After their first six games of the 2013 NFL season, there were many people making jokes regarding the New York Giants and their chances of making the playoffs. With the NFC East having no team really emerging as an elite contender, people would jokingly say that you still couldn’t count out the 0-6 Giants and then laugh it off.
Now if you hear someone say that the Giants are out of the division race, there aren’t going to be many laughs to follow. After reeling four straight wins over the last five weeks with their bye wedged in the middle, the Giants now sit at 4-6 on the year, putting them 1.5 games out of the lead in the East.
It’s kind of funny to think that, not long ago at all, we were talking about head coach Tom Coughlin potentially losing his job and whether or not Eli Manning was now washed up and done being one of the better quarterbacks in the league. Eli still hasn’t been setting the NFL ablaze, but he’s certainly improved from his early season struggles.
As the Giants were winless to start the year, it seemed like Manning was giving out pick-sixes at the rate that bank tellers hand out useless, branded junk when you go in to make a deposit (have a book of Bank of America Post-Its with bad adhesive, and a pick-six too!). That hasn’t been the case over this win-streak, though. Manning hasn’t thrown for 300 yards in a game and hasn’t thrown more than one touchdown pass in a game, but he’s also combined for just two interceptions over their past two games, which is huge for the Giants.
Sticking with turnovers, the Giants have been able to take advantage of Manning not throwing picks by grabbing interceptions of their own. The Giants have a pick in all four of their wins this season, which isn’t coincidental. This Giants team has looked to be a blue-collar team that does the dirty work and, in the end, grinds out a victory. In a division with no one pulling away, New York has to be heavily on the radar now over the last six weeks of the season.