No matter what they do the rest of the way, the New York Giants cannot win the NFC East title on their own. Even if they win out, they need the Washington Redskins to lose a game. The Giants can't be eliminated today, either. Even a loss to the Carolina Panthers that dropped them to 6-8 would not make it impossible for them to win the NFC East. Unlikely, but not impossible.
Who ends up winning the division? Who knows? NFL.com's Marc Sessler offered this advice:
We have no idea who wins this thing. Just sit back, grab a cold one and watch this glorious mess unfold in real time.
That, honestly, is about all you can do.
Can the Giants get some help today? Let's look at the NFC East standings entering the day and briefly break down the other important division games. The Dallas Cowboys, incidentally, were eliminated from contention with Saturday's 19-16 loss to the New York Jets.
NFC East standings
|NFC East||Overall W-L||Pct||GB||Div W-L||Conf W-L||Home||Road||Streak|
1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington has tie-breaker advantages over the Giants in division and conference record, so Big Blue will need some help here. Buffalo's playoff chances don't appear to be very good. Three teams are ahead of them in the wild-card race with 8-5 records, so the Bills have to win Sunday to have any chance.
Rex Ryan, LeSean McCoy and Co. couldn't help the Giants last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Can they give the Giants a hand this week.
The Bills, despite being on the road here, are actually 1.5-point favorites.
Arizona Cardinals (11-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Could this be a case of you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours? The Giants and Cardinals can help each other out Sunday. If the Giants can beat the Panthers, that would give the Cardinals a shot at overtaking Carolina for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If Arizona can defeat Philadelphia that, of course, helps the Giants in their effort to win the NFC East.
The tie-breaker scenario with the Eagles is cloudier at this point, and we will know more after Sunday. At this point, the Giants would seem to have a much better chance of winning a tie-breaker against Philly than against Washington.
The Cardinals are 3.5-point favorites in the Sunday Night Football tilt.