The New York Giants came out of their bye week with the mentality that they had a six-game schedule in front of them that would ultimately determine their fate. After losing to the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Big Blue fell to 7-5 and currently leads the NFC East by only one game. Because of the likely tiebreakers, head coach Tom Coughlin realizes his team has put themselves in a terrible spot and must now run the table to avoid yet another second half collapse.
"Knowing full well it's a four-game season, we have to win, literally, every one of our games," said Coughlin. "That's how I look at it."
Winning out will be no easy task for the Giants, who host the New Orleans Saints this Sunday and then play away games in both Atlanta and Baltimore before returning home in week 17 to play the Philadelphia Eagles. And should they lose any of those games, they would need to rely on losses by both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys to maintain a lead in the NFC East, or losses by the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and a variety of other teams to keep pace in the wildcard hunt.
It's a precarious position to say the very least, but the Giants have no one to blame but themselves. And if safety Antrel Rolle has anything to say about it, the team will come out like a pack of dogs who have their backs up against the wall (at least one half of that statement is already true).
“I think we just need to get back to being a little nasty, having a nasty attitude,” Rolle said. “Don’t do anything that’s out of the line of football, but have a little nasty attitude, get a little bit more dog in us, and go out there and play the game.
They never make it easy on themselves, do they?
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