The New York Giants are 6-2. Again. It's the sixth time the team has sported a 6-2 record after eight games under Tom Coughlin, and the third straight season in which they've started at 5-2 or better. However, the team historically struggles in the second half, combining for a 27-37 record since Coughlin took over in 2004. It's something defensive captain Justin Tuck is very wary of, and something he desperately wants the team to remember as they head into a crucial part of their schedule.
“What I am worried about is what we have always done,” Tuck said. “We’ve always been 6-2 at the break or 5-2 at the break. We’ve got to figure out a way to make sure we keep this thing going.”
Over the previous three seasons in which Big Blue has started 6-2, they have finished at 2-6, 4-4 and 3-5 respectively. And here in 2012, it's not going to get any easier as they have games on tap against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals.
“We don’t have time to sit back and gloat about 6-2, because we know that we’ve still got a gauntlet to go through and this thing can turn for the worse if we don’t keep focused and keep doing what we are doing," he added. "The NFC is going to be the powerhouse of the NFL this year. So we’ve got to keep pace. Atlanta is still undefeated, San Fran you know is going to be there at the end.”
It certainly won't be easy, but if the Giants wish to win the NFC East or make the playoffs, they're likely to need a 5-3 record the rest of the way. The NFC is extremely competitive this year, and the only sure in is to win the division. If they start to fall back and begin fighting for a wild card spot, they're going to find themselves in some familiar trouble.
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