After watching Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III run all over their front seven and their lead in the NFC East, the New York Giants find themselves clinging to a one-game lead in the division over the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins…and with little help likely to come from tiebreakers.
The first criteria in divisional tiebreakers is divisional record, where the Giants season-long failings look like to come back and haunt them: Big Blue will finish a mere 3-3 in the division, with the 'Skins currently sitting at 3-1 and the Cowboys at 3-2.
The Redskins and Cowboys play each other in Week 17, so there's no way the Giants can sneak out of this on both ends. With the Giants holding such a precarious lead, each matchup is going to be crucial. The Redskins finish vs. Baltimore, at Cleveland, at Philadelphia and vs. Dallas, while the Cowboys finish at Cincinnati, vs. Pittsburgh, vs. New Orleans and at Washington.
The Giants finish vs. New Orleans, at Atlanta, at Baltimore and vs. Philadelphia, which looks a bit tougher than both of those schedules. This is the time of the season where the standings are key and each week brings a fresh round of scoreboard watching.
If you're keeping track this weekend (we will be), you're not only rooting for Baltimore to beat the 'Skins and for the Bengals to bury Tony Romo, you're also keeping an eye on what happens with the 6-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Philadelphia), the 6-6 Minnesota Vikings (vs. Chicago) and the 7-5 Seattle Seahawks (vs. Arizona).
We'll talk a lot more about the wild card picture if the Giants lose this weekend to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
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