The New York Giants have gotten out of their rut and won two games in a row. Defensive end Justin Tuck believes that their bye week will do the team good, in addition to the leadership of safety, Antrel Rolle.
After a rough start to the season at 0-6, the Giants have made it to the halfway point of the season with two wins. They secured their second win against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday by a score of 15-7, and this week they will have a bye week and time to work on certain areas of the game.
"I feel good about what we've been able to accomplish the last two and a half games on defense…but we have a long way to go obviously, not only just because of our record but on defense too," says Giants defensive end, Justin Tuck.
Although some wonder if Big Blue will be able to maintain the winning streak after the bye, Tuck contends the bye week couldn't come at a better time.
"I think it's perfect actually in the sense that it does come right at halftime of the season," noted Tuck. "We've got to utilize this bye to our advantage and, like I said, come back ready to go next week."
Tuck has made it clear that the team, and defense needs to work on things during this week off in order to come back with another win. He says a key in this is the leadership presence of safety, Antrel Rolle.
"He's one of those guys that is so infectious to be around. He loves the game and it shows," admitted Tuck. "We put a lot of pressure on him to be in that leadership role that he's in. He's definitely stepped up for us. Like I said, it's not like we're surprised. He's been doing it since he got here.
Rolle believes the Giants can come back at full force with wins for the rest of the season.
"That's how competitors feel, said Tuck. "He's very confident in his team, we all are confident. Whatever he said, I guarantee there are 52 other guys in this locker room that are going to step up and try to back him up."
Overall, Tuck believes the team will make the most of the time off and use it to get healthy and keep the hunger in order to win against the Oakland Raiders on November 10.
"[We have to] make sure that we come back next week with that same hunger, with that same mentality going into practice and earn the right to win. It's really that simple."