The New York Giants have suffered a second-half slide under head coach Tom Coughlin, finishing at or below .500 in seven of his 10 years at the helm of the team.
Moreover, the Giants have had just one playoff berth in their last four seasons, a statistics that, at the start of training camp, general manager Jerry Reese said simply isn't good enough.
Can Coughlin and the Giants hit their stride early and keep it going through the marathon-long season when playoff berths are earned in the later months?
The second half of their schedule won't be easy, and the dangers of trying to forecast an entire season can be tricky as well, as all it takes is one or two key injuries to occur that change the entire complexion of a team's strategy.
However, with Coughlin and Reese trying to keep the players focused on becoming the first team in modern-day NFL history to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium, the team is aware of the high stakes it faces this year and is determined to earn a spot in the postseason.
|1||at Dallas Cowboys|
|3||at Carolina Panthers|
|4||at Kansas City Chiefs|
|6||at Chicago Bears|
|8||at Philadelphia Eagles|
|11||Green Bay Packers|
|13||at Washington Redskins|
|14||at San Diego Chargers|
|16||at Detroit Lions|