Coming off the bye week after a dismal first half of the season, the Giants are looking to start fresh according to DE Jason Pierre-Paul.
Despite a very slim chance of making the playoffs, the Giants still have a job to do on the field with nine games still remaining on the schedule. Pierre-Paul is ready to put the 1-6 record behind him and start anew with the Rams on Sunday.
"We're starting over fresh. We got these games to play. We're going to take it one at a time and start from there," Pierre-Paul said after practice Friday. "We're in November and we know what happens in November. Good teams fall off and bad teams come up. So, we'll see."
The Giants are hoping the 5-2 Rams fall off when they travel to the East Coast this Sunday. For Pierre-Paul, his biggest priority will be stopping dynamic RB Todd Gurley, who has been ripping apart defenses all season. The defense held him to 57 yards on the ground in London last season, and Pierre-Paul has a simple reason why: Set the edge.
"Everybody knows he's a very good running back, but, you know, you have to keep your compousre, set the edge and that should take care of it," he said.
The Rams have a another weapon this season that the Giants didn't see in London in sophomore QB Jared Goff. The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft has taken over the offense, and it has paid dividends for the Rams. Pierre-Paul admires Goff's development, and how the Rams offense looks nothing like it did a season ago.
"Look at film -- they're doing a great job of executing their plays right and getting up to the ball very fast. They catch teams slipping. That's what makes their offense," Pierre-Paul said. "They hav a very good offense and they got number 30 (Gurley) back there, number 11 (Tavon Austin). All together -- the stuff they do. They can't trick your eyes. You got to do your assignments pretty well and that's what we're going to do Sunday."
It hasn't been easy for the Giants to stop strong offenses throughout the game even though they are confident with their practices heading into Sunday. The same has occurred this week with head coach Ben McAdoo applauding his team's practice habits. However, JPP knows its up to the players to put up or shut up on Sunday.
"I just feel like the main concept now -- what happens now is just you got to finish," Pierre-Paul said. "For me, it's more than football. I got people that look up to me. Everybody has a role model they look up to, but I know I have my son taht looks up to me. My family -- my family name is on my back and it's just more than football."
"We got to move the next man up and that's basically it. So, the next guy has to do better. This is an opportunity. For me to get to this spot where I am today, somebody had to fall off, right? You know what I mean? So, hopefully the guys pick it up. Do what we got to do."