As any team tries to do after a loss, the Giants are going to have to shake off Sunday’s setback in Philadelphia quickly. And not just because they’ll host a surprisingly tough Jacksonville team this week.
At 6-4, they not only sit behind the Eagles in the division race, but they’re not in great shape in the wild-card race, either. If the season ended now, the Giants would be out of the playoffs.
Philadelphia, Chicago, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and New Orleans all sit 7-3. With no team qualifying in the West except 5-5 Seattle, and with Atlanta sitting 8-2 in the NFC South, that would mean five teams would be left to vie for the one remaining division title and the wild-card spot. And the Giants would not be one of them.
Just like that, the Giants have put themselves in a corner. And now they’ll have to fight out of it with a turnover-prone backfield, a patchwork offensive line and a depleted receiving corps that just signed UFL and former Bucs receiver Michael Clayton to replace the injured Hakeem Nicks.
It doesn’t help that 6-4 Jacksonville and its quarterback David Garrard suddenly look more like the Jets, with heart-stopping finishes in the last two of their three straight wins.
“You deal with what you have,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “It’s not going to change, but somehow, some way, you’ve got to put all this together, come out swinging — which I’m confident we will, without a doubt — and find a way to get yourself a win.”