It is hard to believe, but the 5-7 New York Giants are far from out of the NFC playoff picture. In the only division in football where no one has at least a .500 record, the Giants are still right in the middle of the NFC East title chase. We know, of course, that had the Giants won just a couple of the five games in which they have blown fourth-quarter leads things would be far different. As bad as things seem, however, the opportunity to win the division remains.
"I'm gonna be cheering for Dallas hard," said Giants' offensive lineman Justin Pugh. "Everything we need is in front of us."
NFC East standings
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Washington Redskins (5-6)
Monday night's game vs. Dallas is a huge one for Washington. A victory would not only put the Redskins alone atop the division, it would give them a 3-1 record inside the NFC East and give them control of that tie-breaker.
What else is there to say? This division was gift-wrapped for the Giants, and yet they have been unable to grab control of it. Yet, there is still a chance. Somebody has to win this crazy. embarrassingly bad division. Why can't the Giants do it? The way things are going, it might only take seven wins.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
How did that happen? How did the Eagles, after losing three straight games and looking finished, defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday? Giants fans should not only take note of the Eagles' victory, they should take heart from it. In the NFC East, three-game losing streaks are the norm and they don't ruin your playoff chances.
12/13 -- vs. Buffalo Bills
12/20 -- vs. Arizona Cardinals
12/26 -- vs. Washington Redskins
1/3 -- @ Giants
Dallas Cowboys (3-8)
Amazingly, the Cowboys would be just a game out of first place if they find a way to beat Washington. Hey, the Cowboys have to eventually win a game without Tony Romo? Don't they? And yes, you should be hoping for a Dallas victory on Monday.