Eli Manning

Eli Manning Credit: Eli Manning of the New York Giants. (Getty Images)

The Giants have a good shot at beating Miami on Sunday for a surprising 5-2 start. Of course, each of Tom Coughlin's seven previous Giants teams have started at least 5-2, and all but one of those seasons ended in disappointment. But don't stress. Here's a quick to-do list to help you survive the rest of the ride this year.

1. Set high, but reasonable, expectations for Eli Manning. One of the most polarizing figures in New York sports, Manning revealed his killer instinct in Super Bowl XLII. For all his faults, you don't have to wonder if Manning can win the big one. He's having a good year, but it's fair to challenge him to play at a championship level.

2. Recognize the roots of Victor Cruz's end-zone salsa. Sure, it doesn't jive with the Giants' conservative tradition, but the first player to spike a football in the end zone was a Giant: Homer Jones in 1965.

3. Chant "DEE-FENSE." And that's not just because it's fun and you'll need plenty of it. You're honoring your predecessors from the 1950s, when Giants fans originated the chant.

4. Take solace from tough defeats. In Giants history, even the most painful losses can lead to greatness. The Fumble in 1978 prompted the entry of general manager George Young, who later hired Bill Parcells, drafted Lawrence Taylor and built an iconic team. 

Dave Buscema is the author of “100 Things Giants Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.” ?For more Giants history, find the “100 Things Giants Fans” page on Facebook.

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