Is this really a "new" version of the New York Giants? Or, is this really just a glossier version of a Giants team that hasn't made the playoffs in three years and hasn't had a winning season since 2011? We should have a better idea about the answer to that question after a six-day stretch for the Giants that begins tonight with a Monday Night Football encounter with the Philadelphia Eagles and ends Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants are leading the NFC East at 3-2, exactly the same record they had when they traveled to Lincoln Financial Field to face Philly a year ago. They lost, 27-0, and went on a seven-game losing streak. This year feels different, but will it be different?
The Giants have won three straight games, and have not had a four-game winning streak since they started 0-6 in 2013 and then won four straight games before finishing 7-9. The Giants have not been two games over .500 since they finished the 2012 season, when they missed the playoffs, 9-7.
The Giants, then, are approaching what would be heady territory for them. Can they beat the Eagles and seize control of the division? Will they slip backwards?
Use this as your open thread for the first half as we find out.