DE Jason Pierre-Paul is well aware of the pressure on the Giants' defense this week to rebound after allowing 193 yards on the ground in the team's crushing 27-24 loss to the Eagles.
"We know that, we definitely know that," Pierre-Paul said on Tuesday as the Giants prepared for their Week 4 game against the Buccaneers. "We gave up almost 200 yards in rushing. That's something that we are not proud of. I am definitely not proud of. We are going to fix it. We are going to get it better."
The Giants allowed LeGarrette Blount to pick up 67 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Wendell Smallwood had 71 yards rushing. Heading into Week 4, the Giants' defense is now allowing 153.3 rushing yards per game.
Pierre-Paul hopes a better week of practice will put the defensive unit in a better position to rectify some sloppy play from the week before.
"I feel like we are going to come out and do great in practice this week," he said. "Coach McAdoo said some words to us and he really don't have to say no words to us. You can just feel the energy, the vibe around us. Everybody is just really soaking it in and getting ready for the next game."
Sitting in an early 0-3 hole, Pierre-Paul and his teammates are stressing the importance of taking things "one day at a time" as they search for their elusive first win.
"So, like I said, it ain't no panic, we are not panicking. The fans can't play for us, the media can't play for us, the only person that can play for us is us. So, we are not panicking. So, at the end of the day, it's all about the team."