Victor Cruz began this season searching for his first NFL reception. He might end it putting up one of the most prolific seasons ever for a Giants receiver.
"It’s crazy,’’ Cruz said.
Cruz, as he did last week in New Orleans, will start today against the Packers, replacing injured Mario Manningham. Cruz has been on a tear lately and enters the game with team highs in catches (55), receiving yards (957) and touchdowns (seven). He is on pace for 1,392 receiving yards, which would surpass the franchise single-season record of 1,343, set by Amani Toomer in 2002.
The Giants don’t play for the NFC East on Sunday. They don’t. They can still win the East if they lose to the Packers and somehow win out from there against the Cowboys, Redskins, Jets on Christmas Eve, the Cowboys again. Maybe they can even win the division at 9-7. But in all the big ways, the Giants do play for their season at 4:15 at MetLife. They try to get up after getting knocked around and knocked down the way they were in New Orleans Monday night.
They try to look as if they haven’t quit their season even before it quits them.
The New York Giants are looking to avoid their fourth straight loss when the undefeated Green Bay Packers are coming to New York.
The game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers will feature two of the best quarterback/receiver combinations on deep passes in the league. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 8-for-11 this year when targeting receiver Jordy Nelson 21 or more yards down the field, according to Stats & Info. That's the highest percentage (72.7) in the league for a quarterback/receiver combo with at least 10 such attempts. The Giants' Eli Manning and Victor Cruz rank third on the same list, as Manning is 9-for-14 (64.3 percent) with four touchdowns when targeting Cruz at least 21 yards downfield.
Coughlin isn’t giving up. He can’t afford to and he knows that without a monster pass rush tomorrow at MetLife Stadium, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers will destroy the Giants, essentially ending their season and most likely Coughlin’s Big Blue coaching career.
Of Coughlin’s coaching energy, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said: "He’s always going.’’
If the Giants don’t make the playoffs, Coughlin is going out the door.