The Giants enter a much-needed bye week as they try to figure out how to improve on an unexpected first half of the season.
Only the San Francisco 49ers own a worse record in the NFC (0-7) than the Giants, and following a first half of injuries and bad play on the field, head coach Ben McAdoo thinks it's best to get away from the game for a bit and regroup.
"I think we need to get away from it for a little bit," McAdoo told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "We need to get away from it, we need to clear our minds, get our bodies back and get back with a fresh outlook, as tough as that may be. We need to come back, we have a lot of football left to play. We had a lot of fight in us [Sunday] and that needs to continue."
The Giants have a daunting second half ahead with three West Coast trips against Arizona, Oakland, and San Francisco to go along with tough divisional matchups.
For players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who had a bad start to the season with his suspension, it is best to get away from the game and reflect on what can change moving forward.
"Relax. You have to get away from football, but you also have to reflect," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "Figure out what went wrong. Come back, bend your ears and go."
The players will spend time looking at film on Tuesday before heading away from each other for a few days. The coaches, however, will stay and audit their first seven games to find out what worked, and more importantly, what didn't.
"With the type of week it is, we're going to go back, take a look at self-scout, you know, the things that have been working. Is there a way to [improve] some of the things that haven't been working? Is it fixable for the last nine games, or is it something that we need to throw out and revisit it later on?" McAdoo said. "And just take a look at the way we're using players. Take a look at are there roles we can change to help us as a football team."
Despite their record and crushed playoff hopes, the players still have a job to do at the end of the day, and they realize they must continue to give their all.
"At the end of the day, we have a job," Damon "Snacks" Harrison said. "Playing football is our job. You try to get some time to get a clear mind, clear head, but you've got to stay in it."
Quarterback Eli Manning will continue to rally his depleted offense because they will be facing teams with playoff hopes who won't be making things any easier.
"Well, we've got to keep grinding," Manning said. "Obviously, we've had a tough start, lost some key players, but they're not going to make it easy for us, no team [will]. So we've got to keep finding ways to get better."
The Giants will host the Rams, who sit atop the NFC West at 5-2, in their first game back at MetLife Stadium.