Giants coach Tom Coughlin knows how important a win is as his team heads down the stretch.
It doesn’t matter if it’s against an also-ran like the Washington Redskins or another struggling team like their next opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. You have to take wins any way you can get them this time of season.

“Overall, we were pleased to get our second win in the division and our eighth win overall,” Coughlin said yesterday. “We’re happy to be able to keep the pace within our division.”

Coughlin doesn’t anticipate his team overlooking the lowly Vikings — not after last year’s blowout loss that ended their season.

“They’re very well aware of it. We mentioned it at the conclusion of our postgame comments with the team,” said Coughlin. “That will not prevent us from making sure that they do have a very good recollection of how we’ve gone in there the last couple of times we’ve played there.”

The Giants may not see the same face under center. Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is questionable with a shoulder injury, so the Giants have added some extra prep time for mobile backup Tarvaris Jackson. Both quarterbacks are capable of ripping the Giants’ defense. Favre threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns in their last matchup, while Big Blue struggled against a running QB in David Garrard earlier this season.

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