Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesOctober 17, 2012
There is no other way to put it, the New York Giants have a grueling stretch ahead of them over the next four games leading up to their bye week.
New York proceeded into this season knowing that they had the NFL's toughest schedule, but they continue to surprise as they are atop the NFC East with a 4-2 record.
The Giants will face two divisional opponents in consecutive weeks, and then follow it up with two AFC North teams.
In their first game of the difficult four-game stretch, New York will take on a Washington team that swept the series a year ago without Robert Griffin III at the helm. The Giants will then clash with a Dallas Cowboys team that stole a victory from them on their home turf during Week 1 of the season.
After the divisional battles, New York will fly home to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers and then travel to Cincinnati the next week to take on the Bengals.
Lets take a look at the odds of the New York Giants winning each of their next four games.
Washington Redskins, Sun., 10/21 at 1:00 p.m., MetLife Stadium.
Odds: 50 percent chance of winning.
As mentioned earlier, the Washington Redskins took both games away from the New York Giants a season ago. While this version of the Redskins has struggled on defense, this team is much more explosive on the offensive side of the ball.
The Skins' rank fifth in total offense
this season, with a majority of that production coming from rookies Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.
The defense, on the other hand, has struggled because of some devastating injuries to some of its key players. Brian Orapko and Adam Carriker
were shut down for the remainder of the season after both were injured in the team's Week 5 clash with the St. Louis Rams
The key to this football game will be how well the Giants contain Robert Griffin. If Griffin has a big day, the likelihood that the Redskins win goes up dramatically.
Dallas Cowboys, Sun., 10/28 at 4:25 p.m., Cowboys Stadium.
Odds: 65 percent chance of winning.
When the Cowboys and Giants play in Dallas, you have to expect a battle until the very last whistle. The Giants have won the last three games in Dallas by a combined score of 11 points with the largest margin of victory being just six points.
In the first meeting of this season, the Cowboys received a brilliant effort from Tony Romo, and they will certainly need an encore performance.
DeMarco Murray may not be ready by the time these two teams meet again because of a sprained foot, which is certainly an advantage for the Giants, considering that Murray had 131 yards on the ground in the first meeting.
Ultimately, the quarterback that has the better day will win this contest.
Pittsburgh Steelers, Sun, 11/04 at 4:25 PM, MetLife Stadium.
Odds: 60 percent chance of winning.
The Steelers' early bye week (Week 4) is going to be this team's worst enemy as they head into the latter part of the season. The Steelers just lost to the lowly Tennessee Titans
, and they have yet to play a complete football game this season.
The Steelers have witnessed some inconsistent play from their offensive line all season, which is not an issue you want to have when you play the New York Giants. I am expecting the Giants defensive line to be back to its 2011 form by this game, which means the Steelers better get healthy soon.
Cincinnati Bengals, Sun, 11/11 at 1:00 PM, Paul Brown Stadium.
Odds: 80 percent chance of winning.
The Bengals have played about as poorly as any team in the league over the past two weeks, and it is not far-fetched to see that trend continuing.
Cincinnati will play the Steelers and Broncos
before playing the Giants, and I am expecting them to be defeated in both games. If that holds true, the Bengals will enter the game with a 3-5 record and an extremely low morale.
The veteran unit of the Giants will take advantage of that and completely dominate this game from start to finish. The Bengals will have a chance, however, if Andy Dalton can limit his turnovers.