The Giants don’t have much time to dwell on Monday night’s loss to the Vikings. They’ll be back in the NFC North in just a few days, traveling to face the Packers in Green Bay.
“It’s a short week and it’s not going to get any easier,” Ben McAdoo said.
There is a chance, though, that they could get healthier. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dressed for the game but did not play because of a groin injury. He was available for an emergency, McAdoo said, and he should be better suited to play on Sunday night. Eli Apple could be back from his hamstring injury, too. Running back Rashad Jennings is making progress with an injured thumb that has cost him two straight games. And safety Nat Berhe could be clearing the concussion protocol this week.
Still, none of that – not even all of that – will soothe the sting of two losses in a row and a team that started the season with consecutive wins suddenly finding itself in last place in the division.
“We’re 2-2 and we have to go to Green Bay, another road game, against a good team,” Eli Manning said. “Obviously we have some guys banged up so we have to get them healthy on the defensive side, but offensively we have to play better and we have to score more points, plain and simple.”
“After you lose two in a row, it’s never a good feeling,” veteran defensive back Leon Hall said. “We are all mature enough to realize that throughout the season there are a lot of ups and downs. We have to right it and forget about it as soon as we can. Obviously we have a big game coming up on Sunday night. We’ll soak this one in for a day or so, we’ll put it behind us the best way we can.
“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter anymore,” Hall added about the loss. “We have to try to win the next one.”