Last season, the New York Giants started the first half of the season at 6-2 after their win against the New England Patriots. The two losses suffered by the Giants were against the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, two games they probably should have won.
After the Giants’ close victory against the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday, the Giants are now 6-2 again with losses against these Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, two games they probably should have won as well. Starting 6-2 in their first eight games is all too familiar for the Giants.
While the Giants have not had a losing record since QB Eli Manning took over full-time in 2005, the Giants have usually followed their successful first halves with disappointing second halves. The Giants started 6-2 in 2007 as well before finishing 4-4 and locking up a wild card spot. We all know what happened in the postseason.
The Giants are entering the second half of the season with a lot of tough teams ahead to play. It looked rougher on paper when the season started because every team they play in the second half are from their division or were a playoff team last season.
However, they have the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals in their next two games, two teams who don’t look nearly as good as they did last season. The Steelers did have a dominant performance against the Redskins this past Sunday, so the Giants should not sleep on them.
It’ll be a tough stretch for the Giants from here on out. If the Giants do happen to struggle a bit going forward, always know not to count them out. We should know by now that Tom Coughlin being on the hot seat is better for the Giants.