Entering the season, even the most optimistic New York Giants fan didn’t expect the team to be a Super Bowl contender. What they did expect was for the team to play meaningful games in December and to compete for a wildcard berth.
Instead, fans are witnessing another disastrous season. It’s a familiar theme for a franchise that continues to rack up losing seasons ever since the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI 10 years ago.
With a loss to the (9-4) Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, New York will clinch its fifth consecutive double-digit losing season. With Mike Glennon set to make his third consecutive start in place of Daniel Jones, and key players such as Kadarius Toney, John Ross, Oshane Ximines, Cam Brown, and Aaron Robinson rules out due to a positive COVID test, it’s hard to fathom Big Blue pulling off the upset or covering the 11.5-point spread.
The Cowboys embarrassed the Giants early this year, winning 44-20, and Sunday’s outcome could be worse. The Giants offense has been putrid and now they’ll face a Cowboys defense that has two Defensive Player Of The Year candidates in rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, and cornerback Trevon Diggs.
You can almost envision seeing Parsons forcing a strip-sack of Glennon and Diggs coming away with at least one interception.
What might be even more embarrassing than the score of Sunday’s game, is the fact that the majority of the fans attending MetLife Stadium will be Dallas fans.
The Giants franchise is broken, and it seems every decision is a bad one, such as giving away a free medium soda for fans in attendance on Sunday for Fan Appreciation Day, which has caused outrage across social media.
You can’t blame the fan base for being aggravated with the team. This once proud storied franchise that has won four Super Bowls, is now 22-55 since the start of the 2017 season. To put that in perspective, the Kansas City Chiefs have more regular-season wins since the start of the 2020 season (24) than the Giants have in almost five full seasons.
The only positives for Big Blue this season has been the play of second-year players Andrew Thomas and Xavier McKinney, and rookie Azeez Ojulari has shown he has the potential to be a solid pass rusher.
There is a silver lining when the season ends as it’s all but certain that New York will part ways with general manager Dave Gettleman. But the question is who will replace him and will John Mara give the new GM full power to make the necessary changes to make the franchise credible again.
Will find out these answers once the season ends. But as far as Sunday goes, expect another disappointing outcome from the Giants.