Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 11/25/11
Jim Mancari BGB Assistant Editor
All of a sudden, Week 12 of the NFL season is upon us, so what better time to speculate about the NFC East playoff picture?

The Giants have a tough road ahead, and based on the back-to-back losses, it might be an uphill climb.

Do the Giants have what it takes to get back to the postseason? If you remember back in 2007-08, all the Giants needed to do my make the playoffs and then the miracle happened.

Can something similar happen this year? Tune in to “Big Blue” football to find out.

This year, a wild card berth in the NFC may be a tall order. The Bears and Lions are inconsistent but dangerous teams, while the Falcons may even make a run at a divisional title let alone a wild card.

So the Giants need to be focused on one thing: winning the NFC East.

The pesky Dallas Cowboys scratched out a one-point victory on Thanksgiving against the Dolphins. This game may have huge implications for the Giants.

As of now, the Cowboys hold a 0.5-game lead over the Giants for first place in the division, since the Giants play Monday night on the road against the Saints.

That’s right…on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

This will be a tough game for the Giants win. If the Cowboys lost, at least the Giants wouldn’t have fallen much further behind in the standings.

Now, I’m not ruling out a possible victory for the G-Men, but they’ll really have to show up in a big way. If the Giants win, the teams will have the same record, but the Cowboys own the tiebreaker since they are 2-1 within the division while the Giants are 1-2. The opening day loss to the Redskins is going to come back to bite us.

While the Eagles are hanging on by a thread and probably need to win out to be contenders, this division is going to come down to the two head-to-head matchups between the Giants and Cowboys—the first of which is Week 14 and the other as the final game of the season on New Year’s Day. That last game could be a play-in for the NFC East crown.

But to get there, the Giants will need some help from Dallas. The Cowboys have a much easier schedule over the final few weeks: away at Arizona, home vs. Giants, away at Tampa Bay, home vs. Philadelphia, and away at Giants.

If Dallas finishes 3-2 but the two losses are to the Giants, they’d finish 10-6 with a 3-3 divisional record. Even if the Giants lose to the Saints and the Packers, hope is still alive in that Big Blue would have to win the final four games (two against Dallas, one against the Redskins and one against the Jets), and they would be 10-6 with a 4-2 divisional record, thus winning the NFC East.

So basically if the teams can keep pace, it’s going to come down to head-to-head matchups.

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