Oct 19, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat New York 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
As a New York Football Giants dedicated fan site under the FanSided umbrella, this 2014 NFL season is frustrating. The Giants are 3-6, beaten, battered and injured with a ton of lingering issues… such as not being able to gain critical first downs, catch the ball, NOT turn the ball over, kick field goals, score touchdowns or win football games.
In the NFC East, the G-Men have as many wins as the Washington Redskins. Think about that for a moment, Giants Nation. Your favorite team is only as good as Dan Snyder’s team, and they’re terrible.
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Meanwhile the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys both have seven victories a piece. The Giants have dug themselves a hole in the NFC East and it’s going to take a lot of wins for your team to turn it around. However, that doesn’t seem likely. More, it’s likely the NFC East will be represented by Cowboys and Eagles unless they completely fall apart in the coming weeks (isn’t that a nice thought?).
Now, it’s possible DeMarco Murray will comeback to Earth or Mark Sanchez will realize he’s Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez and those teams start to lose. But the realistic scenario is that the Giants are out of the race because of their huge list of injuries this year. Here’s the Giants list:
"#NAMEPOS.HT.WT.AGEEXP.COLLEGE20Amukamara, PrinceCB6-0207254Nebraska52Beason, JonLB6-0232298Miami (FL)80Cruz, VictorWR6-0204285Massachusetts79Gaines, RogersOT6-6334251Tennessee State18Harris, MarcusWR6-1187251Murray State48Howard, TravisCB6-1200241Ohio State12Jernigan, JerrelWR5-8189254Troy70Kropog, TroyT6-6295284Tulane38McBride, TrumaineCB5-9185297Mississippi30Taylor, CooperS6-4228242Richmond24Thurmond III, WalterCB5-11190275Oregon22Wilson, DavidRB5-9205233Virginia Tech"
That’s a dozen injuries to a team that was installing a new offense and needed all the breaks it could get in the health department. The football Gods took that literal, as everything that could break in players, broke. Ouch.
Looking around the NFC East, injuries didn’t plague other teams like the Giants. For instance, here’s the Eagles injury list:
"#NAMEPOS.HT.WT.AGEEXP.COLLEGE76Barbre, AllenT6-4310307Missouri Southern State53Goode, NajeeLB6-0244253West Virginia79Herremans, ToddG6-63213210Saginaw Valley State57Long, TravisLB6-4255231Washington State59Ryans, DeMecoLB6-1247309Alabama"
There’s no need to get into every team list, but here’s the link for the Cowboys and Redskins, the latter of the two had seven injuries. Which is a ton of injuries, but still doesn’t equate to the buzz saw that plowed through the Giants roster.
For NYG, the season is only half way over. The next two weeks they face the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys again, before finally getting a manageable game when the the G-Men collide with the Jacksonville Jaguars in three weeks.
A positive fan will look at that stretch and declare that Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and company can win those three games and make it back to .500 at 6-6. After all, the team is potentially getting Rashad Jennings back and all that blah, yada, yaknowwhatimsaying stuff that HOMERS declare in their fanatical delusions between angry rants about dropped passes and poor referees.
The reality is that the New York Giants have a tough road ahead of them. Sure, it’s true that the Eagles and Cowboys will beat up each other in the coming weeks as they play in week 13 and 15, but the Giants would need those teams to split the series and lose to team BLUE in round two. A scenario that doesn’t offer much hope for grasping fans.
The Giants have some interesting weapons with Odell Beckham Jr., Andre Williams and Larry Donnell, but with the losses accumulated on offense and defense, the team may not be able to compete with the high powered offenses in the NFC East.
Moving forward it will be interesting to see if the NFC East leaders can remain healthy or if the injury bug will just simply continue to have a GIANT feast in New York.