The New York Giants are 8-4, right in the middle of both the race for the NFC East title and a wild-card berth. After Week 13's NFL action, though, is remains true that if they want to ensure getting into the NFC playoffs it would be a good idea for the Giants to wrest the NFC East title away from the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants did exactly what they needed to do Sunday, defeating the Washington Redskins, 31-7, to stay tied with Philadelphia atop the NFC East.
- Here is a look at the Giants four remaining games: at Vikings (5-7), vs. Eagles (8-4), at Packers (8-4), at Redskins (5-7).
- Here is a look at the Eagles four remaining games: at Cowboys (4-8), at Giants (8-4), vs. Vikings (5-7), vs. Cowboys (4-8)
Needless to say, Giants' fans need to gulp and root -- hard -- for the hated Dallas Cowboys in their two meetings with the Eagles over the next four weeks. The Giants also need a win at New Meadowlands Stadium when the Eagles come to town in two weeks. Philly won the first meeting between the two teams, so a win is needed to gain control of the division and erase an Eagle tie-breaker advantage.
When it comes to the wild-card picture in the NFC, there are still a lot of teams in the race. Atlanta (10-2) leads the NFC South, Chicago (9-3) leads the NFC North, and St. Louis and Seattle are tied atop the West at 6-6. Neither the Rams or Seahawks are real wild-card threats.
Other teams in the picture, though, are New Orleans (9-3), Green Bay (8-4) and Tampa Bay (7-5). The Giants game vs. the Packers at Lambeau Field in three weeks shapes up as a critical one for the playoff hopes of both teams.
Check NFL.com for a complete look at the NFL playoff picture. With the New York Jets and New England Patriots, both 9-2, meeting in a critical AFC game tonight, we will wait until Tuesday to examine the AFC playoff picture.