“Nobody’s talking about us. Nobody has us on their short list, and that’s the way — if you look historically, at least the past few years — that’s the way we want it,” the Giants wide receiver told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Brandon Tierney on Tuesday. “We don’t want anyone picking us to win. We want to go the road less traveled and go through those gritty games, which we’ve been a part of all year long.”
When asked if he thinks the Giants can win the Super Bowl, Cruz said, “I think we absolutely can.”
The team’s strength in recent weeks has been its defense, which held the Cowboys to seven points Sunday night.
Cruz said it was evident at the start of training camp that newcomers such Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins brought the right attitude to the team.
“Just by their character,” he said. “You see these guys, and that’s the first thing you look for is their character, that they want to win and they want to be a part of something special. But I think you can see that in guys like ‘Jack Rabbit’ (Jenkins) and Olivier. You could see that in those guys when they came here, when they walked through those doors.”
The Giants have built a 9-4 record despite their offense being inconsistent. Big Blue has scored just 24 points over the past two weeks.
So what’s the problem?
“I think it’s just a level of execution that we haven’t withstood the entire time throughout these games,” Cruz said. “I mean, you’ll see spurts of having these drives and driving the length of the field and scoring touchdowns. And then you’ll see drives that stall out and go three-and-out and whatever the case may be. So we have to figure out a way to continue to build that consistency going down the field and producing first downs and getting these big plays that we’re used to making and not put ourselves behind early on in the game.”