Peep Show

Updated: November 17, 2003, 10:44 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
New York Giants: Though mathematically they're still in the playoff hunt, injuries to the Giants make a surprise run to the postseason all but impossible. After losing TE Jeremy Shockey to a knee injury, WR Ike Hilliard had to sit out most of Sunday's game because of continuing problems with ankle sprains and body soreness. Without those two performers, the offense struggled. Things got worse when SS Shaun Williams went down late in the game when his right knee locked up. "I don't know what happened, to tell you the truth," Williams told the New York Post. "Something's wrong with me, that's all I know right now."

Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Fred Taylor wasn't on the field for most of the second half because he twisted his knee while being tackled early in the third quarter. But on his 14 carries he gained 65 yards on the Tennessee Titans, and the Jags ran for 126 total yards against the league's top run defense, leaving Taylor unimpressed at their status as top dogs. "They're overrated," he told the Florida Times-Union. "They're not the No.1 run defense. They've been jumping out on teams, and teams have to stop running. They're not good. Statistically, they are. But I didn't see it. [The Titans] can print this up and have it for the bulletin board next year, but I don't care. It's just more incentive. I definitely don't think they have the No. 1 run defense."

Detroit Lions: The injury parade continues down 222 Republic Dr. After Losing WR Charles Rogers for most of the season with a broken collarbone and losing WR Shawn Jefferson for the year with a knee injury, the Lions sustained more damage to their deflated receiving corps. Scotty Anderson left the game in the first half because of a badly sprained ankle. Prior to the injury, he had two catches for 87 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown. Without Anderson, Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder were the only veteran wideouts available. Things got so bad that TE Mikhael Ricks ended up running plays at wide receiver. QB Joey Harrington was asked how many practice plays he had had with that group of receivers. "Zero," he told the Detroit News. "We didn't have any receivers left. With Jefferson out and Anderson injured, rookie David Kircus may be signed from the practice squad to the active roster.