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Justin Tuck Says New York Giants Must Forget About 6-2 Record and Focus on Finishing Strong

October 30th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants are 6-2. Again. It's the sixth time the team has sported a 6-2 record after eight games under Tom Coughlin, and the third straight season in which they've started at 5-2 or better. However, the team historically struggles in the second half, combining for a 27-37 record since Coughlin took over in 2004. It's something defensive captain Justin Tuck is very wary of, and something he desperately wants the team to remember as they head into a crucial part of their schedule.

“What I am worried about is what we have always done,” Tuck said. “We’ve always been 6-2 at the break or 5-2 at the break. We’ve got to figure out a way to make sure we keep this thing going.”

Over the previous three seasons in which Big Blue has started 6-2, they have finished at 2-6, 4-4 and 3-5 respectively. And here in 2012, it's not going to get any easier as they have games on tap against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals.

“We don’t have time to sit back and gloat about 6-2, because we know that we’ve still got a gauntlet to go through and this thing can turn for the worse if we don’t keep focused and keep doing what we are doing," he added. "The NFC is going to be the powerhouse of the NFL this year. So we’ve got to keep pace. Atlanta is still undefeated, San Fran you know is going to be there at the end.”

It certainly won't be easy, but if the Giants wish to win the NFC East or make the playoffs, they're likely to need a 5-3 record the rest of the way. The NFC is extremely competitive this year, and the only sure in is to win the division. If they start to fall back and begin fighting for a wild card spot, they're going to find themselves in some familiar trouble.

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11 Responses to “Justin Tuck Says New York Giants Must Forget About 6-2 Record and Focus on Finishing Strong”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    JimStoll says:
    October 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM
    really tough watching this defense sometimes. We all believe we have the best DE in the game in JPP. Before the season starting we all still thought Osi and Tuck were pro-bowl qulaity DEs. Everyone acknowledges Canty as a beast and LJ as a rising star. Bolely has universal support and Kiwi is considered excellent. Then there is Rolle and Phillips who many think is up there as the best safety tandem in the game. And finally Prince and Webster at the corners.
    With all that apparent talent, we are 24th in total yards allowed and 12th in points allowed. You would just think this group would be better

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      I was thinking the same thing last night. Even if there is a homer bias on my part, I go through the defense position by position and it just seems wrong that they are bleeding yardage at at an astounding rate. There is talent on this team at least comparable to other “above average” defenses in the league. There is no excuse for this and unfortunately this is the defensive scheme that we will have to live and die with the rest of the season. With a 6-2 record we could be giving up 600 yards a game and no changes will be made. I dare to go out on a limb and say that these same personnel would not be giving up this much yardage and would be getting off the field under a Spags led defense.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Well, a Fewell defense really cannot be judged by total yards. He’ll give you those and try to stop the scoring. So focus on the points allowed. And then make allowance for the fact that thanks to OUR big play ability we have had enough “short” drives (“short” defined as not consuming a lot of clock time) this season that lead to quick points and ensuing possessions for the opponents’ offenses. That must lead to a bit more scoring by opponents because they may have a greater number of possessions. I think that HAS been the case over the past three weeks and possibly all season.

      If we are giving other teams just one extra possession each game that has a dramatic effect on scoring average. So if that’s the case then the Giants might have an “adjusted points allowed per possession” ranking more like #9-10 in the league.

      And then you have to take into account that we’ve played without Chris Canty, Kenny Phillips, and many others (including two corners whose replacements very definitely allowed some big scoring plays against us, particularly in Week 1) at times and many of them are now coming back.

      Again, I don’t like this system, but I think it may well be a top 1/4 of the league defense by the end of the season, and combined with our offense and the way our special teams are playing, that is “good enough”. You have to give Fewell his due.

      •  JimStoll says:

        I would go with this if it wasn’t for the fact that in each of the last 2 games we in fact gave up the big play for a TD on the last offensive drive of the game

  2.  JimStoll says:

    Peyton Manning is remarkable Halfway through the season he has 17 TDs against 4 INTs and a league leading 109 passer rating

  3.  JimStoll says:

    meanwhile, no one has been sacked less (6) than eli

  4.  Terrence97 says:

    Hope everyone is ok.
    Yea I think the zone style is killin us! Man up n be aggressive. That’s why spans was loved. N fewest is a love hate relationship. Shouldn’t be the 24th d

  5.  Terrence97 says:

    Also need more of a pass rush!!!

  6.  Chad Eldred says:

    As an upstater I dodged the brunt of this storm. I have a sister on the Island who is okay. I truly hope that all of you here that live in the NY metro, NJ and surrounding areas are safe and doing okay. While I may be temperamental at times I do respect the rest of you here and pray for your health and safety. I stocked up on spam before the storm, I’d be happy to send some to those in need.

  7.  JeffNYG says:

    The last three times the Giants started 6-2 was 2011, 2010 and 2007. They went 3-5, 4-4 and 4-4 in the second half. They went 2-6 four times ago in 2006.

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