Giants, Tuck still disgusted over Week 1 loss

Associated Press Modified: September 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm •  Published: September 10, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Justin Tuck hasn't been sleeping well the past five days.

The two-time Pro Bowler and the New York Giants' defensive captain is upset how the defending Super Bowl champions opened the season against the Dallas Cowboys.

Tom Coughlin's team lost 24-17 Wednesday, but the score was not indicative of the way the Cowboys dominated.

"I think every guy in this locker room is disgusted with how we played, and want to come out and have a better showing, considering Tampa is coming off a great win over Carolina," Tuck said Monday looking forward to this weekend's game.

The Buccaneers played well in their first game under former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. They limited the Panthers to 10 yards rushing and held the ball for more than 37 minutes in a 16-10 win.

"That team is fired up," Tuck said. "That team is going to have a lot of confidence."

The Giants have much to improve on.

The defense allowed Dallas quarterback Tony Romo to throw three touchdown passes while running back DeMarco Murray ran for 131 yards. The offense sputtered. The run game was almost non-existent and Eli Manning and his receivers produced two big plays.

What annoyed Tuck was that the Giants didn't respond to playing in the spotlight of the NFL's debut game against a rival.

"You want to come out and play your best game, and say they beat us playing our best," Tuck said. "We didn't do that, so that irks me. That really bothers me considering we had a lot of time to prepare for that team. We should have been more ... ready."

Veteran safety Kenny Phillips, who didn't practice Monday because of a sore back, said the defense played like it did early last season when everyone wasn't on the same page.

"Once the game started, I don't want to say it got away, but once they started to make some plays, everyone wanted to be that guy, be that hero to make the play for the team," Phillips said. "We got away from doing our job that way we were supposed to do it, like if you were a corner just being patient, or being a defensive end and staying outside. Everyone tried to win the game each play instead of playing as a team."

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