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They call it a must-win for a reason.
The Giants needed to win in Week 3, and they didn't do it, losing 38-0. They are 0-3 now, limping after being thrashed on their trip to the jungle, about to face a suddenly formidable Kansas City Chiefs team in Week 4.
Mathematically, of course, nothing is decided by the third week of the season, but it's difficult to imagine how a team as bad as the one that lined up against the Panthers on Sunday finds its way back into contention. After all, the Giants haven't started 0-3 since 1996. They finished 6-10 that year.
6-10? You mean like Eli's rookie year bad? That was the final record of the 2004 Giants, who were quarterbacked in the latter half of the season by a rookie Manning who threw six touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven starts. That ratio looks somewhat familiar...
Sure, the 2007 Giants started 0-2, but they were able to turn around from their slow start in Week 3 en route to a Super Bowl XLII victory. But to say this year's team is off to a slow start is to put it lightly. The 2013 Giants have face-planted right out of the gates.
This isn't the 2007 Giants, though. Nor is it the 2004 Giants or 1996 Giants. These are the 2013 Giants, and they face wholly unique circumstances this season.
Anything can happen, but three losses to start the season prove to be damning more often than not.