The New York Giants and Detroit Lions are still more than two months away from opening their respective seasons on Monday Night Football, but that has not stopped controversial defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who many believe is the dirtiest player in the game, from starting his smack talk early.
During a recent interview with The Oregonian, Suh said the Lions are already looking ahead to their Week 1 game against Big Blue, and have every intention on ruining their start to the regular season.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. We owe something to the Giants. They knocked us out of the playoffs last year. We look forward to the opportunity of returning the favor and spoiling the beginning of their season," Suh told The Oregonian.
Although already a sinking ship in 2013, it was the Giants who officially ended the Lions' playoff hopes with a 23-20 overtime victory — a game that featured Prince Amukamara shadowing Calvin Johnson successfully.
"That was a very, very nice ending for guys who worked their butts off this week," head coach Tom Coughlin said following the game.
For the Giants, it was an important win for moral alone. After starting the season 0-6, they were fighting to avoid a 10-loss season. For the Lions, it was a bitter end to an equally frustrating season and a loss that has clearly lingered. However, 2014 is a new year and the new-look Giants are determined to return to their winning ways, so offering bulletin board material this early seems a bit counter-productive for Suh and the Lions.
Perhaps the overly bitter Suh has decided to take a page from the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps even more remarkable is that a team who finished 7-9 in 2013 already has such a target on their back. Maybe that tells a tale about what opponents of Big Blue are expecting in 2014.
Either way, it's time for the Giants to put this quote up on their chalkboard and ensure they remember it come kickoff in Week 1.
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