Was This the Jersey Curse Weekend or What?
Tough weekend in the Garden State.
Both Rutgers and the Giants blew fourth quarter leads and lost tough home games.
Many were calling the Saturday night battle between the State University of New Jersey and Penn State the biggest game in Scarlet Knights history. After all, it was their first Big Ten game against their new league rivals. Rutgers did lead most of the way and had a 10-3 lead in the fourth quarter. But they blew it faster than The Donald's reputation in Atlantic City, losing in the final minute, 13-10.
Nova's throwing five picks has some quarters calling for a quick quarterback change, but coach Kyle Flood is sticking with Nova this week against Navy on the road.
The Midshipmen could be a tough opponent for Rutgers, as the loss to Penn State will linger. On top of that, Navy -- who gave Ohio State all they could handle in Week 1 -- is always hard to prepare for. Just ask the Buckeyes:
Rutgers put all their eggs in one basket last Saturday, and they came out scrambled. How they rebound this weekend will set the tone for their jumping back into conference play.
Fourteen hours later, up the New Jersey Turnpike, the New York Giants tried to tell eveyone they were back. But the only back mattering here was the Arizona Cardinals' backup quarterback Drew Stanton.
This was the Stanton who didn't take a heater to the face. Thanks to his offensive line, he didn't take much of anything but passing yardage.
New York may have led, 14-13, heading into the final stanza, but the G-Men let Ted Ginn run wild on a punt return, which cost them six, and followed that with two painful turnovers. No wonder they wound up losing, 25-14.
The Giants, who turned a 9-7 record into their last Super Bowl win in 2011, haven't even been that mediocre since and look to be in trouble again this season.
Eli Manning struggled again against Arizona, throwing two interceptions, and the Giants only rushed for 84 yards. As a result, the G-Men are starting to have visions about last season's 0-6 start. If they don't beat Houston this weekend at home, that may just happen.
The Texans, who lost their last 14 games in 2013, are 2-0 this season. If they can come in and knock off Tom Coughlin's team on Sunday, it'll be a cold winter in East Rutherford.