"We’re trying like heck to be the best we can be," said Coughlin. "We’re trying to improve on a weekly basis. We’re trying to do the things we didn’t do in the beginning. We’ve had some takeaways, we’ve had pretty good control of the ball, with the exception of the one the other day. We’ve done some things that worked together as a team, so I’m hoping that continues."
Last year, the Giants fell out of contention early by losing theirfirst six games. This year, after going 0-2, they needed to win some games to avoid a similar fate.
"Definitely it’s good to get those two wins, get two in a row, get back to even, but we’re still down in the division, so we can’t let off the gas," QB Eli Manning told reporters on Monday. "We’ve got to keep working to get better each and every week. Another huge game this weekend, so because of our start, they’re all important, they’re all big for us. We’ve got to find a way to win this game."
And that game would be the one coming up this Sunday against the Atlanta at MetLife Stadium. The Falcons seem to be a perfect opponent for the surging Giants and their suddenly potent offense.
Atlanta may have one best offenses in the league (tied for 1st in yards w/Indianapolis and 2nd in PPG with 32.8) but their defense is near the bottom. They are 28th against the run and 30th vs the pass.
The past two weeks, the Giants' offense has shredded JJ Watt and Houston and then squashed the 4th ranked Redskins in DC.
The Giants will only play three games in the month of October: after this Sunday's home game vs Atlanta, the Giants will travel to Philadelphia and Dallas respectively the following two weeks. They have their bye in Week 8.
Going into the season, the NFC East was widely considered the weakest division in the NFL. The first four weeks have dispelled that perception. The Eagles and Cowboys are off to 3-1 starts and the Giants are opening eyes with their new offense.
"It’s always strong," said Manning. "That’s football, you don’t know who’s going to be the hot team, the hot division. It’s all competitive. We’ve got to keep finding ways to win games and win the battles between each other when we get to that point."
He's right. That's why they play the games. The NFC East is on the rise, not down in the dumps.
Philadelphia opened the season at 3-0 and lost a close on in San Francisco this week. They are 3rd in the league in PPG at 30.5 and Dallas is 4th with a 28.8 avg. The Giants, with all their missteps, are 7th at 25.8.
Dallas lost their opener at home to the 49ers, but have won their next three. Their defense, which was thought to be depleted by injuries, is hanging in allowing them to win games with their explosive offense.
The division boasts three of the league's top five rushers: Dallas has the league's leading rusher in DeMarco Murray (534 yards). The Giants' Rashad Jennings is third (341) and the Redskins' Alfred Morris is fifth (316).
The Giants would do themselves a great service by beating Atlanta to move to 3-2 before heading out on the road in the division. It would be key to steal a win in Philly or Dallas.Keep in mind, after the bye they play the Colts, Seahawks and 49ers back-to-back-to-back.