In other words, pretty darn near ideal given the location, time of year, and the far worse possibilities that could have confronted them. "That's the biggest thing".
For a Giants defense that has failed to preserve the lead in three games this season, Collins predicted that people are going to see the team that often dominated in 2016. They then enjoyed last week off.
And in the process, reached 5-2 for the first time since 2003 and, the way things are lining up, appear a good bet to soar to 7-2 before entering a teethy part of the schedule that includes showdowns against division leaders in the Vikings, Eagles, Saints and Seahawks.
"The fact that I am in this situation, I am grateful and thankful", Johnson said. "If you have that mindset and you execute the game plan, they can't run".
"(The Rams) are a talented team. If not spit in the eye of it when confronted.
Like the almost clean bill of health they've enjoyed all season.
The Los Angeles Rams placed Cody Davis on injured reserve Friday, sidelining him for at least eight weeks. Los Angeles is rolling on offense, putting up 30.3 points and 378.9 yards per game this season.
"(The Rams) play a good bit of man (coverage) and it still give you some opportunities to make some plays", Manning said.
Talk about new world problems.
With the Rams holding the head-to-head win against the Cowboys, Dallas must overtake, not just tie them in the standings. "We're all still trying to be gritty and just be a great team overall".
"We'll have 46 (players) available".
In contrast the Giants have been decimated by injuries this year - wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Dwayne Harris, and Brandon Marshall are out for the season - and will be without six other key players on Sunday.
Giants: LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn (knee) are OUT.
"I've been working hard", he continued.
It's why McVay preached a focused, careful approach this week.
If the Giants are to have a chance to stay toe-to-toe with the Rams, it starts on offense. "It's so competitive, there's so many good players and coaches all around that anything - you hear the term, 'Any given Sunday'". The Rams look to come off the bye week ready to continue to prove that they are indeed for real. Either as a result of (or perhaps as a reward for) the Football Gods looking down kindly on them.
The Rams have done everything right over the last 10 months.