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Post-game quotebook: What the Giants were saying after Sunday’s loss to the Bills

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Let’s go inside the locker room and find out

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How did the New York Giants react to their 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday? Let’s find out.

Linebacker Alec Ogletree on the frustration of being 0-2 ...

“Everybody hates to lose. If you like that, you won’t last long in this league. As a defense, we didn’t play up to our standards that first half. The second half, I thought we played really well. When you lose, nobody likes to lose, everybody should be angry that we are losing. We have an opportunity to continue to work and write our own story. Everybody is pretty much going to write us off after 0-2. We know what we need to do in this locker room, we have to get the job done and it’s up to us to do that.”

Eli Manning on whether the 0-2 start adds pressure on him ...

“When you’re 0-2, there’s pressure on everybody. That’s just the way it goes. But you can’t have that affect you. You can’t let that change the way you prepare, the way you play. I have to make better throws and better decisions, and find ways to convert on third downs. That’s the quarterback’s job.”

Saquon Barkley on being 0-2 ...

“It’s very disappointing to start 0-2, but we still get to live another day. The season’s not over, our chances at the playoffs aren’t over, but you can’t keep having that mindset. You’ve got to come in and attack it, we’ve definitely got to execute better, we’ve got to come to practice, we’ve got to practice at a high level. Everything we’re doing, just try to turn it up a notch just so we can take care of the rest of the games in the season.”

Barkley on accountability ...

“Everyone is held accountable when you lose. It’s team football. That’s the beauty of it, you win together and you lose together. All three phases of the game have got to play better. All three phases of the game have got to be better. If the offense played amazing and your defense not very good and you lose, it doesn’t matter what the offense did. Defense could be amazing and the offense not so good and you lose, and it doesn’t matter. Offense, defense could be great and you don’t play great on special teams and you lose, doesn’t matter. It’s team football, so everyone is held accountable, everyone has got to come back and have the responsibility and belief to challenge one another, and it starts in practice, it starts tomorrow. It starts in watching film, breaking it down, getting rid of it, and moving on to Tampa.”

Coach Pat Shurmur summarizing the loss ...

“First, I thought Buffalo did a good job. They took advantage of opportunities, they scored when they needed to early. Then when we tightened it up a little bit and played a little bit of better defense at the end, we have to make sure we score. I thought early in the game, the missed field goal and then, obviously, the interception before the half – those are scoring opportunities that you can’t miss on. We knew going into it they were a good defense. I felt like throughout I wanted to keep Saquon involved as much as we could, even though the score got to what it was. Ultimately, we just didn’t make enough plays to win. I credit Buffalo, they played well in all three phases of the game and we didn’t make enough plays.”

Bennie Fowler on losing another receiver (Cody Latimer suffered a concussion) ...

“We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves; this is a man’s game. Next man up, we’re going to have to come out there and make plays. This is what we get paid to do, so regardless of who’s out there. Eli found a lot of receivers today, so we just have to continue to step up and make plays.”

Oshane Ximines on what needs to improve defensively ...

“Just relax. Everybody’s just got to believe in themselves, believe in what Coach Bettch and everybody else is preaching in the locker room. Once we settle down and keep executing what they’re calling we’re going to be alright.”