All of that is leading many to wonder what has happened to the once-mighty NFC East. In fact, The Washington Post's NFL Blog, The League, went so far as to ask if the division was the worst in football.
Personally, I think that is way overboard, and my most recent piece for The Post gives my reasoning.
How will the division shake out in the end. Philly.com asked a couple of national beat writers to assess the race, and here is the result of that chat.
The National Football Post assesses the Giants chances this way.
The Giants are loaded on offense, but their lack of playmakers in the secondary and at linebacker position isn’t good enough for me right now. Can they beat Philly? Dallas? I don’t see it.
By the way, it looks like the Giants are not only fighting the Cowboys (7-3) and Eagles (6-4). The other team in the mix looks like the 6-4 Green Bay Packers. Cool Standings sets the teams' playoff prospects this way.
Dallas (75.9%), Green Bay (74.2%), Philadelphia (61%), Giants (52.4%).
- Brandon Jacobs says his knee is fine, and he was back at practice Monday.
- Ralph Vacchiano took complaining Giants fans to task Monday. You can probably guess that I agree wholeheartedly with Vacchiano, who said this:
The defense wasn’t very good, the running game struggled, they still throw too far on 3rd and short, the kicker is shaky, and nobody can cover a tight end. I get it. The game was too close for comfort. I understand all of that and if I didn’t, I could see it on the film.
But you know what? It doesn’t matter.
"Who cares, man?" said defensive end Osi Umenyiora. "It just feels so good to be able to win."
We can nitpick all we want - you’ve already started, and I’ll do some below - but this is the most important thing about the Giants’ 34-31 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday:
They won. And they desperately needed to win.
No matter how it happened, the result is what matters.
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NY Giants' defense says overtime victory over Atlanta almost feels like a loss
"It hurts my heart," cornerback Terrell Thomas said. "That’s not Giant defense. ... We have to play consistent throughout the game and we’re not doing that."