The atmosphere surrounding the New York Giants nowadays has changed drastically since their 0-6 start. In just one week, the Giants have earned their first two wins of the season against the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles respectively to get them back in the hunt for the NFC East divisional crown.
One big reason the Giants have won their past two games, is due to the stellar of the play of their defense. New York hasn't given up an offensive score in the past two games and has seasoned veteran players like cornerback Terrell Thomas start playing like their old selves on the field.
"I think the coaches did a great job of putting me in a situation where I can just play football, utilizing my size and speed," said Thomas. "I was able to make some plays for our defense."
Thomas had a great game against the Eagles. He lead the team in tackles with 11, had a sack, and huge force fumble that stopped a potential scoring drive by the Eagles.
"I thought Prince and Trumaine did a great job allowing me, Antrel, and Will, to just roam back there and make tackles," said Thomas. "We just had a solid day of defense."
Thomas, who is coming off back-to-back season ending ACL injuries, has stepped up this season to help out the Giants depleted secondary. The big question though for Thomas, is if he can stay healthy all season.
"I think with this coming (bye) weekend, the rest of the season should be good for me," noted Thomas. "I think I'm at a turning point with my knee that it's adjusting, kind of getting my legs underneath me and knowing what to expect week in and week out."
With that being said having great performances the past two games has instilled confidence in Thomas moving forward.
"I think that was a good game, to say welcome back," said Thomas. "I felt good. I had a great week of preparation. It was good to see my practice carry over to the game. I was excited with my play. It doesn't mean anything if I can't do it the following week and keep dealing on it."
The Giants will now use their bye week to prepare for their Week 10 matchup against the Oakland Raiders, who Thomas refuses to take lightly.
"We have a tough schedule coming up with the Raiders," said Thomas. "They're no joke and it doesn't get any easier after that."
If the Giants the want to keep their winning streak alive and their season afloat, they will need to approach all their remaining games as if it was a playoff game. Even though Big Blue has won two straight that they haven't proved anything yet, according to Thomas.
"We haven't done anything yet. We're 2-6."