The divisional showdown with Washington comes four days after a second consecutive late-game collapse, leaving members of the Giants eager to make their return to the field.
Count Eli Manning among them.
"A good thing about a short week is you don’t have a whole lot of time to reflect on the past," the Giants quarterback said Tuesday. "You know, just get back out there, start preparing and go out there and see if we can put four quarters together and play a complete game and win."
Four quarters of football will be the task for the Giants, who have let 10-point leads in the fourth quarter slip out of their grasps in both Weeks 1 and 2.
Six of those eight quarters, the Giants have been satisfied with their performance. But it's about putting together four in a row, Manning explained.
"(It's) nothing a win can’t fix," he said. "There’s always going to be mistakes. I think we, as a team, we have to be careful and not drawing too much on the mistakes. There’s been a lot of good things, a lot of positive things. There are some things we could do better, there are some things we can improve on. Acknowledge those, get better at those, but there’s a lot of things we’ve been doing well that we’ve got to keep doing well.
The Giants will face their second NFC East opponent in three weeks. Of course, they fell to Dallas in Week 1, a team that now sits 2-0 in the divisional standings but is about to embark on a two-month stretch without its quarterback and top wide receiver.
Next up is a feisty Washington team that went toe-to-toe with Miami in Week 1, then upended St. Louis a week ago. It's a team that has surprised -- to a degree -- early on this season, but is certainly catching the attention of Manning.
"They’re playing good football right now. They have very talented players all over, they’re doing a great job getting the rush, they haven’t been on the field much defensively," Manning said.
"Their offense has held the ball and they’ve been great on third down getting guys off the field. We’re going to have a challenge to stay on the field, have some drives, convert on third downs and block their guys up. They have a good front four and they give good pressure and they have good players in the secondary."