We can go as far back as the 2006 season to see the New York Giants have been haunted by poor play in the second half of seasons. In that 2006 season, the Giants started the first eight games at 6-2, reeling off five straight victories after losing two of their first three games. However, an awful second half had the Giants finishing at 8-8 and capturing the last seed in the playoffs, where they would lose a close one to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2007, the Giants did win Super Bowl XLII, but it was the same for them also. After starting 6-2, they went 4-4 in the second half, including home losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins, two games they should’ve been able to win. It didn’t hurt them in the postseason as they were able to get it together and win a championship. The Giants would struggle after impressive starts in every season after.
We thought the Giants would be able to avoid it last season, but that wasn’t the case. Two losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals set everything in motion with losses to the Atlanta Falcons and eventual champion Baltimore Ravens being the tip of the iceberg. Looking at the 2013 schedule, it appears the Giants will be able to avoid that second half swoon.
The Giants’ schedule isn’t as difficult as it was last year, so the first half sets up nicely for them. After two difficult games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, the Giants have six consecutive winnable games. That would bring their record to 6-2 yet again, but the second half isn’t difficult either. The Giants start their second half of the season against the lowly Oakland Raiders, and they also have games against the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, two games they should win.
The Giants do play the Redskins twice in December, in addition to facing the Seattle Seahawks. They also get the Green Bay Packers and Cowboys at home in November. While those are difficult teams to face, the easy games slotted in there should make it easier for the Giants to avoid the traditional swoon. It is much easier said than done however. The Giants have to get it done. I think they’ll be very motivated this time around.