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Jenkins: Giants can't beat themselves
The Giants have the worst pass defense in the NFL, so that probably does not breed optimism for fans this Sunday, when they'll be going toe-to-toe with arguably the MVP of the NFL, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. However, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins believes that New York can compete with any team on any given day, but to win, it comes down to finishing and not beating themselves.
"We had a chance to win every game that we’ve been in at the end, except for the Philadelphia game," Jenkins said. "For us, we’ve just have to go in and know that it’s going to be a game, it’s going to be a physical game, but it’s going to be a game that we can also win if we do what we’re supposed to do ... We know the sky is the limit for us. Like I said, we can compete and we can play with anyone, but it’s just a matter of finishing. Everybody has to take on the challenge mentally, physically, and we can’t make mistakes, and we can’t beat ourselves."
Jenkins knows the defense will have its hands full come Sunday, calling Newton "probably the best running quarterback in the league" and facing an offense that hasn't scored less than 27 points in a game all season. However, he is confident that the Giants will take that as a challenge and compete, it's just up to the Giants if they can make enough plays to hand the Panthers their first loss of the season.
"For us, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and I believe when coach put the statistics on the board, I think they scored at least 20 points in every game this year," Jenkins said. "Defensively we have to take that as a challenge and try to keep them from putting those points on the board."
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