Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 10/1/13
The New York Giants look terrible. The defense can’t stop opposing teams from scoring. The offense can’t protect Eli Manning and there is no running game to speak of. Yet even though the Giants are down 0-4 in the NFC East, this team can make a run for the postseason. It may seem like a long shot, but look at the other teams in that division. The Dallas Cowboys, who are always suspect come playoff time, are the number one team in that division with a 2-2 record. Both the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are 1-3. Washington’s defense isn’t doing that much and RG3 is trying to get back to normal. The Eagles are still having some growing pains with their new system under head coach Chip Kelly. The Giants don’t have to give up on this season yet. Some of the players on the team still feel that way. Giants safety Antrel Rolle said, “I believe we can go 12-0 from this point on. And I truly believe that and I’m not (just) saying that. And people may look at me like I’m crazy, but you know, I couldn’t really give a damn at this point. This is what I believe. I know the talent of this team. I know the mind-set of this team. We just have to go out there and put it together.” Yes Rolle’s words can look like bulletin board material for other teams, but he didn’t call anyone out. As a player you need to be confident in your skills and in your team to be successful. Rolle is just looking to stay positive and keep his teammates motivated for a crucial game against the division rival Eagles. If the Giants win then they would be 1-4 and then be tied for third in the in the NFC East. Baby steps. Plus the Cowboys are playing the red hot Denver Broncos and the Redskins have a bye. Things in the NFC East are still unstable. No team has a strangle hold on that division. If any team in the NFC East is able to turn things around history shows that it is the New York Giants. The team needs to drastically improve on all sides of the ball. The Giants believed that Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka would have made more noise since Jason Pierre-Paul is playing through injury. But Kiwanuka has just one sack thus far, and Tuck just half a sack. Beyond the lack of output from key players, it is the injuries that are hurting the team. The offensive line is still hurting. According to head coach Tom Coughlin, he said that both center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee would continue to receive treatment this week. He doesn’t know, if Snee of Baas would be available for the game against Philadelphia. All sides of the ball must improve if the Giants look to record a W in the win column next weekend. Victor Cruz cannot be the only offensive star for the Giants. Hakeem Nicks has to step up his game as well. If the passing is on point, the running game should be open for average running backs to make some noise on the ground. Will the Giants go 12-0? Probably not. Antrel Rolle is just try to lead his team by example and show the guys there is still hope. Like I said earlier it is baby steps. Coughlin doesn’t let his team look further into weeks ahead. He makes sure that they focus on the game at hand. If they can survive the injury bug and win these next few games, the Giants could see themselves back on top of a very winnable division.  
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