As a series of articles, we look at game by game predictions for each NFC East team; the third team we’re going to looking at is Twickenham bound, New York Giants and their quest to put a 3rd ring on Eli Manning’s hand. It’s the home stretch and the Giants have a sniff of the NFC East title and it looks like it will all come down to Week 17. Can they hold their nerve?
Week 14 – Home v Dallas Cowboys – WIN
A HUGE divisional game against the Cowboys beckons for the Giants, similar to last season where the Giants had to travel to FedEx Field and came up short; however this time they sneak by the Prescott led Cowboys. The holes in the Dallas defence come to the fore after being masked whilst Prescott was still having his honeymoon period in the NFL, but Beckham has yet another field day in this one and putting a big dent in the Cowboys division hopes.
Week 15 – Home v Detroit Lions – WIN
Another home clash, and another win for the Big Blue Monster to send them to 8-6 and put themselves right in play for the NFC East crown. The Lions have trouble getting much going on offence without Megatron; Golden Tate and Marvin Jones hardly strike fear into many defences, let alone their sub-par RB corps unless Ameer Abdullah delivers on the promise he had shown in college. The Giants now have 2 divisional games at a make or break point in the season, win both and they’re a shoe-in; lose both and they miss out.
Week 16 – Away @ Philadelphia Eagles – LOSS
So obviously the Giants drop a clunker against the Eagles, Philly have nothing to lose at this point after a pretty poor but promising season so far and fling the ball all over the place, in retro Chip Kelly style. The keys to the offence are Carson Wentz’s and he (erratically) pierces through the Giants defence as Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz have field days. Meaning it really is all or nothing on the last day.
Week 17 – Away @ Washington Redskins – LOSS
In the winner takes all clash in Washington, it’s the home team that comes out on top as Eli Manning and the Giants just come up a little short in the end. Expect fireworks in this one with both offences looking to be in the Top 10 of the NFL; but in the end the deciding factor will be Josh Norman paying the Redskins back for their investment this off-season and on the whole keeping OBJ quiet. Without Beckham McAdoo’s offence loses it’s bite and the Redskins are Back-to-Back Champions.
Summary: 8-8 Record
Despite the disappointment of missing out on the NFC East title at the final hurdle, this will still encourage Giants for the immediate future with their defence no longer resembling the sieve that it has been recently. With a middling draft pick and another couple pieces in free agency they may well be looking towards double digit wins in 2017. Although if they can sneak an extra win in what could be a few predicted close losses they may pip those Redskins to the title
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