to prepare for Sunday's game against the NFC-leading Seahawks, which will obviously be as tough a game as they've played all year. This is the first week the Giants' preparations don't come with at least some shred of mathematical hope for the postseason, and that's an unusual position for this group to find itself in at this time of the year. So I think we're all at least a little bit interested to see how they handle that. I expect they'll be professionals and conduct their business the way they always do, but I guess you never know. Also interested to see whether Jason Pierre-Paul can practice this week or think about playing Sunday, or if we'll learn this week that he's out for the rest of the year. I'll be there to monitor it all for you guys, because that's the kind of dude I am. And because it's my job. But mainly because I care.

Behind enemy lines: Even as the Seahawks have rolled through a remarkably successful season, coach Pete Carroll has consistently said they've committed too many costly penalties. This past week was no exception.

Around the division: The Cowboys can't seem to get their defense right, regardless of who they hire to run it, and Todd Archer thinks part of the season is that Jerry Jones doesn't seem to be able to decide what he wants and stick with it. Dallas still controls its own destiny in terms of the division race, but it's going to need to play well the next two weeks if it wants that Week 17 game against the Eagles to mean something. The Eagles are obviously rolling.

Around the league: Did you miss this week's Power Rankings? The Giants are back down to No. 23. This week's opponent remains No. 1. And there's a video with me and Mike and Jamison if you want to watch, which would be nice, but no pressure or anything.