For the New York Giants, the Playoffs Begin This Week

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer INovember 17, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 8:  Head coach  of the New York Giants Tom Coughlin talks with Eli Manning #10 against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium on November 8, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Giants 21-20.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Bill Parcells always said the teams that won from Thanksgiving on were the real contenders.

Well, Giants, it's that time of year.  There were no happy holidays for the Blue last season, but maybe this year will be different.

Did they get the bad football out of them over the past four games?  Has the bye week helped refocus this seemingly lost bunch?

Perhaps. With seven games to play, New York holds its destiny in its own hands. The teams they have to beat are all right there in front of them on the upcoming schedule.

It begins this week with Atlanta and Denver. Then Dallas and Philly in consecutive home games before heading to Washington.  The season ends with Carolina at home and Minnesota on the road.

Can the Giants right their ship and take five of these last seven games?

Sure they can.

With new defensive strategies and a return to the three-pronged running attack, the Giants can beat anyone.

And they might do just that.