The Giants’ winless streak was extended to four games with Sunday’s home NFC East 48-22 loss to the Eagles. New York fell to 7-5-1 and into last place in the division with zero chance to catch 12-1 division-winning Philadelphia.
The run defense has been the biggest issue in the Giants going 0-3-1 over the past month. Injuries also have started to pile up in the first season under coach Brian Daboll. With all that, Giants are quickly losing their grip on a playoff-bound season. Here’s breaking down New York’s current wild-card chances:
Where do the Giants stand in the NFC playoff picture?
The Giants started the day as the NFC No. 6 seed, ahead of the No. 7 Seahawks (7-5) because having one fewer loss. The loss drops the Giants down to No. 8 and just out of the playoff picture.
Seattle moves up to No. 6 by a half-game ahead of its Week 14 late afternoon game against Carolina. The 7-5-1 Commanders, who tied the Giants in Week 13 and now have an identical record going into the teams’ rematch in Washington in Week 15, move up to No. 7 with a better mark in division play.
What playoff tiebreakers are in the Giants’ favor?
The Giants already were swept the No. 5 seed Cowboys. They also lost head-to-head to the Seahawks on the road in Week 8 and to the Lions at home in Week 11. The Giants lose the edge vs. the Commanders for now because they don’t have any division victories, while the Commanders beat the Eagles.
The Giants need to beat the Commanders badly next week to separate from them by a game and also own the tiebreaker. Losing to Washington might be disastrous based on the Seattle and Detroit results
What games are left on the Giants’ schedule?
The Giants, after traveling to play the Commanders in Week 15, have another tough road game at the NFC North front-running Vikings in Week 16. Their most favorable game left is a home date with the Colts in Week 17. The Giants also might get a break with the Eagles resting players in Week 18 should that team have the No. 1 NFC playoff seed clinched by Week 17.
How good are the Giants’ playoff chances now?
The Giants, at 7-2, were looking great as a wild-card team. Four games later, they are a 50-50 proposition, with much depending on what happens next week against the Commanders in a tossup game. The steady Seahawks and surging Lions are real threats to take both spots beyond the Cowboys, too.