Just prior to their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck warned that the team needed to forget their 6-2 record and focus on avoiding another second-half collapse. They were promptly defeated 24-20 on Sunday, and the immediate concern of another potential late-season swoon overcame fans and media alike. But Tuck brushed off said concerns, claiming that he's not worried about a collapse after only one game.
"No, I’m not worried," said Tuck. "We won the Super Bowl last year and didn’t win a game in November. If you ask me would I want to win a Super Bowl like that again? Sure."
Alas, Tuck isn't interested in a completely failed month of November. He and the Giants, ideally, would like to make it a bit easier on themselves than they did a season ago. That starts with having confidence in themselves and each other.
"Do I want to go 0-for November? Absolutely not," Tuck said. "[Are we] worried about it? No. I feel very confident in this team understanding the urgency of it. We kind of brought it to the forefront and everybody knows about it, rookies involved. We just got to go out and play better and not worry about what our past has been."
With their loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Giants' second-half record dropped to 27-38 under head coach Tom Coughlin since 2004. They'll have another opportunity to improve on that record this coming Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
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