After losing to the Michael Vick-less and Jeremy Maclin-less Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11, the New York Giants might have a hard time making the playoffs, considering the tough games ahead.
One would assume that after such a crushing defeat they would have no chance against the New Orleans Saints, who are playing at home in Week 12. The same Saints who have the best passing game in the league and one of the best overall defenses in the league.
Despite all that working against the Giants, they definitely should not be counted out just yet.
Although the Saints, who are leading the NFC South, have played well for the majority of the season, they have struggled at times. They lost to the under-achieving Bucs team in Week 6, and they lost to the lowly St. Louis Rams in Week 8.
Who is to say that the Saints won't have another breakdown?
The Giants' front four is one of the best in the NFL, and they will get in the face of quarterback Drew Brees. Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul will apply the pressure on the Brees. This will not be easy pickings for the Saints offense.
If the Giants make some adjustments at the offensive line, take some carries away from Brandon Jacobs, who has been dead weight all year, and pass them over to rookie Da'Rel Scott, they will have a better chance to establish a running game.
Also, Giants fans should not lose faith in Eli Manning, despite that fumble in the last two minutes of the game against the Eagles.
Manning will make things happen, and connect with his go-to receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
Despite the success that the Saints have at home, the Giants seem to perform the best when the chips are down.
They will have a killer instinct, and much more to fight for in this matchup.