The Giants offensive line was one of the units that stepped up their game this week, holding their own against a very talented Lions' defensive line. Giants' rookie offensive tackle Justin Pugh was pleased with his unit's perfornance.
"I think we went out there and played hard," noted Pugh. "I think the second half we could have done a better job, but overall I think we went out there and fought and that's something that we were harping on all week."
During the week prior, the Giants' offensive line received a lot of criticism for its horrible play against Seahawks. Pugh spoke with reporters postgame about the criticism they got during the week and how it affected them.
"I didn't' really look into any of the reading or anything like that," noted Pugh. "I just know that as an offensive line, after that game, we felt that we could have played better. I think the way we played last week was something that affected the way that we prepared this week and making sure that we went out there and tried to prove people wrong and play physical, play with a lot of emotion and play with the effort that it takes to win a football game in the NFL. I think we went out there and played hard."
The Giants' offense did a good job of keeping the Lions' defensive lineman in check, including All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
"I know we wanted to focus on making sure we picked up all of our assignments, stated the Giants' rookie lineman. "I think we could have done a better job with that in the second half. They did some twists and it was the same thing, we needed just to do better, but I think at the end of the day we went out there and fought. We gave it every single thing we had, had effort every play." Pugh, who has been the Giants starting right tackle for the whole season, has shown a lot of improvement throughout his rookie season and his play against the Lions on Sunday proved he can be a good player for the Giants in the future.
"I think my knowledge of the playbook has gotten better each and every week and I'm better at that," admitted Pugh. "I have to keep working on my hands and doing the right things with my hands and my feet. That's just something that you keep getting better at, to have that confidence to go out there and do those things. I just want to keep getting better each week. I have a lot to learn this offseason, I think it's going to be a big offseason for me."
The Giants, who now standing at 6-9, will play their final game of the 2013 season next Sunday against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. With a win the Giants will end with a 7-9 record and salvage a season that could have been worse after starting out 0-6.