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Giants-Cowboys story lines: Playoff and draft scenarios, Dave Gettleman’s future, more


The #New #York #Giants play a meaningful #January football game this #Sunday against the #Dallas #Cowboys. #As amazing as that seems after being 0-5 and 1-7, a victory could propel the #Giants to the playoffs. #Here are some of the story lines to follow, including a look at those playoff scenarios.

#Playoffs? #Yes, we’re talking playoffs

#It’s unbelievable, of course. #It is, though, reality. The #Giants can become the worst playoff team ever if they win on #Sunday and the #Washington #Football #Team loses to the #Philadelphia #Eagles. #Here are the scenarios;

  1. #Washington will clinch the division if it defeats the #Eagles.
  2. #If the #Football #Team loses and the #Cowboys defeat the #Giants, the #Cowboys will clinch.
  3. #If the #Football #Team loses and the #Giants defeat the #Cowboys, the #Giants will clinch.

#Worst playoff team ever? #That’s harsh, but record-wise would be true. The 2010 #Seattle #Seahawks currently hold that distinction, winning the NFC #West with a 7-9 record.

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#To some, a losing team reaching the playoffs seems unfair. #Especially when there will be a double-digit win AFC team that won’t make it. #Still, these are the rules. #Win your division, go to the playoffs. #Whoever wins the NFC #East doesn’t have to apologize for it.

#Draft weirdness

#This graphic from @SethWalder on #Twitter pretty much sums it up:

#Entering #Sunday, the #Giants could select anywhere from #No. 3 if they lose to the #Cowboys and a combination of other things happen, or #No. 32 if they qualify for the playoffs and somehow go on to win the #Super #Bowl.

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#Astounding.

#Here is the current draft order, per #Tankathon:

1 #Jacksonville (1-14)
2 NY #Jets (2-13)
3 #Miami (via #Houston 4-11)
4 #Atlanta (4-11)
5 #Cincinnati (4-10-1)
6 #Philadelphia (4-10-1)
7 #Detroit (5-10)
8 NY #Giants (5-10)
9 #Carolina (5-10)
10 #Denver (5-10)
11 #Dallas (6-9)
12 LA #Chargers (6-9)
13 #Minnesota (6-9)
14 #New #England (6-9)
15 #San #Francisco (6-9)
16 #Las #Vegas (7-8)
17 #Arizona (8-7)
18 #Indianapolis (10-5)
19 #Washington (6-9)
20 #Chicago (8-7)
21 #Jacksonville (via #Rams, 9-6)
22 #Cleveland (10-5)
23 #Miami (10-5)
24 #Baltimore (10-5)
25 #Tennessee (10-5)
26 #Tampa #Bay (10-5)
27 NY #Jets (via #Seahawks, 11-4)
28 #Pittsburgh (11-4)
29 #New #Orleans (11-40
30 #Buffalo (12-3)
31 #Green #Bay (12-3)
32 #Kansas #City (14-1)

#Tale of two offenses

#Dallas enters #Week 17 coming off its best #Dak #Prescott-less offensive performance of the season. The #Cowboys compiled 513 total yards of offense in a 37-17 victory over the #Philadelphia #Eagles in #Week 16. #Quarterback #Andy #Dalton had his best game as a #Cowboy, throwing for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns. #Running back #Ezekiel #Elliott had his best game of the season, as well, with 19 carries for 105 yards. #After fumbling five times in the first six games, #Elliott, has fumbled just once in his last eight games.

The #Cowboys have now scored 30 or more points in each of their last three games.

The #Giants? #You know the score. There hasn’t been enough scoring. #Not nearly enough.

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The #Giants are 31st in points per game (17.1) and yards per game (297.2). They have not cracked the 20-point barrier in any of their last five games. The #Giants don’t have a 300-yard passing game this season. They haven’t scored a first-half touchdown since #Week 12 against the #Cincinnati #Bengals.

“We’re just looking ahead to #Sunday vs. #Dallas and hoping that we can put our best offensive performance on the field and our best quarterback performance,” quarterbacks coach #Jerry #Schuplinski said on #Tuesday. “If we’re ever going to do it now would be the best time.”

#Umm, yeah. #It would.

#Dave’s final days?

#Are these the final few days of #Dave #Gettleman’s tenure as GM? I’m not going to re-litigate the “should he stay or should he go?” argument. #We’ve done that and you can read the various links in the sidebar to go through my assessment of #Gettleman’s work over his three-year tenure.

#Will #Sunday’s outcome have an impact on what co-owners #John #Mara and #Steve #Tisch decide to do at GM, or has that choice already been made? I don’t know what will happen. I continue to feel as though there are valid arguments to be made both for #Gettleman to stay or go. I also continue to feel the most important factor will be how ownership perceives the working partnership between #Gettleman and coach #Joe #Judge.

#Holes in the zone

#Over the past few games opposing offenses have found some holes in the zone coverages the #Giants employ heavily on defense.

“The last few weeks we gave up some stuff inside. #Everybody sees that,” said defensive backs coach #Jerome #Henderson. “We’ve just gotta do everything we can to make it harder on the quarterback to find the spots in the zone.”

#To my eyes, that’s been less about issues with the coverage than it’s been about the time opposing quarterbacks have had to survey that coverage and wait for openings to develop. #Given time they always will, regardless of whether the defense plays zone or man coverage.

#Opposing quarterbacks have had plenty of time lately against a largely non-existent #Giants’ pass rush. #After a five-sack performance in their stunning upset of the #Seattle #Seahawks, the #Giants’ pass rush has gone silent.

The #Giants have just two sacks and six quarterback hits over the past three games against the #Arizona #Cardinals, #Cleveland #Browns and #Baltimore #Ravens. #Over those three games, the #Giants’ sack percentage of 2.11 is 30th in the NFL.

#With #Amari #Cooper, #CeeDee #Lamb, #Michael #Gallup, #Dalton #Schultz and #Ezekiel #Elliott to throw the ball to #Dalton will slice the #Giants secondary up if the pass rush gives him time to do it.

#Rooting for the #Eagles

#If the #Giants defeat the #Cowboys on #Sunday afternoon, #Giants fans will find themselves in a necessary but extremely uncomfortable position on #Sunday night. They will have to temporarily morph into #Philadelphia #Eagles fans.

#So, fortify yourself however you need to and do what must be done beginning at 8:20 p.m. ET.



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