A team with two wins hosting a team with three at this point in the season does not exactly live up to the Raiders' motto, "Commitment to Excellence." But the Giants hope to borrow another of the silver and black slogans for the rest of the season, starting with Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium.
Just win, baby!
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"Every game is a must-win game for us, so that's going to be our mentality: win at all costs," safety Antrel Rolle said. "Not every win is going to be the way you expected it to be, not every battle is going to be the way you expected it to be, but you just have to go out there and win at any costs."
A victory Sunday would make the Giants the only team in the NFC East to have a three-game winning streak this season. It would tie them for third place with Washington -- still technically last place, but no longer in the cellar by themselves in fourth -- and potentially have them one game behind the Cowboys in the loss column. Dallas plays Sunday night in New Orleans, where the Saints are virtually unbeatable.
All of that hinges on a win, though. And then another and another.
"We can't afford another loss going forward at all," defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "We have to prepare for every game as though it's our Super Bowl, because that's the position we've put ourselves in. We always said that we still have an opportunity to win a championship but we have to take care of business. Taking care of business means winning every single game on our schedule."
Getting to 3-6 may not seem like an accomplishment, but that's where the Redskins were a year ago, and they wound up running the table and winning the division.
"We have to win," Tom Coughlin said. "You don't depend on anybody else. We have an exciting and challenging schedule, but you have to take care of yourself. You have to be prepared, you have to go win football games. Now, five of them are at home. That seems this year to have great significance around the league as I see it, and I'm hoping that that is a very significant factor as we move forward here."
The next three, in fact, will determine if the Giants spend December slugging it out for a division title or simply playing out the final month of the season. After the Raiders come the Packers and the Cowboys. Three must-win games that, amazingly enough, if all goes right for the Giants, could put them in first place by the time they are over.
The Giants can't have a winning record heading into December, but they could regain control of their own playoff fate.
Suggesting that scenario when the Giants were 0-6 could have gotten a person committed. And certainly not to excellence.