Two straight losses and a string of poorly played games may be enough to sap the confidence from an NFL team. But Justin Tuck said that hasn't been a problem for the Giants. On the contrary, he said, the Giants may have had too much confidence and that led to their letdowns.
"I think we've always been very confident, sometimes maybe too confident," Tuck said Monday. "Borderline cocky a little bit. But our confidence . . . I don't think it will ever waver on this team."
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With six games remaining against a string of teams also in pursuit of playoff positions, the Giants' confidence will be tested. "We'll definitely find out a lot about ourselves," Tuck said.
Before the bye, Tuck said he didn't yet have a pulse on the identity of this team. Now, though, he seems sure of at least one thing.
"Everybody on this team feels that we can be the best team in the league when we're playing our style of football," he said. "It's just unfortunate we haven't played our style of football the last couple of weeks . . . We're 6-4, but we're kind of blessed to be 6-4. We realize that, but we also know that, you know, a little bit here and there and we could be 9-1."
Snee sees NFC East fight
When the Giants play the Packers on Sunday night, there is a chance they could need a win to maintain a grip on first place in the NFC East. A win by the Cowboys over the Redskins on Thursday would cut the Giants' lead to a half game.
"It's crazy how quickly things are flying by and how things can change quickly," guard Chris Snee said. "We went from being comfortably in the lead to being back in a position where we're going to have to fight. We're ready to fight."
Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) practiced for the first time since he was shut down two weeks ago. "I feel better about [playing] this week," he said . . . Linebacker Keith Rivers couldn't even avoid injury during the bye week. He was in a car accident in California last week. "He bruised a knee," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We hope that's all it is." Rivers has played in only five of the Giants' 10 games with other injuries . . . Linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) and receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle) did not participate in Monday's workout.