The Giants watched football on Sunday and saw every other team in the NFC East win. So when they woke up on Monday morning, their already big game against the Bengals had taken on even greater significance.
“Huge,” center Weston Richburg said.
The Giants needed a victory to keep pace with the 8-1 Cowboys and remain a step ahead of Washington (5-3-1) and Philadelphia (5-4). That’s exactly what they got with a 21-20 decision at MetLife Stadium that moved them to 6-3.
“We’re proving a point,” safety Landon Collins said, “that we’re a team to reckon with.”
“We’re in a tough division,” Richburg said, “and it’s going to be pretty crucial moving forward. We’re hungry and we want to keep this thing going.”
So far they are, more than they have in quite a while. It’s the first time many Giants players have experienced a four-game winning streak, Richburg included. It also gave the Giants six wins, matching their total in each of the previous two seasons.
“I haven’t been 6-3 since I’ve been here, so this is a great feeling,” Odell Beckham Jr. said.
Theoretically, they should continue to build on that record. Their next two games are against the Bears and the Browns, who have a combined two wins between them.
Richburg cautioned against getting too cocky at this point.
“We can’t look at that,” he said of the opposing records. “It’s the NFL. There are players on every roster.”
The Giants, it seems, have some players, too.
“We’re a hungry team, a scrappy team,” Richburg said. “Guys understand the situation we’re in.”