After starting off the season with 6 straight losses, the Giants remain in the playoff hunt thanks to the ineptitude of the other teams in the NFC East. We’ve rattled off three wins in a row and now we have the good fortune of facing an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team.
If the Giants win this week, it sets up a huge division game against Dallas next week. I’m assuming the team wants to avenge the opening game loss to Dallas as much as I do. In doing so, the Giants would also propel themselves ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC East standings.
I’m just grateful to be in this position given such a putrid start and although our current 3-game winning streak hasn’t come against the cream of the crop, the playoffs are still a possibility. And once you get into the playoffs, anything can happen, as we demonstrated in 2011. Furthermore, this year’s Super Bowl is at MetLife Stadium and that can only provide extra motivation.
It’s still an uphill battle but Eli and company need to continue to take it one game at a time and improve week to week. Our defense is showing signs of life and most importantly the pass rush has returned from the dead. There are still many problems to fix on special teams and offense but the return of Andre Brown should help balance our offensive attack.
The division remains wide open with no one over .500 and the 3-6 Giants have the experience to come out on top. I can’t believe we’re still alive but somehow we are and wins in the next two weeks can put us back in prime position to make a late-season run. Our last couple of such runs, in 2007 and 2011, led to Super Bowls.
Given what I was thinking after Week 6, I’m more than happy to be in this position – and I think the rest of the division knows that they should have put us away when they had the chance.