Playoff Predictions: Why the G-Men Will Still Win the NFC East

Anthony PrestanoContributor IIIDecember 5, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates after Brandon Jacobs #27 scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Fifty-eight seconds is an eternity for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.  The Giants were one minute away from heading to overtime against the undefeated Packers, but lost it on defense.  Now the Giants are sitting at 6-6, yet I still believe they can, and will, win the NFC East with a little bit of confidence and determination. 

But first, let's get some facts straight.  The Dallas Cowboys just lost to the Arizona Cardinals in heartbreaking fashion, and things don't look too bright in Big D either.  After a hot November, the doldrums of December have rolled around for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, and for some reason this cycle is like clockwork each and every season.  The Giants are coming off a close loss to the undefeated, almost untouchable Green Bay Packers.  The Giants arguably came closer than anyone else to knocking off Rodgers and the Pack from their golden pedestal.  Although it wasn't a win on the schedule, it was an important moral victory.  This proves that the Giants can hang around with the best, and that Eli Manning can go toe to toe with anyone.

Now this leads us to Week 14 in the NFL, where the Giants and Cowboys will face off in Big D.  You have got to believe that Tom Coughlin will have his squad ready for this one.  The Giants control their own destiny, and if they win this game they're in first place in the NFC East with games left against Washington, NY Jets and Dallas at home.  This game means the Giants season for them, and can single-handedly carry the Giants through their last three games.  The Giants don't have the toughest schedule going down the road, and it's certainly a schedule that they can win out.  

The Giants can do it if they win this week against the Dallas Cowboys.  I find it difficult for the Giants to gain so much momentum this week, then lose any of their next three games at home if they almost beat the best team in the NFL last week at home.  But as they say, any given Sunday.