It seems like the playoffs always tend to start a few weeks early for the New York Giants. It was around the same part of the season last year, and the Giants had to put it all on the line after losing four straight games in the month of November. This season they've dropped three of their last four games with some ugly losses. However, every time you start to doubt them, they turn it around and show up in the last quarter of the season. Although it's a different year meaning its a different team, the similarities seem undeniable. Also, lets not forget that some of their losses were by 7, 4, 2, and 1. They have only loss by more than one possession in Week 10, when they were harassed by the Cincinnati Bengals in a 31-13 blowout. Other than that they always succeed in giving us a close, interesting game. Another thing that most people don't realize is the fact that they crushed the two teams they've played with 1st place records.
They now look to take on the 5-7 New Orleans Saints in what looks like a must win game. With a shattered defense, the Saints could give Eli Manning some easy target practice on the field. Its up to the Giants' defense to contain Drew Brees and his gun-slinging ability in order to pull one out this weekend. As far as injuries go, the Giants look a lot more beaten up than New Orleans. With a season-ending ACL injury to OT Sean Locklear, David Diehl will have to step in line despite suffering a burner a couple weeks ago. Also RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, and S Kenny Phillips participated in a limited amount of practice time this past week, still nursing previous injuries. All are expected to go this Sunday however. As usual, its another Giants game which means there is no obvious choice for a clear winner.