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Eli Manning: Giants need "something to give the team some confidence"

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Manning, Giants prep for Redskins

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are 0-2, the third straight year they have started the season that way. They also started 0-2 in 2007, when they won the Super Bowl. So, Eli Manning, is there a difference between the 0-2 records?

"O-2 is 0-2," Manning said. So, guess not.

The quarterback actually thinks the short week, with the Giants facing the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, might help them.

"A good thing about a short week is you don't have a whole lot of time to reflect on the past," Manning said. "You know, just get back out there, start preparing and go out there and see if we can put four quarters together and play a complete game and win."

A win, of course, would go a long way toward ending the barrage of criticism Manning and the Giants have received after blowing back-to-back double-digit fourth-quarter leads. Manning said "something to give the team some confidence, can make a big difference."

"Nothing a win can't fix. There's always going to be mistakes. I think we, as a team, we have to be careful and not drawing too much on the mistakes. There's been a lot of good things, a lot of positive things," Manning said. "There are some things we could do better, there are some things we can improve on. Acknowledge those, get better at those, but there's a lot of things we've been doing well that we've got to keep doing well.