It has been an indifferent season for the New York Giants. Expectations were never too high but, the playoffs were to be expected. With a record of 3-4 at the halfway mark they are by no means out of the running for the playoffs but it is going to be one hell of a challenge. A challenge that right now they don’t look capable of completing. But can they, and if so, how?
The Giants are currently way out with bet365 to win the NFC Eastern Conference, and in all fairness they are definitely not going to win that, but more worryingly, their chances of even making it as a wildcard entrant are diminishing by the weekend.
Everyone knows just how important the next few games are for the Giants. Unfortunately, they are pretty tough bunch of games to win. Not only do they have to go to defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks, but they welcome Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, an in form Dallas Cowboys and NFC East rivals the Philly Eagles. That is five extremely difficult games from their last nine fixtures. Assuming the worst and that the Metlife side lose all five of those games, which the way they are playing recently is not that much of a stretch of the imagination, it would leave them with a record of 7-9, and that is assuming they win the games that they should. The only thing a 7-9 record is good for is managerial dismissals.
If truth be told, the run in looks to strong for the Giants and far too many of the teams that they are competing against on the field are competing with them for the playoff position. Right now in the NFC there is already a two game deficit between the Giants and the playoffs. If that gap extends further than the Giants’ season is over.
However, this is the New York Giants we are talking about. The gutsy side that never throw in the towel. If they did the 2011 Super Bowl would be remembered as the year that the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl. The Giants are a gritty, resilient bunch. When the pressure is on they raise their game and that is what you can expect them to do right now. They must, and will, treat these final nine games as if they are playoff matches, and when they have that mentality they are a different side all together. Victories over the Colts and the Seahawks in their next two games will galvanise the locker room and bring some cohesion to the fragmented roster.
He has been very dodgy this season but still, you never back against a Manning. With Eli in your side you know you have a quarterback capable of picking out passes from impossible distances. He, like the Giants, just needs a couple of good games to get the old mojo back. When he does… look out.
The success of the Giants’ season will be decided in the next three matches. If they win at least two of the three they give themselves a shot, anything less and they are too far adrift.