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New York Giants: 5 Players to Watch vs. Philadelphia Eagles
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The New York Giants want you to believe, and it will happen.

The “it,” of course, is their first win of the 2013 season they are hoping to get against one of their NFC East division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3), who visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday. 

If talk is cheap, as the Giants like to say, why should fans believe them this week when they say that their month-long dry spell is about to end?  

The Giants have been reminding people that a win on Sunday against the Eagles combined with a Dallas loss against Denver will put New York right back in the hunt for the NFC East division title.

“Obviously a win this week will get us closer to that, so that’s the focus,” said quarterback Eli Manning, who is 27-5 in the month of October. “Guys know that and coach brought that up the other day, so we understand.”

“No one has really taken off with a huge lead in this division,” added safety Antrel Rolle. “But, more importantly than what’s happening in our division, I think we need to fix ourselves and give ourselves a chance to even go in there and compete and to battle for winning that division title.”

The first and only NFL team to start the season 0-4 and qualify for the playoffs was the 1992 San Diego Chargers, who finished 11-5 that year to clinch the AFC West division title.

The Giants' team leaders believe they can become the second.

“There’s a lot of football left to be played, but we’ve got to start playing football,” said Manning. “We’re a better team than what we’ve been playing like, but we’ve got to go out there and prove it.”

“This is a 12-game season for us at this point; nothing that has taken place matters," added Rolle. “The guys just have to believe again. We have to get that good feeling again as far as winning.

“We will, we definitely will get back to it again.”

If they’re to get back to it again, as Rolle vowed, they’re going to need every man who gets a uniform on Sunday to do his part.

Here’s a look at five guys whose contributions—or lack thereof—could help make or break the Giants’ chances of getting that elusive first win.

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