Yes, I know the NFC East has a total of ZERO wins against outside opponents. I also know that what the experts called the high flying offense of the Eagles ain’t so great, and their defense can’t make a stop when it counts. I know Bob Griffin is just another decent college QB at this moment, and Tony Romo will never win anything. But Sunday is still a must for the Giants for one simple reason. MATH.
If the winner of the NFC East is expected to have a 9-7 record and no other teams will make the playoffs then the Giants need to go 9-5 from here on out. Unlike some prognosticators who predicted three teams from the East, it has become clear that the Eagles won’t run 100 plays a game, the team in Washington has a one legged QB, and that without the 6 turnovers by the Giants the Cowboys would be 0-2 instead of our beloved Giants. The only guaranteed wins for any of these teams will be against each other this year.
If the Giants were somehow to lose Sunday in Carolina then the math gets worse and they would need to go 9-4 the remainder of the season. 9-4, 10-3 after starting 0-3 is not impossible, especially for a team that routinely rips off 6 or 7 wins in a row the past few seasons, but it is unlikely. Beating their division foes will be key the rest of the way, and stockpiling as many wins as possible along the way now becomes imperative.