The New York Giants (4-6) are at it again.
After defeating the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers (5-5), the New York Giants have now won four straight after losing six straight games to begin the season. As a result, in typical Giants fashion, the Giants are now peaking into playoff conversation.
Now, let’s be frank. The Giants have wins against the lowly Minnesota Vikings (2-8), a Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) team without the explosion of Nick Foles, an inconsistent Oakland Raiders (4-6) team, and now an injury-plagued Green Bay Packers squad without their All-Pro quarterback. The four wins the Giants have earned are not statement wins or wins that can safely state a legitimacy to this year’s team. Yet, a win is a win and in the Giants defense, some of the losses could have potentially been wins if not for a couple of plays.
They’re at it again. The Giants are giving the Big Blue faithful some glimmer of hope with winning four straight as their schedule now begins to pick up some steam. This week, they are facing the 2nd place NFC East Dallas Cowboys (5-5), who seem to flip-flop more than a pancake. Yet, the Cowboys were the first team to hand the Giants one of their first six losses. But here is the funny thing about the NFC East. The division is so bad that if the Giants beat the Cowboys, they are tied for second place and if Philadelphia loses, they are a ½ game out of first.
So, say the Giants win on Sunday. Their next opponent is the struggling Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin III is having a sophomore slump and after the performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, some confidence can be seen in this game being a manageable win for the Giants.
But it is the next three games after that will be the most challenging for the Giants as they face off against the San Diego Chargers (4-6), the Seattle Seahawks (10-1), and the Detroit Lions (6-4). These are by no means winnable games like Dallas or Washington.
The Chargers’ record doesn’t speak to how well they actually have done this year. Each loss was a close one and with Philip Rivers having a good season, the Giants’ secondary must prepare well for him. The Seahawks need no explanation for how good they are and it is highly unlikely the Giants can escape with a win. Lastly, the Lions are having one of their best seasons and while they did lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6), a team similar to the Giants, it’s another game that is up in the air.
So, Giants fans, welcome aboard the Hopeful Express, a train that pulls in every year in the second half of the season where we are clinging on to the rails of the train as the Giants play. It’s happening again. The Giants have brought back this dismal hope that has to potential to result in utter disappointment.
You have been warned.
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