For most of the season, the New York Giants were the team to beat in the NFC East as the defending Super Bowl Champions seemed to stand out from the other three teams. However, with the way things have played out over the last couple of weeks–the argument can be made the Giants shouldn’t even be considered playoff contenders at this point.
New York is coming off a disappointing 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins and if Monday’s game is any indication of how much their offense has struggled over the last couple of weeks–it may be time to hit the panic button. The fact that Eli Manning and company found the end zone just once through the air against the league’s 31st ranked passing defense is a major reason for concern considering the Giants have weapons like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in the passing game.
One of the hottest debates over the last couple of seasons has been whether or not Manning deserves to be in the elite category, but it’s hard to see him as one lately as he’s thrown just four touchdowns over the last five games. What’s even more disappointing is three of those touchdowns came in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers–which means Manning went three games without a touchdown pass.
New York may be 7-5 at this point in the season, but with the way they’ve looked over the last couple of weeks–don’t be surprised if they lose the division to the Redskins or Dallas Cowboys over the final four weeks of the regular season.
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