Who would have thought the Giants' season would be over before the Yankees'?—
Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) September 22, 2013
By losing today, and dropping their record to 0-3, the Giants have dug themselves into a hole that only a few have been able to escape. Since the NFL expanded to the 32-team, eight-division format in 2002 no club has begun their season 0-3 and ended it in the postseason.
In fact, only three teams since the league expanded the playoff field have qualified for the postseason: the 1992 San Diego Chargers (who started 0-4), the 1995 Detroit Lions and 1998 Buffalo Bills.
So what are the Giants playing for the next 13 games? Pride, jobs etc. Unless you feel they can actually duplicate the Chargers’ feat, then dream on by all means…
If they go to 0-4, they will match the 1979 club’s start. That was the first year of the George Young / Phil Simms era. The Giants finished 6-10 that season. The bad news is the next season, 1980, was one of the worst in franchise history. That year the Giants scored 176 less points than they allowed.
So far they are allowing 38 points per game. At this pace, they will surrender 608 points, which would shatter the both the franchise record (501, 1966) and the NFL mark of 533 set by the Baltimore Colts in 1981.
But there’s still hope….
In the NFC East, the Giants are not the only winless team. Washington is also 0-3. Philadelphia is 1-2 and Dallas is in first place at 2-1. It is not inconceivable that they can make a run at the top. Unfortunately, they have already lost to Dallas and would probably need get a leg up on tiebreakers in order to challenge.