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Antrel Rolle issues challenge to Giants fans, teammates

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21), Antrel Rolle (26)

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21), Antrel Rolle (26) and Jon Beason (52) tackle the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of a game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

Antrel Rolle said the Giants will "bring the pain" against the Texans on Sunday. But he wants the fans to bring the soundtrack.

The safety and defensive captain used part of his weekly appearance on WFAN Tuesday to challenge those who will be watching the game in person at MetLife Stadium. This after the multitudes were fired up for the game against the Cardinals but wound up leaving early, shortly after cascading some boos on the home team.

"The fans were great, the fans were loud," Rolle said. "I'm going to challenge the fans, all the fans of the New York Giants this week to even be louder. I'm going to challenge them to be louder and I want them to challenge us to be better."

Those last two, Rolle knows, go hand in hand.

"We're going to get back," he said. "In order for them to be louder, we have to give them something to be loud about. I challenge ourselves to go out and play better, to make more plays, to make them get into the game that much more. These fans help us out a lot. It helps us, it feeds us, it's our fuel. We really love when the crowd gets into the game. We can feel it."

Rolle said the loudest he's ever heard the crowd at MetLife was during the playoff game against the Falcons in January 2012 on the way to Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants haven't been a playoff team since then.

"I understand us as players, we need to give them something to cheer for," Rolle said. "We have to give them something to stand up and rock those seats. That's what we're aiming for this weekend."

It was a week ago on the same radio station that Rolle expressed concern some of his teammates might look at their opening loss to the Lions with a "here we go again'' attitude coming off last season's 0-6 start. Now that the Giants are 0-2, it would seem even more likely for that kind of malaise to pervade the locker room.

Rolle, however, said even though the Giants lost to the Cardinals, he saw something in the team that alleviated his concern.

"I saw something different in this team this Sunday," he said. "I know it's hard to see outside looking in, but being part of this team and being around these guys on a daily basis and knowing where we've come from, I saw a lot different in this team this Sunday. I'm not worried under any means."

The easiest way to express that would be to win, which the Giants have been unable to do. Rolle said it's still early, though -- and this isn't 2013.

"We're 0-2," he said. "We're not down. I can guarantee you that. We are not down. We're nowhere [near] the same team as we were the beginning of last year. We're not there. We're not that team. We're going to go out there and show you this upcoming Sunday.

"It's a must-win at all costs. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it."

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