Giants aware of Trap-Game danger Texans pose: ‘Locked in’

Giants aware of Trap-Game danger Texans pose: ‘Locked in’

A significant nine-game season confronts the Giants now, a significant nine-game season solely they believed might be significant … a significant nine-game season nobody dares point out in and round 1925 Giants Drive. 

Lately, opposing coaches have observed the Giants on their schedule and scrambled to attempt to persuade their gamers that the Massive Blue linebackers performed like Lawrence Taylor and the defensive ends performed like Michael Strahan and the receivers made catches like Odell Beckham Jr., etcetera. 

However now? 

What we now have now on this topsy-turvy NFL season is a 6-2 Giants workforce, energized and professionalized by rookie head coach Brian Daboll, that has been warned repeatedly it shouldn’t be welcoming the Texans (1-6-1) to MetLife Stadium on Sunday with open arms. 

As a result of within the midst of a surprising renaissance, a reversal of fortune nobody noticed coming, it’s the Giants who’ve watched movie of hellbent Texans rookie working again Dameon Pierce and advised themselves that that is the modern-day Earl Campbell, a Corridor of Fame bulldozer from yesteryear for the Houston Oilers. 

Davis Mills (26 profession touchdowns, 18 interceptions) isn’t Geno Smith, however … 

Jerry Hughes (seven sacks) isn’t Micah Parsons, however … 

Dameon Pierce has been a vivid spot on the Texans. USA TODAY Sports activities

Welcome to the dreaded Entice Recreation, previous the following dreaded Entice Recreation, on Nov. 20 towards the Lions, previous the Thanksgiving Day Armageddon towards the Cowboys at Jerry World. 

Daboll has been so relentlessly constant along with his messaging all season, you get the sensation that if he ever took the Giants to a Tremendous Bowl, his Saturday evening speech to the workforce may go one thing like: “Let’s simply go 1-0 this week, fellas.” 

The Entice Recreation is a coach’s worst nightmare, as a result of human nature is at all times desirous to rear its ugly head and upset the applecart. 

“Some folks may take into account this a Entice Recreation ’trigger they could really feel just like the Texans aren’t workforce,” Darius Slayton advised The Publish, “however they’re an excellent workforce.” 

In Daboll World, you aren’t essentially what your file says you might be. 

“I feel all through the locker room, everybody on the workforce could be very a lot centered on what we’re doing this week, going 1-0 this week,” Daniel Jones mentioned, “that’s one thing we discuss lots, having an instantaneous zoom deal with what we’re doing proper now, and I do know the fellows are locked in.” 

Daniel Jones says the Giants are ‘locked in’ regardless of a lowly foe. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Invoice Parcells used to position mousetraps within the locker rooms and hallways at his numerous teaching stops, with a bit of cheese within the mousetrap within the hallway one time with the Cowboys. 

“The message is he doesn’t need us consuming the cheese thrown our method,” Drew Bledsoe mentioned. 

The inimitable Parcells mentioned: “It means there may be mice within the constructing. That’s the place they go … within the ceiling. You by no means had a home on the East Coast? That’s the place they go. There are a variety of automobiles to show with. They don’t all need to be phrases and footage.” 

“Parcells used to at all times say, ‘Don’t chew the cheese,’ ” former Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman mentioned as soon as. “When persons are telling you you’re good, you need to look within the mirror and know precisely the place you might be as a workforce, the place you might be as a participant, the place you might be as an offense, protection and particular groups. We take a look at the movie and we all know we’re not practically nearly as good as we might be, so to me that’s the way you keep away from being upset in a entice sport.” 

Former Saints coach Sean Payton was a Parcells disciple. 

“[Payton will] discover distinctive method to verify younger guys by no means get complacent,” former Saints QB Drew Brees advised journalist Graham Bensinger as soon as. “Little issues that he’ll say, like he may put a mouse entice in your locker or one thing like that, and he’s obtained a saying ‘Don’t eat the cheese.’ 

“In different phrases, don’t imagine the stuff different persons are feeding you about how nice you might be and all this different stuff. Don’t eat it man. It’s a entice. You’ve obtained to maintain working.”

Former Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt hung lobster traps from the ceiling of the Dolphins locker room earlier than a 2002 street sport. Former Colts coach Chuck Pagano positioned mousetraps in his gamers’ lockers earlier than an enormous street win in Jacksonville in 2013. 

The Giants are 4.5-point favorites coming off their bye and are asking Julian Like to take over defensive play-calling duties from Xavier McKinney, who’s out after breaking fingers in a bye-week accident. 

“Everybody’s good. Each coach is nice. Each participant is nice,” Daboll mentioned to “And that’s our strategy every week, no matter who we play.” 

You’ll be able to’t be a playoff workforce should you lose the video games you can’t afford to lose. A significant nine-game season that might result in playoff heaven can shortly turn out to be meaningless in an unforgiving NFL. 

“You deal with what’s gonna get you there, you deal with what’s essential proper now,” Jones mentioned, “and I do know we now have the angle. I feel we obtained sensible sufficient guys to understand that that’s solely gonna occur if we deal with enterprise week to week, and deal with what’s proper in entrance of us proper now, and that’s the Houston Texans. It’s soccer workforce, and we’ve gotta play our greatest ball on Sunday.” 

Don’t fall into the entice.

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