The winning streak of the New York Giants is alive thanks to the team beating an NFC West opponent that few predicted them to win against, on the road. That team is the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to the Giants despite New York having to start Colt McCoy at quarterback. The passing offense didn’t have the best performance without Daniel Jones but the Giants did have one of their best rushing games of the year and their defense held the Seahawks offense long enough to win.
One of the reasons behind the victory? They had the benefit of being slept on as a team with a fairly bad record coming into the game. Considering the recent Washington upset of the Steelers, that seems to be a recurring advantage recently for the NFC East against other divisions.
That was apparent from the way that Seattle played, but the fact that they underestimated the Giants has now been admitted outright by one of their players. While speaking to ESPN, Pro Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin said as much.
“I just feel like we let that game kind of get the best of us, and we came in taking a team lightly… It don’t matter if they lost every single game. You can lose to anybody in this league if you don’t play right. And I feel like we took that game lightly, and I feel like the focus point now is just refocusing, treating every team the same, treating it like a championship game like we continue to preach about,” Griffin said.
The Giants face another team from the NFC West on Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals. This game looks like one where they’ll be underestimated less, but that doesn’t mean there’s no chance of continuing the winning streak. After all, the Giants are projected to have Daniel Jones for this game, an edge which they didn’t have last time.
The Cardinals are the third ranked team in the NFC West with a 6-6 record going into this game, and this closer similarity in record to the Giants should make things more even on paper going into the game. Ultimately, the Giants are an unpredictable team this season as the Seahawks found out, making their wins and their losses hard to call ahead of time.