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Soon after, he had what appeared to be a dazed look when the TV cameras showed him sitting on the sideline, and his decision-making was questionable at best. Cutler held onto the ball too long at times and didn’t see open receivers, and he wound up taking hit after hit.

It didn’t help that the Giants also had a clear path to the quarterback.

“Everybody’s just counting us out,” right guard Lance Louis said. “It seems like we’re the only ones that believe in us.”

If he’s worried about taking a beating, Collins wouldn’t say.

“If you’re thinking about the protection and the offensive line, you know I’ve got better things to worry about than that because you simply can’t control it,” he said. “You’ve got to let those guys do their job and I’m going to try to do mine and get the ball to the playmakers.”

The 38-year-old Collins has endured long stretches with little activity since he entered the league with Buffalo in 1995. He has barely played since he helped Washington win its final four games in 2007.

He took over for the injured Jason Campbell in a game against Chicago and threw for two touchdowns after going three years without attempting a pass in a 24-16 victory. That came only 1 1/2 weeks after the shooting death of safety Sean Taylor and three days after his burial.

The Redskins closed out that season by winning the next three games with Collins, but he did not take a snap in 2008 and made just three appearances as a backup in 2009. He got released last March and signed a one-year contract with the Bears in late August.

“I’ve been around for awhile,” Collins said. “It’s a team game, but I look forward to going out there and doing my part, contribute to a victory.”