New York Giants: Upcoming Game A Must-Win

By Andrew Lecointe
Bob Donnan — USA Today Sports

How many teams you know have come back from 0-4 and made the playoffs? I don’t know the answer to that question, but I’d be hard-pressed to think more than one team in the history of the sports has ever done that in the modern era. It’s near impossible to come back from that hole. The New York Giants may be telling the media that their upcoming road game against the Kansas City Chiefs isn’t a must-win. They are not fooling anyone.

If the Giants don’t win this game, I can 99.8 percent guarantee the Giants will not be in the postseason. At 0-2, I said their game against the Carolina Panthers was a must-win as well, as it is very difficult to even come back and make the playoffs after starting 0-3. The Giants did just that with probably the most embarrassing loss in the Tom CoughlinEli Manning era. It can only get better with this game.

The Giants should not look too far ahead also. They have manageable games coming up, so there is still reason to believe they can probably sneak into the postseason. I stated after their loss to the Broncos that the next six games on their schedule before the bye week were winnable games. They also have the Oakland Raiders at home the game after the bye week. So, that makes it seven winnable games.

The Giants are 0-1 in their winnable games after losing to the Panthers. The Chiefs are not an easy feat at all. There’s a reason why they are 3-0. Linebacker Justin Houston already leads the league with 7.5 sacks. He is in beast mode so far, and they boast Tamba Hali on the other side to rush the passer as well.

It will not be easy for the Giants, but they’ll be able to stick around because the Chiefs lack a big-play offense that can put the Giants away quickly. The last two times the Giants have faced off against Alex Smith, it was on the road as well when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers had excellent defenses as well in both meetings, with the first meeting being in the NFC Championship Game.

The Giants won both matchups against Smith, so it’s a familiar scenario for the Giants. The offense wasn’t explosive in either game, but they did just enough to get the wins. The Giants have to take it one game at a time. If they do and play to the best of their ability in these next several games, we’ll be looking at a winning streak.

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