Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul views Sunday's matchup against division rival Philadelphia Eagles is a must-win.
The Giants head into Philly with an 0-2 record after being defeated by the Lions on Monday night, 24-10, in their home opener. Pierre-Paul thinks the talent level on the team doesn't reflect an 0-3 record, which is why they need the win on Sunday.
"Honestly, it's a must-win game," Pierre-Paul said after practice Friday. "We know we need this game. It's a division game. I don't see us going 0-3. We've started 0-6 before. This team -- we have good talent on this team. We just all need to come together. Offense needs to come together. Everybody sees it, but at the same time, we have to help them too as well. We just have to ball and get in and play some great football."
The 0-6 start Pierre-Paul is referring to was back in 2013 when the Giants finished the season 7-9. But that mark isn't on JPP's mind because he knows the players in the locker room won't allow that to happen to a team many believe were championship caliber.
"The players that we have. I don't see the players that we have are going to allow that," Pierre-Paul said. "Even with our defense, last year we started off pretty bad and we picked it up. I don't know how we picked it up, but just communication and coach Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) is giving us a lot of play calls and we find it within ourselves to not put everything on the coaches. We have to actually do the work. That's what we did and we finished on one of the top most defenses. Right now, we need to get off the field, thrid downs, we need to get off the field. That's basically it."
It will be uncharacteristically hot day in Philadelphia with the forecast projecting a 90-degree high. However, JPP and his fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon are used to the heat having played in Florida.
"We're both from Florida, so we're good," Pierre-Paul said. "I don't know about the rest of the team, but we're from Florida."
Pierre-Paul and company have a must-win mentality heading into this divisional matchup Sunday. How do they come away with the victory? JPP thinks the team needs to play like its the Super Bowl.
"Go out there and play like this is the Super Bowl and you're coming up with a win because when it's the Super Bowl, you're under the big lights," Pierre-Paul said. "Forget Monday night. Forget Thursday night. Forget Sunday night. When you're under the big lights, when you see those bright lights, you want to perform at your best, right? So, why not do it every day?
So far this season, JPP has tallied eight tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble in two games.
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Piere-Paul answered the most pressing question for the Giants heading into Sunday: This is a must-win game for this team.
Now, this isn't a must-win on paper. Obviously the season just started, and we all saw what the Giants can do when they begin the season 0-2 (Super Bowl XLII champs). But that team was loads different than the one fans have seen take the field the past two weeks, which is why the Giants need to come out of Philly with a win in their pocket.
Why you might ask? Well, for one, the team's schedule isn't at all promising after Week 3. The Giants will travel to Tampa Bay in Week 4 to face a young contender in the Buccaneers, and will have to travel to Denver for a primetime game against the Broncos after a quick home stint against the Chargers. And finally, before their bye week, the Seahawks come to town in Week 7.
That is a tough schedule for any team, let alone one that is struggling mightily.
But JPP makes a point when he referenced the heat that will be affecting everyone on the turf Sunday afternoon. This might turn into a game of stamina, and if the Giants can show better endurance than their rival, they could very well use that to their advantage.
Honestly, whatever advantage the Giants can get to take a win away from the Eagles at home is fine by me. But this team needs to show some life, or they could be walking out of Philly with still no wins, two divisional losses, and a daunting schedule ahead.