NEW YORK (WFAN) — It wasn’t pretty for the second week in a row.
New York defeated the division-rival Eagles, 15-7, without scoring a touchdown. But with the Cowboys blowing a late lead and ultimately losing in dramatic fashion, the 2-6 G-Men amazingly find themselves just two games out of first place in the very weak NFC East.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who completed 25 of 39 passes for 246 yards — and most importantly, had no interceptions — in the victory, joined WFAN host Mike Francesa on Monday to discuss the state of the team at the halfway point of the season.
“We realize, ‘Hey, we’re still in this thing,'” the three-time Pro Bowler told Francesa. “As bad as it started off, we can make it right. We can fix this, and it’s just gonna come down to how we finish this season … We’ve gotta get hot and we’ve gotta start playing to our ability and find ways to win games. The next game is the only one that you can worry about, and that’s Oakland.”
The Giants won’t play the Raiders until November 10, as they’re currently on their bye week. After hosting Oakland at MetLife Stadium, the Giants will host the Packers and the Cowboys at home. It’s a critical stretch, and Big Blue can’t afford to lose any of those games if they plan to make a serious run.
“We know we have three home games in a row, and we’ve still gotta play Dallas again,” New York’s leader told Francesa. “We’ve still gotta play Washington twice, so we’ve got some big division games. Obviously no one in this division is running away with anything, and you never know what can happen. We’ve got a lot of football (left), and (we’re) not too far behind.”
With numerous players injured — and a six-game losing streak in the books that was mentally exhausting — the bye week couldn’t come at a better time for the Giants.
“Having this bye week, hopefully we’ll get Brandon Jacobs back healthy, get him back in the mix,” Manning said. “We have a few defensive guys who are banged up who will get back. I think it’s good for Peyton Hillis … I think everything is kind of set up, (it’s) coming at a good time. Guys are energized and believe that we can make a run and we can make this into a special season.”
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