At the beginning of the season, everyone predicted that the NFC East would be a three team race. Those three teams would have been the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins. Now after the first four weeks of the season the Giants are (0-4) with no hope of saving the season. The Giants have not been (0-4) since 1987 during an NFL strike. What is worse is that no one on the Giants has an explanation for this start
Things are also getting tough in the locker room. Defensive end Justin Tuck told the New York Daily News that “If anyone turns on our coach I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth”. The situation in the locker room is beginning to deteriorate if a comment like the one Tuck made are being said. The Giants have always kept locker room issues in house and away from the media. When things go bad like this, it tends to bring tension among players, and the last thing the Giants need is for their dirty laundry to be aired out to the media.
There has only been one team in NFL history to comeback for an (0-4) start, and that was the 1992 San Diego Chargers. This Giants team will not be the second team to do that. If you look at each game it looks like the team has actually gotten progressively worse. The offensive struggles worsen with each game, and the defense has not shown any improvement at all. The Giants have to prepare now for Philadelphia and the next few weeks before their bye.
The Giants’ schedule will not exactly help them to turn their season around. The next game is the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly’s explosive offense. If their defensive problems persist, that game will be a shootout that favors the Eagles. Then they play the Chicago Bears, and they are a pretty solid team. The Bears are followed by the Minnesota Vikings who might be as desperate as the Giants depending on their next two games. Then it is the Eagles again, with the winner of the two teams’ first meeting having a mental edge for this game.
The Giants need to win three out of four in the coming weeks before their bye. How they play against the Eagles will show how they’ll do for the next four weeks.