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What others are saying: The New York Giants have analysts confused

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What are the Giants? Nobody really seems to know

NFL: Chicago Bears at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are 7-3, but the Internet is confused. Are the Giants good? Are they lucky? Are they just eeking out wins over poor competition? Will they fall flat at season’s end when their schedule gets tougher?

Let’s look at what others are saying about the Giants after Sunday’s 22-16 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Are the New York Giants historically good or lucky? | NFL.com

NFL.com’s Conor Orr sums up the view of the Giants this way:

They've either been incredibly fortunate, or historically excellent in tight contests and he doesn't want to jinx it.

According to NFL Media research, the team's margin of victory over their seven wins is just 27 points, which is the lowest MOV over that time span in NFL history.

Peter King | Monday Morning Quarterback

“I still don’t know how good the Giants are, but I do know they’ve got the kind of defense that will make them a tough out in January.”

Is this the Giants’ wakeup call? | NY Post

The Giants benefited from the best lesson of all against the Bears on Sunday at MetLife Stadium: The one that you learn from and still get to win.

The Giants had their cake and ate it, too, in their closer-than-it-needed-to-be 22-16 win.

The end result shows the better team with more to play for took care of business. But the route to the Giants’ win was not a smooth one — not when they were more than a touchdown favorite playing against a 2-7 team that was 0-5 on the road and was without its best offensive playmaker, Alshon Jeffery, and were down 16-6 in the second quarter.

Giants awaken from slumber, march on as NFC contenders | Sporting News

It might be easy to not believe in Big Blue, given every victory has come in a one-possession game. They've been sloppy and one-dimensional offensively, and they've been inconsistent defensively. ...

The Giants are no longer quietly coming together now, because they're tipping their hand to their most successful recent history.

For the moment, it's the Cowboys and Seahawks ruling the NFC. But everything is wide open behind them. The Giants, once again, fit the profile of being able to cause the most trouble for the favorites.

Why the Giants proved they are serious contenders in the NFC | ESPN

Say what you like, but five straight wins in the NFL isn’t insignificant. No matter the competition and the final scores, that isn't an easy feat to accomplish.

The Giants won their fifth straight game Sunday 22-16 over the Chicago Bears. They’re one of only four teams to win five straight games this season, joining the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. It the Giants beat the winless Cleveland Browns next week, as expected, it would be the Giants and the Cowboys as the only teams to win six straight at any point this season.

Don't think for a second that is irrelevant -- far from it. The Giants (7-3) are doing something right and not just to be in the running for the playoffs but to be considered serious contenders despite missing the postseason the previous four seasons.