The New York Giants heading into Week 9 stand in sole possession of the NFC East lead. With the other three teams in the division under them having sizable problems (the Dallas Cowboys with Tony Romo, the Redskins with injuries and Mike Shanahan’s coaching, and the Eagles with egos and closing out games), they control their own destiny.
Sound familiar? The Giants have been in this position before: last year, after having an impressive 6-2 start to the season. However, the Giants lost games they should have won, made costly errors and also happened to tangle with a Green Bay Packers team that could not be denied. Last Sunday, the Giants won a close game 20-17 against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, giving them a 5-2 start that closely parallels last year's.
With the future of the season in their own hands once again, the New York Giants need to take steps to ensure that last year’s mirror image does not perfectly resemble the outcome of the current season. Let’s look at 20 keys that can make sure the Giants don’t repeat last year’s disappointment.