Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Stay Upbeat

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Stay Upbeat

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EAST RUTHERFORD - A three-game division deficit and consecutive defeats to Philadelphia and Dallas have not squashed Jason Pierre- Paul's confidence in the Giants.

"There's a lot more football to be played," the defensive end said Monday as the Giants began their bye week. "Don't give up on us yet. Don't count us out yet."

Entering their off-week, the Giants are 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the NFC East and appear to be a team that is not quite ready yet to contend with the NFC's best. They've shown glimpses, but have not been able to make enough winning plays against top teams.

"We're probably somewhere between the kind of night we had at Washington [a 45-14 win] and how we were [Sunday]," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We got nine games to play. Hopefully we'll be able to talk about this team being a lot better than you see it right now."

Coughlin and the players have seen encouraging signs that the Giants perhaps can go on a run in the second half, but as they attempt to do so, it likely will be with different personnel than they had in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas.

When the Giants embark upon their final nine games Nov. 3 against the Colts, they may be without defensive starters Jon Beason and Cullen Jenkins, but also could welcome back guard Geoff Schwartz and running back Rashad Jennings.

Beason, who has battled injuries all season, is to meet again with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson about the nagging big toe on his right foot, which flared up during Sunday's game and caused him to depart early. Beason has missed three games due to problems with his right foot.

Coughlin said the team will "wait and see" about whether the consistent issues with the toe could force Beason to miss the remainder of the year, but he stressed that was not the prognosis when Beason met with Anderson earlier this season.

Jenkins, wearing a walking boot and using crutches Monday after suffering a strained calf Sunday, said he will be out "probably at least a couple of weeks. …

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