The New York Giants believe they have the ability to make a run to the 2014 NFL playoffs despite their 3-4 record and the fact that they have yet to defeat a team with a winning record. They face one of those on Monday night when they host the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts at Metlife Stadium. Oddsmakers don't like their chances, installing the Giants as 3-point underdogs in the opening line.
"You look around the league and you see teams that are playing superbly that maybe hadn't been playing superbly, so to me, we've got to play above the Xs and Os," head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "We've got nine games to play as well as we can possibly play. I think anybody in that locker room can do that. They just have to realize the amount of the season and the schedule that's gone by and yet we have nine opportunities. Let's go. One at a time."
Quarterback Eli Manning echoed the enthusiasm of his coach.
"This is exciting. We have a good opportunity ahead of us. The way we have played to start the year, we have made it tough on ourselves, but we have to get hot," Manning said. "All we can do is worry about this next game. We have to handle our business and start playing at a higher level."
Can the Giants make a run? The Giants currently have a 16.6 percent chance of making the playoffs and only a 7.4 percent chance of winning the NFC East.
Here is veteran defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on the challenge in front of the Giants.
"For us, there’s parity in the league, you can talk about all of those things, injuries or whatever," Kiwanuka said. "The fact remains that we have a lot of games left on the schedule, we’ve got championship caliber talent in here, I still believe that 100 percent, so we go out, we work, we put wins together and all of a sudden the perception changes."
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