The New York Giants still have a shot at making the playoffs. That’s kind of hard to believe considering they have completely flamed out in the past two games, losing by a combined score of 67-14. Head coach Tom Coughlin isn’t worried about the playoffs anymore. The Giants need too many things to happen in order for them to get in.
Coughlin wants the players to play for pride. This is a division game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have owned the Giants in regular season play the past several years. The Giants need to make sure they come in and give maximum effort in order to gain a psychological edge. The Giants need to believe they can beat the Eagles going forward.
With the possibility of making the playoffs slim, the Giants should still play for that as well. As QB Eli Manning put it, the worst possible scenario is if the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys all lose and the Giants lose as well. That would be a waste of a scenario perfectly gone right only for the Giants.
The Giants also have to play for themselves and their jobs. The way certain players have performed this year, they may very well be playing for their futures. One name that jumps off the page is CB Corey Webster, who has given up a ton of big plays throughout the course of the season.
Webster will need to play with pride, especially after what the Baltimore Ravens and WR Torrey Smith did to him last week. The Giants may look to address their secondary considering how he’s played this season. CB Prince Amukamara was solid this season, but didn’t make plays at all.
Webster is among many on the defense who has not played well at all this season. DE Osi Umenyiora knows he may not return, as he continues his quest for a final long-term deal. He was a situation pass rusher this year, but was still mildly effective. This probably means the Giants will look to draft yet another pass rusher as well.
Pride is what the Giants should be playing for this Sunday. Coughlin has the right message.