Postseason possible?

Can the Giants still make the playoffs?

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Youngmisuk By Ohm Youngmisuk
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Can the Giants still make the playoffs?

I know what youre hearing in your head right now - an incredulous Jim Mora Sr. barking, PLAYOFFS?!?!

But amazingly, the Giants' season isn't done thanks to the incredibly mediocre NFC East. At the moment, Dallas (2-1) leads the division with the Eagles (1-2), the Giants (0-3) and Redskins (0-3) trailing. The Cowboys still have to play the likes of Denver, New Orleans, Chicago, Green Bay and their division foes.

Next week, the Giants visit undefeated Kansas City and Andy Reid, a longtime thorn in Big Blue's side. But is Alex Smith really unbeatable? Last year the Giants intercepted Smith three times and won 26-3 at San Francisco.

Even if the Giants lose, they can amazingly keep hope alive with two games against Philadelphia in a month starting Week 5 at home. The Eagles, who face Denver next, could be 1-3 going into that game. Sandwiched between those pivotal division slates is a game at Chicago and a Monday night home game against Minnesota. If the Giants sweep Philadelphia and win one against the Bears or Vikings, they'll likely still be alive.

After the bye, they'll face Oakland, Green Bay and Dallas at home. The Giants have won two in a row against Green Bay. The Oakland and Dallas games are must-wins. After that, the Giants have two meetings in December with the Redskins and games against San Diego, Seattle and Detroit.

The Giants still have plenty of improving to do. But Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning overcame a four-game losing streak to win a Super Bowl in 2011. If they can string together wins - especially in the division - and gain momentum, the Giants could find themselves one Tony Romo December slump from being in contention for the NFC East.

Playoffs doesn't sound all that impossible, does it?

NO BRIGHT SIDE HERE

Darcy By Kieran Darcy
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After that debacle in Charlotte on Sunday, the last thing we should be talking about is the Giants making the playoffs.

Is that still possible? Sure, it's only September, and the division is mediocre. But teams with legitimate postseason aspirations don't get embarrassed the way the Giants did against the Panthers.

The offensive line was the biggest culprit, and things certainly don't look promising there. Chris Snee and David Baas, coming off surgeries in the offseason, are banged up again.

Even with them in the lineup, things haven't looked good. Eli Manning was sacked seven times by Carolina. And the Giants have just 133 rushing yards in three games, the lowest total in the NFL.

You can have all the talented skill-position players in the world, but it doesn't mean squat if the O-line can't do its job.

The situation is even more dire on the other side of the ball. The Giants were counting on a bounce-back season from their much-ballyhooed group of pass-rushers, led by Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck.

Through three games, the Giants have three lousy sacks, tied for the worst mark in the league.

The young linebackers have done little to distinguish themselves. And in the secondary, the team lost its biggest playmaker from a year ago, Stevie Brown, to a torn ACL in the preseason.

Do these sound like reasons for optimism?

Only three 0-3 teams have made the playoffs since 1990 -- three out of 115. And with the Giants' next game in Kansas City against the 3-0 Chiefs, 0-4 is more likely than 1-3.

That wouldnt officially eliminate the Giants either. We can have the same argument next week if you want. I'll choose the same side.

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