They've played four games already, but the New York Giants' first-team offense isn't done with its preseason work just yet. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Friday's preseason victory over the New York Jets that quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants' first-stringers are likely to play a bit in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.
"I think we will. I haven't decided that yet," Coughlin said. "We don't play until Monday Night, so that's quite a hike. We'll probably play some snaps with the ones."
Coughlin's Monday night reference is to the fact that the Giants' regular-season opener isn't until "Monday Night Football" on Sept. 8 -- a full 11 days after their final preseason game. So the reason Manning & Co. likely will have to work next week isn't just because they've struggled to move the ball this preseason. Part of it is that he doesn't want them to go 17 days without any live game action.