Last week the New York Giants faced off against the 12-2 Seattle Seahawks and lost 23-0, dropping to 5-9. Giant’s head coach Tom Coughlin called the offensive performance, “pathetic,” after doing little on the field and had the ball turned over five times by Manning alone. Even so, Manning and the rest of the team hope to come out with a much better performance against the 7-7 Detroit Lions this upcoming Sunday.
“We’ll be ready and whoever is out there,” noted Manning. “We’ve just got to get ready for their scheme, what they want to do and have some good answers.”
Not only will the Giants’ offense need to step up, but they need to better prepare for the pressures of the Lions’ defense, pass rush, and players like Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
“They play the run well, but they do a good job of rushing the passer and just getting a good push on the offensive line, kind of getting the guys back in the quarterback’s face, which makes it hard to step up and so you’re going to have to do a good job of moving around in the pocket,” admitted Manning.
The Lions are currently in the hunt for being a team in the playoffs, while the Giants were kicked out of contention a few weeks ago. Big Blue’s winning would be a huge upset and spoiler this week in the Motor City.
“I think all our motivation is just trying to get back to playing better football than we have these last few weeks and try to go out there and just execute our game plan,” noted Manning.
As a quarterback with the highest amount of interceptions in the league, Manning himself needs to find the motivation to personally improve. He says season has not shaken his confidence and that he knows he can “play better.”
“I want to make improvements and try to run this offense more efficiently and go out there and try to do the best I can and try to get a win,” says Manning.
Overall, Manning is clearing his head in order to have a better performance against the Lions.
“I think you’ve just got to forget about the last game,” stated Manning. “Whether you had a great game or a terrible one, you move forward and you prepare for that next game”
The Giants play the Lions Sunday at 4PM EST in Detroit.