NFL: New York Giants Road to the Postseason Doesn't Get Easier from Here

Dorian McLeanContributor IIIOctober 23, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants enter their bye in week seven atop the NFC East at 4-2 while Eli Manning continues to play his best football in October.

They have won their last four of five games, outscoring opponents 140 to 119. Eli Manning on the season has thrown 11 touchdowns on just five interceptions and 1,778 yards, good enough for fifth amongst passers.

They have their rushing weapon in the backfield behind Ahmad Bradshaw, who has six touchdowns behind 562 yards.

The loss of Steve Smith in the offseason to divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles was big but the Giants have not missed a beat.

In his absence, sophomore receiver Victor Cruz stepped up, providing Eli Manning with another weapon. After six weeks, Victor Cruz has 398 yards and three touchdowns, with two big games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks.

With all the success so far this season, one would suspect they will continue to roll forward however if we go back a season where the Giants started 6-0 and atop the league only to twist, fall and crumble themselves out of a playoff spot.

They cannot get complacent and relaxed when looking ahead as the schedule will get increasingly difficult.

There is the 2008 Superbowl rematch against the New England Patriots, who are sitting atop the AFC East at 5-1 and Tom Brady playing some of his best football.

A surprising San Francisco 49ers team that is shocking everyone around the league, sit atop the NFC West at 5-1 and could be a tough challenge.

This is followed up with a game against the reigning Superbowl champions, Green Bay Packers where quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been on fire.

The New York Giants still have two games remaining against divisional opponents Dallas Cowboys and one against the Washington Redskins who the Giants lost to in week one 28-14.

There is also the game against the New Orleans Saints, who for the most part have been up and down but are always a threat each week.

They are very capable of having a good season behind Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham while Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs keep the ground attack going.

Tom Coughlin has his troops playing good football right now and aside from a few mistakes could be 6-0 once again. Five of their last ten games are played at home where they are two and one on the season.

The season is still young and only a quarter through with a lot of football left. I would keep Victor Cruz involved in the offense long after Brandon Jacobs returns to the field.

Ahmad Bradshaw will always be their number one option and Hakeem Nicks will need to stay relatively healthy down the stretch to stay competitive.

If they can handle this and pull out a few road wins against the Cowboys and San Francisco, they should be in good company.