After consecutive blown second half leads, the New York Giants are off to a 0-2 start for the 2015 regular season. A lot of criticism has fallen on the hands of Eli Manning, who made a goal-line time management error in Week 1 against Dallas and was unable to move the ball in the fourth quarter against Atlanta in Week 2. Manning still remains upbeat about the situation and believes that the mistakes are behind the Giants organization.
“There’s always going to be mistakes. I think we, as a team, we have to be careful and not drawing too much on the mistakes," said Manning.
"Acknowledge those, get better at those, but there’s a lot of things we’ve been doing well that we’ve got to keep doing well.”
To keep morale high, Manning and the Giants are focusing on the positives and improving on the negatives of their two games. The issue for the Giants has been closing out in the fourth quarter, as they were highly competitive through the first three quarters in each of their first two games.
“A good thing about a short week is you don’t have a whole lot of time to reflect on the past," noted Manning. "You know, just get back out there, start preparing and go out there and see if we can put four quarters together and play a complete game and win.”
The Giants will be using that four-quarter mentality against a hot Redskins unit that just came off an upset-home win against the St. Louis Rams. The ‘Skins defense looked the liveliest it’s been in years, and Manning knows that they will definitely be a force to reckon with.
“We’re going to have a challenge to stay on the field, have some drives, convert on third downs and block their guys up," said Manning.
They have a good front four and they give good pressure and they have good players in the secondary.”
The Redskins played stout defense against the Rams, forcing continuous three and outs throughout the afternoon and holding Nick Foles to 150 yards on 32 attempts for a porous 4.68 YPA. Manning knows that the outcome of the game will be dependent on his ability to move the chains and give the defense an opportunity to rest, as the ‘Skins held the ball for 37:44 minutes and dominated the time of possession a week ago.
“We’ve got to go out there and put ourselves in situations to win in the fourth quarter like we’ve been doing, but now we’ve just got to do the job and finish the job that we started”
Hopefully the Giants can break their 2015 fourth quarter curse this Thursday night on a short week against the Washington Redskins. Finishing the job will be the underlying drive for the men in the blue.