Jonathan Casillas is one of the few New York Giants with Super Bowl rings, having earned two — in 2009 with the New Orleans Saints and 2014 with the New England Patriots. Casillas said Tuesday that who the Giants play in the opening round of the playoffs should not matter.
“Well, from my experience, is you have to take whatever comes to you. I feel like if you say something like, 'I don't want to play outside’ or ‘I would rather play indoors, in the south and we played them and they are a familiar opponent’, but then if you end up indoors and you wanted to be outdoors which is not likely, but if you wanted to be indoors and then you end up outdoors in the cold in Green Bay, then you might feel like, 'Oh, snap,' “ Casillas said. “It is like you are mentally defeating yourself before it happens, so I feel like as a team and as a unit, we should embrace whoever we get Week 1 or for the Wild Card and whoever we get, we embrace it with open arms and just be thankful that we had an opportunity to play in the game, no matter where it is at.”
Giants 8-point underdogs vs. Washington
Apparently, oddsmakers believe that the Giants — with nothing to play for in terms of playoff position — won’t be giving their best effort Sunday afternoon in Landover, Md. vs. the Washington Redskins. The 10-5 Giants are 8-point underdogs to the 8-6-1 Redskins, who still have a shot at a wild-card berth.
Casillas said rest would be good ... but so would winning the game.
“Yeah, I believe so (that rest would help). Especially if you have got guys who are banged up or are in the injury report and can possibly play, but an extra week of rest would be fantastic. I think that we do have guys like that and like I said, if McAdoo wants to do that, then so be it,” Casillas said. “But we still want to finish this regular season strong and Washington has beat us already, so that would be tough if we go in not trying to beat Washington. Do you understand what I am saying? And I think McAdoo is the guy that wants to beat Washington for sure.”