In the 2009 NFL season, the Giants started 5-0, they finished 8-8 and didn’t qualify for the playoffs. In the 2010 NFL season, the Giants started 6-2, they finished 10-6 and for the second season in a row, they did not qualify for the playoffs. In the current NFL season, the Giants, again, started 6-4, but now with the toughest remaining part of their schedule in back-to-back weeks, the Giants are 6-4 and are heading towards another frustrating finish to the season that ends without the playoffs. As a fan who has not forgotten the past 2 seasons, and has been warning the Giants 360 readers about getting overly optimistic, this is everything I feared and somewhat expected. In order for the Giants to make the playoffs, winning one of the next two game, although not mathematically essential, is essential if the Giants want to salvage the season and vie for a spot in the NFC playoffs.
All it would have taken to change the tune of Giants fan everywhere and give us fans hope, was for the Giants to beat the Eagles and advance to 7-3 on the season. Instead the Giants showed up, and the Eagles beat them to their knees and Giants elected to stay there and get walked all over by a Vince Young led Eagles squad. The Giants weren’t able to get any form of a pass rush going, run the ball, stop the pass, or convert first downs. The tone of the game was set on the opening drive when Jake Ballard had a first down close to mid-field in his hands, but instead he dropped the pass and it lead to a failed third down conversion, and the Giants were never able to get anything going after that. Let’s just hope this game wasn’t a tone setter for the remainder of the season, but don’t be surprised if the next two weeks are blowouts.
Next week the Giants will play on Monday Night Football in New Orleans against the Saints. Drew Brees and the Saints had a bye last week, and will likely exploit the many weaknesses in the Giants defense and offense. Giants 360, a New York Giants blog, will keep you posted on all the Giants news and information regarding the upcoming game.