Shortly after they were done picking apart the lifeless Redskins, the New York Giants turned their focus toward the past and the future.
During their postgame talk following a 31-7 rout of the Redskins, the Giants discussed their upcoming game against the Minnesota Vikings. Specifically, the Giants remembered the 44-7 beatdown they absorbed last year in Minneapolis after they packed their bags early for vacation in the last game of the season with nothing left to play for.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said the team will be talking all week about how the Giants fell behind 44-0. The Giants embarrassed themselves with little effort after they had lost the week before to Carolina, 41-9.
Coughlin will also likely remind the Giants of how the Vikings have owned them in recent years. Since 2005, the Vikings are 4-0 against the Giants.
"This Minnesota team, even though they're not in our division, we've seen them year in and year out since I've been here," defensive tackle Barry Cofield said. "I hope that last year's loss in Minnesota left a bad taste in a lot of guys' mouths and the new guys I'm sure will get wind of the battles we've had with this Minnesota team. I would hope that everyone has all the motivation that they need."
The Giants will not lack any incentive Sunday. Besides trying to solve the recent Vikings hex, the Giants (8-4) also must keep pace with the Eagles (8-4) in the NFC East and with the Saints and Packers for a potential wild-card berth.
The Giants and Eagles play in two weeks in a game that will likely decide the division.
Making matters a bit more difficult for the Giants is the fact that they must prepare for two vastly different quarterbacks this week. Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says he expects Brett Favre to make his 298th consecutive start despite suffering a sprained joint in his shoulder during Sunday's win over the Bills. The more mobile Tarvaris Jackson threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns in relief.
"He's a different animal with his athleticism and his ability to create plays with his feet and prolong plays with his feet," Cofield said of Jackson. "They definitely do pose two different types of offense that you'd want to prepare for."
And the Giants must find a way to slow down Adrian Peterson.
Anything should be better than last year, when Favre threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and the Vikings led by 31-0 at the half.
"It's all about us," Snee said when asked to clarify if the Giants were upset with the Vikings for the lopsided score last year. "All we're concerned about is the way that we played and what we showed on that field is not indicative of the team that we are and the reputation that we have had over the years as a team that is going to play you for four quarters. We didn't do that and most guys were embarrassed by that performance, me included, and I never want to have that feeling again."