Under head coach Tom Coughlin, no New York Giants team has ever finished worse than 5-3 in the first half of the season.
Until this year, that is, as the best the Giants can hope for at the midway mark is a 2-6 record, assuming they beat the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday, on the road.
It certainly hasn't been an easy road for the Giants, who have been victimized by injuries and inconsistent play. However, they’re hoping that their first win of the 2013 season, that came on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, is the springboard for better days ahead.
“We’re excited for what we have coming up on Sunday against the Eagles,” said receiver Victor Cruz. “We want to be able to go out there, with all of our ammunition ready to go.”
The once mighty road warrior Giants will not only be looking for their second win of the season, but also their first win on the road in eight games, or to be even precise, in exactly one year. New York last won on the road on Oct. 28, 2012, a 29-24 thriller at Dallas.
“We have to go out there and take care of business on the road,” Cruz noted.
“Coach Coughlin always preaches road warriors, so we have to go out there and perform on the road. That’s the only way you’re going to have some success in this league.”
So let’s take a look at this week’s five figures whose respective performances could mean the difference between 1-7 and 2-6 for Coughlin's crew.