Sunday’s game is a victory lap and potential spoiler for the Giants, and nothing more; they are locked into the sixth seed, so all they can do is spoil Philadelphia’s bid for the No. 1 seed and NFC East title and, potentially, help determine where they will go for their Wild Card Round game.
Is that enough for the Giants to rest, or completely sit, some or all of their big players?
“We’ll talk about it and do what's best for the team," head coach Brian Daboll said Monday. “It’s early. We’ll go out there and try to have a good week of practice and prepare like we normally do, and then decide what we want to do relative to who's playing, who's not playing. Whatever we think is best for our team, that's what we'll end up doing."
As always, though, that will be a collaborative process.
"Joe (Schoen) and I will have some conversations, talk to the coaches. I don't think we need to make that decision right now,” Daboll said. “So we'll do whatever we think is best for our guys and our team come this week."
The Giants could choose to sit Saquon Barkley, who is fourth in the NFL in rushing and has had a heavy workload, or even Daniel Jones to ensure he’s healthy come next weekend. A lot of players on defense are banged up or have taken a lot of snaps as well, so there are plenty of guys who could benefit from most or all of a week off.
But, that could also be a bad thing.
“The decision is only right if it works,” Daboll said, but downplayed the story of the 2007 Giants – who entered Week 17 locked into their seed – taking the undefeated Patriots to the brink in the regular-season finale, only to go on and run through the playoffs and beat the Pats in the Super Bowl.
“I think you draw from all your experiences, but what happened in 2007 doesn't really have any effect on what's happening in 2022 for the decisions we need to make,” he said. “Its relative to where you're at in the season, how many games you got left, who you're playing, but I think each year is different. What we have to do is make decisions and do things that are best for our team, not any other team that I've been part of. I think those decisions need to be talked about and well thought out.”
They did have Monday off, at least, thanks to Jones offering that up for the team while he broke them down after Sunday’s win (and Daboll grudgingly agreeing), and will be off Tuesday, too.
Come Wednesday, though, it’s business as usual until said otherwise.
“By the end of the week you should have the plan that you want to go with,” Daboll said. “It's not just, let's do this to do this.
There's obviously reasons behind it, and take your time to make those decisions."
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