Despite What You Read, The Season Isn’t Over

The Giants blew it on Sunday, but that doesn’t have to mean the season is over. That’s because they are blessed to play in the mediocre at best, NFL East.

What can you say about that game other than it was painful to watch. By halftime I was disgusted with the simply awful play and I missed most of the third quarter because I simply couldn’t stand it. But, I tuned back in for the fourth quarter, and while I appreciated the comeback, I didn’t believe the defense was capable of providing a stop when it was needed.

Some other observations about that game.

1- I understand the offensive line was banged up, and the Giants fell behind, but 13 rushing attempts is ridiculous. And why do they try and spread the ball out to four-different running backs in that scenario?

2- Injuries happen to every team in football, why aren’t the Giants better prepared for them? Where is the depth on this team?

3- In the last three drafts, the Giants have selected five defensive linemen in the first three rounds. Yet, their pass rush in nonexistent.

Ok, back to the present. Before you bury the season, remember that the Giants are tied for first. Furthermore, Washington still has three division games left, and the Bears and the Bills left to play. That doesn’t mean they will lose, and it certainly doesn’t mean the Giants will win, but it is silly to say the season is over. Some more efforts like yesterday though, and that will be an accurate statement.

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  • blmeanie  On November 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Last year (or maybe the year before) the NFC South was ridiculed for having the division winner head to the playoffs with a losing record. The NFC East need not worry about that because they are all “storied” franchises. True they have a division to win if they can win probably 3 more games. Not sure I can offer sympathy for not having depth with injuries hitting your team. THIS is the beginning of the fun part of the NFL season.

    • nysportsfanatic  On November 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      This is the problem I have with divisions in general. Remember back in the 80’s when the AL East always had two or three teams with more wins than the winner of the AL West?

      I think the NFL would be better served by going to two 16-team leagues with the top-6 in each getting in the playoffs. Under that format you could have every team in each conference play each other and come up with a pretty fair best six. (and throw in one interleague game for good measure)

      (MLB could do the same thing and play 140 games in the league and 22 outside of it.)

  • blmeanie  On December 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I’m ok with divisions and the scheduling as is (imagine if any of the NFC East teams had less games against each other) but have a rule that says you have to be 8-8 or better to make the playoffs. If not, then next best wildcard eligible teams go regardless of divisions etc.

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Problem is, what if you didn’t have enough teams that met that threshold? Consider the AFC right now, only the Patriots, Bengals, and Broncos are guaranteed to finish above 8-8. There are only four other teams even 6-5 right now. You could have a situation this year where less than six teams finish 8-8 or better.

  • blmeanie  On December 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

    hard to believe with how schedules work but given it is a possibility that only 5 teams finish at .500 or better then you create one more by team and make it work. Screw the losers of the world. Of course this would never happen so the participation trophy society would gladly let in a loser team. Thanks for playing with me.

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

      I was reading the other day that they had to expand the definition of “bowl-eligible” this year in college football because they don’t have enough teams that are .500 or above.

      Can’t stand the participation trophy society.

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