It may seem like the sky is falling on the 0-3 New York Giants, but there is no sense of panic in the team’s locker room this week. The Giants travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs as Big Blue’s season could very well be hanging in the balance.
Team leader Jason Pierre-Paul has registered just one sack this season and has looked like a shell of his former self following offseason back surgery. As the two-time Pro Bowler looks to regain top form, he took umbrage to Giants’ fans already shoveling dirt on the team’s playoff chances this year.
“If they gave up they ain’t real Giants’ fans,” Pierre-Paul told reporters Wednesday. “At the end of the day, we’ll never give up on ourselves.”
Cynicism and doubt pervade the team’s fan base, but inside the Giants’ Quest Diagnostics Training Center, optimism his running high.
”I feel like our team is going to come together and play in harmony,” stated Pierre-Paul. “We have good chemistry here and we haven’t been playing with chemistry and harmony. I’m pretty sure we’re going to do that this week.”
New York’s pass rush was instrumental in the team capturing the Lombardi Trophy in 2007 and 2011, but so far a once-vaunted defensive line has looked very ordinary in the early stages of the season. Pierre-Paul admitted that he hasn’t had the kind of impact he anticipated or the high level of performance that fans are accustomed to seeing from him.
”Honestly, I haven’t got to the quarterback the way I wanted to,” said Pierre-Paul. "There’s been times I’ve been there, but not fast enough.”
Pierre-Paul admitted that he is still shaking off the rust after missing all of training camp while rehabbing from back surgery. Even with New York’s offensive line ravaged by injuries and its defensive line underachieving; Pierre-Paul is adamant that his team can get back in the thick of the postseason picture starting with a win on Sunday.
“We need to win this game and I’m pretty sure we’ll come out on top.”