Fassel pleased with win but not w/special teams

<P>Jim Fassel was very pleased one day after his club gutted out a 23-9 win over Washington that, coupled with the Eagles' loss to Arizona, left the Giants (3-1) in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. </P>

Jim Fassel was very pleased one day after his club gutted out a 23-9 win over Washington that, coupled with the Eagles' loss to Arizona, left the Giants (3-1) in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Fassel mentioned the play of DT Cornelius Griffin, the entire secondary and the squad's pass rush as the major positives to come out of the win defensively. All told, the Giants were able to accomplish 14 of their 16 defensive goals against Washington. He wasn't pleased with the sloppy special teams, and had mixed emotions about the team's offensive output.

While Fassel was happy the Giants had four drives of 10 or more plays, he was disappointed that they were only able to score 7 of those possible 28 points, the lone score coming on Dan Campbell's one-yard TD catch.

On the injury front, Fassel said that RB Ron Dayne (sprained neck) had an MRI Monday that showed no structural damage. Fassel said that he's "fairly hopeful" that Dayne will be ready to play Sunday. As for Tiki Barber (hamstring), he ran about half-speed Monday and said he felt pretty good. Fassel said he's "reasonably hopeful" that Barber will play, and that there is a better than 50/50 chance of both backs being ready in some capacity to face the Rams.

Other injuries include RB Damon Washington (sprained shoulder), C Dusty Zeigler (sprained ankle) and LG Glenn Parker (concussion). More will be known about those ailments when the Giants resume practicing Wednesday after Fassel gave the club off on Monday and Tuesday (usual day off).


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