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Cruz: Giants receivers need to 'man up' against the cold

Byron Westbrook of the Washington Redskins breaks up

Byron Westbrook of the Washington Redskins breaks up a pass intended for Victor Cruz of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium. (December 18, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

It’s worth noting that the last two games – the ones in which the Giants’ passing attack has been behind the pace of most of the other 13 games – were played outside in the northeast (namely MetLife Statdium). Victor Cruz said that was one of the reasons why there have been so many drops.

“We had some cold hands out there,” he said of the Redskins loss. “But that second game against the Jets we made an effort. We put in a no-sleeve rule and mentally just told ourselves to man-up and accept the challenge of the cold. It’s something that we have to get through. If we come in with that same mentality, we’ll be alright.”

Interestingly, today the Giants practiced indoors for the second time this week.

It was strange asking Cruz, who had just caught a 99-yard touchdown pass, to talk about a struggling passing game. While the numbers back up the recession, Cruz said he hasn’t felt like there’s been any dropoff.

“There’s just been some certain opportunities that we’ve missed and we’ve had a few drops as a corps, some uncharacteristic stuff coming from us,” he said. “But we feel like everything is still in our favor, we feel like all the big plays are still there, and we just have to capitalize on them.”

They’ll have to do that in the cold. Sunday night against the Cowboys, the temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the low 30s. If the Giants win they’ll play another outdoor home game the following weekend. If they win THAT one, they’ll likely have to play in Green Bay the following weekend.

“Thanks for the reminder,” Cruz said of the lack of warmth on the upcoming projections. “We all know it gets frigid up there (in Green Bay). It’s a mental thing. If we can get over it mentally then the cold shouldn’t be a factor for us.”

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