Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Bennett focused on winning, improving
By Ian Begley
For Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, Sunday's game against Dallas isn't about payback. And it isn't personal.
The former Cowboy just wants to leave Dallas with a victory.
"I don't care who it is," Bennett said. "It's just another game. We need to win."
His head coach says Martellus Bennett can improve as a blocker.
Bennett also wants to play better.
In comments that were somewhat surprising, Bennett Monday said he was upset about his performance last week against Washington. He had five catches on seven targets for 79 yards in the Giants' 27-23 comeback victory.
But Bennett was upset over a route that he "screwed up" in the third quarter that ended with an Eli Manning interception.
So, despite having a 31-yard grab and averaging nearly 16 yards per reception Sunday, Bennett wasn't happy with how he played.
"That's the thing about this game, a lot of people just look at fantasy football stats," Bennett said. "I thought I played better against San Francisco."
Both Bennett and head coach Tom Coughlin noted that the tight end could have blocked better against Washington.
"I would say it's good of him to be hard on himself," Coughlin said of Bennett. "I know he can be a better blocker. I think there's some things in the pass game that he could've done better."
Big Blue gained just 64 yards on 19 carries (3.4 yards per carry) against the 'Skins.
The ground game could be crucial this Sunday in Dallas. In Week 1, the Giants ran for 82 yards on 19 carries against the Cowboys.
A win on Sunday would give the Giants a two-game cushion on the Cowboys heading into the second half of the season. To Bennett, that's the most important number to consider.
"I think this is always one of the toughest divisions in the NFL," Bennett said. "No matter who you play every night, they can beat you. It's like that all throughout the NFL, but I just think we have one of the toughest divisions to get out of."