Excerpt: "The Giantsí cold retreat from the M&T Bank Stadium field Sunday night was one of their lowest moments of the season. Still, quarterback Eli Manning can imagine feeling even lower.
"I can guarantee the worst feeling that we could possibly have," Manning said Monday, "is if we go out there, and donít play at a high level, and all of those teams lose that we need to, and we donít handle our business."
Manning referred to the only scenario by which the Giants can make the playoffs as a wild card: A Giants victory, coupled with a Cowboys loss or tie, a Vikings loss and a Bears loss.
Their playoffs destiny stripped from their hands with Sundayís 33-14 loss to the Ravens, the Giants must prepare for the Eagles and then they must hope, since three of the four things that have to happen Sunday are firmly out of their control.
"Stranger things have happened, obviously," coach Tom Coughlin said.
Added Manning: "The scenario is very possible. Itís not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen."
Heís right: Two of the three outcomes the Giants need are favored in the betting lines, a Redskins win against the Cowboys and a Green Bay win at Minnesota.
And the Lions are only three-point home underdogs against the Bears.
But nothing matters if the Giants canít figure out how to win a game, something that has seemed impossible for nearly all of the past 120 minutes of football they have played, in which the Giants have been outscored 67-14.
Itís also true that just three weeks ago, the Giants dismissed the Saints by a 52-27 margin, and just five weeks ago, they dominated the Packers, 38-10. But their current state feels so dire that 10-year veteran Osi Umenyiora suggested if changes are going to be made this offseason, they should be drastic.
"There is no individual, there is no aspect of the team this year that stood out," Umenyiora said.
"People want to just talk about the pass rush. OK, well maybe we didnít get 50 sacks like we did last year, but was the offense playing well? Was the special teams playing (well)? There was nowhere that was up to par, that was up to the standard that we set last year. So if theyíre going to be making changes, it has to be wholesale changes." Read more...