*Coach Ben McAdoo discusses the Giants short-week schedule and the play of the team against the Chiefs: *
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' primary task this week might be finding enough healthy players to suit up against the Washington Redskins, who they will visit on Thursday night.
The Giants yesterday earned their second victory of the season, 12-9 against the Kansas City Chiefs in MetLife Stadium. But they had to play an extra period to get it. And now, after their first home overtime game in eight years, they have to play again on Thanksgiving night in Washington, a task compounded by the squad's numerous injuries.
"It's a short week, so it's tough to recover," coach Ben McAdoo said today. "That's the biggest challenge going from a Sunday overtime game to a Thursday night game. We have a lot of guys who are banged up."
The week's first injury report included 11 players either not participating in practice or limited (which actually looks good compared to Washington's 19 players in those categories). But injuries don't interrupt the NFL schedule, so the Giants quickly turned their attention to the Redskins.
"Today, we had some meeting time," McAdoo said. "We had a walk-through on the field and we were quick on and off today. No helmets or anything like that. Want to make sure we give the players enough time to recover from this last game getting ready for the next one. So mental preparation will be big. Sleep will be huge. Have to recover.
"We have a plan going in. We've done a version of it here since I've been here and it's – got to get the players fresh, got to get them recovered from the last game so they're ready to fire on all cylinders on Thursday night."
All cylinders, but almost certainly not all of their players.
The Giants' projected practice participation listed six players who would not have worked: guard D.J. Fluker (toe), linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Calvin Munson (quad), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle), offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (shoulder).
"Fluker – if we were to practice today, he would not have practiced," McAdoo said. "It was more of a walk through-type day today. But he did not go. Would not have been able to go. If we had to play today, he would not have played."
Five players were listed as limited: running back Orleans Darkwa (hamstring), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (illness), linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (groin) and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle).
The Giants expect to set aside their aches and injuries and maintain the momentum they established in their exciting victory against the Chiefs.
"There will probably be some carryover from this past week," Harrison said. "You would like to hope that it will be all of the positives. But you just have to get in there and take care of your body because in another three days, we have another game. So it (the victory) will help, but at the same time, physically, you'll just have to be able to perform at that high level again."
"Everybody is pretty positive right now - especially facing a difficult team in the Chiefs (who) have a lot of playmakers," Darkwa said. "Nobody has given us a chance. We were confident in ourselves, and we had a great game plan that we put together – the coaches put together for us – that we were able to execute. So overall, the vibe, everybody is pretty positive. We're not complacent. At the end of the day, it's just one win. We want to make sure we can stack these wins together and make the best situation possible for this team."
While the Giants continue to nurse their injuries, McAdoo will ensure they don't lose sight of the week's primary purpose – beating an NFC East rival on the road.
"I think it gives us an opportunity to stack two W's in five days," McAdoo said. "That's good. It's tough for the guys to get ready to play. The players, they poured their hearts out in the overtime game yesterday. So it's a quick turnaround for the players. That's always tough on them, but we don't make the schedule. We just got to play it, so we'll be ready to go."
*McAdoo delivered a positive review of rookie free agent Chad Wheeler, who made his first NFL start and played the entire game at right tackle.
"Like I said yesterday, I think the best way to describe it is you didn't notice him a whole heck of a lot," McAdoo said. "He was physical in the run game. I thought he did some good things in pass protection. Now, the challenge for Chad is there's film of him now. So when the opponent has film and they know who's playing, they can go study the tape. Chad needs to study himself as well as the opponent this week, and take steps to improve."
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