“We’ve gotta finish this year,” Manning said. “No one knows what’s gonna happen next year, who’s gonna be around or not. That’s the game of football. Things can change quickly.”
“Things are not gonna work out in your favor all the time. That doesn’t mean that you hang your head low. You gotta go out there, and you get better. You play football, you play with pride.”
While beating Green Bay was huge, the Giants’ winning streak does have its critics. New York has basically beaten teams playing with either backup quarterbacks or ones that are hurt.
We’re used to a funky few games from Manning. But even if they’re to beat the beleaguered Packers and headless Cowboys, it starts with Manning. In order to return to No.1, you need a lot more from No.10.
As it happens, the Packers will visit the Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 17, meaning that Big Blue will likely avoid having to face the dynamic quarterback.
“At our last game at MetLife Stadium, our fans were cheering like crazy for us. Obviously they’re disappointed like we’re disappointed that our record is what it is, but when you go to MetLife, our fans bring it.”
“You know, I wasn’t,” the 67-year-old told Francesa. “Frustration, yeah. Disappointment, no doubt … The guys have been resilient and tough. They’ve let all the criticism — at least to a certain extent — bounce off their back.”
“Obviously no one in this division is running away with anything, and you never know what can happen,” Manning told WFAN host Mike Francesa. “We’ve got a lot of football (left), and (we’re) not too far behind.”
Sometimes a run ends, no matter who leads it. Yet the message remains the same with the Giants, and that message resonates just as loudly in loss as it does in victory.
“I think the pressure is on now more than ever,” the two-time Pro Bowler told Joe & Evan. “In my eyes, we have to win out. That’s the way I look at it. I’m sure that’s the way our team looks at it. We have to win out.”
Now the Giants, who keep belching these bromides about a playoff run, need to shut up. Win one game and then speak mildly, meekly and modestly.
“We’re 0-6,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. “We’ve dug a huge hole for ourselves, a very huge hole for ourselves. But the season’s not over for us yet. And that’s our mindset, that has to be our mindset.”
“There were a lot of bogus calls in that game,” Rolle told Benigno and Roberts. “I will admit, there were a lot of calls that should not have been made.”
“It’s wide open and obviously we’re two games back right now,” the three-time Pro Bowler said on Tuesday. “Obviously we’ve got to play better football and do those things, but we still feel that we can get hot.”
“(It’s) embarrassing, ridiculous, infuriating, frustrating — whatever you want to say,” Francesa said. “It’s as bad as it could possibly be. It’s not even worth saying the season’s over. Everybody knows the season’s over.