The 5-4 New York Giants will be a decided underdogs in their own building on Sunday when the host the 8-0 New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET/CBS). Oddsmakers list the Giants as 7-point underdogs in the opening line.
"Arguably the best team in the NFL is coming to our stadium and it's going to be a big game," said Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who won a Super Bowl ring with New England last season. "New England is never not going to be a difficult task and that's a tribute to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick as the coach, and all the guys that move around in and out the building. They just do a great job and we're definitely going to have to play lights out to beat these guys at home."
The up-and-down Giants come off a 32-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants probably have not played a complete game with the offense, defense and special teams all playing well simultaneously since a 24-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. They know they will need to do so on Sunday.
"We're trying to approach it as another week. Another week that we have to go out and win to remain at the top of this division and I think that's anyone's outlook of this week. We've got to look forward to the challenge, we all know that they're a great team. Have to step up to it," said wide receiver Rueben Randle. "Go out there and step up to the plate and see where we stand and we want to be one of the better teams in this League and this is the challenge that we need."
The Giants, of course, have the 4-4 Philadelphia Eagles nipping at their heels in the NFC East.
"We all knew we were capable of being the top team in this division. It was all about us going out there and making sure that we did it on the field, not just talk about it, and rely on other things," Randle said. "I don't find it a surprise to us that we're at the top. We've just got to continue to build as a team and get better each and every week to remain there."
The Eagles host the 3-5 Miami Dolphins this week. That means that if the Giants want to stay in first place heading into their bye week they need to find a way to knock the Patriots from the ranks of the NFL's unbeaten.
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