5 Reasons The New York Giants’ Season Isn’t Over Yet
5 Reasons Why The New York Giants' Season Isn't Over Yet
A 2-6 record at the midway point of the NFL season would usually bury a team, but that’s not necessarily the case with the New York Giants this year. The Giants have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season, as no one could have foreseen that they would lose their first six games of the season. But with wins in their last two games and a bye week to prepare for the second half of the season, the Giants’ season isn’t necessarily over just yet, as they are still just two games out of first place in the NFC East.
Of course, the Giants have a long way to go and plenty of ground to make up to get to the top of their division, and they certainly can’t play the way they did early in the season if they’re going to make a strong push in the second half of the season. The Giants started the season by turning the ball over six times against the Dallas Cowboys, and things spiraled out of control after that, as the Giants got blown out in their next four games. This season, New York has been turnover prone, failed to develop much of a running game, and have played atrocious defense, and that has put them in quite a predicament.
But the Giants got the monkey off their back by winning their last two games and developing some forward momentum. They’ve also had their bye week to help them continue to regroup and make improvements on all of their shortcomings over the first half of the season. In addition to those two wins, here are five reasons why the Giants’ season isn’t over, and why they still have a chance to win the NFC East.
5. The NFC East Is Terrible
This is the main reason why the Giants are still alive. The Dallas Cowboys should be running away with this division, but they’ve found ways to lose games they should have won and are still just two games ahead of the Giants in the loss column at the midway point in the season. The Giants overcoming that two game deficit with eight games left to play is far from impossible, and it’s not like the Washington Redskins or Philadelphia Eagles are much better, which makes the NFC East as mediocre as it gets, and makes it a division that’s still wide open for anybody to win, including the Giants.
4. The Schedule They Play
The schedule the Giants have the second half of the season is much easier than what they played the first half. The Giants had to play the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Carolina Panthers, the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys in five of their first six games, with four of those games being on the road – that’s pretty brutal. In the second half, they’ll play the Oakland Raiders, the Washington Redskins twice, the San Diego Chargers, and Dallas, among others, which is a little more manageable. The Giants will play their toughest opponents at home and, following their bye week, will have three straight at home, which will give them a chance to get back in the race quickly and build up some confidence and momentum.
3. They Have The Talent
The problem with the Giants this year hasn’t been talent; it’s been execution. We know that Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, and Victor Cruz are all capable of playing better than the way they’ve been playing this season. Still, the Giants need more support from the offensive line and the running game, but with help from Rueben Randle and Brandon Myers, the Giants could have a dynamic passing attack if the trio of Manning, Nicks, and Cruz play to their potential. The defense has also played much better over the past two or three weeks, and just like the key players on offense, pass rushers like Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka are all capable of playing better than they have this season, and all have time left to turn things around.
2. Tom Coughlin
Coughlin may be having a bad season, but he’s not a bad coach; in fact, he’s a great coach. Things may have spiraled a little out of control on him after the team lost its first few games, but it’d be crazy to think that Coughlin is incapable of getting things turned around. Obviously, a lot is on the performance of the players, but there’s nothing to indicate that the players have tuned out Coughlin, and with two wins leading up to the bye and two full weeks to continue to working on their issues, Coughlin is capable or righting the ship and getting the Giants moving in the right direction.
1. They've Done It Before
We’ve seen this script before; the Giants look pitiful and left for dead, but they get hot at the right time and end up making a run deep into the postseason. Obviously, we haven’t seen them do it having lost their first six games, but considering that a record of 8-8 might be enough to win the NFC East and get into the playoffs. A hot streak in the second half of the season that’s similar to what Giants teams of the past have done – with largely the same core group of players – could be enough to get them eight wins and a spot atop the division.