The New York Giants are tied with three other teams in football for the worst record in the NFL, sitting at 0-4. This is the worst start Big Blue has experienced since the 1987 season when they lost the first five games after winning Super Bowl XXI the previous season.
Before the season started, would you believe the Giants would kick off the 2013 campaign with such a rocky start?
What’s even harder to believe is the prediction Antrel Rolle made when he said the Giants would finish the season 12-0. This came after a blowout 31-7 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on,” Rolle said. “And I truly believe that and I’m not (just) saying that. And people may look at me like I’m crazy, but you know, I couldn’t really give a damn at this point.”
It seemed like an impossible task to complete in 2006 when Big Blue began the year 0-2, but the Giants somehow made a triumphant run to the Super Bowl.
Now it’s an even bigger test. The organization is currently winless but only two games behind the first place Dallas Cowboys. The Giants may not go on a 12-game winning streak to close the season, but with five conference games left on the schedule and a weak NFC East, they could easily slip into the playoffs.
“I think, at that point, that’s helping us out, being that we are 0-4,” Rolle said about still having a lot of games left in the division. “And no one has really taken off with a huge lead in this division. But, more importantly than what’s happening in our division, I think we need to fix ourselves and give ourselves a chance to even go in there and compete and to battle for winning that title.”
The Giants have played some bad football to begin the season, especially on the offensive side. Quarterback Eli Manning is experiencing the turnover blues, the rushing attack is one of the worst in the league, and the offensive line has been one of the most criticized groups in New York.
The defense has not fared well either, putting the Giants in large deficits which are hard to come back from. Losing has become a theme in the MetLife locker room.
“We lost the first one, we lost the second one… it’s easier said than done to get yourself out of that frame of mind, but going out there and playing a game, it is tough,” Rolle said.
Big Blue’s first test is this Sunday against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. This is a must win game for the Giants if they want any chance of competing in the NFC East.
Even after his team has buried themselves into a hole with an 0-4 start, head coach Tom Coughlin has stuck to the same message of “stick together,” heading into the Eagles game. Rolle couldn’t agree more with his head coach.
“We have to stick together,” Rolle said. “We played some bad football out there. We need to come together more as a team.”
“As far as the season goes, disappointed? Absolutely. Discouraged, not at all. My head is definitely hanging high and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things for the rest of the 12 games that we have left.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets and New York Giants for FOXSports and Scout.com.
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