Where do the 3-4 New York Giants go from here? Well, the go on their bye week where they will have a chance to ponder the damage they have done to a promising season by losing back-to-back NFC East games to the two teams they are chasing.
Let's look at some of the post-game reaction from the Giants following Sunday's disappointing 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It was a game in which the Giants were spirited and competitive, but unable to stop DeMarco Murray (128 yards) or Dez Bryant (9 catches, 151 yards), and too mistake-prone on offense (three turnovers, several key penalties) to defeata team that has now won six straight games.
"We're 3-4, we go into the bye week. We've gotta come together here and try to figure out a way to get some of these things done that are frustrating for us right now," said head coach Tom Coughlin.
"I'm concerned with playing better football, with our execution, with our ability to run the football, which was basically not there tonight. Defensing the run -- we made some good plays against the run and we made some bad plays against the run."
"I hope we come back with great resolve after the bye and look at the opportunities that are in front of us. Obviously we play some very very good football teams, but we continue to try to improve on the things we're doing poorly and look forward to the opportunities that are coming ahead of us," Coughlin said.
"We've lost a couple of important games in a row. We have a lot of games to play. We're gonna have to do something about it. We have nine games. We certainly have to get some Ws.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught two touchdown passes for the Giants. What did he think of the team's latest loss?
"We turned the ball over a few too many times. Couple of mental errors on some key downs. Fourth and one we false start. We just kinda put ourselves in a hole for the entire night," Beckham said. "We kept fighting and we kept fighting. I don't why there's any reason we can't beat this team. The Cowboys are a great team. We just have to do more."
The Giants did have their moments offensive, but there weren't enough of them.
"Penalties, bad plays, losing yardage on runs. We didn't run the ball real well," said quarterback Eli Manning. "We just hurt ourselves a little bit in the second half."
Manning thought the Giants "played better that we did a week ago."
"It's tough when you lose division games, lose two in a row. We've just gotta keep fighting. We've gotta figure out a way to get better," Manning said. "We're not going to give up. That's not an option. We're going to keep fighting. No one said it was going to be easy."
Here is Antrel Rolle's reaction to the loss:"
We tried today. I felt like we played hard, felt like we played with a lot of passion, but unfortunately we just got the short end of the stick.
"We don't make excuses. We need to get better as a team, that's all.