It is no secret of what needs to happen in order for the New York Giants to get into the playoffs. The Giants have lost control of their own destiny when they lost this past Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants were very fortunate because they would’ve been eliminated if the Dallas Cowboys would’ve beaten the New Orleans Saints at home.
For the Giants, they need the Cowboys to lose to the Washington Redskins. They also need the Minnesota Vikings to lose to the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears to lose to the Detroit Lions. In addition to all of those, the Giants still need to win the home finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.
So how exactly do they have a decent chance? The Giants shouldn’t have much of a hard time beating the Eagles. The Eagles will most likely start QB Michael Vick, who has killed the Giants recently so this game isn’t quite an easy one. However, if the Giants want to be in the playoffs, they’ll come up with the effort to win this football game.
Now they’ll need the Cowboys to lose to the Redskins as well. That shouldn’t be hard, since the Redskins roasted the Cowboys in Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. The Redskins also have their playoff spot to play for. If they win, they win the NFC East and get a home playoff game. They’ll definitely want that.
The Vikings will also need to lose to the Packers. The Vikings are at home, so they’ll be coming with the kitchen sink in order to beat the Packers. The Packers will be playing for a #2 seed and a first-round bye. They’ll be motivated to win this game and get this bye week, especially after dealing with injuries all year. Both teams will be motivated to win, but the Packers are the better football team so they should win.
Lastly, they’ll need the Bears to beat the Lions. This game has Giants’ fans nervous because the Lions are 4-11. However, the Lions aren’t as bad as their record might indicate. They had a three-game home stretch where they had the lead in the fourth quarter of each game, only to lose each one of them. They also had at least a double-digit lead in a three-game stretch and ended up losing all of those games as well.
The Bears rely heavily on their defense, and they are very opportunistic so they’ll be looking to capitalize on a sometimes erratic QB Matthew Stafford. However, QB Jay Cutler hasn’t done much of anything lately, so the Lions definitely have a chance to win this game.
None of this will matter if the Giants go out with a dud and lose to the lowly Eagles. If they lose, the Giants should fire offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Also, roster upgrades will be needed.