It’s a double edged sword.
With a game on Thursday, the Giants can easily forget about this week’s issues, because they have not time to worry about anything with a game on Thursday.
That can be a good thing.
“We’ve got a short week, so you come in and I think we’re putting ourselves in situations to win games, we’ve just got to find ways to win them,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “We’ve been in good spots in the fourth quarter, we’ve just got to make plays in critical situations and ensure that we get the wins.”
And a bad thing, because…well, they have a short week.
However of the Thursday night home game against Washington, the Giants will need to concentrate on finishing out games. During the first two weeks, Big Blue blew 10 point leads down the stretch to go to 0-2 on the year.
This week, they have to see about playing the fourth quarter like the first three.
“We’ll continue to talk about that, we’ll continue to be positive, and we’ll continue to utilize our meeting time with positive reinforcements whether it be examples of whatever,” said head coach Tom Coughlin. “Sooner or later, we just have to settle down and play the way we’re capable of playing when the game is on the line. I don’t know how to say it any more simpler. The information comes forth from the sideline, you have x amount of time to digest it all, but then you have to go pull the trigger. Like yesterday, the fourth quarter was 14-0, so here we are in good stead throughout, and then we had the unfortunate turnover, but the next quarter was all Atlanta scoring.”
Now the Giants will be facing Washington with Kirk Cousins impressing yesterday. After beating the Rams, they sit at 1-1 on the season.
As a division game, the Giants need this one desperately.
“It’s a division where anybody can win it and we can compete with all the teams and that’s what we want to do,” said linebacker Devon Kennard. “We want to do our best and come out and be ready for Washington. Seeing what everybody else is doing, as well, we definitely have all the opportunity in the world.”
But again they have to finish. That’s the biggest thing.
And they have to do it on a short week.
“The biggest challenge is your next opponent,” Coughlin said. “We’ve had experience with Thursday night games before and we have a routine and a process that we utilize for information to go to the players and then at the best we possibly can get the information covered on the field, in most cases just a jog thru. We’ll continue to utilize that format.”
It’s a double edge sword.