The New York Giants went into the month of November with a 6-2 record. Instead of talking about how well they had played up until that point, they were answering questions about what they needed to do to avoid another bad November.
Some of the players insisted it wasn’t bad luck. Some players also said that was in the past and they’re looking forward. However, there was still doubt from DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who stated the Giants have been unlucky in the month of November.
The Giants went on to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. Even though the score didn’t reflect it, the Giants were dominated by the Steelers. The Bengals dominated the Giants from start to finish, raising many questions once again about why it has gone wrong for the Giants.
The bye week in November was probably the best thing that happened to the team. They got back to the dominating team they knew they were and fans knew they were as well. However, this performance against the Green Bay Packers was only one game.
Some analysts wrote the Giants off, saying they were no longer contenders. CBS analyst Phil Simms even went as far as to say QB Eli Manning was not an elite quarterback. To be fair to Simms, the definition of being an elite quarterback isn’t necessarily well defined.
Even though the Giants dropped two in a row in embarrassing fashion, they were still title contenders then and they are now. Everyone wrote them off, especially after losing to the Washington Redskins at home to bring their record to 7-7. The Giants didn’t look back afterward.
Do not make the mistake of writing them off again.