There is no quit in these New York Giants, even if it is bringing agony to fans who want a better pick in the NFL Draft.
But it isn’t just the Giants’ locker room that believes in this team’s growth over the past few weeks. Apparently, computer technology also thinks that this team will have a strong close to the season.
After Sunday’s 30-27 overtime win over the Chicago Bears, the Giants are now 4-8 and still mathematically alive in the chase for the NFC East.
This week’s opponent, the Washington Redskins, are in disarray after losing their starting quarterback Alex Smith to a broken tibia in Washington’s loss to Houston back on Nov. 18.
Having won three of their last four games since their bye week, a win on Sunday would keep the Giants’ division-winning aspirations alive. There is starting to creep in a sense of belief around this group as the team has responded with a recent hot run since their bye.
“Just the adversity we’ve been through, we don’t have any quitters on the team,” second-year defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said. “We just all want to just take it one week at a time and go out there and get a win.”
Jon Pence of NFLGameSim.com had the Giants projected last week to beat the Bears. In fact, his simulations have the Giants finishing the season strong, losing just once and finishing the season at 7-9.
Their lone loss, according to Pence, is Week 17 in Dallas against the Cowboys.
Pence’s simulations seem to mirror the optimism spouted off by Tomlinson about this resurgent Giants team. This definitely is not the same team that started the season 1-7 and seemed to be pointed towards a top pick in next spring’s NFL Draft:
Week 14: Giants win 26-18 at Washington
Week 15: Giants win 23-19 vs Tennessee
Week 16: Giants win 27-23 at Indianapolis
Week 17: Giants lose 23-21 vs Dallas
“With a 7-9 finish, you’re looking at a draft pick in the middle of the pack of the first round,” Pence said.
That finish is a disappointment for Giants fans who want a top pick to select Eli Manning‘s heir apparent.
That doesn’t matter much to this team as the Giants now are building towards next year. The evaluation of personnel is an ongoing process for head coach Pat Shurmur as he rebuilds this team.
For the players on the roster, these final four games of the season are important not just to gain experience but also to build a winning culture.
“I think it’s important for everybody and like you said, each season brings its own challenges, its own entity, but at the same time, to be able to say, ‘hey, regardless of how we started, this is how we finish.’”safety Michael Thomas said. That’s the mindset of this team going forward, so whoever’s going to be here has to understand that’s our mindset.
“Every single person that’s finishing these last four games and has been here for the second half of the season, in our eyes, this mindset is like, ‘hey, your name is on this.’ This family is going to stay with you forever, so what you do when you’re 1-7, everybody’s going to see.”
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