Here's a look at the first half of the season for the New York Giants and a preview of what to expect in the second half:
First-half snapshot: The Giants' offensive struggles carried over from 2016. In fact, they are even worse. The Giants are averaging 16.1 points per game and have lost their top two receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, for the season. They blew three late leads and started off 0-5, and not much of anything has gone right. They've even had to suspend a pair of veteran cornerbacks in a three-week span. The offensive line has predictably struggled, the defense hasn’t lived up to the hype and has fallen apart and any playoff aspirations have been thrown out the window. It was a disastrous first half. Grade: Bring on 2018.
Midseason MVP: Through it all, veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison has remained a force in the middle of the Giants' defense. He leads all interior defenders with a Pro Football Focus grade of 94.0 against the run and is among the top-ranked defensive tackles overall. Harrison has four tackles for a loss and has even added some pass rush to his game. He also has a sack and a pair of quarterback hits. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh also deserves consideration for the honor. He has played well at both left guard and right tackle.
Best moment: It’s easily the victory in Denver. This might have been the toughest spot on the Giants' schedule, playing in a difficult environment, in prime time, against a dominant defense without most of their receiving corps and with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspended. All they did was go into Denver and run the ball down the Broncos' throats with Orleans Darkwa (117 yards) and dominate in a 23-10 win. It was a rare bright spot in an awful first half.
Worst moment: Pick your poison. Losing on a 61-yard field goal to the Philadelphia Eagles was demoralizing. Blowing a late lead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to fall to 0-4 was hard to stomach. Having to suspend a pair of players for a violation of team rules was embarrassing. They also lost wideouts Beckham, Marshall, Dwayne Harris and Sterling Shepard to injuries in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. That was bad but it wasn't even the worst moment. That happened coming out of the bye week when they were obliterated by the Los Angeles Rams, 51-17, at MetLife Stadium. It was the most points the Giants have allowed at home since 1964, and one of the worst home losses in franchise history. Most of all, the defense (especially some of the secondary) appeared to quit. They allowed the Rams to score on eight of their first nine drives and allowed six plays of 30 or more yards in the contest. Embarrassing was a word many in the locker room used as the Giants fell to 1-7 and 0-4 at home.
Second-half outlook: The Giants have eight games left -- including three West Coast trips -- and are simply playing for pride. It will be key for the future of the franchise to see if coach Ben McAdoo can still get the team to play for him with the postseason out of consideration. That could determine his future. Aside from that, it will be an eight-game tryout for many of the players, maybe even quarterback Davis Webb. Will we get a look at the rookie signal-caller at some point in place of the soon-to-be 37-year-old Eli Manning?