One win does not a winning streak make.
The Giants in Week 6 were far from perfect after five consecutive losses, but that they flipped the script in a close game and beat Washington, 20-19, was significant, in that they finally had something tangible they could build on moving on into the season.
“I think every single game is important, especially to win them,’’ inside linebacker Blake Martinez said. “It was a great feeling for us, obviously, putting in all the work we put in through the ramp-up period, through training camp, [and] the last five weeks leading into this last game. To be able to go out there and do what we knew we were capable of doing, obviously it wasn’t pretty at all. We got the job done. On top of that, it was a division win. We have another one this week, and it’s something you can kind of have that momentum going into the Thursday night game.’’
The Giants are not the only team hoping to take advantage of the miserable start the NFC East got off to this season. The Cowboys, at 2-4 after six weeks, were in first place, making them the first team with a losing record to maintain a division lead through Week 6 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The four NFC East teams entered Week 7 with a total of five wins.
The Eagles went 1-4-1 in their first six games and, yet, were in second place.
“We know our division is down, and maybe it’s up for grabs,’’ Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “All I know is we’re going to focus on one week at a time, and I think that’s all I can ask of our players.’’
Giants coach Joe Judge, with his background as a special teams assistant and coordinator with the Patriots, has unusual rivalries in the league. He never was in charge of an offense or defense, and so his battles the past eight years were with other special teams coordinators.
“In terms of the Giants, they do a great job on special teams,’’ Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp said. “Their head coach, Joe Judge, [is] a guy who I have a lot of respect for. We’ve had some good battles against each other while he was in New England, and he does a really nice job. He understands the nuances of the game on special teams really well. They have two great coaches up there in [special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and assistant special teams coach Tom Quinn]. Those guys are exceptional at what they do. Then at the end of the day, a lot of it comes down to the players that they got to work with.’’
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