Coming off their emotional victory over Philadelphia and having to fly cross-country to play an opponent they don't know as well, numerous Giants have been asked this week about the possibility of a letdown. To a man, they insist that won't happen.
"Obviously, it was a big win for us," Tuck said. "Hopefully, it's something where we can take the momentum from it and not abuse it and not think, 'We beat Philly, we got it made now.' We are professionals and we understand that you have to take it one game at a time. We have seen a lot of different things - getting off to great starts and crappy endings and vice versa. For us it is all about taking it one game at a time. This week, we have Arizona and they are a talented football team. We have to go out there and they are going to be amped to play. They are 1-2 but their two losses were only by four points. They are a very talented football team and we are going to have to play a great game to come out with a win."
"You hate to lose the progress you made over the first three weeks, especially from such a big, emotional win that we just had," guard Chris Snee said. "It would be a real letdown to have the energy and the efficiency of our team's play decrease."
Coughlin, of course, long ago stopped thinking about the Eagles game.
"We just talked about trying to use the last game in a positive light and let it springboard us toward the future, not let it be reflective," Coughlin said. "Last Sundayzwas over, as far as I was concerned, Monday. We're moving on. We have to move on. I think our team realizes that and hopefully we can use it as a real plus to help us go forward."
Because the Phoenix-area forecast is for temperatures in the high 90s on Sunday, the roof on University of Phoenix Stadium will be closed. Under Coughlin, the Giants are 8-3 in regular season indoor games. They won both of their games in domes last year, at Houston and vs. Minnesota in Detroit.