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Notebook: 6-2 Giants look to recharge for 2nd half


Self-scouting over the bye week is like making in-game adjustments. You can't wait until halftime to start thinking about them.

"You're always self-evaluating yourself each week," coach Brian Daboll said Monday afternoon, 10 hours after the team returned from its cross-country flight back from Seattle. "We have quality control coaches. We have analytics. Then the coaches do it. We try to do it on a week-to-week basis and try to improve on things that maybe we're not doing as good of a job as we'd like to do. We try to build off some of the positive things. So, we'll always continue to do that. But really, we're in right now looking at this tape. And [with the] extra days, we'll have some time to get on Houston and look at a few other things."

The Giants have reached the midway point of Daboll's first year as head coach. The team went 3-1 in both the first and second quarters of the season for a 6-2 overall record, the franchise's best through eight games since 2012. A common refrain among fans is you couldn't realistically ask for a much better start to the new era, but the people inside the building can't think that way. To steal an oft-repeated line from Daboll, this league will humble you quickly.

"That's why, this time right there, you kind of look everything holistically," Daboll said. "But each week, you're doing that. And that's what Mondays are for and part of Tuesdays. I do that every week, whether it's decisions throughout the game, revisit the game, go onto the next week, look at a ton of different stuff. I think you need to stay on top of that, it's kind of like a game. You can't wait until halftime to make some adjustments. You got to keep doing that throughout the game, and we've done a lot of that. I've done a lot of that since I started."

Following Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Seahawks that snapped a four-game winning streak, the Giants will look to get back on track after the break. They traveled to London, Jacksonville, and Seattle in a four-week span leading into the bye week, but they will play four of their next five games at home. That stretch starts with a visit from the Houston Texans (1-5-1) in Week 10.

"At this point in time during the season, I think everyone's tired, coaching-wise. Everyone's sore, playing-wise." Daboll said. "It's just the nature of this league, and you just keep on pushing through. I think you need to try to take advantage of a little bit of downtime to recuperate to get some rest and to come back fresh and ready to go for us this last half of the season where we have out bye."

Daboll added, "I just take it day by day. Those are in the past; put money in the bank so to speak. We're sitting at 6-2. We have nine games left that are on the schedule, and we've got to take them one week at a time."

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