Before the Giants' Dec. 4 game against the Packers, Fox studio analyst Jimmy Johnson said this about Big Blue:
"I'm sticking a fork in the New York Giants. Not because of Eli Manning, but because of the Giants defense, which is 28th in the league. They'll be lucky to finish 8-8."
Hmm. Well, the Giants defense still is struggling, and the team still might finish 8-8, but a strong showing in a loss to the Packers and last weekend's victory over the Cowboys have led Johnson to remove his fork and pronounce the Giants un-done.
"After the Sunday night game, they've made a believer out of me," Johnson told me Thursday morning. "The Giants and in particular Eli Manning have won me over. I know the Cowboys fans are going to be upset with me, but right now I see the Giants winning that division."
Johnson said he anticipates the NFC East coming down to the Jan. 1 Cowboys-Giants game, in which he "gives the Giants a huge edge."
"I'm concerned about Fox NFL Sunday, because I may have a fork coming my way," he said.