2nd-goal: What does the Giants want to achieve after a tough first half?

The Giants would start this year strong.

Oh yeah.

At 2-6, they may have already dropped their season. Now that they are approaching the midpoint of their schedule – which will technically take place at the break of Sunday’s game against the Raiders, eight and a half games in a 17-game schedule – they are forced to recalibrate.

Goals change from post-season ambitions to save some dignity… and pick up a few wins along the way.

“I think it’s about finishing matches, winning these matches, winning these close matches, making these games down the stretch and pushing it over the edge,” Daniel Jones said of what he wants to see from the team in second half of this 2021. campaign. “It certainly is, I think, the yardstick I use. I think it’s who we all are.”

Last week in the Kansas CIty was another glaring example of the Giants’ inability to muster that kind of effort, especially at the end when the game was in balance. It was their third loss by three or fewer points.

There was a hope that some victories at the end of last season had informed the team of what it takes to be successful, that they had learned to win, or to put it in a way that they themselves wrote on in the preseason, they had learned to stop losing. Clearly, what they took from going 5-3 in the second half of 2020 did not hold up.

“People are asking for it all the time in terms of learning to win,” Joe Judge said this week. “For me, it’s about the execution for a full 60 minutes. I talk a lot about how there have been certain games, [Monday night’s 20-17 loss to Kansas City] to be one where we can not do things that eliminate our chance of success by eliminating opportunities for ourselves or providing opportunities for the opponent. That’s really what it’s down to… There’s not a magic potion, there’s not a motivational speech. It’s about going out there and doing your job for 60 minutes to make sure you do well. “

Some might say the giants are close. They are a handful of unlucky games – including two offside penalties – away from being 5-3. That’s right.

They are also an overtime coin toss and Sam Darnold away from being 0-8. It’s just as accurate.

So now that the first half of their journey is (very almost) over, and their goal of a strong start obliterated, what do the Giants want to see from their second half?

“The same kind of thing Coach Judge told us against the Rams when we were pretty badly down at the break,” defensive tackle Leonard Williams said. “He wanted to see guys keep fighting, no quit. Obviously, I do not want to compare it, but in the same way as last year. I think we had the same type of mindset of not quitting. up and keep fighting.We ended up being a.fight away from going to the playoffs.I think that if we continue to fight knowing that it’s a long season and our best football is in front of us, it’s time to try to run. “

A race on what exactly is is still unclear. The playoffs? Respectability? Optimism heading into 2022?

Let’s start small. As with Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

The start of the first half of the season was a dud. Starting the second half right would at least be something to carry on through the long two remaining months of the year.

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