Fassel backs off

Jim Fassel may have backed off his ‘guarantee' that his team would win its final six games after the loss to Minnesota, but there's no doubt that Fassel's team is in quite a precarious position.

"We've made it extremely difficult for ourselves," he said. "It's not impossible, but extremely difficult. "We're going to have to go five out of six, six out of six. Anything less than five out of six and we're not going to make it."

Fassel also clarified that "I didn't mean it as a guarantee – I meant it as a challenge." And Fassel's task begins in a big way Sunday when the Giants host the 7-2 Oakland Raiders.

"Oakland is probably playing as well as any team in the National Football League," Fassel said. "We're going to have our hands full – no doubt about it."

But they may not have all their hands on deck. CB Will Allen, who was poked in the eye Monday night, and DT Keith Hamilton (shoulder/pectoral injury that he re-aggravated Monday night) are listed as questionable, as is back-up RB Damon Washington (hamstring). While Allen is likely to play, teammates have said that Hamilton made his injury worse by playing through it, and is a distinct possibility to miss Sunday's pivotal contest. CB Jason Sehorn (knee, came out of Monday's game better than Fassel expected), C Dusty Zeigler (concussion) and reserve DE Cedric Scott (hand) are all listed as probable.

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