Giants Need Several Miracles To Reach Postseason
The New York Giants lost a mistake-filled affair to the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 20-9 on Sunday, dropping them to 4-8 on the season with just five games to go.
New York hasn’t been mathematically eliminated from the postseason race, but they’ll need a lot of serendipity to qualify.
For starters, Joe Judge’s group will certainly have to win out and finish 9-8. But the play of this team through 12 games inspires little confidence, for starters. Not to mention the Giants will need a lot of help to sneak in.
The Washington Football Team and San Francisco 49ers occupy the final two wild card spots with identical 6-6 records. There are five teams on the outside looking in that are ahead of the Giants: The Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), Minnesota Vikings (5-7), Carolina Panthers (5-7), Atlanta Falcons (5-7) and New Orleans Saints (5-7).
The odds of New York going 9-8 are extremely low to begin with, considering they still have tough matchups against the Los Angeles Chargers (Week 14), Dallas Cowboys (Week 15), Eagles (Week 16) and Washington (Week 18) on the schedule.
Even if the Giants manage to finish 9-8, what are the odds that all the majority of teams ahead of them will all slump to losing records?
Simply put, New York is playing for pride over these final five weeks. The jobs of Judge, quarterback Daniel Jones and GM Dave Gentleman could very well be on the line, but a strong finish to the season (which we saw last year) could prompt ownership to hold off on wholesale changes.
The Giants open as a 10-point underdog against the Los Angeles Chargers for their Week 14 game (4:05 p.m. EST). Multiple sportsbooks for sports betting in New York are currently offering up to $1,000 in risk-free bets.
Predicting Giants’ Remaining 2021 Games
Week 14 @ Los Angeles Chargers
It’s any given Sunday in the NFL, but it’s truly difficult to see a scenario where the Giants escape La La Land with a win.
Justin Herbert is one of the game’s elite pocket passers , and the Giants’ secondary has struggled against top-flight offenses all season long. Even if Patrick Graham’s defense keeps this high-powered offense in check, the Chargers’ stingy secondary should have no problem locking down New York’s receivers.
Prediction: Chargers 30, Giants 14
Week 15 vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Giants were no match for the NFC East leaders when they met in Week 5, a 44-20 blowout win for Dallas.
The Giants will be at home this time, but can you really expect them to keep pace with Dak Prescott and a Dallas team that’s firing on all cylinders? The New York secondary will be greatly overmatched by the Cowboys’ stacked set of pass-catchers.
On the other side of the ball, the opportunistic Dallas defense should be able to stymie Saquon Barkley while forcing a banged-up Giants offense into multiple turnovers.
Dallas will win and deliver the dagger in any remaining playoff hopes the Giants had.
Prediction: Cowboys 26, Giants 16
Week 16 @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Giants shut down a red-hot Philadelphia team in Week 12, escaping with a 13-7 victory thanks to a remarkable defense that racked up three interceptions off Jalen Hurts.
But the Eagles were simply due for a bad game, and the Giants tend to play division rivals tough at home. This time, the Eagles will have home advantage in front of a boisterous crowd, with major playoff implications on the line.
The New York defense should give Hurts his problems again. But with home advantage and a superior quarterback, the Eagles narrowly escape with a season-saving W.
Prediction: Eagles 23, Giants 20
Week 17 @ Chicago Bears
This is unquestionably the most winnable game remaining on the Giants’ schedule. The Bears have endured the same struggles as Judge’s group: Quarterback, the offensive line and the secondary.
Whether it’s Andy Dalton or Justin Fields starting in this one, the Giants’ top corners should be able to limit a Chicago offense that’s devoid of true game-changing pass-catchers.
Barkley is due for a huge game. If it hasn’t happened by Week 16, he’ll finally get it going against a vulnerable Chicago front seven that’s missing Khalil Mack.
Prediction: Giants 24, Bears 17
Week 18 vs. Washington Football Team
Winners of four straight, Washington finds themselves occupying one of the NFC’s three wild card spots. It’s safe to guess that they’ll still be in the race heading into Week 18, if Ron Rivera’s group hasn’t already clinched a playoff spot.
The Giants should be able to keep this one close, but Taylor Heinicke is playing like a man on a mission, and the WFT defense has regained its elite form during the win streak. New York will embrace the opportunity to play spoiler, but the Football Team manages to squeak out a tight victory.
Prediction: Washington 20, Giants 17