Desperation starting to sink in for Giants playoff hopes

Eli Manning
Eli Manning leads the NFL with 18 interceptions, despite having none against Dallas.
Credit: Getty Images

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.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…

International

Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…

National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

Gossip

Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Wellbeing

VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…