Longtime Hashmarks and Beast enthusiast Gary Myers of the Daily News basically pulled the plug on the Giants' season in a column this morning. He doesn't see how the Giants can survive a two-week stretch against the Cowboys and Eagles.
I'm not ready to completely dismiss the Giants' playoff chances, in part, because teams in desperation mode can often dig down and get a win at home. Oh, and there's also the fact that the Cowboys have been awful in December for the better part of a decade.
Myers: The Giants were clearly uninterested in Denver. They played as if they already had their bags packed for the offseason. After losing four straight, the overtime victory against the Falcons should have energized them, even with the disadvantage of having to travel to Denver in the short week. Instead, the Giants put on one of their more humiliating performances in years. Already, they have lost three times by at least 20 points for the first time since [Tom] Coughlin's first season in 2004.
I think a lot of us are hesitant to dismiss the Giants because they still have talented players such as Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck on defense. But whatever reason, those players haven't been able to get to the quarterback on a regular basis, and the defense isn't getting much help from Eli Manning and the offense. A recent players-only meeting didn't really do the trick.
And it looks like Coughlin is running out of motivational tactics. He's been the master at getting his team to respond to adversity, but maybe this is simply one of those seasons where nothing is going to go the Giants' way.