John Fennelly, Lead WriterOff day for the Giants today. They’ll be back practicing tomorrow in preparation for the upcoming game against the 10-2 Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at MetLife.
“We have to deal with reality, too,” Tom Coughlin said yesterday when asked about playing the final three games with nothing on the line. “The truth of the matter is we’ve got to apply ourselves and hope again, I’ve used the word ‘respect,’ that we can gain and earn some of the respect back by virtue of how we play in these last three games and that’s all we can possibly think about right now.”
The Seahawks are coming off a loss to San Francisco and they will be stoked for this week’s game here for other reasons as well. They plan on representing the NFC in the Super Bowl at MetLife eight weeks from now. Coughlin would like his team to give a good showing against Seattle and is holding nothing back in the preparations:
“We didn’t play well yesterday, but that’s not going to change the way in which we approach each game and, yes, we’re excited to host this outstanding Seahawk team and to prepare for them and it is no doubt a tremendous gauge for our team or for any team playing against a team that has the record and has accomplished what the Seahawks have.”
So, will the Giants go all-out and give their veterans the lion’s share of the snaps or will the younger players get more of a shot this week?
“Certainly we’ll look at as many players as we possibly can, but again, our team is our team and we may be able to do some things in terms of maneuvering some numbers of plays or perhaps even getting someone a suit that hasn’t had one. But we’re going to try as hard as we can to win football games and the guys who deserve to play are going to play and if there are some people that haven’t been involved that can make a mark here in practice or whatever to gain what we think has earned them a right to have ‘X’ amount of snaps, then that will take place as well. We’re not going to change any of our objectives or goals.”
Thankfully, none of the final three games will be broadcast on primetime television. This week’s game kicks off at 1, as does the Week 17 game vs Washington. The Week 16 game at Detroit is a 4:05 start and is one of two games that FOX has slated for their America’s Game of the Week. FOX will most likely go with the Arizona-Seattle game nationally with Giants-Lions broadcast in the Detroit and NY markets.