The difference between winning and losing can sometimes be as small as a yard gained or lost. The New York Giants experienced this the hard way in week five. After allowing the Carolina Panthers to get a first down by inches with 30 seconds left in the game, Graham Gano drained a game winning 63-yard field goal to send the Giants to (1-4) on the season. Despite this loss, the Giants are better off than their record might seem.
The Giants have played a tough schedule to start the season, as predicted, but luckily for them the division has not run away from them. As of right now, the Giants are one and half games out of first and have the most upside of any team in the division.
The team has specifically shown great signs of what they can look like in the Carolina and Houston games on the road (weeks three and five). The offense began to click, and the defense was able to do enough to give them a chance.
Last week, had the 63-yard field goal missed, Giants nation would be feeling much different about the future of this team.
Going forward, if the Giants can play like they did in the second half of week five, they can still make a run at the playoffs. Eli Manning was able to show his ability to drive the team down the field, and the Barkley/Beckham combination was able to dominate. The offensive line, which has been a big problem all season, has shown signs of improvement. If the Giants can keep the games in the twenties, there’s a good chance that they can go on a run.
The next three games, two divisional match-ups, will make or break the season. Wins over the Eagles and the Redskins (weeks six and eight) would get the Giants back into position to win the division.