Nearly two months into the 2013 season, the New York Giants accomplished something for the first time: They won a football game. Aside from the obligatory joy of staving off an 0-16 season of shame, there are plenty of reasons New York should be hopeful moving forward.
Seven long weeks of disappointment have finally come to an end for the Giants.
It took a quarterback with absolutely no familiarity of his system and team to make New York look like a semi-respectable outfit once again. If nothing else, New York's dismantling of Minnesota's Josh Freeman is an indication that Tom Coughlin's team refuses to give up on the season.
Finding overt positives from a dismal 2013 campaign of this magnitude is a tricky task.
Very few fans will tell you a 1-6 start is exactly what the doctor ordered for Big Blue, and nobody in the organization would dare admit anything close to that sentiment. Still, if you put your rose-colored glasses on for just a few moments, you'll see the Giants will come out of this appalling season as an improved franchise. Here are five reasons to be optimistic about an extremely underwhelming New York Giants team.