Coming into Week 4 of the NFL season, the New York Giants may already be at a crossroads.
It might seem silly to make such a statement at such an early juncture, but following their embarrassing performance last weekend against the Tennessee Titans, the Giants need something positive to keep this season from gaining momentum in the wrong direction.
In 2007 the Giants rallied behind coach Tom Coughlin, who was under intense scrutiny for his dictatorial approach to managing his team.
That year, the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl against an undefeated New England Patriots team.
This season, Coughlin and the Giants coaches have been criticized by Antrel Rolle, a free agent that signed a mega-deal with the team this past offseason, for being too strict.
The team promptly came out and showed that maybe they don't have enough discipline, or that Coughlin is on the verge of losing this team altogether.
That's why a strong performance this week against the Bears is a necessity if Coughlin hopes to keep his job and the Giants have any hope of competing for a playoff spot.
Even if they lose, the Giants must show some fight to gain momentum. Going 1-3 in the first quarter of the season is not a death sentence for the team's playoff hopes, not in the NFC East this year.
But going 1-3 with back-to-back embarrassing performances is a quick way to foment mutinous attitudes and send the season down the tubes.
Here are a couple of things the Giants must do if they hope to put up a fight against the Bears, as well as a prediction of the game's outcome.