The New York Giants were once 6-2 and had a firm grip on the NFC East, but after losing a 4th quarter lead against the Pittsburgh Steelers and being embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals, they now find themselves at 6-4 heading into the bye week. It's the third straight season the team has gone from 6-2 after eight games to 6-4 after 10 games, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora is not happy about it.
Following the 24-20 loss to the Steelers last Sunday, head coach Tom Coughlin said it was the most disappointing loss he had been a part of in a long time. For the most part, the team agreed. Unfortunately, that loss has been one-upped by their beat down in Cincy, which Umenyiora says may have been one of the worst losses in his professional career.
"It's unbelievable. That's the most disappointing loss I think I've ever been a part of," Umenyiora told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean, they played well; Cincinnati played well. But we had a lot of stake in this particular instance and to come out here and play the way we played, there's no way we should've played like that. It was a terrible loss for us — a terrible loss. We've got to have a lot more pride than that."
For the second straight week, the defending Super Bowl champions have failed to avoid stigma of being a poor second-half team. And although they've acknowledged it, they've been unable to turn things around; unable to take advantage of ideal situations. Instead, they've blown a fourth quarter lead and got demolished by what was a 3-5 respectively.
A week ago, Coughlin called his defense soft. If he's being honest this week, perhaps he will call them quitters.
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