When the wheels went up on their flight back from Cincinnati, all the Giants could do about Sunday's loss is say "bye."
The Giants will be doing that quite literally as the team heads into its bye week with a 6-4 record and sole possession of first place in the NFC East. While they would have enjoyed a little more breathing room in the divisional race, the Giants now have some time to plot out the next six weeks.
"There is an opportunity for us to do some soul searching and look ourselves in the mirror this week," Justin Tuck said. "Just get away from football a little bit, refresh our bodies and minds and get back to playing Giants football. ... We've got to do a good job of looking at ourselves and getting back on track. If not, none of the next six are going to be easy. We're capable of turning this around. That's where our mindset has to go."
"We still have a lead in the division, and we do have a bye week," Eli Manning said. "We have six games left after the bye and we have to take advantage of those. If we have a winning record down the stretch, then we should be good."
"At this point of the season, I guess we could use a break to get healthy and refocused for the last stretch of the season," Victor Cruz said. "We have to focus on getting better. That's getting better at practice, in the meeting room, and all the way around."
As for Tom Coughlin, he'll do what he does best and stick to his plan for the week. No matter how disappointed he was in Cincinnati.
"By winning today, I thought we'd be able to put ourselves in a better position … In terms of we have the bye and other people in our division would be playing," the head coach said. "It didn't happen, so we have to deal with it when we get back."