The New York Giants‘ two wins over the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles are just what the team needed to give them some momentum going into a treacherous second half of the season. Over the last three seasons the Giants have had the difficult schedules, but nothing compares to what they are going to face over the final eight weeks of the 2013 NFL season.
Not only do they face two of their NFC East rivals but also other talented teams including the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions. I know there are theories that the Giants need to be undefeated in the second half of the season in order to make the playoffs, but fans should accept that this team has no chance of avoiding another loss. In other words, they are probably going to lose at least one of their next eight games. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t games that the Giants have to win in order to make the playoffs.
The first team they need to beat is this weekend’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders. This is a Raiders team that was outgunned, outplayed and outfought by the Eagles. Beyond the fact that Nick Foles tied the record of touchdowns thrown in a game with seven, nobody seems to be discussing that the Eagles receivers could’ve waltzed into the end zone. The Raiders’ pass defense was atrocious against one of the worst offenses in the league. The Giants, with a better receiving corps than the Eagles, have no excuse to lose this game and must win in order to continue to compete in the division.
The other games they must win are the final three games against their division rivals, the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. They face the Cowboys one more time before starting their season series against the Redskins, including the season finale. The Giants need to win their final three division games if they want a chance at competing for a playoff spot.
That leaves four games that are a coin flip for the Giants. The game against the Seahawks is going to be a tough contest, but based on what we saw this weekend when Seattle was challenged by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants still have a chance.
Even though the Lions are tied for first in the NFC North they have proven that they can either be great or just above average. The Green Bay Packers lost Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury for approximately three weeks, a timeline that includes the game against the Giants. Finally, the San Diego Chargers have become one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. Still, based on their remaining schedule, the Giants have a long hill to climb in order to make a run in the playoffs.