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New York Giants are rarely at a loss on road
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Sep. 11 2008
Not only are the New York Giants the defending Super Bowl champions, they are
the reigning road warriors in the NFL. Including neutral site games and playoff
contests, the Giants bring an 11-game winning streak in away contests to
Sunday's game against the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Giants' last road loss was their 2007 season opener, a 45-35 loss at
Dallas. Included in the streak are victories over Miami last Oct. 28 in London,
and their Super Bowl XLII triumph over New England on Feb. 3 in Glendale, Ariz.
"We've really developed a mentality that was very good for us down through the
second half of the (2007) season and into the playoffs," Giants coach Tom
Coughlin said. "It just emerged. When we go on the road, it's obvious that the
only people that care about you are those that are with you."
In other words, it's a variation of the old "us-against-the-world" mentality.
"You have to be supportive of each other," Coughlin said. "We've shown good
mental toughness and good resiliency. We've fallen behind and we've battled
back. We've hung in there, and we've won games in the fourth quarter. ..."
Worse yet as far as the Rams are concerned is the fact that the Giants seem to
have little trouble playing indoors. Their regular-season record of 22-12 in
domes is second-best in the NFL among teams who play their home games outdoors.
Only Washington (25-11) has a better dome record among such teams.
However, the Giants are only 1-3 in the Edward Jones Dome.
After a hard-fought 16-7 opening-day victory over NFC East rival Washington,
Coughlin is guarding against a letdown against the Rams, 38-3 losers to another
NFC East rival — Philadelphia.
"We have great respect for the Rams and their players," Coughlin said. "And we
certainly know the Philadelphia Eagles very well and know their capabilities.
They just had a terrific game the other day, and the Rams didn't play as well
as they're capable of playing."
Coughlin said his main concern is having his team show improvement in several
areas. Concern No. 1 may be finishing off drives. Against Washington, the
Giants advanced the ball to the Redskins' 6-, 7- and 26-yard lines, but had to
settle for field goals each time.
Minus star defensive ends Michael Strahan (retirement) and Osi Umenyiora
(season-ending knee injury), the Giants have had to retool their front four.
Justin Tuck is a full-time starter for the first time in his career, replacing
Strahan. After Umenyiora's preseason injury, Mathias Kiwanuka was switched to
defensive end from linebacker. Kiwanuka suffered an ankle injury late in the
Washington game and did not practice Wednesday.
"We're hoping to get him out there Thursday," Coughlin said.
The new-look defense was as impressive against Washington, limiting the
Redskins to just 209 yards and 11 first downs. Washington quarterback Jason
Campbell didn't complete his first pass until little over a minute remained in
the first half.
Re: New York Giants are rarely at a loss on road
So what you're saying is... we should actually dress up like Giants fans, and cheer them on. Then they will be both confused and lulled into a false sense of security/adversity, and will actually lose the game because they think they're at home!
We must tell the dome to paint the ceiling like the dirty Jersey sky and pump in the aroma of, as my wife puts it, "poop and soup".
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