A nice relaxing three-day weekend for the Giants? Not for Justin Tuck, who said he has not been sleeping well since he and his teammates lost to the Cowboys on Wednesday. And he suspects he is not alone.
“I think every guy in this locker room is disgusted with how we played,” the defensive captain said.
The Giants have heard a lot of teams talk about their playoff wins last year as being lucky and well-timed, how the Packers and the 49ers were the better team but “gave” those games away to the Giants. So Tuck was careful not to step too far over that line in regards to the Cowboys. But clearly he and others feel that had the Giants played up to the level they wanted to the score would have been different against the Cowboys.
“I’m not saying Dallas didn’t beat us, they definitely did,” Tuck said. “They did a lot of things better than we did. We didn’t play well. In certain situations we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game. That’s not to say that if we would have played well we would have won. I don’t know. But you want to come out of games like that with everything that was riding on that game, the first week of the season, against a division foe, a team you have a lot of history against, you want to come out and play your best game and say ‘You beat us playing our best.’ But we didn’t do that. That irks me.”
Eli Manning had similar thoughts last week.
“I think there are some games that you lose and you look at it and you just see where you just got beat on all aspects and had no chance,” Manning said after reviewing the Cowboys loss. “That was not the case in this one. I thought we had opportunities. We let some plays slip away. We let some opportunities slip away and we just couldn’t make them up at the end.”
The Giants have another chance to take advantage of those opportunities on Sunday, a sort of re-opening game for them 10 long days after the loss to the Cowboys.
“We want to come out and have a better showing,” Tuck said. “It’s going to be another great test to see where we are and hopefully we can find our rhythm and get a win at home.”