Desperation starting to sink in for Giants playoff hopes

Eli Manning
Eli Manning leads the NFL with 18 interceptions, despite having none against Dallas.
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The Giants desperately want to put the Cowboys loss behind them and bounce back quickly. And luckily for them, they’ll be facing a team in the Redskins that’s dealing with even more adversity.

Despite having their four-game winning streak halted last week and falling two games behind the NFC East-leading Eagles and Cowboys, the Giants (4-7) will actually head into their Sunday night matchup with the Redskins (3-8) as a team with still-preserved playoff hopes.

“We just have to get over that [Dallas] loss as soon as possible. We still have to get after it … and come in prepared,” said cornerback Terrell Thomas. “We’re definitely not going to turn on each other. We’re definitely going to keep working together. We’ve done some great things the last couple of weeks and even last week, too. Yeah, we came up a little bit short against a very good team [and] it’s a tough loss because right now our season is looking a little diminished, but you never know what can happen.”

Head coach Tom Coughlin added that as “important” as the loss to the Cowboys was, the Washington game holds more weight because “it’s the next game” and also because it begins a stretch of five games that are essentially elimination contests for Big Blue.

“It’s a battle of week to week in this league. Everyone knows [consistently winning] is the most difficult to do, so with that having been said, we’ll just have to make the proper adjustments and away we go,” Coughlin said. “We’re very much aware of having dug ourselves a very, very deep hole. We made a little bit of progress to get out. … We need more, though. The challenge of this nature is what we call an opportunity [to have] a five-game schedule now. One game at a time and just prepare ourselves as best as we possibly can going forward [by] doing the very, very best we can and hopefully keep our dreams alive.”

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.


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