After an 0-6 start to the season, the Giants (3-6) are suddenly only 1½ games behind Dallas and Philadelphia in the division, and only one back in the loss column.
You get the idea that nothing is ever going to be pretty in this Giants season. Then again, division races aren’t decided on looks and personality. Wins are all that count.
This grand unveiling Jason Pierre-Paul has planned for Sunday could turn out to be a big fizzle. But let’s take the optimistic route because, hey, the 2-6 Giants need all the good vibes that come their way.
Eli Manning watched the Dallas-Minnesota game before catching a flight back to New Jersey. It turned out to be a tease, along with the Redskins result.
The Giants (2-6) went into Sunday’s bye in the NFC East cellar, but just two games behind first-place Dallas. A Cowboys loss would have put them within one game in the loss column.
Fans in New York never want to abandon thoughts of the postseason this early into any season. As frustrated as they may be, the hope of a postseason run remains in the minds of the fans of both New York NFL teams.
“At our last game at MetLife Stadium, our fans were cheering like crazy for us. Obviously they’re disappointed like we’re disappointed that our record is what it is, but when you go to MetLife, our fans bring it.”
“You know, I wasn’t,” the 67-year-old told Francesa. “Frustration, yeah. Disappointment, no doubt … The guys have been resilient and tough. They’ve let all the criticism — at least to a certain extent — bounce off their back.”
Two wins do not make a playoff contender, unless you’re in the NFC East. Despite opening the season with six straight losses, the Giants remarkably are still in the playoff hunt heading into their bye week.
“Obviously no one in this division is running away with anything, and you never know what can happen,” Manning told WFAN host Mike Francesa. “We’ve got a lot of football (left), and (we’re) not too far behind.”
It’s been a humbling season for the Giants and punter Steve Weatherford. But somehow, after starting 0-6, they’re still in the playoff conversation.
“I think the pressure is on now more than ever,” the two-time Pro Bowler told Joe & Evan. “In my eyes, we have to win out. That’s the way I look at it. I’m sure that’s the way our team looks at it. We have to win out.”
Are they contenders or pretenders? Ryan and the Jets might get their answer soon as New York takes on three straight first-place teams, starting against New England on Sunday.
Most folks in the Tri-State area would say the Giants have no shot to make the playoffs after an 0-5 start. We say “most” because there’s a group that won’t give up just yet — the guys in the locker room.
“It’s wide open and obviously we’re two games back right now,” the three-time Pro Bowler said on Tuesday. “Obviously we’ve got to play better football and do those things, but we still feel that we can get hot.”