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Giants host Washington Thursday, so little time to dwell on Falcons loss

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

So, is it "on to Washington"?

Yes, and very quickly. The Giants host their division rivals on Thursday night and will undoubtedly refurbish the rallying cry of all teams trying to put the past behind them: We're on to (blank).

"We're not going to feel sorry for ourselves, and we didn't do that last week," Tom Coughlin said. "Maybe it's better for us to jump right back in. We're not going to get to look at this tape with the players, we'll look at it as coaches, but we've got to jump right on to the next opponent."

What's the mood of the team?

Not as bad as you'd think after a pair of gut-wrenching losses. "I actually feel really good about not where we are as a record but where we are as a team and where to go from here," receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said.

Added defensive end Robert Ayers Jr.: "It's not like the losses carry over, a one plus one equals two type of thing. We're not compounding the two, combining the two, we just let one go. We look at this one and move to Washington."

How will the short week affect the Giants' personnel for the next game?

Adversely, more than likely. They could be without rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers, who left the game with an ankle injury that he had been fighting through since last week. The Giants moved guard Justin Pugh to left tackle and brought in John Jerry at guard to replace him. They also probably won't have cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, either. He suffered a stinger on the first snap of the game, came back later in the first quarter, then left with a concussion after getting kicked in the head on a tackle. Coughlin said he'll go through the NFL's concussion protocol, giving him little time to be cleared by Thursday.

Any other injury news?

Special-teams stud Dwayne Harris left the game after being shaken up on a punt return in the fourth quarter. As a positive, the Giants could have defensive captain Jon Beason on the field for the first time on Thursday. He was inactive Sunday but has been practicing with the team.

What records did Beckham break this week?

A couple of pretty good ones. Beckham now has 103 career catches through his first 14 games, which breaks Anquan Boldin's NFL record of 101 catches in the first 16 games of a player's career (with two games to play). Beckham's 1,495 receiving yards are also the most in NFL history for a player's first 14 games.

What record might he break next week?

He needs 99 yards in his next two games to break that record for the first 16 games of a career, currently held by Bill Groman at 1,593.

What does Lawrence Taylor make of Jason Pierre-Paul?

The Hall of Famer attended the game as part of a celebration for the Super Bowl XXV-winning squad's 25th anniversary and was asked about the injured defensive end who lost at least one finger in a fireworks accident on July 4.

"I think he's an excellent player," Taylor said. "You know, it's funny, they say he's 'the next Lawrence Taylor,' or whatever it is. I think he can be in that caliber, but listen, it takes more than one year, and it takes some hard work. And I think he is, especially with this happening now, I think he's willing to put in the work."

With Colin Stephenson

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