EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Coming off a bye week and riding a two-game losing streak, the New York Giants realize it’s time to turn things around.
While they have a one-game lead over Dallas in the NFC East, the defending Super Bowl champions (6-4) also have a brutal six-game closing stretch that starts Sunday night against the red-hot Green Bay Packers (7-3), winners of five in a row.
"It needs to start now," defensive captain Justin Tuck said Monday after the Giants returned to work following six days off. "It definitely needs to start now. Our sense of urgency has to be great, we have to come out of this bye running. That is important for us leading up to the next couple of weeks to get that momentum swung back in our direction."
It’s not an unfamiliar position for Tom Coughlin’s team. It also had a tough stretch run a year ago and managed to right things just in time to win its second title since 2007. The difference this year is that the Giants don’t have two games remaining with the Cowboys. They have already split games with their rivals from Texas, and Dallas’ schedule is easier the rest of the way.
"We’ve got a one-game lead and we just want to build up that," leading receiver Victor Cruz said. "We control our own destiny just like you always do, every year potentially at this time. We just have to continue to win."
The Giants are healthier following the rest. Receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been slowed all season by foot and knee problems, said this is the best he has felt all season.