It’s not every year that you are looking at a 4-6 football team as a potential division winner. Not only that, but this particular team is riding a great deal of momentum and very well could have a realistic shot at winning their division. Yes, I’m talking about the 4-6 New York Giants that have gone on an impressive 4-game winning streak after beginning the year 0-6.
Quarterback Eli Manning has not been stellar over the win streak. Normally if you hear about a Giants win streak, you would have thought Manning to be the main reason behind it. However, it’s been the defense that has gotten this Giants team back into the playoff hunt and divisional race.
Over the course of the last four games, New York has allowed only 11.75 points per game — this stat coming after the Giants gave up no less than 27 points in each of their first six games. That, folks, is impressive.
In week 12, the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys in a highly important game when looking at the playoff and divisional picture. If New York can beat the Cowboys, they would sit at 5-6, tied with Dallas and just a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles.
To beat the Cowboys would put a heck of a lot of pressure on Philly who plays the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals in week 13 following their bye week. That matchup is an intriguing one for Philadelphia, as quarterback Nick Foles takes his 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions into a Cardinals defense that has been relatively consistent this year in giving up just 21.2 points per game — good for eighth in the league.
New York can take one giant step toward their division title hopes this coming Sunday against a Cowboys team that has been mediocre at best this year. Yes, that pun was intended. With all the momentum on their side, I would think Manning and company have a great shot to get their fifth straight victory.