New York Giants: 5 Players to Watch vs. Oakland Raiders

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New York Giants: 5 Players to Watch vs. Oakland Raiders
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As the old saying goes, “It’s no good crying over spilt milk.”

That is exactly the perspective that New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin wants his team to take as it begins the second half of its 16-game schedule this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Coughlin, who doesn’t like to swell too much on the past other than to extract lessons that can help the team moving forward, knows that there are no do-overs in the NFL, which means the 2-6 body of work that his Giants put into the record books is here to stay.

However, what he can focus on is getting his team to realize that despite their current win-loss record, they’re still very much in the hunt for the NFC East crown, a goal which is attainable if they take care of their business one game at a time in what has now become an eight-game season for them.

“They’re very much aware of the circumstance we've put ourselves in and the importance of the final eight games of the year and the schedule now is an eight-game schedule, one game at a time, but the significance of which is great,” Coughlin told Giants.com senior writer/editor Michael Eisen. He also added:

“They did come back focused and they came back rested. There’s no doubt how we've challenged them now. We have to have great focus, we have to have great concentration—no distractions. We have to give superb effort on the field and in the classroom, and we have to do it consistently day in and day out. And there’s nobody who can tell me that they can’t do it with this eight-game schedule.”

Which players will need to step up in this, the first of a critical three-game homestretch for New York? Read on to find out.

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