New York Giants Gain Some Serious Ground in Bye Week

Jeff ShullAnalyst INovember 16, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 1, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants finally gained some ground in the NFC playoff picture, and they did so without stepping foot on the gridiron.

Thanks to Atlanta, Dallas, and Philadelphia, the Giants finally got some good news after a terrible month.

As I predicted in my radio show on Blog Talk Radio , the Falcons went into Carolina and lost. Every week my co-host and I do an upset lock of the week, and that was mine.

Carolina is improving every week which helped the Giants this time, but when they face off late in the season, the Giants better be prepared for a dog fight.

The loss places the Giants and Falcons in a tie for the two Wild Card spots along with the Eagles. That makes this week's matchup with the Falcons that much more important.

With the teams slated evenly in terms of their record, the Giants will need to get a leg up in order to have any hope of making the playoffs.

Not to mention the simple fact that they need to win this game for themselves. Four losses in a row take their toll, but if the Giants can rebound off a bye week, it will be the cornerstone for a strong finish.

It should make for a good game considering the teams are so evenly matched, but the Giants have typically not been very good after bye weeks. Hopefully, Coughlin will make us forget the past.

Coughlin is 2-3 with the Giants after a bye.

With losses by the Eagles and Cowboys, the NFC East just got that much more crowded. Who knew Giants fans would be the happiest we've been in the past five weeks when they weren't even playing?

The Chargers are going through their typical season: start awful and rebound to win their division. After a 2-3 start and the Broncos starting 6-0, the two are now tied for the division at 6-3 (Denver holds the temporary tiebreaker with a win at San Diego).

They handed the Eagles their second loss in a row and forced them into a second place tie with the boys in blue. The two still have a date with destiny to possibly decide the fate of the division when the Giants face the Cowboys and Eagles in two consecutive weeks at Giants Stadium.

The Cowboys also did the Giants a favor by going to Green Bay and basically laying a goose egg on the scoreboard. They got a score in garbage time when the game was already all but over.

Nothing makes me happier then jawing with "Cowboy Fan", especially when the Giants have already won in Dallas. Their fans will claim they are the better team because they have the better record, but it really upsets them when all I say is "Week Two, argument over."

Living in Texas, I am force fed Cowboy bologna every week, but when they lose they all disappear. I cannot wait until the 'Boys go to New York.

I have not yet lost fate in my team, but if they lose this week they can basically kiss the playoffs good-bye.