Giants Have Shown They Can Bounce Back

Jim Mancari , Contributor

Since the NFL season is only 16 games long, back-to-back losses can really stunt a team’s progress, especially if that team is in the heat of a playoff race.

The Giants are currently the ninth seed in the NFC based on complicated tiebreakers, and Big Blue needs a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

In the 2012 season, the Giants have shown they can battle back the week following a loss. The team is 4-1 this year in games following a loss the previous week.

The only two-game losing streak they’ve had this season was the consecutive losses to the Steelers and Bengals in Weeks 9 and 10, respectively.

In addition to winning four out of the five games after a loss, the Giants are also averaging 37.0 points per game in those games. In fact, they scored 38 or more points in all those games except one: the 31-13 loss to the Bengals.

They scored 41 against the Buccaneers, 41 against the Browns, 38 against the Packers and 52 against the Saints. They’ve also beaten their opponents by an average of 18.5 points per game in those four wins.

Based on this track record, the Giants are poised for a good performance this Sunday in Baltimore. The Ravens have been struggling on both sides of the ball during their three-game losing streak. Even so, they clinched a playoff berth last Sunday with a Steelers’ loss.

No team wants to limp into the playoffs, especially an AFC team that will have to face the Patriots, Texans or both in order to advance to the Super Bowl.

The Giants need their ability to bounce back after tough losses to lead them to a win on Sunday. There’s actually a scenario in which the Giants can clinch a playoff berth this weekend: The Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings and Bears would all have to lose, and of course the Giants would have to win.

At this point though, the Giants can only control what they do. Winning two games guarantees a playoff spot for Big Blue, but the main focus is this Sunday’s game against Baltimore.

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