It’s Week 17, and the New York Giants are on the last leg of the 2013 NFL season hoping to avoid the dreaded double-digit loss column. Big Blue is currently 6-9 after an incredible overtime victory over the former NFC North division leading Detroit Lions on Ford Field in Detroit. And after stripping away their playoff aspirations, the Giants hope to finish off the season on a high note as they host the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Their hopes to defeat a division rival and end the season just below .500 seemed impossible following the 0-6 start that sent the Giants to the bottom of the NFL standings.
So the Giants are currently 6-3 following the losing skid during the beginning of the season. Is there still hope for Big Blue to finish the season with an incredible seven wins in ten weeks? That is a question even the best game analysts couldn’t predict. Year after year, the Giants have been the most inconsistent, unpredictable organization in professional sports, and that has continued throughout the 2013 campaign.
But really looking into the Week 17 matchup against the Redskins it is certainly a contest between two up-and-coming teams that could compete for a playoff berth next season. The Skins are rolling with a backup quarterback in Kirk Cousins who to the surprise of fans has done well even without leading his team to victory. And while Eli Manning has undoubtedly played his worst football in his 10-year career as the Giants’ quarterback, it should still go his way on Sunday due to saving face of himself and the Giants organization as a whole.
The seasons the two organizations put forth were certainly disastrous, as both were predicted to battle it out for the division in early 2013 NFL season predictions. This was supposed to be the play-in game for the playoffs, but due to incredible disappointment it is now the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles battling it out in the primetime Week 17 matchup.
Look for the Giants to save face in the NFC East against the reeling Redskins on Sunday to finish off this disaster of a season.