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NFC playoff picture: Giants are still in, but their odds aren’t that great
As Sunday began, most sites offering playoff predictions had the Giants with an 80 percent or greater probability of being a playoff team.
- NFL Playoff Picture gives the Giants a 65 percent chance of making the playoffs.
- FiveThirtyEight has the Giants with a 51 percent chance.
- The team ranking puts the Giants’ chances at 64.2 percent.
- ESPN’s Football Power Index shows a 61 percent chance the Giants will be a playoff team.
Still, the road for the Giants will be more difficult. According to the Tankathon, the Giants have the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL. Their seven games, including two against the Philadelphia Eagles 9-1 (-7), are against teams with a combined win rate of .678. The only team with a losing record remaining on the Giants’ roster is the 4-6-1 Indianapolis Colts (-3), who suffered a last-minute one-point loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
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NY Giants: Playoff urgency a must given challenges ahead | The recording
Here’s the part the Giants need to embrace: They control their destiny. They’ll be inferior to the Cowboys and the Eagles, especially with the injuries they sustained Sunday, knocking out five starters including cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, both likely staring at least lengthy absences.
Of course, every game is important, but the two against Washington in the coming weeks are crucial for a playoff chase. The Commanders have won back-to-back after upsetting the Eagles by defeating the Texans.
One of the key figures this week will be offensive linemen Nick Gates
Brian Daboll faces first mini-crisis after Giants Stinker | New York Post
So now we see how Daboll and his team respond to the first real adversity that rocked that feel-good season of above-average performances that saw people talk about winning the NFC East and Daboll for Coach of the Year.
There’s still time and possibility for these things to happen, of course, but Sunday represented an alarming three hours that Giants fans hope won’t provide a glimpse into the final seven games of this season.
Did Sunday’s losses show who the Jets, Vikings and Giants really are? | The ringtone
The Giants are still in good shape after Sunday’s loss. Splitting the next two games against Dallas and Washington would give them at least a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs, and this team is a good fit for the Eagles on paper so there’s still an outside shot that puts it back in the NFC East races will bring.
But if that’s to happen, we need to see an improvement from Martindale’s defense, which now ranks 22nd in EPA admissions according to RBSDM.com, and may have to bear more of a load if other defenses are able to duplicate that Strategy that rendered Barkley ineffective on Sunday. There is not a particularly high ceiling for the Giants on either side of the ball given their lack of personnel. But, somewhat surprisingly, that’s not because of the quarterback position.
DL Leonard Williams says no time to look back
NFC East Snacks | FOX sports
FOX.com’s Ralph Vacchiano questions the decision to take CB Adoree Jackson out now to return punts.
But the impact of punt returners is minimal in today’s NFL, and it’s still a risky job when the other team is 40-50 yards ahead and full steam ahead toward the return man. On a team as thin as the Giants, especially at cornerback where there really was Jackson and a bunch of Nobodies, and in a secondary that’s already lost Xavier McKinney’s security to a broken hand, how could the risk be worth maybe just picking five or six feet tall?
Has Giants QB Daniel Jones missed an opportunity to solidify his future? | the athlete
A moment before Hodgin’s fumble, it looked like Sunday could serve as a pivotal day in assessing Jones’ chances of returning to New York next season.
Now they’ve seen him for 10, and a crucial comeback win that required the team to rely on Jones’ pass would certainly have helped his cause. That didn’t happen on Sunday, but it’s fair to assume too much has gone wrong around Jones to really learn much more than was already ascertained before the game.
Nothing worked on Sunday. So even though the quarterback was set to make a comeback, it was difficult to fully gauge him as plays dwindled and errors piled up.
Giants need Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley to recover | NJ.com
“When the running game isn’t going, you’re kind of tied with one hand behind your back,” Barkley said. “You have to pass the ball so getting this running game back on track is important to me and the best way to do that is to go ahead and get ready for Thursday.”
The toughest offseason decisions of 2023 ahead of NFL teams after week 11 | Bleacher report
The franchise tag could come into play for Barkley or Jones, but New York can only use it on one player. Barkley is the face of the Giants offense, but Jones plays the most important position of the game. Deciding who to tag, extend and/or let go won’t be easy for New York.
This week’s opponent
Jerry Jones’ Look Back at the Super Bowl After the Cowboys Dominate the Vikings | ESPN.com
After the 40-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys owner was asked if his team is a Super Bowl contender.
“A resounding yes. Yes. Definitely,” Jones said. “I think we had adversity. We could very easily have more adversity… Yes, I think if we use the experience we have in the season then we will be ready for the playoffs. But I think what I’m looking at right now is the team that could win a Super Bowl.
The Cowboys built a defense that should terrify the rest of the NFL | SBNation.com
Thanks to an incredible performance — honestly, on both sides of football — the Cowboys’ defense is now third in the NFL in EPA/Play behind the Patriots and the Broncos. And with their seven-sack performance, they maintain their place at the top of the league with 42 sacks in the season. Dallas was dominant on defense against the Vikings, holding Minnesota to just 73 rushing yards, 159 passing yards and allowing the Vikings to convert just 1 of 11 third-down opportunities.
How did DC Dan Quinn’s unit pull off this feat? By working perfectly coordinated and playing a great team defense.
Week 11 NFL Grades: Cowboys get an ‘A+’ for destroying Vikings | CBSSports.com
Brilliant stuff from America’s Team that left an erratic defeat to the collapsing Packers. They took all their frustration out on their Green Bay rivals. It showed in the heavy workload for Tony Pollard, whose explosiveness left Minnesota’s linebackers in the dust. It was evident in Dak Prescott’s calculated shots. It was particularly evident in the terrorizing way they dominated the Vikings’ battered front, with Micah Parsons leading the most persistent pass rush Kirk Cousins literally ever faced. Even Brett Maher got involved with a perfect 60-yard field goal (and a second that didn’t count). Dallas has finally challenged its potential when everything clicks, and it’s not ridiculous to suggest that they, not the Vikings, could be the Eagles’ biggest threat to the No. 1.
Jerry Jones Confirms Odell Beckham Will Visit Cowboys After Thanksgiving | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed a report last week that the free-agent receiver will visit the team after Thanksgiving. The Cowboys play the Giants on Thanksgiving Day.
“We plan to meet up,” Jones said. “It is certainly time for us to sit down and visit.”
around the league
Kadarius Toney leaves Chiefs win with known hamstring injury | New York Post
Kadarius Toney, who the Chiefs recently acquired from the Giants in exchange for a compensatory pick in the third round and sixth round in the 2023 NFL Draft, ended the Chiefs’ 30-27 win over the Chargers in the second quarter with a hamstring injury . After initially being ruled questionable about returning, Toney was later ruled out.
Falcons TE Kyle Pitts suffers knee injury | NFL.com
After an MRI on Monday, the Falcons tight end reportedly suffered a cruciate ligament tear that would require surgery, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a source. Pitts is getting a second opinion before deciding how to proceed.
Broncos without RB Melvin Gordon after last fumble | ESPN.com
Gordon, 29, is the Broncos’ leader in carries (90) and rushing yards (318) this season. But in Sunday’s 22-16 loss just before halftime, Gordon fiddled with the Raiders’ 2-yard line for the fifth time this season. Although Broncos guard Quinn Meinerz recovered the fumble, kicker Brandon McManus’ 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked in the next game. After the game, Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett called the lack of points on the ride “unacceptable.”
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If you get fired as a coach, you’re not the only one going through difficulties. Her family goes through it too. I remember coming home the day I got fired and my 9 year old daughter came in the door with tears in her eyes and said ‘daddy got fired’ and was scared, ‘what the hell is this mean?” It’s a moment that will forever reverberate in my brain. That was hard.
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