The Giants are in the hunt as they embark on their bye week here in Week 8 of the NFL season. At 4-3, many consider them a tad overrated and their aren't fooled by their winning record.
From WalterFootball.com: "The Giants definitely do not deserve to have a winning record. They only won in London because the Rams wrecked themselves with dumb mistakes, and they probably wouldn't have prevailed against Baltimore had the Ravens not lost Jimmy Smith and Terrell Suggs in the second half. Prior to that, the Giants were not competitive against the Vikings or Packers. It would make more sense to me if they were 2-5 right now, as they can't block, run the ball or get to the quarterback."
All of those things are true, and if you watch the Giants you come away with a feeling they aren't going in the right direction. The offense is sluggish, the defense is surviving and there doesn't seem to be any type of rhyme or reason or direction in their game plan. Their execution is shoddy and they lack identity on both sides of the ball.
The Giants have scored eight points less that they've given up (133-141) and are -7 in turnover ratio. There is no reason for them to have a winning record, but in actuality, they could be 5-2 if Eli Manning doesn't give the ball away in the final minute against Washington.
They have the talent to live up to the record, they just haven't done it yet. Keep in mind there is a lot of newness to this team coming into the season.
A new head coach in Ben McAdoo, who at 39, is the second-youngest head coach in the NFL. A new defense with several stars who are just learning to play together.
Victor Cruz is coming back after a season and a half of rehabbing from knee and calf injuries. A rookie WR in Sterling Shepard, who is just beginning to show us what he can do. New coaches on the offensive and defensive line who are still acclimating to the personnel.
But the troubling areas are what many will point to. The poor performance of the running game. The scoring famine - they are averaging just 19 points per game. The lack of creativity of the offense and the sorry execution of the plays they do run.
The team has been flat, without excitement, and yet they still have a chance to to make the postseason. The NFL in general has been a disappointment this year with TV ratings down around 10% across the board. No one can pinpoint just why, but if every team is sputtering along like the Giants, the game has become a hard watch.
Maybe they're not as overrated as people think.