After losing their first six games of the 2013 season, the New York Giants revived themselves with back-to-back wins before heading into their bye week. At 2-6, the only reason they’re still alive in the playoff race is because of how weak the NFC East is this year.
Heading into Week 9, the Dallas Cowboys led the division with a record of 4-4. The Philadelphia Eagles were a game back at 3-5 and the Washington Redskins sat in third place at 2-5. That left the Giants in sole possession of last place in probably the weakest division in the NFL.
To make matters worse, the Giants received no help during their bye week as the NFC East pulled off the seemingly impossible and went undefeated. After a tumultuous first half of the season, a rough bye week seems to fit perfectly into New York’s script.
Dallas won on a Tony Romo touchdown pass in the final minute of the game, the Eagles won in a blowout behind an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes from Nick Foles and Washington pulled out an overtime victory at home.
Although all of the Week 9 opponents were likely non-playoff teams, a surge like this from the NFC East may spell bad news for the Giants.
The G-Men will need to put together an extended winning streak in the second half of the season if they are going to remain in the hunt. The sputtering NFC East has given them life thus far, but New York needs to seize this opportunity and take advantage of it before it goes away.