This season has been littered with disappointment for both players and fans of Big Blue. Coming off a bye week, the Giants face off against the 1-4 Minnesota Vikings at home this Monday, and are hoping for a win. Even so, the last time they were home, the Giants left the field hearing boos from the stadium crowd. Giants wideout Victor Cruz isn’t hiding from his team’s winless record.
“I think we have to [win],” admitted Cruz. “Day one of preparation went really well and I think everybody is on the same page, on the same accord. I think we’ve got to get this done. The cohesiveness is definitely still there. We all believe in each other. We all understand that we can get the job done and we believe in this locker room. So I think it’s just going to take a full team effort, and I think this is going to be the first week we get our victory.”
Even so, this is something we having been hearing for six weeks now, and some wonder if this is actually going to come to fruition for the Giants. According to Cruz, his unit’s one-game at a time mantra still hasn’t changed.
“I think we just have to take it one game at a time,” noted Cruz. “I think we understand that we dug ourselves a pretty good hole and we’re truthful with that within ourselves. “Once we get our first win, we feel like we can get on a little bit of a roll. We’ve just got to focus on getting our first win and then we can go from there.”
In addition to the overall 0-6 record this season, quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 15 interceptions, which has some fans growing impatient. Cruz made it clear that this did not “surprise him.”
“This city doesn’t surprise me at all,” noted Cruz. “The media doesn’t surprise me. People outside of this locker room don’t surprise me anymore…we believe in Eli Manning. He’s our guy and we’re behind him 110 percent and we don’t think anything otherwise.”
Manning has made it clear he plans to step up, and the Giants also have the running prowess of Brandon Jacobs that made a big impact in their game against Chicago. Cruz and company hope the fans will be in full force and help carry Big Blue to its first win of the season.
“I just want to go out there and play and take care of what we can take care of on the field, said Cruz. “I know when we do that our fans will rally behind us and rally around us like they always have when we’ve been successful.”