Entering Week 14, the New York Giants are 5-7 and slowly slipping away from the thick of things in the poor NFC East. While trying to gain ground behind rivals Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, Big Blue is on a mission to shock the world for a miracle playoff bid. But there is only one way to do it.
The Giants’ remaining schedule includes away games against the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions along withhome games against rival Washington Redskins and the NFC leading Seattle Seahawks. Now two of those teams are leading their respective division (Detroit and Seattle) while the Chargers are hot with great play from quarterback Philip Rivers.
So we say, how can this Giants team that started off 0-6 compete in any of those games? And to put it simply it will be incredibly tough. The teams on the remaining schedule are all ending the season on high notes (with the exception of the Redskins).
However, the defense is improving from the early season struggles, and it seems like the captains from both sides of the ball are lifting the play of themselves and their teammates late this season. Justin Tuck is coming off an incredible four-sack night in Washington, and Giants fans can only hope that he can keep up the efforts. The secondary is playing extremely aggressive football which is translating into success against the pass and keeping running backs from long gains.
The offense, though not perfect, continues to improve with opening up the field, but with this offensive line you just can’t predict what you’ll see each week.
What the Giants must hope for in December is help from teams opposing their NFC East rivals. For Big Blue to squeeze into the postseason, the Cowboys must finish at best 8-8 and the Eagles no better than 9-7, with Dallas winning the final game of the season against the Eagles.
To look further into the possibility of postseason play for the Giants we must dissect the Cowboys’ and Eagles’ remaining schedules.
Dallas has a relatively easy four-game stretch to close out 2013, playing teams of the likes of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Redskins, and Eagles. However, if Chicago can get their offense on track with a healthy Jay Cutler, that could be a game Dallas could surely lose. Same goes with Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers.
The Eagles also have an easy finish to the season as they matchup with the Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Bears, and Cowboys.
With these two NFC East teams you can never predict what will happen. The teams in this division each and every year prove to be some of the most inconsistent in the league. Who knows, Nick Foles‘ luck could surely run out and put immense pressure on the atrocious defense to keep scores low which could lead to failure. We all know the Cowboys and how they can always break their fans’ hearts at any given time.
But there is one thing that we know with absolute certainty: The Giants must win out with a 9-7 record to even have a shot for postseason play, and that in and of itself would be one of the most incredible feats in NFL history.