The New York Giants have to be real with themselves when it comes to the final results of this season.
Look, I completely understand how some fanbases will refuse to cheer against their team when it comes to obtaining a certain spot in the draft.
But that doesn’t mean there should be a lack of realism when it comes to talking about the current state of a team like the Giants.
Here are the facts:
The Giants have beat the Texans, 49ers, and Buccaneers this season. The three had a combined record of 5-15 during the time the Giants played them.
The Giants have lost to the Saints, Panthers, Jaguars, Falcons, Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles.
All seven – at the time the games were played – were viewed as legitimate competition.
Yet, the Giants couldn’t beat any of them.
It should also be known that they have built themselves on creating an unstoppable offense.
And big money was paid to Nate Solder to solidify their left tackle position.
Yet, the Giants are currently the league’s 23rd ranked offense in yards per game and 22nd in points per game.
They are also 26th when it comes to converting on third-down and 29th in time of possession.
What’s my point here?
Well, the Giants are not a good football team.
So, don’t let the fact that they could potentially be two wins behind the Cowboys in the NFC East (after this week) cloud the reality of the situation.
And no, Eli Manning should not be their quarterback next season – even if they finish “strong” to end this season.
Manning’s eight touchdowns in the first eight games should not be forgotten.
The Giants missing the playoffs for an eventual sixth time in seven seasons is no fluke.
Their record of 36-54 since 2013 is no fluke either.
If you are going to give Manning the praise when he wins Super Bowls (which fans have no problem doing) then he has to receive much of the blame when they lose, too.
Especially with the way he performed in 2013, 2016, 2017, and this season, where, on average he had the league’s 25th ranked QBR.
Manning and the Giants could have a third straight week of productive offensive football due to incredibly inferior opponents.
Starting with the Bucs, followed with the 49ers, and now with an Eagles secondary this week that is expected to miss five (!) of their best cornerbacks.
Again, if the Giants are once again able to pull out a win and play strong offensive football, understand that it should be taken with a grain of salt.
4-7 is still a bad record, even if the dreadful NFC East technically still gives them a chance to compete for a playoff spot.
While the Giants could wind up finishing the season strong, potentially winning half of their final eight games, don’t let that mask the 1-7 start, offensive struggles, and inability to win games against legitimate contenders.
6-10 is 6-10.
No matter how you started. No matter how you finished. A sub-par final record says it all.
Find your next quarterback and move on after this season.
This was a concept they clearly couldn’t understand last season when they didn’t take a quarterback until the fourth round.
So, I’m here to remind them – hey, get your quarterback and move on.