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GIANTS THINK IT'S TOO EARLY TO CELEBRATE

Being the only undefeated team in the NFC hasn't sparked much celebration among New York Giants players.

While it's somewhat surprising for them to have a better record than the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, Giants players say their 3-0 record means little with 13 games left in the regular season."I guess you can say I'm surprised," veteran guard William Roberts said Tuesday as the Giants left for a five-day bye-week vacation.

"I'm happy and I'm proud. I'm not content though," he said. "We are going to see most of our adverse situations ahead of us. We have to enjoy this now and realize it is going to take a lot more to get it done."

In starting 3-0, the Giants have overcome the retirement of Lawrence Taylor, the salary-cap decision to let Phil Simms go and the loss of six other starters to free agency.

"People didn't expect us, of all people, of all teams, to be sitting here," linebacker Corey Miller said. "It really feels good going into the bye week, having beaten three divisional teams and sitting at the top all by ourselves. It's early, but we have to be excited about what we've done."

Many experts predicted nothing better than an 8-8 record for the Giants after an 11-5 record and wild-card playoff berth in 1993. Even coach Dan Reeves' best estimate was 9-7.

"I knew that's the way it would be after three games," Reeves cracked Tuesday. "That was my prediction all along."

What the Giants have done is find a way to win. Special teams and Dave Meggett did the job in the opener against Philadelphia. The defense stepped up the following week against Arizona. Then Meggett and Dave Brown came up big Sunday against Washington.

And when the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys were stunned in overtime 20-17 by the Detroit Lions on Monday night, lo and behold, the Giants were atop the NFC.

"I'd be crazy to tell you I was cheering for the Cowboys," Miller said. "But, hey, it's early. We have to stay on our toes, rest up and get ready for a 13-week stretch."

One person definitely enjoying the view at the top was former Cardinals guard Lance Smith, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason.

"This is the first time I've ever been 3-0 and the first time I've been on a team that has won games back-to-back-to-back," Smith said. "This is a pretty good feeling."