The Giants just suffered a tough loss at the hands of the New England Patriots, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism as the 5-5 team heads into its bye week. First of all, the Eagles and Cowboys both lost on Sunday, which allowed New York to remain in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The only team in the division to win in Week 10 was the Washington, a squad that the Giants defeated handily back in Week 3.
The road ahead isn’t easy, but Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants know that they control their own destiny.
“Well we just have to handle our business these next six games,” said Manning, “We are in a good position. You would obviously like to have more wins, but we still have the lead in the division and if we take care of our business and do what we have to do and win these next six games, that would guarantee us a spot in the playoffs, so we know what is ahead of us, we know what we have to do and we just have to take it one game at a time. It starts with Washington, go get a win there and take it week by week and know what it is going to take to get into the playoffs.”
The upcoming weekend of rest would have allowed Manning the opportunity to watch his older brother Peyton and the Denver Broncos take on the Chicago Bears. However, the elder Manning has been ruled out of the Week 11 matchup due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Peyton tried to play through the injury on Sunday, but that resulted in perhaps the worst game of his career in which he threw four interceptions and just five complete passes in a loss to Kansas City. Still, the Broncos are in good position to win the AFC West.
“I know [Peyton] has been dealing with some injuries and stuff,” said Eli Manning, “but I kind of heard about the game yesterday but haven’t talked to him today but he will be fine, bounce back and hopefully get healthy. Hey, they are 7-2 and in a good spot, I would take 7-2 with one four-interception game right now, so that is the way it goes.”
Eli has played through a similar foot injury before, and he’s confident that his brother can bounce back once he is healthy.
“Mine was a full tear; I don’t know what a partial tear feels like,” said Eli, “I talked to [Peyton] a little bit about it and just kind of what it felt like. I talked to him earlier in the week last week and it was a little sore, but it sounded like he was able to practice on Friday and saw some highlights from the game, it looked like he was moving around okay, but hopefully he will figure out a way to feel as good as he can and get a plan for getting back where he is moving around, being able to push off and playing the way he knows he can play.”