With four regular season games left and a one-game lead over both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, the New York Giants (7-5) are in the driver's seat to make the playoffs. However, they must keep a foot on the gas pedal. According to coach Tom Coughlin, the Giants have to win all of their remaining games in order to win the division and make the postseason.
"I'm just looking at it one game at a time, knowing full-well it's a four-game season," Coughlin told Giants.com, "and we have to win, literally, every one of our games. That's how I look at it."
So what are the Giants' chances of running the table? Here's a look at New York's four remaining opponents and how Big Blue can go undefeated.
New Orleans Saints (Dec. 9) -- Entering week 14, the Saints and Giants have scored the same number of points (321). However, the Saints can't stop anyone. They have the 28th-ranked defense in the league and are allowing nearly 300 passing yards per game. Thus, Eli Manning and the offense should be able to put up enough points to win. Plus, New Orleans is 1-3 on the road this season.
@ Atlanta Falcons (Dec. 16) -- In my opinion, the Falcons are a bit overrated. Yes, they've only lost one game so far this season, but Atlanta has won seven games by seven points or less (three games by three points or less). Unfortunately, I doubt the Falcons have forgotten about the 24-2 beating they took at the hands of the Giants in last year's Wild Card round. Revenge will be on their minds.
@ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 23) -- Since 2008, the Ravens are 32-6 at M&T Bank Stadium. However, unlike in years past, Baltimore's defense can be scored on. Entering week 14, Baltimore was ranked No. 23 against both the run and pass. However, I can see all-purpose running back Ray Rice giving the Giants trouble. It'll be up to New York's defense to harass quarterback Joe Flacco into mistakes.
Philadelphia Eagles (Dec. 30) -- Entering week 14, the wounded Eagles were without play-makers Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson. Furthermore, they were in the midst of an eight-game losing streak and ranked next-to-last in the league in turnover differential (minus-18). The Eagles have won eight of their last nine games against the Giants, but they're not winning in this spot.
I say the Giants will take care of business at home, but there's a strong possibility that they'll get picked off on the road by Atlanta or Baltimore. That being said, I'm not convinced that the Cowboys or Redskins will go undefeated down the stretch either. Hence, I'm sticking with the Giants to win the division.
Are the Giants capable of winning their four remaining games? Do they have to win all of them in order to win the division? Let me know in the comments section.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. He proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.