What could possibly go wrong for the Giants now? They have won three straight, Andre Brown last week returned from his latest broken leg to be the desperately needed workhorse running back, Hakeem Nicks is talking about his desire to "start clicking on those big plays . . . "
And defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has a shoulder injury, might play Sunday against Green Bay after only limited practice Friday.
So all is looking rosier after the Giants' 0-6 start, with reports of cornerback Terrell Thomas talking about extra sessions in the video room and coach Tom Coughlin acknowledging, "There's good stuff going on right now. I see the hard work."
Brown, who fractured his left leg a year ago against Green Bay and cracked it again in an Aug. 29 preseason game against New England, certainly would welcome more of the action he got in last week's 30-carry, 115-yard afternoon.
"Oh, yeah," he said. "There's nothing like it. Nothing like it. All I can do is look forward to it. Prepare for any situation I'm going to be coming into. That's how I'm going to look at it: Just take it one day at a time, one game a week, go out there and be as productive as I possibly can."
A bigger running threat should open up more possibilities for the Giants' less-than-overwhelming air show. "You would hope so," Coughlin said. "Balance is the key."
And balance could lead to better numbers for Nicks, who has yet to score a touchdown this year. "No, I don't think about that, man," Nicks said. "You know it's going to come.
"But I wish I'd do what I got to do to put our team in a situation, whether it be a first down or a touchdown, a momentum-changing play. Just be the guy that can step up in a time of need.
"We're going to have to click on offense, make the tough plays. It's that time of year now, getting down to the crunch-time games, and every little thing counts now."
Whether Pierre-Paul will have a hand in Sunday's game remains unclear; his status officially is questionable. "Have to wait and see," Coughlin said. "He was out there , was pretty much in all the drills at some point for a few plays . . . The doctors and trainers and everybody else has to pass on that."
Pierre-Paul, with a small Band-Aid on his right shoulder, demonstrated a short jump shot to the clothes hamper with his jersey after practice as a limited show of his range of motion.
"Feels pretty good," he said. "You know, my first practice all week. See how it is [Saturday] and Sunday morning. I don't know."
The rest of the Giants' injury report:
Thomas (knee), probable; tight end Bear Pascoe (ankle), probable; running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), questionable; cornerback Corey Webster (groin/ankle), out.