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Giants at Cowboys: Season openers haven't been kind to Giants lately

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But, did Prince Amukamara really have to talk about "tight buttholes?"

Can Giants avoid another season-opener downer?
Can Giants avoid another season-opener downer?
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Once upon a time in the kingdom controlled by Tom Coughlin, things always started out well. They didn't always win their first game, and things didn't always end well, but for the first nine years of Coughlin's tenure as New York Giants head coach, his teams were a first half of the season juggernaut.

The Giants' worst eight-game won-loss record in those first nine seasons was 5-3. They went a combined 53-19 during the first halves of those nine seasons. The last two seasons, though, things have changed. The Giants went 2-6 in 2013, including an 0-6 start, and 3-5 last year.

To make matters worse, the Giants have lost four straight season openers. They haven't started the season with a victory since beating the Carolina Panthers, 31-18, in Week 1 of the 2010 season.

During his Wednesday press conference head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about the team's recent failures on opening day, and clearly didn't want the reminder.

"I don't know. I don't want to go there. We're trying to win. We're looking forward to the opener. I don't remember a loss. We won a few, too," Coughlin said. "I'm not interested in that part of it right now. All I'm interested in is getting these people ready to play. I'm excited about playing, and let's go see what we've got."

The losing seasons, the inability to win season openers, the drain of three straight playoff-less seasons and the stress of facing the defending NFC East champs to open the season have perhaps gotten the better of some Giants. Witness cornerback Prince Amukamara and his rather bizarre talk about "tight buttholes," and how losing a season-opener can break a team's morale.

From the New York Post, here is much of Amukamara's diatribe:

"I think that can break the team's morale, especially with the guys who have already been here and who have already experienced 0-1, then 0-2 and then 0-6,'' cornerback Prince Amukamara said Wednesday, sounding an immediate alarm. "It's just a bad taste in your mouth and with this organization that wants to win now and always has a sense of urgency.

"Outside looking in, like I could see everyone's — sorry for this expression — butthole getting tight, like everyone just feeling like they're on the hot seat,'' he said. "You definitely don't want that feeling around here. It's a bad disease. There's a lot riding on this game, and I'm sure everyone knows that.

" ... I would say for sure it's a ‘must-win.' Yeah, I would say it's very important."

Important, yes, but Prince should know better. He was, after all, part of a Super Bowl winning team that lost a season-opener. Let's hope, though, that his teammates aren't buying into the notion that the season is over if they lose to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Following two losing seasons during which they started slowly a win over the defending division champs to open the season would, of course, do the Giants a world of good. But is the season over if they lose Sunday night? Hardly.

As offensive guard Justin Pugh indicated, a victory would be "huge" for the Giants "especially since Dallas has beaten us the last two years."

Veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, in much less dramatic fashion than Amukamara, admitted as much on Wednesday.

"Last year we were sitting year talking about the same thing, we needed a fast start, it's so important to get a fast start. Unfortunately we didn't get it last year and it ended up hurting us throughout the year and we never really got things going to the extent we wanted to," Jenkins said.

"It's important to get a fast start this year and not dig a hole for ourselves."