The New York Giants have started 0-6 this season after falling to the Chicago Bears this past Thursday night. They have had a few days off before returning to practice in preparation for their game against the Minnesota Vikings this upcoming. Veteran defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins spoke about the tall task of stopping the NFL’s premier rusher, but he thinks his unit is up for the challenge.
“You can control him, you definitely can,” said Jenkins of Peterson. “But it’s going to take all 11 players on the field. I’ve played against him and had some success against him before and I’ve also seen what happens if you don’t. We’ve got to go in there, especially up front, we’ve got to do a good job in trying to keep him from getting back to the second level.”
The Giants are coming off a bye week to try and regroup after a disastrous start to the 2013 campaign. Jenkins thinks the time off couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Personally, I always feel like it does,” said Jenkins of the bye week helping his team collect itself. “You get away for a little bit, get another little break here. It’s almost like a little bye week, you’re a little more anxious to get back to it.”
Big Blue is chomping at the bit to get off the snide and notch its first win of the season. While New York has avoided finger pointing so far this season, Jenkins is taking it upon himself to raise his level of play.
“I think about it a little bit, but you’re careful about what you talk about because you don’t want it to look like you’re trying to single out anything,” admitted Jenkins. “You kind of try to focus on what you can control the most and for us, we can do a better job of getting them into third and longer situations and then getting off the field.”
The Giants will look to avoid becoming the league’s laughingstock in front of a national television audience on Monday night against Peterson's Vikings.