The Giants spent massive on free brokers within the offseason to reap the benefits of a weak NFC East, however instantly the division isn’t any joke.
The Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) charged to the brink of a playoff spot with Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints, the Birds’ third win in 4 video games.
They’re now in ninth place within the NFC, nipping on the heels of three groups at 5-5: the Minnesota Vikings, Saints and San Francisco 49ers.
The primary-place Dallas Cowboys (7-3) have an opportunity to bounce again rapidly from Sunday’s loss in Kansas Metropolis in opposition to the sorry Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day.
And the Washington Soccer Workforce (4-6) scratched out a second straight win at Carolina.
That put a ton of strain on the Giants (3-6) to get a victory Monday evening at Tampa Bay with the red-hot Eagles coming to MetLife Stadium six days later.
“We’re definitely enthusiastic about the place this crew’s going,” quarterback Daniel Jones stated popping out of the bye. “We really feel like we’ve improved. However proper now our focus is on this week and ensuring we’re ready to play the Bucs and play our greatest soccer on Monday evening.”
The Giants entered Week 11 in final place within the division with a 3.8% likelihood of creating the playoffs, per BetOnline.ag. That trailed Washington (5.9%), Philly (25%) and Dallas (99.9%).
Extensive receiver Kenny Golladay stated he believes the Giants are able to making a postseason push.
“Yep,” he stated. “We’ve simply acquired to maintain stacking video games on high of video games and popping out with Ws.”
The issue is Joe Choose’s crew has nearly no margin for error.
The Cowboys have a clean street to an NFC East title because of their scorching sizzling begin to the season. The Giants are already 0-2 in division.
And having 4 division video games of their closing seven down the stretch now not appears favorable.
Generously granting the Giants a .500 document of their closing eight video games would have them ending at 7-10.
Choose refuses to speak playoffs and didn’t use it as motivation for his crew popping out of the Week 10 bye, he stated.
“No,” he stated. “All these different video games are hypotheticals. To go forward and begin wanting past issues that don’t exist, speaking about hypotheticals — we’ve acquired sufficient actual issues coming at us in every week’s time.”
What’s approaching Sunday is a surging Eagles crew that ranks eighth within the NFL averaging 27.0 factors per recreation. Nick Sirianni’s membership has scored 30 or extra factors thrice within the final 4 weeks, together with 44 on the Detroit Lions in Week 8 and 40 on the Saints this previous Sunday.
Philly quarterback Jalen Hurts has 21 touchdowns (13 passing, eight speeding) in 11 video games. The Giants’ Jones had 10 TDs (eight passing, two speeding) in 9 video games coming into Monday.
Time is working out for the Giants to show round their season, and the NFC East isn’t mendacity down prefer it did final yr, when the Giants practically gained the division crown at 6-10.
THOMAS RETURNS FROM I.R.
Left sort out Andrew Thomas (left ankle/proper foot) was activated off injured reserve to begin Monday evening’s recreation at Tampa. He was considered one of 5 gamers added to the Giants’ roster for the sport in opposition to the defending Tremendous Bowl champions.
Edge Trent Harris was signed from the Giants’ apply squad. Tight finish Chris Myarick and security Steven Parker have been elevated from the apply squad, and vast receiver/returner Pharoh Cooper was activated from the apply squad as a COVID-19 substitute.
Security Logan Ryan stayed on the reserve/COVID-19 listing and missed a recreation for the primary time in his two seasons as a Large.