At times this season, the New York Giants have seemed like world beaters. They went into San Francisco and demolished the 49ers. Last Sunday, they embarrassed the Green Bay Packers on national television. However, in between those games, the team has been anything but consistent – showing both their best and their absolute worst. It's something linebacker Chase Blackburn hopes they get under control as there's no real ceiling for this team.
"The sky is the limit for us," Blackburn told NFL AM. "We have to play within ourselves, but also play at a higher level."
It's a common feeling amongst the Giants – namely Antrel Rolle – that this group is a far more talented group than the one that won Super Bowl XLVI. However, inconsistency has plagued them all season and prevented them from being in the position they probably should be in entering week 13. Instead, they find themselves in what they refer to as a "six game schedule" (now 1-0) that has tremendous ramifications. So much so that both the players and coaches feel they need to win out.
Because of that, Blackburn felt the team needed to prove something against the Packers. And they did. But this is the NFL and there's little time to celebrate.
A tremendous effort against the Packers could (and will) be easily forgotten if Big Blue goes into Washington and lays an egg against the Redskins. It would allow them right back into the hunt and diminish the Giants' NFC East lead to only one game with four to play.
Perhaps more damning, a loss would drop their division record to 2-3, allowing Washington the opportunity to seize any and all potential tie-breakers should they come into play down the stretch.
Alas, if Blackburn has his way, the Giants we'll see on Monday night will be the same Giants we saw last Sunday night.
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