It will take a near-perfect effort for the New York Giants to give the New England Patriots a run for their money.
Jonathan Casillas knows that.
The Giants try to enter each week with strong outings at practice to fully prepare for Sunday. Casillas believes it'll take another strong week of practice - and more - to take down the Patriots Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
"Every game is big, but arguably the best team in the NFL is coming to our stadium and it's going to be a big game," Casillas said. "Tom Brady has played a lot of big games and he's won a lot of big games on the road, as well as home games. He's consistently done it and they're riding high right now. Their offense is a well-oiled machine - they can run the ball, pass the ball, inside, outside, their tight ends are good, they use all the receivers, so we have to be on point.
"It's all about this week's practice, how we're going to approach practice, like we did last week (when) we had a great week of practice leading up to the game. We had a good showing and we have to do the same thing this week. New England is never not going to be a difficult task and that's a tribute to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick as the coach and all the guys that move around in and out the building. They just do a great job and we're definitely going to have to play lights out to beat these guys at home."
Last year, Casillas was a member of the Patriots when they won the Super Bowl.
This year, the Patriots are seemingly played at another level than they did last year on the way to a championship.
However, under Belichick, the team prepares the same way week in and week out, and that's something the Giants need be ready for if they intend on giving them a game.
"The interesting thing about New England is they game plan every week and every week is different," Casillas said. "They attack teams differently. They run everything on offense so it's like they have tendencies but they're not as strong as other teams. A lot of teams stick to their tendencies and they do it like that and that's how they beat you. New England picks a weakness or they see where they have favorable mismatches and they attack them. You won't really know their game plan until the day of the game and then you realize what they're trying to do.
"That's how you have to play them, because they're so good and the offense is so broad and wide, and Tom Brady has been doing it for 15 years. It's easy for him to just attack a team one way and then the next week play totally different; passing, then suddenly you're running the ball 35 times, so they can do that. It'll be studying what they like to do, what they're good at, trying to find out the little tendencies that we can find, and then game day, we have to be able to stop the early surge and be able to predict and see what they're going to run towards us to attack us that day."