Following the big division win on the road on Sunday night, the New York Giants are well-positioned to enter postseason play.
At the moment, the 8-5-1 Giants, per fivethirtyeight.com, have an 87% chance of making the playoffs. They are currently the sixth seed in the NFC and are basically locked in there with their strong division.
The Philadelphia Eagles obviously have the division all but wrapped up, sitting at 13-1. With the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth spot at 10-4, taking the tiebreaker with the Giants, and only three weeks left of play, the Cowboys are essentially set there.
Perhaps, while moving up seems virtually impossible, there is a slim possibility that Big Blue could slide down to the seventh seed. Although that, too, even looks unlikely at this time. One of the Washington Commanders, Seattle Seahawks, or Detroit Lions would somehow have to win out, and the Giants would only win one of their final three.
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The Giants’ playoff chances are looking promising:
Not only are the Giants’ playoff percentages looking good, but they have one very favorable matchup remaining on their schedule at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
As mentioned above, the Eagles are in the driver’s seat to take the top seed. Should they win their next two, when they match up with the Giants in Week 18, they may rest all of their starters, making that game potentially much easier for the Giants to win.
If, come Week 18, the Eagles sit their key players, then the toughest remaining regular season game for the Giants is this week in Minnesota. The Vikings are 11-3 and virtually the only team with a chance to catch the Eagles.
Either way, the Giants, in year one of Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll, have gone above and beyond relative to expectations. The core difference-makers, Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence, and Kayvon Thibodeaux, have got to continue to give the Giants strong play as they look to make a run this postseason.