For someone who doesn’t know much about football, you might actually forget that the Giants play in New York if you put on Sportscenter. All the talk in the media is about the Jets and the debacle that has ensued with their offense, particularly the quarterbacks.
Tuesday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced that Mark Sanchez would be benched but not in favor of fan favorite Tim Tebow, but for third stringer Greg McElroy. Because of that, all the talk has been about the future of the three Jets quarterbacks and the head coach.
We are forgetting something however. The Giants are the defending Super Bowl Champions, and they are fighting for a playoff spot with two games remaining in the season.
If there’s one question that I want to ask it is this: Can we please stop talking about the Jets and focus on the Giants?
Eli & the Giants have had their hands full with Robert Griffin III (right, 10) and are hoping they can beat out the Redskins for the NFC East title. PHOTO COURTESY: AL BELLO/GETTY IMAGES
The Giants had a stranglehold on the NFC East for most of the season but the emergence of both the Redskins and the Cowboys now finds the Giants in a three-way tie for the division lead. Because of the tie breakers, the Giants need to finish with a better record than both of those teams in order to get in to the playoffs. In other words, they really need to win out with the Redskins and the Cowboys playing each other in week 17.
Winning out will not be an easy task for this team with a game against the Ravens on Sunday and a season finale against their NFC East rivals the Eagles. They are tough games but both are winnable giving the Giants more than a good chance to win out and make the playoffs.
The Ravens are currently on a three game losing streak but despite that, they are still ahead in their division and have already clinched at least a wildcard spot in the AFC playoff picture. This can work in the Giants favor for a couple of reasons. First, they are obviously not playing their best football right now but more importantly, they have already clinched a playoff spot. They can clinch the division with a win against the Giants or the Bengals in Week 17, so the game against the Giants isn’t necessarily a “must win” like it is for Big Blue.
What should be scary for the Giants is that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could make a comeback on Sunday. If he does, that will only improve the Ravens defense which is still the focal point of this team. Add a Giants offense that has played like “Jekyll and Hyde” and this will be a test for the Giants for sure.
If the Giants lose on Sunday it will take a near miracle for this team to make the playoffs. However, if they win, it will give the New York media something to talk about besides the irrelevant Jets. For that reason alone, everyone should be rooting for a Giants win this weekend.
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