Amid a chorus of boos from the crowd on Sunday, the New York Giants dropped a home game to divisional foe Washington Redskins 23-10, you know have to wonder if the season is now finished for the New York Giants this season. With the loss to the Redskins, the Giants now move out of first place in the NFC East race and a trip to the playoffs now is in serious jeopardy.
Optimism was running high for the Giants after their remarkable come from behind victory over the Dallas Cowboys. A victory which vaulted the Giants into first place, but just like that, the Giants are now losers of five of their last six games and all the questions surrounding the Giants come flooding back. Is head coach Tom Coughlin’s job in jeopardy once again? Why do the Giants play so poorly at home?
QB Eli Manning finished the Dallas game, throwing for 400 yards and with a 90.7 passer rating, delivering in the clutch. On Sunday, Manning turned the ball over three times and came away with a passer rating of 45.5. Manning was sacked three times and failed to deliver a touchdown. In his defense, Manning did have several drops and one would have been a touchdown early on in the game, throwing to WR Hakeem Nicks. One interception has to be credited to Mario Manningham cutting off his route early.
The Washington Redskins have now won the head-to-head divisional series for the first time since 1999.
Perhaps the defensive injuries are finally catching up to the Giants, but the timing couldn’t be worse. The Giants will now need to win their final two games and get help. New York will be in the position of having to root for the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the Dallas Cowboys this week, but if that scenario plays out and the Eagles win in Week 17 against the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles will sneak in and grab the NFC East division title.
How large does that Week Five home loss to the Seattle Seahawks with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback loom now?