After watching the New York Giants perform after their bye week and even before the bye week, many are baffled as to why the Giants have been wildly inconsistent this season. They come off the bye and rout the Green Bay Packers, winning 38-10. The next week against a pedestrian defense in the Washington Redskins, the Giants were only able to score 16 points in the loss.
The Giants knew that their game against the New Orleans Saints was a must-win, and they played the part. They scored 52 points, the most points they’ve scored in a regular season game since the 1986 season. Things were going well and the Giants were riding high going into the Georgia Dome.
However, it appeared the Giants all of a sudden forgot how they were able to put up points. A couple of desperation moves in the first half and a missed field goal from K Lawrence Tynes resulted in the Giants being blanked in an entire game for the first time since 1996. These last four games have been one big roller coaster.
Recent history will say the Giants are now due for a big offensive performance. However, relying on history will not get the Giants far. The Giants won a Super Bowl last season after losing their 14th game of the season in embarrassing fashion. They lost at home to a Redskins team that was led by QB Rex Grossman.
The Giants turned things around in the final two games and went on another run that culminated with their second championship in four years. That’s the kind of history many analysts have pointed to when describing how they feel about the Giants. Many analysts don’t seem to be worried because of what they accomplished last season.
Many analysts tend to forget what happened in the 2010 season. The Giants blew a 31-10 fourth quarter lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, and with their season on the line the next week, they were routed 45-17 in Lambeau Field. History goes both ways for the Giants. They have experienced highs and lows. That is why relying on the past isn’t a good idea.
This is an identity crisis for the Giants, particularly their offense. If they don’t get it fixed for the next two games, that will be the last two games they play this season.