If they are going to accomplish stacking a second victory on top of last week’s unexpected one in Denver, the Giants will do it this Sunday as 5-5-point underdogs at home against the 3-2 Seattle Seahawks.
No team has ever made the playoffs after starting the season 0-5. Can the Giants be the first?
FiveThirtyEight uses its predictive formula to give the Giants a 4 percent chance. Football Outsiders used 50,000 simulations and came up with a 0.7 percent chance the Giants could be a playoff team. ESPN’s Football Power Index puts the chance at barely above 2 percent. PlayoffStatus.com puts the probability at 1 percent.
So, no matter how you slice it no one is giving the Giants much of a chance of doing something unprecedented in the NFL.
The Giants have their bye week after Sunday’s game. A win Sunday would put them at 2-5, perhaps giving them a glimmer of hope entering the second half of their season.
While no team has made the playoffs with an 0-5 start, there have been playoff teams that had similar winless streaks during the season.
- The 2014 Carolina Panthers lost six straight, but won the NFC South with a 7-8-1 record.
- The 2013 Green Bay Packers had an 0-4-1 stretch, but made the playoffs at 8-7-1.
- The 2010 Seahawks lost five of six and seven of nine, but won the NFC West at 7-9.
McAdoo was realistic about where the Giants are.
“We have a great locker room full of players and all they want to do is win. They’re not selfish in nature. They’re a team-first outfit downstairs. It’s great to get the first one. Now, we have to start stacking them,” he said. “But, this is pro sports. Not everybody gets a ribbon.”