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Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:15 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:47 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The reason people believe Tom Coughlin's job security is specious at best is that the Giants, coming off a 49-24 beatdown in New Orleans on Monday night, are in the middle of yet another late-season swoon.

And things might not get any better any time soon.

New York was absolutely eviscerated by Drew Brees and the Saints on Monday, registering no sacks on Brees, who became the first quarterback in Monday Night Football history to throw for 350 yards, pass for four touchdowns and rush for another score.

As my colleague Pete Prisco noted, the Saints looked "super" against Eli Manning and Co, even if their defense gave up big numbers in the second half to Manning and a large game to Victor Cruz.

The Giants looked anything like a playoff contender on Monday, though, and it's going to be a tough uphill battle for New York to stave off a spiral as the weather gets colder.

At 6-5, Coughlin's squad is now a full game behind every other playoff contender (Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit are all 7-4), and the schedule the rest of the way is damning. With just five games to play, the Giants get the undefeated Packers at home in Week 13, head to Dallas in Week 14, welcome the Redskins in Week 15, "travel" to the Jets in Week 16 and close out at home against Dallas in Week 17.



Whatever you think about the Redskins, that's a tough, tough stretch, especially for a team on a three-game losing streak where they suffered tough losses to San Francisco and Philadelphia before getting manhandled by the Saints Monday night.

Maybe we overvalued the Giants -- four of their six wins came against the Bills, Dolphins, Cardinals and Rams, by a total of 22 points.

Their offensive numbers from Monday actually look OK. Manning (33/47 for 406 yards) and Cruz (nine catches, 157 yards, two touchdowns) had monster stats, but the majority of those came when the game already looked out of hand. (Or, as you might know it, the second half.)

And the Giants won't have to play a quarterback as good as Drew Brees every single week. But with Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo in three of the next five weeks, things aren't getting that much easier for New York.

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Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

Assuming the one loss is next week against the Packers, 10-6 would get the Giants in the playoffs no matter what the Cowboys or anyone else does. Dallas is overrated, and the Jets are average. However, after last night, I'm not so sure if the Giants can beat anyone. But is Coughlin can get his team to move forward from this pathetic effort (his job likely depends on it), the Giants still have a decent shot at running the table after next week. They're better than what they showed yesterday, and the players know it.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:15 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

The only reason they're struggling is because they've played some of the best teams in the league these past few weeks (the 9ers, the Saints & they get the Packers next week). After that they play the Cowboys, who only look good because of an easy schedule in the past few weeks, the Jets, who just aren't that good, and the Redskins.  The Giants should win out after they lose to Green Bay, which would put them in the playoffs as the NFC East champs. And for everyone who is gonna respond by saying that the Cowboys are hot right now, their 4-game winning streak was against the Seahawks, the sliding Bills, the Redskins and the Dolphins, not very impressive teams. As for the Jets, they just haven't beat anyone good (the Bills and the Chargers were starting their downward spiral when they played the Jets).


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Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:30 am
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Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:48 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

They need to start playing the bench on defense to see what they have for next year.

The bench has been playing with all of the injuries to the linebackers, T. Thomas, Tuck, etc.   



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:12 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

Four of their final five at home?  That's a scheduling joke.  Not that it will help them any.  Playing at home doesn't give you a running game or anything that remotely resembles a defense.  Later Giants, cya Coughlin.



Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:35 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

I think it's fairly simple. They have to sweep Dallas. If they do that, they're probably in. If they don't, they probably aren't.



Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:34 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

I think it's fairly simple. They have to sweep Dallas. If they do that, they're probably in. If they don't, they probably aren't



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:43 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

Does it matter?  At 6-5 in a year that 10-6 won't get you in the playoff, the Gmen are essentually done.  Jets, Packers, and Cowboys twice?  They need to start playing the bench on defense to see what they have for next year.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:37 am
 

Giants in the middle of another late-season swoon

So basically, they get four of the last five games in the Meadowlands?


How does this happen? 



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