The New York Giants may have finished below .500 in three of their last five seasons, but this season is definitely different from the others.
The last time that a Giants season started with so much promise and then crashed and burned in the end happened in 2009, where they had a blistering 5-0 start to the season only to finish that season at 8-8. In the previous season, the Giants steamrolled to a No. 1 spot in the NFC playoffs with a 12-4 record before losing at home to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round.
But their current 1-8 start is considered as one of the worst starts in franchise history. Even though they started the 2013 season at 0-6, they still won three straight games at that exact same point of the season and slowly started making their way back into playoff contention.
It’s also interesting to note that the Eagles finished as the NFC East champions in that same season. With the way that the Eagles have played as a whole this season, it’s almost inevitable that they will win the division once again. And as for the Giants? They have basically kissed the playoffs goodbye.
While the Giants will not make a playoff run this season, there is still a tiny glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. That “glimmer of light” can be found in the second-to-last game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals, where offensive stars Carson Palmer and David Johnson could still be out of action. There’s also growing speculation that if the Cardinals fail to turn things around at the end of the season, head coach Bruce Arians could be out of the desert. This almost sounds like the west coast version of what the Giants are going through right now.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants play spoiler to teams still contending for the playoffs, especially with the teams remaining from the AFC West. That could be the case when the Giants go on the road to play the Oakland Raiders on December 3. The Raiders have been a little inconsistent these last few weeks and are a game below .500, and their remaining schedule will definitely not be a cakewalk. The Raiders still have to face the top teams of each conference this season, like the Eagles on Christmas Day and the New England Patriots this Sunday afternoon.
In the case of the Giants, they can be more than a 1-15 team. At best, the Giants can finish at 3-13 or at 4-12. It’s pretty obvious that head coach Ben McAdoo is on the hot seat and Eli Manning‘s future as a Giants starting quarterback is still up in the air. But there is still a little bit of promise that can be salvaged of this season, despite having only one win of the season so far.
But if the Giants want to finish 2017 at 3-13 or 4-12, then they have to earn those wins. The sense of urgency and effort that the Giants had in 2016 is severely lacking in 2017, and there needs to be a lot more of that. In the end, it’s highly likely that the Giants will have more than one win to end this season, but that’s if they choose to earn that win.
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