When the New York Giants started this season 0-6, the Playoffs could never have crossed the minds of Giants’ fans. All that filled their minds was probably fire Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese, and cut Eli Manning too.
But a four game winning streak put the Giants back in contention for the NFC Least title, until a solemn defeat to the Dallas Cowboys punched them back down a peg. However, at 4-7, the Giants still have a shot at the NFC East title, but let’s see how the Giants need to finish their schedule, and what the other teams in the division have to do to make the unthinkable a reality.
This is the remaining schedule for the Giants at 4-7.
Week 13, they play the depth depleted Washington Redskins. Divisional opponents are always tough, but the Giants actually have a more talented football team and are less banged up than the Redskins.
Week 14, Eli travels to the team that traded him to the Giants on draft day in the San Diego Chargers. Phillip Rivers was on fire at the beginning of the season, but has since been less than spectacular with having to constantly win shoot outs that the Giants can pull out.
Week 15, the Giants play a Seattle Seahawks’ team that has been prone to vulnerability on the road. I’m not saying they get the win against the Seahawks, but it’s not impossible with how they play on the East coast.
Week 16, they travel to Detroit for another shoot out, but the Lions have been bit of a Wild Card at times.
And in Week 17, the Giants close out at home to finish their series against the Redskins.
9-7 or even 8-8 will likely be all that’s needed to win the NFC East this year, because of how poorly each team in the division has played from time to time. If the Giants can rise above the mediocrity and run the table, or at least go 4-1 to close out, then it’s not that crazy to think they could get into the Playoffs.
But here are the teams you must root for, to give the Giants the best chance to make this to happen by winning the NFC East.
Root for the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins to beat the Dallas Cowboys. Root for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons to beat the Washington Redskins.
And root for Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. The result of these scenarios if they come true, is a 7-9 Dallas Cowboys, 6-10 Philadelphia Eagles and 4-12 Washington Redskins.
Making 8-8 or 9-7 not that far out of reach to make the Playoffs by winning the division. It’s crazy, but the Giants still have a shot.
For as bad as this season has been for the Giants, they actually got stronger as the season has gone on. The trade for Jon Beason has paid dividends, and Jason Pierre-Paul is playing like his old self.
Anything can happen, but I want to hear from you. Can the Giants run the table, or at least win the NFC East by finishing 4-1?
Or it this just a pipe dream and it’s time to just look toward the draft?
James Cobern is a Division Leader and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @Jmcobern1