The New York Giants (4-6) have been a team of improbable comebacks and streaks in the Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin era in the franchise’s history. The Giants made that incredible run in 2007, when they struggled to get in the playoffs. Then they proceeded to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and they finished that incredible streak by beating the undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
Then in 2011 the Giants just barely make the playoffs and end up being the champs again, beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time. Can they find that magic now to make the playoffs?
The Giants started the season 0-6, and it looked like all hope was lost for the New York Giants, but they caught a break against the Vikings and have played against struggling, or backup quarterbacks ever since. Now the Giants are going to face top tier quarterbacks like Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Mathew Stafford, Philip Rivers, and Russell Wilson. We are entering the final stretch of the season and the Giants have their work cut out for them.
This Sunday’s game against Dallas is more crucial than ever with both being so close to Philadelphia for the division lead. If the Giants win they are one full game out of first place going in to play the Redskins. If the Cowboys win, they take back first place in the NFC East, and possibly eliminate the Giants from playoff contention. The Giants are going to need some players to step up their game going forward.
The Giants need their defensive front four to get pressure on the quarterback. In order to play good defense, they need to pressure the quarterbacks they will be facing. They are also going to need Andre Brown to run the ball effectively with the platoon of running backs they have. If the running game is moving the ball than Eli should put up numbers like he did against the Packers, with a completion percentage of over 80%.
Eli Manning is going to have to play his best football going forward, in order for him to lead his team to the playoffs. Turnovers have been the number one problem for the offense and Eli Manning this year, but know it is under control. The Giants cannot afford to have Eli drop back 40 times looking for long passes, especially on third down. They need Eli to be more accurate, and the fewer long pass plays they need to run, the less he gets sacked.
The Giants are taking the one game at a time approach and are just trying to improve their play week by week. The schedule does get tough from here on out, but it is possible the Giants can come back and make the playoffs. The game against the Dallas Cowboys will be the game that will show if the Giants can make a comeback in the season, 0r if it was all just a foolish dream.
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