Tuesday mornings bring a sense of Spring during football season, as the highs and lows of tester-Sunday are replaced by the freshness of hope; a new opponent, another game, new life. For the New York Giants, shaking off the bye-week cobwebs and getting back into the playoff race starts off with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at home.
Literally, the New York Daily News did not have an article on the Giants in Monday morning's paper. Today's a whole new ballgame.
Hooked on a feeling
Open any paper that covers the Giants and you're going to get some version of the defiant "We're still a playoff team" story. In the NY Post, they did two of them, one on each side of the ball: Justin Tuck and the defense are aiming to "regain" a lost focus, while Eli Manning and his rested arm say they're ready to get the offense back on track.
Frustration growing for Wilson
David Wilson has been a mystery for Giants fans, as the first-rounder has been relegated mostly to kick return duties while the Giants running game has struggled. Wilson, referring to the constant coach-speak about proving yourself, is beginning to ask how he's supposed to do that from the bench.
We have a sneaking suspicion the Giants have been biding their time, trying not to inundate the rookie too soon and start burning the tread too early lest he hit a rookie wall. We think the world will see a lot more of David Wilson in the next month or two.
Other story lines:
After the way the Giants have been playing, it's going to take more than a healthy Phillips and a fresh Wilson to beat the Packers. It will take offensive leaders like Tuck and Manning backing up their words.
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