Giants back from break, happy to control destiny

Eli Manning said his throws had a little more zip to them after a week off.

The Giants got back to work on Monday after enjoying their bye week. And while they’re still in sole possession of first place in the NFC East, their week-long hiatus also featured a closing of the gap to one game with six arduous matchups remaining.
     
“Everyone knows about this vaunted six-game schedule,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. “But honestly, I think that puts us in a great light, [and] a great position, because we don’t have any room for error. We play back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back great teams and I think this team will be up for them.”  

Like the homestretch last season, the Giants (6-4) still control their own destiny, no matter what the Cowboys (5-5) do. Win out, and the Giants repeat as NFC East champions. 
 
“That’s the way we like it,” wideout Hakeem Nicks said when reminded of last season’s similar scenario where the Giants controlled their own destiny. “We don’t want to have to depend on anybody for anything, so we’ve just got to go out there and take it one week at a time and prepare well and play well.” 

The NFL standings can change quite frequently, according to guard Chris Snee — especially when the Giants had what seemed like a cushy lead in the division. But as the Giants themselves try to rebound from a two-game slide, they now find themselves in the thick of a playoff race. Luckily for them, they’ve been here before, and know the type of perseverance it takes to withstand the pressure. 

Head coach Tom Coughlin joked that his emotions ran the gauntlet on Sunday, as he watched a resurgent Redskins (4-6) squad dismantle the Eagles (3-7), and the hapless Browns (2-8) snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against the Cowboys.  

The Browns blew a 13-0 halftime lead, and a 20-17 lead after scoring a touchdown with just over a minute remaining in regulation, before falling in overtime.  

Coughlin said it’s a coach’s mentality to never think a lead is safe, so when the Browns scored late, he still wasn’t confident the woeful team did the Giants any favors just yet.
  
“I watched a lot of football yesterday, [and] I got excited, got upset, got excited, got all the emotions in play,” said Coughlin. “We were excited to be back on the field and seeing all of our guys again. They’re well rested and ready to go.”
   
“It’s crazy how quickly things are flying by and how things can change quickly,” Snee said. “We went from being comfortably in the lead to being back in a position where we’re going to have to fight. [But] we’re ready to fight.”

Big Blue notes
 
» Quarterback Eli Manning shrugged off the pre-bye talk that his arm was tired heading into the break, saying he didn’t think there was “anything to it.” He said he “feels the same” following his time off, but acknowledged that “it’s always good to get a little break and refresh the mind and body.”  

» Nicks said his surgically-repaired foot and ailing knee feel better, adding he feels his “burst” is almost back.  

» Linebacker Keith Rivers was in an auto accident in California during the bye week. Coughlin said Rivers bruised his knee and was being evaluated on Monday: “We hope that’s all it is. He’s being looked at.”
  
» Safety Kenny Phillips missed the last six games with a knee injury, but was able to practice on Monday. Phillips, who was shocked that he was left off the active gameday roster the last two games, said he feels “better about [playing] this week.”

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

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.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

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.

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…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…