DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Updated Friday, September 5th 2008, 12:56 PM
For a few minutes it felt like February all over again, with the crowd cheering, cameras flashing, the Giants' defense getting pressure and the offense moving down the field at will.
Then came the reminder that the 2007 season is over. And if the Giants plan to defend their Super Bowl title, it won't be easy at all.
The defending champs did open with a win Thursday night, but it was a struggle as they fizzled out after a fast and emotional start. In the end, they held off the Washington Redskins, 16-7, in their season opener at Giants Stadium. But the way the offense started and the way the defense was playing, it was a game that should have been over by the half.
"I felt like if we played our best game we would've won by a couple of scores," said defensive tackle Barry Cofield. "They were on their heels and they regrouped."
Continued @ The Daily News
Giants schedule 2008
- 9/4 7:00 PM ET NBC Washington - W
- 9/14 1:00 PM ET FOX @ St. Louis -W
- 9/21 1:00 PM ET CBS Cincinnati -W
- 9/28 BYE
- 10/5 1:00 PM ET FOX Seattle - W
- 10/13 8:30 PM ET ESPN @ Cleveland L
- 10/19 1:00 PM ET FOX San Francisco W
- 10/26 4:15 PM ET FOX @ Pittsburgh W
- 11/2 4:15 PM ET FOX Dallas
- 11/9 8:15 PM ET NBC @ Philadelphia
- 11/16 1:00 PM ET*CBS Baltimore
- 11/23 4:15 PM ET*FOX @ Arizona
- 11/30 1:00 PM ET*FOX @ Washington
- 12/7 1:00 PM ET*FOX Philadelphia
- 12/14 8:15 PM ET*NBC @ Dallas
- 12/21 1:00 PM ET*FOX Carolina
- 12/28 1:00 PM ET*FOX @ Minnesota