You have seen the standings and you know the remaining schedule. Given the strength of the remaining schedule it is clear the Giants will not have much room for error. Clinching the division at 6-2 , seemed a far more realistic means of making the playoffs , than fighting , Detroit , Chicago and Atlanta for a wild card spot. But at 6-4 , and with Dallas ahead on all the tie-breakers, we have to Examine the wild card picture (after the jump).
Schedule: @OAK, KC , @DEN, SEA, @GB , MIN
Best case(12-4): Other than, OAK and GB, Chicago has a decent chance to win every other game. There is always the chance that Green Bay might be resting its starters, so best case finish for them is (5-1) .
Worst Case Scenario(9-7): Tebow and Denver have defied logic, so far and its conceivable, that they can put one over Chicago. However I don't see them losing more than 1 of the games vs KC, SEA and MIN.
Burning Question: When a team has not made the playoffs, in as long as Detroit, there is only really one burning question, can they do it? All year, they have fallen behind, and all year they have staged amazing comebacks, but any team has only that many comebacks.
Best Case Scenario(11-5): The best scenario would see Detroit Splitting games with GB(assuming GB , is not in the running for perfection in the final week). Best case finish (4-2)
Worst Case Scenario( 9-7): The worst scenario , could get really ugly. OAK and SD , in a playoff push , will not roll over. Other than MIN , there are no gimme games here and even MIN , might fancy an upset.Worst case finish (2-4).
Burning Question: Nothing I can think of(I have not paid enough attention, but they have quietly consolidated, to a decent position)
Best Case Scenario(11-5): The best scenario would see Atlanta winning eveything but the NO games. Best case finish (5-1)
Worst Case Scenario( 9-7): The worst scenario , would still atleast give 3 of the final 3 games to Atlanta. Worst case finish (3-3).
Burning Question: If the season, ended today, they would win the division, can they hold the Giants off, given their easier schedule?
Best Case Scenario(10-6): The best scenario would see Dallas split games with the Giants and win 3 of the remaining 4. Best case finish (4-2)
Worst Case Scenario( 9-7): The worst scenario , would involve a series sweep to the Giants, and potentially one upset , in 3 games vs MIA, ARI and TB. Worst case finish (3-3).
Now without looking at the Giants schedule , it is plain as daylight, the Giants need to be at 10-6 or better to be in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Now for the schedule. The Giants have 2 vs Dallas and 1 at home vs the Redskins. The non-division games are vs the NO, GB and the Jets.
Win one out of NO and GB games, gives the Giants some room for error. But lose both, and the Giants will have to win the four remaining games on the stretch.