The New York Giants currently stand at (2-6) on the season, they are coming off a bye week, and will be beginning the second half of the season against the Oakland Raiders. At just two games behind the first place Dallas Cowboys, everyone wants to think the Giants still have a chance to compete for the division.
The Giants would probably need to win out for the rest of the season, or at least go seven and one through the next eight games. The deck is certainly stacked against the G-Men.
The teams the Giants will face from here till the end are, the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions. Lets take a little look at each of those teams.
Oakland Raiders- The Oakland Raiders are not one of the better teams in the NFL, but that does not make them an easy win. They do struggle passing the ball, but Terrelle Pryor has been creating offense with his feet this season. The defense can look good at times, and horrible at times. They just allowed seven touchdown passes in a loss to Philadelphia, and the defense will be looking to bounce back.
There are some injury concerns right now with Pryor and Darren McFadden, but if they do play this will be a closely contested game. The Giants can win this game, but they have to stay focused, and not take Oakland for granted.
Green Bay Packers- The Green Bay Packers may have taken a big blow with the injury to Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers is out for this game the Giants have the clear advantage, but if he does play, then they have to go against one of the most dangerous offenses in the league. With Rodgers playing and the Giants inability to rush the quarterback, Rodgers would have a field day. Without Rodgers the Giants have better odds, but if Rodgers plays then this will be a loss.
Dallas Cowboys- The Cowboys are in first place in the division at (5-4). The first meeting was a wild one, and the second meeting on Thanksgiving day will be too. This game is where the Cowboys can end the Giants’ season, and they will be looking to do just that. There is no clear favorite between these two division rivals, and when it comes to rivalry games there is no telling the outcome. Either team can win, but for the Giants it’s a must. This game will either make or break the season.
Washington Redskins- The Giants have two games remaining against the Redskins, and both teams are trying to stay alive in the division. What has been hurting the Redskins is that Robert Griffin III has not been consistent in his performances this year. He is still shaking off the rust after the offseason knee surgery, but that does not mean the Giants should pay less attention to him. The Giants can win both games against the Redskins, but if RGIII starts playing like his old self then it will be more of a challenge. The first game comes after the Giants play Dallas, and the second is the season finale
San Diego Chargers- The Chargers are (4-4) so far this year, and are a middle of the pack team. They have the 4th best passing game in the NFL, and Phillip Rivers is having a great comeback season. There weakness is defense and a lack of a running game. This is will also be a competitive match for the Giants, but if there defense is doing well at this point, that might tip the balance in the Giants’ favor. This game is a possible win, but a tough one for the Giants. What helps San Diego is that they are the home team.
Seattle Seahawks- Seattle is one of the best teams in the NFL right now, and they get better with every game. They have players getting healthy, and coming back from injuries. They have the 5th ranked running game, and the 2nd ranked passing defense in the NFL. This is the toughest opponent the Giants will play this season, and it will be an uphill battle. Expect this to be a loss for the Giants
Detroit Lions- The Detroit Lions are (5-3) right now, and are tied for first in the NFC North. They have the 2nd ranked passing game in the league, and the league’s best receiver in Calvin Johnson. The defense is not that great, but the offense can put up points to compensate. This will be another tough opponent for the Giants, and it is possible for them to win this game, but unlikely.
Out of the seven teams the Giants will play for the rest of the season, there is not a single matchup where the Giants will be the clear favorite. The Giants would have to win at least seven of the eight to make the playoffs, and that is a very daunting task. Things may change between now and the time the Giants play each team, but it will not make things much easier. By the time the Giants play Dallas, we will know whether or not the Giants can stay alive in the division. The Giants still have high hopes of making the playoffs, but it will be a long and tough road ahead for them.
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