The New York Giants (0-1) try to rebound from last Sunday's debacle in Dallas this Sunday afternoon when they host the 1-0 Atlanta Falcons in their home opener at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Game time is 1 p.m. ET with the television broadcast on FOX.
The Falcons come in feeling good after a season-opening 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants, however, are 2.-5-point favorites at home in what amounts to a critical game for them. FiveThirtyEight uses its Elo Rating to give the Giants a 60 percent chance of winning the game.
That, however, really doesn't matter. What matters is that the Giants are 0-1. Since 2007, only five of the 66 teams who have started the season 0-2 have made the playoffs. Going back to when playoffs were expanded in 1990, only about 12 percent of teams starting 0-2 have made the playoffs. The Giants, of course, won the Super Bowl in 2007 despite an 0-2 start. Obviously, though, it isn't a good idea.
As we have written throughout the week, the Giants' emotional state will be one of the telling factors not only for Sunday but for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Head coach Tom Coughlin has been using the "We're on to Atlanta" mantra all week, and it seems his players and coaches have bought in. We will find out Sunday afternoon if they truly have been able to move on from last Sunday, or if the scars from that loss will linger.
"There are going to be good games, bad games, but it's all about moving on to the next one. You have to learn from every game and you have to get ready," said quarterback Eli Mannng. "They'll be coming in fired up and we have to play better and find a way to win."
The Giants will be without Victor Cruz (calf), Markus Kuhn (knee), Daniel Fells (foot) and Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot). Jon Beason (knee) is doubtful).
"Credibility is all important, and you're not going to be credible unless you can be honest. And the honest thing to do, you've got to understand where responsibility starts, and if in fact the responsibility is violated, I'm the guy that's in charge. I'm the guy that is responsible, that's all there is to it."
-- Tom Coughlin on last week in Dallas
What: Giants vs. Falcons
Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
Game time: 1 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Giants Radio Network: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM in Tri-State area
OUT: WR Victor Cruz (calf); TE Daniel Fells (foot); DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot); DOUBTFUL -- MLB Jon Beason (knee); PROBABLE -- OT Ereck Flowers (ankle), MLB Uani 'Unga (knee)
OUT: DE Maliciah Goodman (elbow), KR Devin Hester (toe), LB Brooks Reed (groin); PROBABLE -- DE Adrian Clayborn (thumb), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), OT Jake Matthews (back), S William Moore (illness), LB O'Brien Schofield (hip)
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1990 Championship Team Honored
This is the 25th anniversary of the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl-winning team, and that group will be honored Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Several members of that team will be signing autographs outside the stadium from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Among them are Super Bowl MVP Ottis Anderson, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Bavaro, Stephen Baker, Leonard Marshall and Rodney Hampton.